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The contraflow on the footway isn't even widened where the road is mostly marked "Keep Clear". Plus the (74) signs keep popping up.

A sign for (74) on Auchinraith Road.

The view along Calder Street.

I don't know whether this counts as a branch of route (74) or if this is a sign directing towards route (74). None of the destinations are on actual NCN74. No sign for an opposite direction.

Route (74) wiggles its way through the staggered junction at Calder St/Stonefield Road.

Literally the junction between route (74) and route (74)!

One branch of route (74) takes this narrow path between houses to reach Glasgow Road.

I'm not sure how the cycle lane helps anything. The parked cars are more of a hazard than a low traffic sideroad with good sightlines.

Route (74) crossing Cypress Avenue. I guess the 'Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway' sign should be facing the other way.

A branch of route (74) crosses Cypress Avenue.

End of shared footway, start of on-road painted cycle lanes to Cambuslang along the A724.

End of shared footway, start of on-road painted cycle lanes to Cambuslang along the A724.

Cycling exempted from road closure at High Blantyre Road crossing at Russell St, and route (74) heads along the footway to the right.

Cyclists on the shared footway are directed down a side street. Hamilton is still 3 miles away (see #89452 and #65152).

South Lanarkshire Council is excelling itself here, I think.

Route (74) shared footway crossing Ballantrae Road.

Not good for cycling, not good for bussing.

The path from Ballantrae Road over towards Blantyre.

Route (74) switches from the roadway of Ballantrae Road to the footway of Main Street. Lots of road markings.

The toucan crossing across the A724 links route (74) and the ASDA supermarket.

Route (74) goes around this feature.

Utility van driver blocks cycleway in preference to parking (legally) on the A724.

Totally inadequate shared footway/cycleway in downtown Blantyre, with toucan crossing in the distance where route (74) crosses the A724 to meet NCN74 in the park.

Route (74) is signed along this fairly ordinary footway.

Route (74) turns right, but the dropped kerb is on the left.

Poor alignment of cycle lane for those going straight on, and for the eagle-eyed, route (74) turns left.

The town centre cycle route crosses Cadzow St on Campbell St.

An attempt to improve Campbell Street, but ruined by the bin storage.

A damaged route sign at Cadzow Lane, and the van parked on the cycle path from #89518.

A van parked on the cycle path in Cadzow Lane, and the twisted around sign from #89517.

The cycle route turns sharp right around the back of the bush to where the van is parked. The sign is facing the wrong way, and the footway markings are worn out. It's like they are not even trying to create a decent cycle route. The mod ... [more]

Motoring convenience prioritised over walking and cycling at minor Chapel St junction.

The Chapel St crossing has a 'Cyclists Dismount' sign, even though it has toucan crossing like most of the other crossings. Not much thought has gone into aligning this junction for walking and cycling.

An unsignalled crossing of this car park entrance ramp.

Another toucan crossing on the cycle route along Leechlee Road.

The first (74) route sign for the route from Hamilton town centre to NCN74 in Mote Hill. I guess that the 3/4 mile is the distance until the junction with NCN74. Also some cycle parking stands.

A model horse in the middle of the Brandon St/Leechlee Road junction, which appears to have been dumped on some kind of mosaic, plus another toucan crossing.

The first sign of a cycle route in Hamilton town centre - a toucan crossing across Brandon Street.

An unsignalled crossing of Blantyre Farm Road, next to the busy A724 mini-roundabout, for primary school children. The dropped kerb doesn't even match the width of the cycle markings.

Route (74) goes for an unsignalled crossing of Blantyre Farm Road next to the busy A724 mini-roundabout.

A car parked across the dropped kerb for the route (74) crossing. The sign post isn't much better.

Spot the route sign telling cyclists on route (74) to cross the road.

A recommended route for cyclists, along the A724.

Primary school children are expected to cycle along the A724 with only painted cycle lanes for "protection" on route (74).

NCN74 signs mix with (74) signs. NCN74 and the route signed as (74) both ways cross the A724 here, then take different routes to Hamilton. Surely it would be better to give (74) a proper route number like NCN741?

The solution to the Whistleberry gap was not to build a ramp to the steps next to the A725, but to sign the existing footway as a cycleway, including a couple of toucan crossings across the A724. It has also been signed with (74) signs even ... [more]

The cycle lane ends and cyclists directed onto the footway. This sign has (74) rather than the 74 used on other signs nearby. Note also the crayon bike symbol on the carriageway.

An off-centre bollard at the end of the path between May Gardens and May Street, but then the cycle route is routed along the footway of May Street cul-de-sac, rather than going onto the carriageway. Needless to say someone has parked a car ... [more]

A nice wide path between New Douglas Park and Auchinraith Avenue. However, it doesn't last and it's back to standard shared narrow footway around the corner!

Five wheeltwisters are provided for anyone cycling to New Douglas Park.

Unconventional road markings for the cycle crossing across the New Douglas Park car park.

Cycle route across the New Douglas Park car park.

The gate across the path through to New Douglas Park has a No Entry sign on it when the path is (presumably) not one-way. The shared use sign is used on a totally unsuitable footway, in a dead-end street.

Plenty of roadspace, but clearly this footway has not been widened when it was "converted" to a shared-use foot and cycleway. There's no dropped kerb for cyclists to rejoin the carriageway if they are not turning left into Yews Crescent.

The crossing of Whitehill Road, right next to the A724 roundabout.

Narrow crossing of minor side street.

Motor traffic on this minor road has a slight chicane, while the signed cycle route turns left through the bollards and along the Burnbank pedestrian precinct.

After crossing Glasgow Road, the cycle route goes down another narrow path, with another black-painted barrier. Since there is another barrier between the path and the road, why is the second barrier necessary? However, it would be bette ... [more]

Barriers across the path next to the unsignalised Glasgow Road crossing. Cyclists following the signed route cross and don't actually rejoin the carriageway. The distance of 3 miles to Hamilton is only slightly less than on a sign in ... [more]

The cycle route is via a narrow path to an unsignalised crossing of the A724, then along the footway to use another narrow path, before heading around the rear of the tower block, all because the powers that be won't tackle the real issue o ... [more]

No Entry signs at road closure, without "except cycles" plates, but route signage between Hamilton town centre and NCN 74 directs cyclists through closure and across toucan crossing

Cycle lane (with wrong type of broken line) across junction mouth, and pavement hopping (see #38907) to get to toucan crossing across main road (see #38909) to avoid roundabout ahead

Cycle lane (with wrong type of broken line) across junction mouth, then pavement hopping (see #38908) to get to toucan crossing across main road (see #38909) to avoid roundabout ahead

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