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Photo #186591

[UPDATE: On 4.11.22 I did a count here while waiting for someone - #187500. It was a dry, sunny day though sharp and gusty by the time I was here. In 30 minutes, 15.12-15.42, 74 people passed through. Dog walkers; a runner with a buggy and baby; people on cycles including a Babboe; pedestrians with pushchairs.... I was too early to capture pupils returning from school. I would have liked to be able to ask each person if they had been able to use the route before the barriers were changed; and/or what difference the new design made to their journeys.] [Image taken 10.10.22] Cinder Mews, Jubilee Terrace, York. The previous barriers have been removed. [See: #188526, #186594.] An improvement, yes. But all users - cyclist, pedestrians, scooter and wheelchair users - still have to ‘turn take’… Pedestrians gave way to people on cycles when I was here today. Plus the measurement of the gap the man is approaching is 10cm less than the minimum recommended in LTN 1/20 [] for shared use routes. Why is a barrier here? In November 2017, the then CYC active transport planner said: “The Parks & Open Spaces team won’t agree to there being no barrier at all as we have had problems with youths getting onto the playing field in the past with motorbikes / mopeds and churning it all up, you’d also be able to drive onto the field if there was no barrier at all. The other purpose the barrier serves is to slow cyclists down a bit as they approach the busy shared area near the church and primary school.” More background in an email from the same person in December 2016: “Thank you for your enquiry about the barrier which is located on the cycle route between Leeman Road and Scarborough Bridge in the vicinity of St Barnabas Church. There has been a barrier of that design in that particular location for over 20 years to my knowledge. The installation of the barrier precedes my time working for the council and I assume was installed to prevent illegal access by drivers and motorcyclists onto the playing fields. I am aware that in the dim and distant past we have had occurrences of kids getting onto the fields somehow and churning up the playing surface on mopeds or motorbikes. Ideally I would love to have no barriers on any cycle route but there is a fine balance between allowing unrestricted access for all lawful users of the cycle network and the discouragement or prevention of anti-social behaviour by those who shouldn’t have access to areas of public open space such as the playing fields.” Other image here today: #186592. Other image today: #186590.

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