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174703Photo #174703Why on earth construct a hump for cyclists to ride though the bus stop then merge with the virtually traffic free busway immediately afterwards - rather than simply join the busway just before?Cycleway:
Problem
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174702Photo #174702Narrow 2-way bollarded cycle lane - with right angle turn.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174701Photo #174701Absurdly narrow 2-way bollarded cycle lane gives way at a side roadCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174700Photo #174700Absurdly narrow 2-way cycleway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174699Photo #174699This very narrow convoluted cycle lane is actually intended for 2-way use!Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174698Photo #174698Covid lane has been made permanent. Unfortunately, so has the daft priority marking.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174697Photo #174697COVID popup lane now made permanent - complete with the daft priority reversal.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174696Photo #174696Covid cycleway in Runcorn now made permanent. The bollards still obstruct the entrance, but you can at least get into it now.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
174695Photo #174695The new bus gate on Scotland Road is welcome - shame about the priority on the exit.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
174694Photo #174694Scotland Road bus gateRoad environment:
Good practice
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174693Photo #174693New bus gate on Scotland RoadRoad environment:
Good practice
road
174692Photo #174692New "high quality" cycle route crosses the two lane entry for Brian Bevan Island. No priority. No protection.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
174691Photo #174691Shared use pavement goes through a bus shelter. (A "High quality cycle route" according to Warrington Council.) I thought they were not supposed to install this sort of rubbish any more. Not only that, but the dangerous half-width cycle lane has been left on the carriageway giving cyclists the worst of both worlds.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
167720Photo #167720Half width contraflow cycle laneCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
167660Photo #167660The Trans Pennine Trail (NCN 62) now has a barrier-free tarmac surface between Knutsford Road and London Road.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
167655Photo #167655View of the cantilever bridge crossing the Manchester Ship Canal from the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
167646Photo #167646cyclist with ladderBicycle:
Misc
bicycles
167645Photo #167645Poorly designed link from the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62) to Archer Avenue. A narrow cycleway leads to the pavement behind parked cars with no dropped kerb or means to access the carriageway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
167642Photo #167642A rare example of an access control barrier that is actually wide enough to ride through. Why it is there at all is another question as access to this stretch of the Transpennine Trail is open at other points.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
167637Photo #167637Poorly designed access to the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN 62) from Westbrook Avenue. A narrow path leads from the pavement behind parked cars with no dropped kerb or means of getting from the carriageway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
167636Photo #167636Poorly designed access to the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN 62) from Clarke Avenue. A narrow path leads from the pavement behind parked cars with no dropped kerb or means of getting from the carriageway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
167635Photo #167635New tarmac surface on the Trans Pennine Trail.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
167633Photo #167633Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62) has now been widened
and surfaced between the London Road and Knutsford Road.
Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
167301Photo #167301narrow gateObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
167300Photo #167300A choice of obstructions to negotiateObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
167299Photo #167299Tricky barrierObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
167298Photo #167298Cyclists offered a choice of difficult obstacles to negotiate.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
167297Photo #167297What bright spark came up with the idea that a kissing gate is just what a cycle route needs?Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
165562Photo #165562The awkward gate #87385
is now unlocked and permanently open
Obstruction:
Good practice
obstructions
165561Photo #165561How not to design the end of a cycleway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
165560Photo #165560Cycleway diverts round the corner them makes a sharp 90 degree turn to cross the side road without priority.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
165559Photo #165559No way to turn off from the newly constructed shared pavement into Tan House lane.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
165558Photo #165558Motor free road - the bypass to the gate could be better.Road environment:
Good practice
road
165557Photo #165557Cycleway crosses arm of roundabout with no priority.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
165556Photo #165556Left hand filter lanes are awful for cyclists heading straight on as you need to negotiate into the middle of the road. This one is particularly gratuitous since hardly any traffic heading ion this direction will take that turn. The reverse manoeuvre (turning right from Slutchers Lane) is prohibited - though that wold be a useful way for cyclists to reach the town centre.Road environment:
Problem
road
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.

UPDATE 2021: lane has now been made permanent #174697 - complete with the reversed priority!
Cycleway:
Problem
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164708Photo #164708Convoluted kink on the covid popup cycleway.

Update - October 2021: Now made permanent: #174699 but no more thought put into the design
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
164707Photo #164707Give way markings have appeared on the absurdly narrow 2-way covid popup cycleway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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.]
Yes - obviously that IS what it is - The utterly moronic thing is to construct ramps to direct cyclists to ride through the queue of those less able passengers, rather than simply ride past on the busway which they will join in any case immediately after riding through the bus stop.

UPDATE October 2021: Now with added posts: #174703
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Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
164704Photo #164704Give Way markings have appeared on the covid popup lane in Runcorn

UPDATE October 2021: The lane has now been made permanent: #174698 complete with the daft give way markings.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
164622Photo #164622Two Cyclists Dismount signs connected by an awkward barrier.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
164620Photo #164620Signs for both segregated and unsegregated shared use; they can't both be correct!General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
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
cycleways
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
cycleways
164614Photo #164614I think this means they want us to ride on the pavement.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
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
road
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
road
161229Photo #161229The signs can't all be correct!General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
161228Photo #161228Bicycles only westbound on Academy WayCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
161216Photo #161216Cycleway ends leaving cyclists on the wrong side of the street. Where are cyclists supposed to go?Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
161206Photo #161206What on earth is the point of converting this 8 metre stretch of pavement to shared use?Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
obstructions
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:
Problem
cycleways
155484Photo #155484Woolson New Cut greenway. New tarmac surface, but not really wide enough.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
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:
Problem
signs
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:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
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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cycleways
155309Photo #155309Short stretch of cycleway soon ends at a cyclist dismount signCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
155304Photo #155304Pedestrian/Cycle swing bridge.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
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155303Photo #155303Pedestrian / cycle lift bridgeCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
155302Photo #155302Trafford WharfCycleway:
Infrastructure
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155301Photo #155301Cycleway signalled crossingCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
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
road
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:
Problem
obstructions
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.
Obstruction:
Problem
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151148Photo #151148cyclists can ride on the busway as far as the roundabout, but no further.
Why?
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Problem
signs
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:
Infrastructure
signs
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:
Infrastructure
signs
151142Photo #151142Sign advising motorists to give way when crossing the popup cycle lane.

UPDATE March 2021: Priorities have now been reversed #164709

UPDATE October 2021: Facility has been made permanent - complete with the reversed priorities: #174697
General sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
151141Photo #151141Covid 19 popup cycle lane - How do you get into it?

UPDATE 2021: the popup lane has been made permanent: #174696 It now has posts which you can ride though to access the lane.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
151140Photo #151140Popup cycle lane - rather narrow for a 2-way use.

UPDATE - October 2021: Now made permanent, but still; just as narrow: #174700
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
151139Photo #151139Covid 19 popup cycleway route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
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
signs
150587Photo #150587Narrow shared use pavement passes through a bus shelterCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
150577Photo #150577Dropped kerb needed on link between Runcorn Loop Cycleway and disused busway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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
cycleways
140393Photo #140393Black Bear park now surfaced - addresses the step. The ramp up to Kingsway could still do to be wider.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
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: #140387

UPDATE 2021: the direction of the one-way street has changed. Now there is a very narrow painted cycle contraflow lane: #167720
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
140389Photo #140389Entrance to covid-19 pop-up cycle lane blocked by cones and a sign.

UPDATE NOV 2020: Covid cycle lane removed.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
140387Photo #140387Pop-up cycle lane on Bold Street now has more substantial barriers ... obstructing the exit onto Wilson Patten Street

UPDATE 2021: the direction of the one-way street has changed. Now there is a very narrow painted cycle contraflow lane: #167720
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
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!
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
139535Photo #139535Temporary covid footway widening.Road environment:
Good practice
road

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