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96500Photo #96500Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96499Photo #96499Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96498Photo #96498Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook. This part was done differently to the others, and it's clearly incomplete.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96497Photo #96497Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

This might be a semi-decent stab at filtered permeability / cycle street network. The bollards are OK. Maybe a little close, and of the unforgiving wooden design, but otherwise OK. They completely failed at building a flush interface between the two surfaces, though. This is quite a sharp jolt, especially for someone in a tricycle or recumbent.
Other:
Infrastructure
general
96496Photo #96496Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96495Photo #96495Bridge to the nature reserve, not yet connected to anything on this side.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96494Photo #96494Interesting desire line, maybe, on the way to the bridge over the brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96493Photo #96493Bridge to the nature reserve -- at least it'll be nice when it's doneOther:
Infrastructure
general
96492Photo #96492Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96491Photo #96491Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96490Photo #96490Connection from the future 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96489Photo #96489Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.Other:
Infrastructure
general
96483Photo #96483Ridiculous 'Cyclists dismount and use footway' sign.

Meanwhile, the works are preparing to narrow the shared-use path in order to create yet another traffic lane! It's like I stepped into a time machine and ended up back in the 20th century, with the incessant and insane road-widening monster rolling on...
Road environment:
Problem
road
96479Photo #96479Rollercoaster footways, undulating up and down. They had complete freedom of design and lots of space, and yet they managed to build the footway in the worst possible way!Road environment:
Problem
road
96478Photo #96478New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.Road environment:
Problem
road
96476Photo #96476New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.Road environment:
Problem
road
96475Photo #96475New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.Road environment:
Problem
road
96473Photo #96473New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.

Note that the car has just blown past a sign reading 'No motorised vehicles except buses'
Road environment:
Problem
road
96471Photo #96471New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.Road environment:
Problem
road
96469Photo #96469New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.Road environment:
Problem
road
95758Photo #95758The bus driver did not break the law here. Toucan crossing appears to show 'green man' at the same time that the bus driver receives a green light. In fact the green man is for the crossing parallel to the bus, off to the left of the photo. This is a user-interface failure, similar to twitter.com/MattTurnerSheff/status/954749924557639680Road environment:
Problem
road
95757Photo #95757Newly constructed Cross City Cycling scheme but the '2.2 metre wide' refuge is considerably narrowed by the poor placement of poles. And seems to be a trash collection point as well (probably due to the wind).Road environment:
Problem
road
95443Photo #95443New crossing of B1102 near Anglesey Abbey. The refuge appears to be approximately 1.8 - 2 metres deep. Although this seems to be the same length as a typical bicycle, you would have to be extraordinarily confident to try and wait in this refuge while cars raced past you. My perception while using it is that my wheels were overhanging the edges and would be clipped by passing cars if I tried to wait.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
95442Photo #95442Someone's enjoying the new cycleway along field edges near the B1102 quite a bit.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
95441Photo #95441New cycleway behind hedges along field edge near B1102Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
95440Photo #95440New cycleway along hedges by B1102Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
95439Photo #95439End of the new cycle route connects to small street through business park. Seems a bit confusing to people about the best way to navigate it.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
95356Photo #95356Forest of bollards. Good luck trying to get your bike through here on this 'national cycle route', much less a tricycle or adapted cycle of any sort. Typical masochistic 'infrastructure' brought to you by Sustrans.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
95355Photo #95355Ramp to railway bridge on NCR12 in Crown Lakes. Somewhere under all this moss and corrosion is a pathway that was built long ago and never maintained.Other:
Infrastructure
general
95354Photo #95354NCR12 just east of railway bridge in Crown Lakes. Muddy path. Nice views though.Other:
Infrastructure
general
95353Photo #95353NCR12 muddy route through Crown LakesCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
95044Photo #95044This used to be thick with trees but also a fairly awful / steep path link that the college decided it had to make worse with chicanes & a cyclists dismount sign.

Unsure what's up, but it's all gone now (the sign has since been removed entirely). There's been a lot of construction works on the lot, so it may be some redevelopment.
Other:
Misc
general
94793Photo #94793Looking at the end of the new pathway from across the road, Anglesey Abbey-side. Somehow an informal uncontrolled crossing is going to be installed here. There's no possible way the refuge is going to be large enough for a bicycle much less anything else. The connections at either end are the weaknesses of this otherwise decent scheme, unfortunately.Road environment:
Problem
road
94792Photo #94792Unfinished end of the pathway across from Anglesey Abbey. Not yet surfaced.Cycleway:
Event
cycleways
94790Photo #94790Field-edge pathway, separated from highway by hedge. Will be very nice when done. Not yet surfaced.Cycleway:
Event
cycleways
94789Photo #94789End of hedge separated portion of pathway - connection unfinished - machinery still in place.Cycleway:
Event
cycleways
94787Photo #94787Beginning of on-highway verge-separated section of path - the connection between the hedge-separated portion and here is not yet complete.Cycleway:
Event
cycleways
94786Photo #94786New pathway, in this section there is a 0.5m-wide verge. Less separation than standards call for but certainly much better than what we had before (nothing), and connects to very nice hedge-separated pathways.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
94785Photo #94785Pathway gets a nice healthy 2.5m-wide verge for a bit.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
94784Photo #94784Hedge protected pathwayDutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
94783Photo #94783Unfinished section of pathwayCycleway:
Event
cycleways
94782Photo #94782Pathway behind hedges again for a bit.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
94781Photo #94781Unbuilt end of the pathwayCycleway:
Event
cycleways
94780Photo #94780Unbuilt end of the new pathway for nowCycleway:
Event
cycleways
94779Photo #94779Where the new under-construction pathway currently ends, at the edge of Stow-cum-Quy. If I recall correctly, it will continue a bit further -- when fully built -- rather than unceremoniously dumping you in national-speed-limit territory.Road environment:
Event
road
94528Photo #94528More recently the county has painted a left-turn arrow in the left-turn lane, and it looks like they are adding ASLs to the junction.

This is still, however, a terribly dangerous junction design because it tells people cycling that they should position themselves to the left-hand-side of left-turning traffic, with no visibility (especially for larger vehicles).

This junction exposes just how much of a lie the so-called 'safety audit' process is.
Road environment:
Problem
road
93444Photo #93444I hope that someday this junction will be made safer, for her and everyone else.Road environment:
Problem
road
93442Photo #93442'Bus / cycle lane'Car storage:
Problem
carstorage
93441Photo #93441Warren Road looking at the Eastfield link.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
93440Photo #93440Warren Road / Eastfield link.Other:
Infrastructure
general
93439Photo #93439Warren Road / Eastfield link has been freshly rebuilt, wider & with reasonable access control in the form of a single central bollard.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
93368Photo #93368Nice greenery around the site.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93367Photo #93367Random usage of tactile pads that seems to be thrown in for no apparent reason. Not the worst thing, but yet another maintenance item & potential slip risk.

Behind them are the shared underground bins. Neat system. Stores waste underground & special vehicle comes along and empties them every so often.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93366Photo #93366A really weird way to create a pedestrian crossing of a cycleway. Basically, there's a short segment of shared-use. As a result there's an overusage of tactile pads.

TSRGD 16 now allows Zebra crossings without Belisha beacons to be deployed on cycleways to provide crossings for pedestrians without going to all of this crazy trouble. Just paint some stripes!

To be fair, that regulation came out after Eddington was designed & permitted.

On the other hand, they could have anticipated it since the rule was in the works for a long time. And there's examples of such Zebras even on public highways in other places. One was installed in 2014 in Gloucester, for example.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93365Photo #93365A really weird way to create a pedestrian crossing of a cycleway. Basically, there's a short segment of shared-use. As a result there's an overusage of tactile pads.

TSRGD 16 now allows Zebra crossings without Belisha beacons to be deployed on cycleways to provide crossings for pedestrians without going to all of this crazy trouble. Just paint some stripes!

To be fair, that regulation came out after Eddington was designed & permitted.

On the other hand, they could have anticipated it since the rule was in the works for a long time. And there's examples of such Zebras even on public highways in other places. One was installed in 2014 in Gloucester, for example.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93364Photo #93364A father takes his kid home from school on the new cycleway along Eddington Ave.

I believe that this junction does not have the incorrect give-way markings painted on it. It does have extraneous tactile pads, which seem to have been distributed somewhat randomly around the site, as if the contractor did not understand the meaning of the pads.

Note that the other side of the street is currently being used as a 2-way cycleway even though it was designed as a 1-way cycleway. But that is because I am taking the photograph while standing in a car parking layby that currently occupies the space that will someday be a cycleway. But it's not yet built. So the other side of the road is where everyone has to go.
Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93363Photo #93363The contractor disobeyed instructions and painted give-way markings on what was supposed to be a priority cycleway. We don't know when it will be fixed.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93362Photo #93362Opened section of Ridgeway with weirdly shaped bollards, misplaced lamp-posts, and loose gravel on the cycleway.

Naturally nobody wants to cycle on loose gravel so everyone cycles on the tiled side that was supposed to be the footway.

Also note that this configuration of footway and cycleway is swapped from the other side the road. But since there's a massive amount of shared-use in between, I guess it doesn't matter. Just additional unnecessary conflict.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93361Photo #93361Unopened section of Ridgeway with weirdly shaped bollards & loose gravel pathway (supposed to be swept clean eventually).Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93360Photo #93360The contractor disobeyed instructions and painted give-way markings on the cycleway to give priority to cars entering a minor car park. In a development that is supposed to be all about walking and cycling priority. Shameful.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93359Photo #93359Tiny shared use pathway along Madingley Road west of Conduit Head Road.

Going to be very interesting when thousands of people are living in NW Cambridge site.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93358Photo #93358A look back north along the horrible new High Cross junction. You can see how the stepped cycleway drops you down into an on-street cycle lane that encourages people to cycle along the left side of left-turning car traffic. Stunningly bad design that passed a 'safety audit'. Goes to show how worthless those are.Road environment:
Problem
road
93357Photo #93357View from Horse Chestnut Ave towards the Ridgeway crossing.Track:
Infrastructure
track
93356Photo #93356Horse Chestnut Ave now has a gate blocking motor vehicle access.Track:
Good practice
track
93355Photo #93355Sadly the good times end & we go back to tar spray and chip all over. And it's not swept, so I don't dare venture onto it. Even a slight nudge with my bike tire & it's covered in pebbles that I have to pick out so they don't penetrate my tire. Sigh.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93354Photo #93354Best part of the Ridgeway I've yet seen. Feels almost Dutch. Red tarmac for the cycleway & confusingly tar spray and chip for the footway (even though tar spray and chip is used elsewhere for the cycleway). The lamp posts are placed outside of the pathway.

If only they had built to this high standard of quality all over the site...
Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93353Photo #93353Suddenly the tar spray and chip Ridgeway gives way to a red machine-laid tarmac Ridgeway. And the tar spray and chip surface is used for the footway instead. I have to wonder why the red tarmac wasn't the choice for the whole Ridgeway cycleway, to keep things consistent?Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
93352Photo #93352Ridgeway branches. Asphalt is 'interim surfacing' while 'tar spray and chip' is final surfacing on right. This branch of the path has been swept, so loose gravel is actually relatively rare now. It's not as smooth as asphalt but workable. Hard to see what advantages that tar spray & chip has though. There's puddles forming on its surface, so that's not a help.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
93351Photo #93351Closer look at some of the loose gravel on the tar spray & chip surface.

Needs to be swept.
Other:
Problem
general
93350Photo #93350Puddles forming on supposedly 'permeable' surface. Hmm.Other:
Problem
general
93349Photo #93349More 'wacky' gates on the Ridgeway. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible.

The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So throw up random barriers that exclude people with disabilities, knock off novice riders & create slip hazards for everyone.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
93348Photo #93348More 'wacky' gates on the Ridgeway. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible.

The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So throw up random barriers that exclude people with disabilities, knock off novice riders & create slip hazards for everyone.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
93347Photo #93347Brand new 'Ridgeway' covered in slippery leaves. This was built back in the early Spring and has sat unused for almost 6 months, fenced off.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93346Photo #93346The 'wacky' gates remain as the site opens. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible.

The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So throw up random barriers that exclude people with disabilities, knock off novice riders & create slip hazards for everyone.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
93345Photo #93345A really horrible barrier in the middle of a bumpy and miserly cycleway.

At least the scenery north of here is decent. But you often feel like you're going to have a head-on collision, the path is so small there.

Really unfortunate, since it's an important route & there's so much potential.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
93344Photo #93344The already-too-small cycleway is being overgrown, as happens every year, by surrounding greenery.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93343Photo #93343Probably nicest section, near western end of Sawston-Babraham cycleway. Shielded from car headlights by hedges, fields on other side.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93342Photo #93342Separate cycleway through the fields. Can't complain.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
93341Photo #93341Central section of Sawston-Babraham path is shielded by hedges, which is nice, but for some reason has become rather dirty.Dutch-style cycleway:
Infrastructure
dutchcycleways
93340Photo #93340Eastern end of Sawston-Babraham cycleway.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93339Photo #93339Space for walking, cycling, horseback riding and cats.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93338Photo #93338The Babraham Institute cycleway / multi-use pathway for walking, cycling and horseback-riding. Very nice.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93337Photo #93337Employees now enjoy a separate cycleway entrance into their place of work, complete with cycle-friendly gate transponder.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93336Photo #93336Entry to well-crafted, relatively new pathway for walking, cycling and horseback riding around the Babraham Campus. Notice the separate grassy bridleway as well. A missing link between the A1307 cycleway and quiet roads in the village of Babraham and beyond. Nicely placed bollards too.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
93335Photo #93335After a few minutes one car slowed down a little bit to give me a gap and I managed to get across the A1307. Now looking back over to where I was.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93334Photo #93334Trying to cross the A1307 at the Babraham Campus roundabout. Very scary, very high-speed traffic, no gaps. Exit lane appears wide enough to fit two cars too.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93333Photo #93333Crossing the A1307 outside the Babraham Campus roundabout.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93332Photo #93332I made it to the central refuge island finally, but the traffic is moving too quickly for the mother and her two kids.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93331Photo #93331We're trying to cross the nasty roundabout without getting killed.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93330Photo #93330Nasty thorns on the nasty path around a nasty roundabout. Nonetheless, this family is heroically trying to cycle up to Wandlebury.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
93329Photo #93329New toucan crossing of SE arm. Thankfully this one is not staggered, for once.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
93328Photo #93328Unsignalised arm of new roundabout scheme. Terrifying as ever.Road environment:
Problem
road
93327Photo #93327A new staggered toucan crossing. Pathetic.Road environment:
Problem
road
93326Photo #93326Road works to build bad new scheme for Addenbrooke's roundabout can't be bothered to provide safe crossings for people walking.Roadworks:
Problem
roadworks
93325Photo #93325Well-placed bollard at the end of the new connection to Red Cross Lane. Strange & unnecessary but harmless give way markings, I suppose.Obstruction:
Good practice
obstructions
93324Photo #93324Using the Zebra at the new connection to Red Cross Lane.Other:
Good practice
general
93323Photo #93323Entry to new connection to Red Cross Lane (finally).Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
93322Photo #93322The curious case of the Zebra that has lost its beacons.Other:
Problem
general
93321Photo #93321A car parked in a parking bay marked in the 'bus / cycle lane'. Really.Car storage:
Problem
carstorage
93320Photo #93320Trumpington Road scheme ends at the newly painted & slightly widened ASL.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways

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