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narrow gate

A choice of obstructions to negotiate

Tricky barrier

Cyclists offered a choice of difficult obstacles to negotiate.

What bright spark came up with the idea that a kissing gate is just what a cycle route needs?

The awkward gate #87385 is now unlocked and permanently open

Low white concrete bollards allow cyclists to pass while preventing motor vehicles crossing the bridge. A far superior solution than the kissing gate at the other end of the bridge

Chicane barrier

Warrington Borough Council had money to spare after constructing the Birchwood to Sankey Way cycle route so could afford to splash out on this heavy duty kissing gate to make the route unuseble.

Chicane barriers

Route Sign

Chicane Barrier

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers

Chicane Barrier - this used to be a good route until the council decided to "upgrade" it by adding obstacles.

A route sign is needed to show where this cycle path goes to - rather than a misleading "End of Cycle Route" sign

Chicane Barrier - easily avoided by riding on the mud

Chicane Barrier - better than the kissing gate that used to be here,

Chicane Barrier


What is really needed here are route signs showing the destinations for the cyclepaths connecting with Birchwood to Sankey Way, rather than misleading "End of Route" signs.

Chicane - easily avoidable in dry weather

Chicane - easily avoided in dry weather

Fences protect the side of the greenway where it crosses a ditch. They should really be set back 0.5m to maintain the full effective width.

Chicane Barrier

When constructing the path through Sankey Valley Park "End of Route" signs have been sited at all junctions - even where these are cycle paths. A Route sign to Cresford Close would be more useful here.

Chicane barrier - most avoid it by riding round on the mud

Chicane barrier - easily avoided in dry weather

Birchwood to Sankey Way: 3m wide unlit greenway follows a winding route through Sankey Valley Park.

Route signs

old route sign - with no destinations


Cyclists Dismount

old and rather useless route sign.

Bollard and canal bridge

Old Sankey Valley Park signs - show no destination information


Two A frames. These may be an easier alternative to avoid the even tighter barrier #87385

Tiny gap - difficult for handle bars or pregnant pedestrians UPDATE 2018: The gate has been removed #165562

Awkward barrier forces cyclists to dismount and walk through a puddle.

Four Sheffield Stands

Steps on the Sankey Valley Greenway

Steps on the Sankey Valley cycle route

Steps on bridge taking Sankey Way greenway across the canal. A route sign would be a good idea here as it is not obvious that this is meant to be a cycle route.

a collection of avoidable obstructions at the entrance to Sankey Valley Park

Warrington Strategic Route 1 follows this narrow muddy path into Sankey Valley Park. UPDATE 2020: The path now has a wide tarmac surface.

Wooden barrier partially obstrucing the exit from Sankey Valley Park on Warrington Strategic Cycle Route 1. UPDATE 2020: The wooden barrier has gone - only to be replaced by two metal barriers in a chicane arrangement.

Sankey Way

route sign

Narrow 'A' frame barrier obstructing the Sankey Valley Park greenway.

Sankey Valley Park greenway. A fairly narrow tarmac surface, but OK for light useage.

Kissing gate

Rather pointltless kissing gate - easily avoided

route sign

Bridges across Sankey Brook and St Helens Canal.

Metal barriers obstructing access to Warrington Strategic Cycle Route 1 across Sankey Valley Park UPDATE 2021: This barrier has been replaced by a much less obstructive (though still unnescesary) chicane.

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