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An example of the streetscape on the Science Park ringroad. There is plenty of space here for a wider pavement and a separate cycleway.

Desire line shown in the grass. People walking or cycling to make a journey do not want unnecessary wiggles.

The only connection directly between the Science Park and CRC. There is no pavement, and even fences on the grass to make it harder to walk on the verge for those who are able. This is a huge disincentive for people walking and cycling to … [more]

A marked pedestrian and cycle route. However, if you turn the corner you find there is no pavement or cycleway.

One example of an issue which is almost universal on the Science Park: no pedestrian and cycle priority. The majority of people making a walking or cycling journey along this road have to give way to a minority of people accessing a car … [more]

If you miss the beginning of the cycleway, there are no dropped kerbs further up to allow you to join it, forcing you over this metal plate. This is potentially slippery when wet and cycles have very little surface area to contact the … [more]

Too narrow for two-way segregated lanes. There is no colour difference between the two sides, and the cycle symbols are rarely repeated, making it hard for users to tell which side they should be on. To add to the confusion, it is contrary … [more]

Potentially dangerously ambiguous priority markings: the give way triangle is before the crossing, but applies to the lines where the roads meet.

There is no path for easier walking and cycling access to the back of these buildings. There is plenty of space for a path, while still leaving greenspace.

This provides walking and cycling access to building on the east side of the pond only. There should be a split here and have the path continue to the west as well, to provide safe walking and cycling access for buildings on the other side … [more]

Loose gravel is a bad surface for cycleways, as it can create slips and falls and increase risk of puncture. Here we can see that it is also not very attractive, because it gets thrown out of the path and embedded in the ground next to it. … [more]

Obvious wheelruts where people are avoiding the fresh deep gravel. Loose gravel is a completely unsuitable surface for cycling. It can cause slips and falls, and increases the risk of punctures. It increases the difficultly of cycling for … [more]

These bollards pose a hazard to people walking and cycling. In the winter it is dark when most people are leaving work, but the bollards are unlit and unreflective. The further bollard in this picture partially blends in with the shadows … [more]

The desire line to join the walk and cycleway is here, but there is no dropped kerb, and the space is given to car parking.

Dropped kerb for the central walking and cycling path is set back a long way off the desire line. Have to walk or cycle through the car park to reach it.

There is no pavement to access the Trinity Centre from the main road around the Science Park. The demand for walking access is clear from the wear on the verges.

The main entrance to the Trinity Centre, which provides the central facilities for the Science Park. There is no pavement to access the Trinity Centre by foot from this direction.

Dropped kerb is far to the left off the desire line, and if used means up to 3 sharp turns. Hedge gives poor visibility with the car park entrance. Narrow shared-use path.

Could an additional two-way cycle entrance be added here, just down from the existing pedestrian entrance? This would make it much easier to cycle in and out of the Science Park in safety, and would separate walking and cycling.

Narrow gate restricts access, hedges mean poor visibility with the connection with the busway. The gate is locked in the evening, so even though some people will still be working, they cannot leave by foot and bike this way. The main road … [more]

The busway is an excellent facility for walking and cycling, as it is off-road, direct, smooth and wide. The Science Park has therefore made it as difficult as possible to use this facility with the potential to really boost active travel, … [more]

One of very few pieces of traffic calming in the Science Park, and it affects far more people cycling than driving! The lack of a central gap means people are far more likely to cycle to the left of the hump, ironically increasing the … [more]

No pavement on the inner ring of the road.

If you have entered the Science Park via the main entrance shared-use route, as soon as you turn the corner there is no dropped kerb directly across the junction.

Narrow central cycle lane mixes vulnerable cyclists close between lanes of moving traffic.

Crossing is off the desire line for people walking / cycling to/from the central path which starts on the left: people will often try to cross at the end of the path rather than walking/cycling further down and making awkward sharp turns. … [more]

One of many junctions where there are no dropped kerbs, making it hard to cross with a wheelchair, pram, luggage or a bike. Unnecessary splay increases the crossing distance and encourages people to take the turning at speed.

Massive splay on this junction encourages drivers to take it at speed. It almost triples the distance people have to walk in the road. There are no pavements into the drive to the right. The poor road surface is an additional obstacle for … [more]

Poorly laid cobbles are a problem for people on bikes: some of the gaps between the cobbles are big enough to catch a tyre, and this is much more jolting for people cycling over at low speeds than the intended use as traffic calming.

Lack of dropped kerbs and way to turn right shown up by the obvious wear on the desire line to the right.

The central pedestrian and cycle path through the Science Park ends here. There are no dropped or flush kerbs for cycles, wheelchairs or prams (there is a nursery just ahead). There is no way for someone cycling to join the correct side of … [more]

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