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UPDATE JUNE 2020 ADDED TO #SAFESTREETSTRAFFORD MAP UPDATE Aug 27 2014 as if the barriers were not enough MUFC have now placed barriers in front of the bollards now illegally blocking the highway. See picture on tweet

UPDATE had another report March 1 2014 : ****collided with one of the padlocked bollards which sits in the middle of the cycle lane, I was thrown off balance and came a cropper on my bike, sustaining a broken shoulder and dislocated arm. One of the stewards who was on duty remarked at the time that he sees people hitting the posts often, and expressed surprise that there aren't more of these serious injuries. My approach was south to north, travelling from Chester Road towards Wharfside Way. One of the difficulties is that they're set out in a curving line which greatly reduces the space available to pass through.*********************

Have you had difficulty with these bollards. Have you had a collision with them ? Let us know @GMcycling

Had report of another collision on Monday 3rd Feb 2014. Was that you ? #ambulance

MUFC Old Trafford:

Update 3
LOCOG the Olympic organisers have contacted GMCC and advised

Thank you very much for your feedback and my apologies for the inconvenience caused by the ATTRO which has been put in place on Sir Matt Busby Way over the length of the Olympics and the effect this has caused on cyclists.

Encouraging cycling is a big part of the Olympic games! All of our paid staff, local ambassadors and Gamesmaker volunteers are trained to encourage spectators to cycle to the matches and we provide a secure facility for them to store their cycles in the E2 Car Park. This has been quite successful to date but we will remind all of our staff of the location of these facilities to make sure everyone knows where to send spectators at the ground. Fingers crossed that we see two more Team GB matches at Old Trafford next week

I had the following response last night from A CHORLTON CYCLIST

“I cycled to the football on Sunday, but thought I'd check it out on Saturday first. Going to the ground I asked a number of stewards and staff around Old Trafford where the cycle parking is for the football but none of them knew. I was advised not to take my bike and get the metro instead (from Chorlton via Trafford Bar)- if I took my bike I'll get it cut off and thrown away by the police.”

Not the sort of assistance that encourages people to cycle.

It seems the Staff don’t know if there is any cycle parking, or where it is, are forcing cyclists to dismount and telling cyclists the police will destroy their bikes - how bad are the Olympic staff going to get.

UPDATE A LOCAL CYCLIST had a little altercation with an officious security guard at Man U this morning; A huge Cyclists Dismount sign had been placed in the middle of the first set of bollards, manned by a row of security guards. I intended to cycle past but was stopped by a guard moving into my path. He insisted very strongly that I dismount although when I got stroppy he then undermined himself by saying I could get on again once past him, which I did! There was not a soul to be seen across the paved area except for the fluorescent jacketed guards. I guess the sign is understandable when there is an event on, but that is not until 5pm. The enforcement was heavy handed and I suspect illegal. A steady stream of commuting cyclists were all being stopped when there was no one in sight to collide with.

Email sent to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG):
You will recall that at the Trafford Cycle Forum on Wednesday May 9th meeting you announced that:
Road closures will only be operational during football matches, outside these times access will be usual. The roads will be closed to motor vehicles, and cyclists will still be permitted to use them. However, on the very busiest stretches of Sir Matt Busby Way, cyclists may be asked to dismount at busy times.

Can you remind the security staff of this so that sensible people using cycles can continue their journey without abuse from officials?

A problem that has been highlighted months ago to the authorities:

A witness has reported the aftermath of a cyclist coming off whilst negotiating the narrow clearance between bollards blocking Matt Busby Way to motor vehicles. Whilst the cyclist was still on the ground a steward berated ‘these cyclists who fly past’ and both the Police and stewards blamed Trafford Council for insisting on the arrangements. It seems clear that cyclists are unwelcome in this area DESPITE THIS BEING A RECOGNISED NATIONAL ROUTE NCN55.
The new layout on Matt Busby Way does not encourage cyclists to access where the bollards are wider apart and worse Southbound cyclists are directed to emerge suddenly into the path of drivers coming from the Man U car park risking a collision. There are no signs indicating that this is an NCN route.
The incident took place at about 9:30am on Tuesday 26th June it is believed the Police were already in the area, engaged in ‘Anti-terrorist duties’. Unfortunately we have no contact details for the cyclist. If you are that cyclist or know who it is please contact UPDATE see web site 4th picture down

NB on the old layout cars emerging from the car parks are to give way to cyclists - these seem to have been removed on the new layout !! UPDATE give way markings now in place but drivers disregard these not even bothering to look especially when a cycle approaches from the 'plaza' in front of the football stadium

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