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[Image taken 19.3.22] Rawcliffe Bar Country Park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] . Other image here today: #180364 and links. I wrote to the cycling team responsible for LTN 1/20 (www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycle-infrastructure-design-ltn-120) to contest the advice cattle grids were fine. I asked that they come and try them out in York. The person who responded declined and defended the use of cattle grids. However, many people - of all ages - are nervous about crossing them. Plus, from the perspective of someone with painful joints or conditions where pain is constant and exacerbated by uneven surfaces for example the hypermobility type of Ehler-Danlos syndrome, or people with back issues including from car crashes, they are a barrier. The person I spoke to just 10 minutes before reaching this location said he could not cycle over speed cushions, etc, due to the pain caused, let alone cattle grids. He gets off and pushes over all such chicanes. Cycles, mobility scooters, wheelchairs are not sprung so there is no protection for users from bumps. (I also hate the noise created by crossing a cattle grid.) Just before Christmas 2021, I saw a parent and child at another grid further along NCN65, around 100m from this one. The child was afraid to ride over cattle grids. Her father was encouraging her to try. This grid has a noticeably wider ledge on the left. Could they always be this wide (less intimidating than narrower ones) and have ledges on both sides so people can walk over them pushing their cycles? Some people would struggle to open the large, unwieldy and likely heavy gate to the right of the grid. So why not remove the necessity for many to try? Also, why can't the grids be sufficiently wide for two users on cycles, in a mobility scooter, etc, to pass? Other image here today: #180366. Other images today: #180362.

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