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72531Photo #72531Compacted gravel (although top surface is still rather loose) has been added atop the resurfaced section of shared-use pathway through High Woods Country Park.

See also #70739.
Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
72160Photo #72160Bicycle-shaped cycle parking and track pump outside Halfords. There are also some Cyclehoops attached to the wall.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
72146Photo #72146Puddle across the width of the riverside shared use pathway, part of National Cycle Network Route 51.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
71973Photo #71973The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71970, #71971, #71972).Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
71972Photo #71972The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71970, #71971, #71973).Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
71971Photo #71971The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71970, #71972, #71973).Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
71970Photo #71970The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71971, #71972, #71973).Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
71183Photo #71183Knitted covers on these Sheffield stands.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
70739Photo #70739Some of the shared use pathway through High Woods Country Park has been resurfaced (see #65169 prior to resurfacing). Unclear if it's going to remain as it is or have a gravel coating applied to be in keeping with original path, or when the remainder of the path will be resurfaced.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
68115Photo #68115New double yellow lines and a nice big shared-use sign on this stretch of NCN Route 1, off Cowdray Avenue.

(It was previously being used as a car park -- see #60192.)
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
67200Photo #67200Eight Sheffield cycle stands were removed* from the High Street (see #17765) at the end of March, 2015, to make way for Colchester Market, which would be moving there, Fri - Sun. No alternative provision was planned at that time, and still (July, 2015) there is nothing in place in that area.

The application (www.planning.colchester.gov.uk/WAM/doc/Application%20Form-2056629.pdf), in November, 2014, made no reference to cycle parking. See the full case file here: www.planning.colchester.gov.uk/WAM/findCaseFile.do.

An ideal solution, for Mon - Thurs at least, would be a Cyclehoop Car Bike Port (www.cyclehoop.com/product/bike-racks-and-cycle-stands/car-bike-port/), or Car Bike Port Lite.

* Announcement since removed: www.colchester.gov.uk/article/15667/Getting-to-Colchester-Market-by-Bike
Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
65993Photo #65993Broken bikes and broken locks are a too familiar sight behind the Brewers Arms on St Johns Street.

See also #65992.
Cycle parking:
Misc
cycleparking
65992Photo #65992You needn't have a quality bike but if you cherish what you ride use a decent lock and mind where you lock it.

Broken bikes and broken locks are a too familiar sight behind the Brewers Arms on St Johns Street.

See also #65993.
Cycle parking:
Misc
cycleparking
65707Photo #65707Bikes locked to railings at the bottom of Sheergate Steps suggesting a need for more cycle stands in the area.Cycle parking:
Misc
cycleparking
65647Photo #65647West Quay is not part of the National Cycle Network!General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
65169Photo #65169BEWARE.

This section of cycleway and footpath is cracked and uneven.

Take care.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
64947Photo #64947Bike & Go at Colchester North Station.Bicycle:
Infrastructure
bicycles
64727Photo #64727Save This Crossing and Save a Life

"Essex County Council are planning to remove this crossing. This is to make cars and lorries go faster.

"By doing so it will endanger the lives of pedestrians and cyclists. No detaills of definite alternatives have emerged. You can expect therefore to have to cross this road without assistance at your own risk or make a long detour."


Picture #64726 shows the crossing.
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
64726Photo #64726This crossing is planned to be removed by Rodney Bass and Essex County council, and moved some 200 metres further away from the roundabout (on right).

"t is proposed to remove the existing crossing on Colne Bank Avenue, to the west of its junction with Westway, to reduce the perceived impediment to roads users exiting Colne Bank Roundabout, thereby preventing the blockage to the roundabout. It is noted that this will have an impact on a key pedestrian and cycle route. To mitigate this it is proposed to provide a second route
utilising the Sheepen Road subway.

It is also proposed to provide an alternative crossing point on Colne BankAvenue in the vicinity of Sheepen Road. A temporary 40mph speed limit will be introduced in conjunction with the pedestrian crossing."

See Essex Highways TRO: www.essexhighways.org/Uploads/TRAF4741_StatementofReasons.pdf
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
63087Photo #63087A bike now part of the river bank.Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
63028Photo #63028Short section of mandatory cycle lane leading to Creffield Medical Centre.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
62584Photo #62584The Wivenhoe Trail: a lovely route but an awful path.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
62583Photo #62583A striking bench at Alresford Creek, in memory of Dave Gardner. It really stands out in the sunlight!Other:
Misc
general
62515Photo #62515Width, safety, and comfort dramatically reduced by Essex County Council's insistence that the parapets are protected by obstructive, unnecessary means.

Take to the left of the concrete bollards (when the sign for motorists isn't in place) and you'll soon run out of pathway (see #62513)!
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
62513Photo #62513Width, safety, and comfort dramatically reduced by Essex County Council's insistence that the parapets are protected by obstructive, unnecessary means.

See also #62514.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
61612Photo #61612Wivenhoe stationCycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
60010Photo #60010Priorities are evident at this new development.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
59402Photo #59402Sign for Boxford Bike Club at The White Hart, Boxford.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
59238Photo #59238Finally, the return of cycle parking to Colchester Town station.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
59083Photo #59083Vintage bicycle forms a road side advert.

"The sign of something different..."
Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
58987Photo #58987This drop kerb, leading to a puddle, is barely wide enough for a pram, making a mockery of the markings. The insufficient width makes approach to it a much tighter angle than should be necessary, and should there be another path user there, conflict might ensue.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
45634Photo #45634We are traffic too!

Bicycles dominate Queen Street.
Other:
Good practice
general
45633Photo #45633Re~Cycle have relocated from Moorside to Severalls, within Gunfleet Business Park.

(Enttry through the door to right of bike.)
Bike shop:
Misc
bikeshops
45632Photo #45632Re~Cycle have relocated from Moorside to Severalls, within Gunfleet Business Park.Bike shop:
Misc
bikeshops
45364Photo #45364In jest aboard the Harwich and Felixstowe foot ferry. 'We hate tandems!' Tandems are welcome.Other:
Misc
general
45363Photo #45363Chainless baker's bike at The Sandwich Shop.Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
43876Photo #43876Mannequin and bike in a garden on Bromley Road, looking out to Salary Brook.Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
43875Photo #43875Notice by a shop window on Hadleigh High Street.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
43874Photo #43874One of several notices along Hadleigh High Street detering cyclists from locking their bikes against buildings.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
43873Photo #43873Fully operational model bicycle in a shop window in Hadleigh.Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
43872Photo #43872Bike attached to the Harwich Foot Ferry; secured by a rope tie and "wheel bender".Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
43871Photo #43871Tandem trike parked at Millrace Garden Centre.Bicycle:
Infrastructure
bicycles
43870Photo #43870Cycle parking at Needham Lake.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
43869Photo #43869Sustrans Millenium Signpost on Coddenham Road, by Needham Lake.Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
40177Photo #40177Route 51, through the Moors, is seriously overgrown, restricting visibility and width of the path.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
40176Photo #40176Cycle parking at St Johns Church hall, the Ipswich Road entrance.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
40173Photo #40173This sign is attached to a pillar where the Wivenhoe Trail (Route 51) joins the Colne Causeway.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
39649Photo #39649A Newton C21 tandem trike.Bicycle:
Misc
bicycles
39648Photo #39648Spot the cycle racks at The Range!

There are two Sheffield stands amongst the plants -- see #35729.
Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
39647Photo #39647Cycle parking at The Beth Chatto Gardens.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
37020IconPhoto #37020On a cold, wet, and windy day a great number of cyclists turned out for the Colchester Cycle Champions weekly LEAP ride to greet and cycle with CTC CEO Gordon Seabright.Other:
Event
general
36481Photo #36481'Share the Space' notice at the entrance to Lower Castle Park.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
36480Photo #36480Colchester Cycle Stores have taken over another shop just along from the original shop. It is currently being used as a showroom.Bike shop:
Misc
bikeshops
36479Photo #36479It is approaching two years since the Colchester Town station cycle parking was removed (see #22196).

It was at the time made a priority of Cycle Colchester, though no solution ever materialised, and notices stating 'No parking of cycles' still remain on the railings that cyclists have no option but to use.

A solution is finally on the horizon (see www.colchesterchronicle.co.uk/2012/01/19/all-square/), but it is far too late in the day.
Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
36478Photo #36478Cycle parking at the new Magistrates Court. It is right by the entrance, but poorly sited (see also #36477).Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
36477Photo #36477Cycle parking at the new Magistrates Court. It is right by the entrance, but spacing could be better (see also #36478)Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
36476Photo #36476Two trees have been set in the middle of the Wivenhoe Trail (Sustrans Route 51), at Hythe Quay, seriously hindering cyclists passage of this well-used and liked traffic free route.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
36475Photo #36475Whitehall Close could be a useful short cut, and save cyclists having to negotiate Whitehall Road, but as it is, it is a pain.

Note the desire line of pedestrians (and possibly cyclists) using the crossing point to the right.
Road environment:
Problem
road
36155Photo #36155Hopefully tongue-in-cheek!

CAUTION Sound horn when leaving
beware of soporific pedestrians and
lunatic cyclists
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
36152Photo #36152Nice wide shared-use pavement giving good permeability between St Leonard's Road and the new housing estate of Lenz Close and Peache Road.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
36151Photo #36151New 'Share the Space' signs by the Lower Castle Park shared-use path.

It seems expense has been spared here, which was not the case in Crouch St, where elaborate paving slabs have been installed (see #36140 and #36141).
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
36150Photo #36150Cycling prohibited signs have been relocated from the entrance to Lower Castle Park to paths off from the green lines that indicate where it is permissible to cycle.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
36149Photo #36149Cycling is now permitted in Lower Castle Park, so long as cyclists stay between the green lines.

The cycling prohibited signs have been relocated (see #36150), and new painted signs layed.
Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
36148Photo #36148Colchester Cycling Campaign 'Good Cuppa Award' at Dedham Art & Craft Centre.Destination:
Good practice
destinations
36146Photo #36146The orignal sign has deteriorated badly (see #34986 and #35747). The replacement already has a chip out of it, but why was it layed before the old one was removed?

The first signs of this kind (see #21171) are still in good shape. Is the Council now using a cheaper method, or are they unable to cope with the much greater foot fall in town centre?
General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
36145Photo #36145Awkward drop kerb and badly maintained ramp from Cowdray Ave cycle path onto the adjacent side road.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
36144Photo #36144Cyclists please dismount in Kersey, over the ford.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
36143Photo #36143One set of many ASL's (at end of High St) that have appeared across Colchester recently.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
36142Photo #36142Fancy paving slabs on Crouch St. Eight bike symbols and one pedestrian priority, in the foreground. For close up see #31640 and #31641.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
36141Photo #36141Fancy paving slab on Crouch St.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
36140Photo #36140Fancy paving slab with bike symbol on Crouch St.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
35887IconPhoto #35887Video of the 2012 Jock Wadley Memorial Road Race, taken in Birch.Other:
Event
general
35748Photo #35748There is a new ASL beyond the bus, here on St Johns Street in town centre. The issue however, is the cycle lane leading to it on the left.

There is simply not enough space for it, whether the bus is in the middle of the lane or not. Cyclists shouldn't be encouraged to squeeze by here, especially not up against a large vehicle such as this one.

Traffic is either going straight ahead (which is actually a left kink) or right. If a cyclist is alongside when the lights change to green, and the driver is going ahead (and doesn't see them), they will be in a most uncomfortable situation.
Road environment:
Problem
road
35747Photo #35747Roughly three months ago this was laid (see #34986)... now look at it!General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
35746Photo #35746How to ruin a perfectly good cycle path? Cover it in gravel.

The sweeping bends always felt like an attempt to thwart speeding down this hill, but covered in gravel no-one is going to be travelling at any speed for fear of coming off their bike. Mountain bikes may be fine, but road bikes -- even tourers -- will find it quite "skittish" and unnerving. Maybe that's the idea?
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35742Photo #35742Access from Ypres Road to the Garrison Route. It appears that either the path has been laid too far over or the dropkerbs are misaligned.

The non-reflective bollard should be ripped out, and the gravel replaced with good ol' tarmac (as the path this stretch leads to originally was).
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35741Photo #35741Was it really necessary to install 8 [dark] bollards here? Just look at the spacing! And why such a little gap in the build out?Road environment:
Problem
road
35732Photo #35732ASL with leading cycle lane encouraging cyclists to go down the inside of waiting traffic at a left only turn.

See also #35731.
Road environment:
Problem
road
35731Photo #35731New ASL's have been springing up all over town centre. Some are just a box without a leading cycle lane, however this one on the High St does have a cycle lane, on the inside of a left only turn.

Cycling down the inside here is not to be advised, and shouldn't be actively encouraged as is the case here. Besides possibly getting caught out and stuck on the inside of a bus or other vehicle when the lights change to green, waiting cars will often let out passengers at this point, with the chance of being struck by a car door swinging open into their path.

See also #35732.
Road environment:
Problem
road
35730Photo #35730Crew promoting Sustrans in Colchester town centre.Other:
Misc
general
35729Photo #35729Two new cycle racks at The Range. If you didn't know they were there, you probably wouldn't find them as they're out of sight tucked away behind the built-out entrance.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
35728Photo #35728"Elephant feet" crossing where Shrub End Sports Ground dissects the Boadicea Way shared-use path.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
35727Photo #35727"Elephant feet" crossing where Esso exit dissects Ipswich Rd.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
35726Photo #35726"Elephant feet" crossing where Esso entrance dissects Ipswich Rd.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
35725Photo #35725"Elephant feet" crossing where Friars Close dissects the Ipswich Rd shared-use path. Strange how it doesn't encompass the whole pathway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35724Photo #35724A ridiculous number of obstacles on Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 1, near Mill Lane.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35722Photo #35722There's no doubting it's 'End of Route' -- there's a fence in the way!Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35721Photo #35721"Elephant feet" crossing of St Johns Green.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
35720Photo #35720"Elephant feet" crossing where Alefounder Close dissects the Avon Way shared-use pathway.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
35719Photo #35719"Elephant feet" crossing where Bennett Close dissects the Avon Way shared-use pathway.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
35718Photo #35718"Elephant feet" crossing where Laing Rd dissects the Avon Way shared-use pathway.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
35717Photo #35717At the same time bike symbols finally graced this bit of cycle lane (see also #35716) in Crouch St, so did what appears to be a parking or loading bay. This bay explains why the drop kerb is so much wider than the narrow "elephant feet" crossing... but is it "no parking, no waiting" or not (as per the yellow markings)?

If vans or cars are to be parked in this narrow strip, these vehicles will inevitably be driven in the cycle lane, against the flow parking/leaving. And how many drivers will make sure to park within the box, not intruding in what is meant to be a cycle lane? If a van with a side door is there, will the driver then be stood in the cycle lane loading/unloading?
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35716Photo #35716This cycle lane on Crouch St had been awaiting symbols since its creation sometime ago. They are now in place, along with unwelcome symbols in the shape of a parking/loading bay (see #35717).

If vans or cars are to be parked in this narrow strip, these vehicles will inevitably be driven in the cycle lane, against the flow parking/leaving. And how many drivers will make sure to park within the box, not intruding in what is meant to be a cycle lane? If a van with a side door is there, will the driver then be stood in the cycle lane loading/unloading?
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35714Photo #35714Small bike symbols in the gutter on Crouch St have been burned off and replaced with large symbols in a much more prominent part of the road.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
35713Photo #35713"Elephant feet" crossing of Crouch St (see also #35712). Note the tight angle of approach into the underpass (which still carries prohibition sign).

An adult may well be seen before it is too late, but a dog, child, pram, or even a mobility scooter might not be...
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35712Photo #35712"Elephant feet" crossing of Crouch Street (see also #35713)...

An "elaborate" contra-flow: two road crossings, watching for people coming out of shops, cars exiting blind driveways, dogs tied to railings... all to preserve free car parking spaces (on the right).
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
35711Photo #35711Bike symbol on Crouch St indicating desire line into the underpass has been moved (see #34314). Not sure why the bike isn't facing the traffic...

The safest approach, and the only one with clear vision of both the pavement and underpass is where a loading bay has been created (see #35710). Most if not all vehicles using this loading bay are vans which don't have windows and therefore make it impossible to see what is the other side of it.

If the loading bay is non-negotiable, then something else must change, and that it seems should be the post box. Moving that obstacle would improve vision, and increase space, where pedestrians and cyclists are to "share". Note also, the post box appears to be used by traders to pile up their rubbish at the end of the day, reducing space further.

Prohibition sign still at entrance to the underpass.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
35710Photo #35710Little bike symbols in the gutter (see #34312) along Crouch St have been burned off and replaced by some larger ones, in the centre of the lane.

At this point the symbols were suggesting a desire line that would bring cyclists into conflict with busses using the bus stops just beyond. That is no longer the case, but because of the loading bay on the right, cyclists using the underpass are still expected to make a sharp, unsighted turn into it.

Seems odd that the further of the bike symbols isn't facing directly ahead.
Road environment:
Problem
road
35709Photo #35709Little bike symbols in the gutter along Crouch St have been burned off and replaced by some larger ones, in the centre of the lane.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
35708Photo #35708Little bike symbols in the gutter (see #34309) along Crouch St have been burned off and replaced by some larger ones, in the centre of the lane.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road

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