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164709Photo #164709Priorities now changed on the covid popup cycle lane in Runcorn - it wouldn't do to have proper traffic give way to mere cyclists.Cycleway:
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164708Photo #164708Convoluted kink on the covid popup cycleway.Cycleway:
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164707Photo #164707Give way markings have appeared on the absurdly narrow 2-way covid popup cycleway.Cycleway:
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164706Photo #164706OK, so it is a good thing that Halton Council have allowed cyclists to use the Runcorn busway. But, why on earth construct this special speed bump for cyclists to ride though the queuing passengers rather than just simply keep to the virtually traffic free carriageway.
[Being at a hospital, I suspect it's a boarding platform for less able passengers, rather than a speed ramp. Ed.]
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164705Photo #164705A short narrow cycle facility featuring assorted barriers and cones, give way markings at each end and a right angle turn. What on earth were the designers thinking about?Cycleway:
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164704Photo #164704Give Way markings have appeared on the covid popup lane in RuncornCycleway:
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164622Photo #164622Two Cyclists Dismount signs connected by an awkward barrier.Cycleway:
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164620Photo #164620Signs for both segregated and unsegregated shared use; they can't both be correct!General sign/notice:
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164619Photo #164619cycleway degenerates into a shared use pavement once you are over the bridge.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
164617Photo #164617Cycleway over the recently reopened Silver Jubilee Bridge between Runcorn and Widnes.Cycleway:
Good practice
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164615Photo #164615Carrageway reallocated to create a cycleway across the bridge, while pedestrians use the old narrow footway. I'm not sure what the "End of Route" sign is about.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
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164614Photo #164614I think this means they want us to ride on the pavement.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
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164613Photo #164613The Bridge has finally reopened. After a gap of over three years you can now legally ride from Runcorn to Widnes - and bicycles don't have to pay the toll.Road environment:
Infrastructure
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161230Photo #161230Approach to the traffic free section of Academy Way
Cycle symbols encourage cyclists to adopt a sensible road position to avoid left hooks.
Road environment:
Good practice
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161229Photo #161229The signs can't all be correct!General sign/notice:
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161228Photo #161228Bicycles only westbound on Academy WayCycleway:
Good practice
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161224Photo #161224End of cycleway - with textured paving to stop people continuing on the pavement. But, no dropped kerb for cyclists to get onto the road.Cycleway:
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161216Photo #161216Cycleway ends leaving cyclists on the wrong side of the street. Where are cyclists supposed to go?Cycleway:
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161206Photo #161206What on earth is the point of converting this 8 metre stretch of pavement to shared use?Cycleway:
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156806Photo #156806What bright spark thought it would be remotely sensible to force cyclists to perform a tight swerve on a narrow tow-path, inches away from the edge of the canal.Obstruction:
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155496Photo #155496Bollards with reflective strips replace the tight chicane barriers that were there before #84832Obstruction:
Good practice
obstructions
155491Photo #155491Detail of edge of cycleway. Wooden edging pegged into the top of a very steep bank. It is OK at the moment, but doesn't look like it was built to last.Cycleway:
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155484Photo #155484Woolson New Cut greenway. New tarmac surface, but not really wide enough.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
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155478Photo #155478Woolson New Cut greenwayCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
155475Photo #155475This cycleway meets another cycleway at a T junction - so why the "END OF CYCLE ROUTE" sign and incorrect tactile paving?General sign/notice:
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155474Photo #155474Brand new road with no constraints of space - so why is the cycleway design so dangerous that cyclists are told to get off?Cycleway:
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155314Photo #155314Short stretch of cycleway - just long enough to bump over a dropped kerb at a tangent, a cycle symbol, an arrow, some incorrect tactile paving, a give way marking and another angled dropped kerb..Cycleway:
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155313Photo #155313poorly design merge onto a half width cycle lane Cyclists have to look over their shoulder while negotiating ladder paving then jink tightly right then left.Cycleway:
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155312Photo #155312shared use bus shelterCycleway:
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155311Photo #155311Dangerously narrow half width cycle lane - scary when the trams come past. A stretch of the national cycle network that Sustrans decided to retain!Cycleway:
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155310Photo #155310Dangerously narrow half width cycle laneCycleway:
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155309Photo #155309Short stretch of cycleway soon ends at a cyclist dismount signCycleway:
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155308Photo #155308Short cycleway heads over some ladder paving to a cyclist dismount sign.Cycleway:
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155306Photo #155306cycleway gives way to minor side roadCycleway:
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155305Photo #155305Cyclists Dismount sign at end of cycleway - but no ramp to rejoin carriageway.Cycleway:
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155304Photo #155304Pedestrian/Cycle swing bridge.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
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155303Photo #155303Pedestrian / cycle lift bridgeCycleway:
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155302Photo #155302Trafford WharfCycleway:
Infrastructure
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155301Photo #155301Cycleway signalled crossingCycleway:
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155300Photo #155300Large hatched extension to the central island has made a huge improvement here. Traffic speed are now much lower. This could be further improved by installing a proper cobbled runoff zone on the hatched area to discourage drivers from cutting across, but a good job nevertheless.Road environment:
Good practice
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153290Photo #153290Route sign directs cyclists across a level crossing with awkward kissing gates either side #153284 , dismount, then walk across a pedestrian only bridge rather than ride a short stretch of carriageway. And just in case folk might think this is a bit too much bother there is a fence to stop anyone getting ideas above their station.Obstruction:
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153284Photo #153284Kissing gates on either side of the level crossing. Awkward at the best of times, but completely bonkers if a group of cyclists is trying to get clear the railway when the red light starts flashing and have to slowly negotiate the gate one at a time.

Why cyclists are directed through here when it leads to a pedestrian only bridge is beyond me.
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151148Photo #151148cyclists can ride on the busway as far as the roundabout, but no further.
Why?
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151147Photo #151147Cyclists can ride on the busway this far but no further.
Why?
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151146Photo #151146Runcorn busway. cyclists now allowed to use this stretch during daylight hours - but only as far as the roundabout where all other exits are prohibited for cyclists: #151147 , #151148 Presumably cyclists are expected to turn round and come back again!General sign/notice:
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151144Photo #151144Runcorn busway - virtually traffic free roads which make for an ideal cycling environment. Unfortunately cyclists are prohibited from most of them, but as a response to the pandemic cyclists are allowed to ride along this stretch, but only during the hours of daylight.Road environment:
Infrastructure
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151143Photo #151143Cyclists allowed to use part of the Runcorn busway part of the time.General sign/notice:
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151142Photo #151142Sign advising motorists to give way when crossing the popup cycle lane.

UPDATE March 2021: Priorities have now been reversed #164709
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Good practice
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151141Photo #151141Covid 19 popup cycle lane - How do you get into it?Cycleway:
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151140Photo #151140Popup cycle lane - rather narrow for a 2-way use.Cycleway:
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151139Photo #151139Covid 19 popup cycleway route signRoute sign:
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routesigns
151138Photo #151138The good news: As a response to the pandemic cyclists now allowed to ride on this Runcorn busway.
The bad news: but only a small part of the network and only during the daylight - which is going to make it less useful now that the days are getting shorter.
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
151137Photo #151137Cyclists Dismount sign illustrates just how poor the new cycleway design is. Totally unnecessary since the adjacent busway only takes 4 buses per hour - if only cyclists were allowed to use it.General sign/notice:
Problem
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150587Photo #150587Narrow shared use pavement passes through a bus shelterCycleway:
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150577Photo #150577Dropped kerb needed on link between Runcorn Loop Cycleway and disused busway.Cycleway:
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140394Photo #140394Last stretch of Black Bear Park greenway finally gets a tarmac surface. Unfortunately the anti-cycle barrier is #84821 wasn't removed while they were at it.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
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140393Photo #140393Black Bear park now surfaced - addresses the step. The ramp up to Kingsway could still do to be wider.Cycleway:
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140392Photo #140392Sankey Street closed to cars to enable footway widening.Road environment:
Good practice
road
140390Photo #140390Cones are now less cluttered and there is a more substantial barrier. However, the cycle lane is still unnecessarily narrow and blocked at the far end: #140387Cycleway:
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140389Photo #140389Entrance to covid-19 pop-up cycle lane blocked by cones and a sign.

UPDATE NOV 2020: Covid cycle lane removed.
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140387Photo #140387Pop-up cycle lane on Bold Street now has more substantial barriers ... obstructing the exit onto Wilson Patten StreetObstruction:
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139539Photo #139539Cattle pen removed from central island to give more space to pedestrians as a resonse to the covid pandemic. Unfortunately the cycle is still very long so queues of pedestrians still build up.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
139538Photo #139538Carriageway reallocated to create wider footway with temporary bus boarding platform as a response to the covid pandemic.Road environment:
Good practice
road
139537Photo #139537Parking spaces taken out to widen the footway as a response to the covid pandemic. I'm not sure why they didn't take the whole width of the parking bay - or indeed some of the carriageway, which is very wide at this point.

UPDATE November 2020: Parking spaces have been restored, forcing pedestrians back onto the narrow footway ... at the height of the second wave of the pandemic!
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Infrastructure
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139535Photo #139535Temporary covid footway widening.Road environment:
Good practice
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139534Photo #139534Temporary pedestrian crossing as a response to the covid pandemic. Unfortunately the pedestrian signal heads are facing the wrong way! It shows just how much road space is available.

Update 2nd July: Pedestrian signal heads now facing the correct direction.

Update 20th July: It has now been removed - presumably staying in place just long enough to qualify for the emergency funding.
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Infrastructure
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137727Photo #137727Covid-19 funding used to fund a very short stretch of this long needed improvement of this stretch of cycleway #52592 - (they didn't get as far as #84321)
You would have thought that they would have cleared the vegetation while they were at it (photo taken a couple of weeks after the work finished!)
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137725Photo #137725Covid-19 road closure on Academy Way leaves a gap for cyclists. (if a bit on the tight side)

UPDATE JAN 2021:
This arrangement has now been made permanent #161230
Temporary closure:
Infrastructure
closure
137723Photo #137723Someone forgot to include cyclists on the the covid-19 road closure sign.Temporary closure:
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closure
137722Photo #137722Cyclists exempt from the covid-19 road closure on Winwick Street. Unfortunately the sign at the other end doesnt mention cyclists #137723Temporary closure:
Good practice
closure
137717Photo #137717Covid-19 road closure of Barbauld Street. This creates an opportunity to create a cycle route from Warrington Town centre to the south via Arpley Road (in the distance #137710 ) avoiding the Bridge Foot Giratory. A crossing of Wilson Patten Street is needed.Temporary closure:
Infrastructure
closure
137710Photo #137710Opportunity to create a cycle route into the town centre from Arpley Road to the recently closed stretch of Barbauld Street (in the distance #137717 ). Just needs a short stretch of cycle path from here to a toucan crossing of Wilson Patten Street (A5061).Other:
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137041Photo #137041The road is wide enough for marked parking bays so plenty of room to widen the pavement, but what does Warrington Council do? Make the pavements one way! What are you supposed to do if you want to get to the high street? Walk all the way up to the crossing at the London Bridge and all the way back on the other side of the A49.

UPDATE 25th JUNE: New temporary pedestrian crossing installed hee: #139534
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137034Photo #137034Pavement so narrow that the sides of the bus shelter had to be removed - yet the council put signs up telling pedestrians to "Maintain the Gap". How?

UPDATE 25th June: Carriageway space has been reallocated to widen the bus stop: #139538
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137023Photo #137023The high street is very wide and even has space for parking bays, yet the best Warrington Borough Council can come up with as a response to the pandemic is stickers telling pedestrians to maintain their distance on the narrow pavement left over.

UPDATE 25th June: The parking bays have now been reallocated to pedestrians: #139537
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137021Photo #137021What is needed is wider pavements - not signs telling pedestrians to mind the gap on a pavement that is obviously too narrow. The road is very wide here.

UPDATE 25th June: barriers have been installed to widen the footway: #139535
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137019Photo #137019Just putting stickers down to tell pedestrians to "Maintain the Gap" when the pavement squeezes between a building and railings is rather missing the point.Road environment:
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133601Photo #133601Modal filter outside the Parr HallRoad environment:
Good practice
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133599Photo #133599Good that cyclists are exempted from pop-up covid left turn ban at the end of Winmarleigh Street, but it is a real squeeze to get into the cycle lane past the sign at elbow height. It's not as if the road is narrow.Cycleway:
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133586Photo #133586Cyclists exempt from the covid-19 turning restriction on Winmarleigh St. A shame the implementation at the junction is so poor #133599General sign/notice:
Good practice
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133584Photo #133584A forest of cones makes the southern end of the Bold Street pop-up contraflow cycle lane a bit of an obstacle course.

UPDATE 27th June: It gets worse. Now there are more substantial barriers blocking the exit of the cycle lane: #140387
Cycleway:
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133581Photo #133581Cycle bypass to the road closure on Academy Way. A bit of a squeeze past the sign.Temporary closure:
Problem
closure
133577Photo #133577Pop-up contraflow cycle lane on Bold Street - mostly occupied by cones.Cycleway:
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133574Photo #133574cones obstructing the eastern end of the St Austins Lane pop-up cycle lane.Why?

UPDATE NOV 2020: Covid cycle lane removed ... at the height of the second peak!
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133570Photo #133570pop-up contraflow cycle lane on St Austins Lane. While the idea is good the implementation is dreadful. Until yesterday the road was taking 2-way motor traffic, so why on earth does the cycle lane have to be so narrow with signs further constricting the entrance?

UPDATE 29th June: and it gets worse! now there is a cone to protect the sign further obstructing the entrance to the cyle lane: #140389

UPDATE 25th November: the cycle lane has been removed
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133101Photo #133101Half-width covid-19 pop-up cycle lane on the Kingsway bridge. It is only 1.2m between the fence and the cones so much too narrow to ride comfortably. Heading in the other direction it makes it very difficult for cyclists to turn right onto Sandy Lane which they need to do to reach the Black Bear cycleway.

UPDATE July 20th: Good News - The cycle lane has been removed.
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133093Photo #133093To continue riding on the A56 covid-19 pop-up cycleway from here you need to head right (where it is blocked by the two blue arrows) across the path of motor traffic heading straight on up Barton Road. An accident waiting to happen.Cycleway:
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133088Photo #133088The A56 gains 10m of pop-up cycle laneCycleway:
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133085Photo #133085Sign saying nothing at all blocks the half-width cycle lane on the A56 in Trafford.Cycleway:
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133083Photo #133083Sign as part of the pop-up covid-19 cycle lane on the A56 in Trafford. Why?General sign/notice:
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133078Photo #133078Covid-19 pop-up cycle lane on the A56 through Trafford.
Busy high-speed slip road for the M60 motorway crosses the cycle lane. To motorists this just appears to be coned off road works. For a video showing how dangerous this is see:
#news4trafford.co.uk/2020/06/05/cyclists-cheer-about-the-new-pop-up-cycling-lanes-in-trafford-we-spot-the-dangers/
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133071Photo #133071Covid-19 pop-up cycle lane on the A56 in Sale. Too many high speed crossings .Cycleway:
Infrastructure
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115897Photo #115897Cycling permitted in Warrington town centre Pedestrian and Cycle ZoneGeneral sign/notice:
Good practice
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115896Photo #115896cycling now permitted on Buttermarket Street (formerly pedestrians only)General sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
115895Photo #115895Cycling now allowed in Warrington town centre pedestrian zoneGeneral sign/notice:
Good practice
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115894Photo #115894Cycling now permitted on Sankey Street (formally pedestrians only)General sign/notice:
Good practice
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115893Photo #115893Cycling now allowed in Warrington town centre pedestrianised area.General sign/notice:
Good practice
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115890Photo #115890Cycling now permitted on Bridge Street. (formerly a pedestrian zone)General sign/notice:
Good practice
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113996Photo #113996Cycleway heading north from the Birchwood Way roundabout does not provide a dropped kerb for cyclists to continue along Crab Lane. Instead the cycleway turns left along Fearnhead Lane where is simply stops #113995 (again with no dropped kerb)Cycleway:
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113995Photo #113995Cycleway comes to an end with no dropped kerb to rejoin the carriageway. You would have though it might have occurred to the planners to provide a legally useable cycle crossing at this point rather than routing cyclists to a pedestrian only crossing.Cycleway:
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