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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
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: #140387Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
140389Photo #140389Entrance to covid-19 pop-up cycle lane blocked by cones and a sign.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
140387Photo #140387Pop-up cycle lane on Bold Street now has more substantial barriers ... obstructing the exit onto Wilson Patten StreetObstruction:
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.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
139535Photo #139535Temporary covid footway widening.Road environment:
Good practice
road
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.
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
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!)
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
137725Photo #137725Covid-19 road closure on Academy Way leaves a gap for cyclists. (if a bit on the tight side)Temporary closure:
Infrastructure
closure
137723Photo #137723Someone forgot to include cyclists on the the covid-19 road closure sign.Temporary closure:
Problem
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:
Infrastructure
general
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
Road environment:
Problem
road
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
Road environment:
Problem
road
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
Road environment:
Problem
road
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
Road environment:
Problem
road
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:
Problem
road
133601Photo #133601Modal filter outside the Parr HallRoad environment:
Good practice
road
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:
Problem
cycleways
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
signs
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:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
133574Photo #133574cones obstructing the eastern end of the St Austins Lane pop-up cycle lane.Why?Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
133088Photo #133088The A56 gains 10m of pop-up cycle laneCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
133085Photo #133085Sign saying nothing at all blocks the half-width cycle lane on the A56 in Trafford.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
133083Photo #133083Sign as part of the pop-up covid-19 cycle lane on the A56 in Trafford. Why?General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
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/
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
133071Photo #133071Covid-19 pop-up cycle lane on the A56 in Sale. Too many high speed crossings .Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
115897Photo #115897Cycling permitted in Warrington town centre Pedestrian and Cycle ZoneGeneral sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
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
signs
115894Photo #115894Cycling now permitted on Sankey Street (formally pedestrians only)General sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
115893Photo #115893Cycling now allowed in Warrington town centre pedestrianised area.General sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
115890Photo #115890Cycling now permitted on Bridge Street. (formerly a pedestrian zone)General sign/notice:
Good practice
signs
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:
Problem
cycleways
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:
Problem
cycleways
113994Photo #113994Illustrates the anti-cycling policies of Warrington Council.

Cycleway is only provided with crossings on the entrance arms of the roundabout - NOT the exits. This means that cyclists face the added danger and delay of having to make extra crossings of the circulating carriageway. Any movement through the junction involves stopping and waiting at four separate toucan crossings, guarunteed to be out of phase with each other. To add insult to injury, even if you arrive at the crossing and push the button while motor traffic is held at red you do not get a green signal until the next complete cycle.

While at a superficial level the council claims to be spending money on facilities for cyclists it is clear that the only purpose of this is to avoid cyclists causing any impedence whatsoever to the movement of motor vehicles.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
113993Photo #113993A frame barrier across tarmac path serves no purpose whatsoever as it is easily bypassed by the rough path to the right.Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
113420Photo #113420Tawd Vale Cycleway - Reflective studs either side for use at nighrCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
112312Photo #112312Sign about works on the Tawd Valley Cycleway.
#tawd.net/2019/10/23/cycleway-progress/
Update 2020: Cycleway now open #113420
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
112311Photo #112311cycle bridge with separate footwayDutch-style cycleway:
Infrastructure
dutchcycleways
111346Photo #111346Chicane barriers on the Transpennine trail NCN62. I suppose the idea is to slow down cyclists approaching the road, but this is entirely unnecessary as they are at the top of a steep ramp.

The one positive is that they are a great improvement on the previous arrangement #83665.
Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
111345Photo #111345Link from Black Bear Park to Maple Grove.
There used to be an obstructive "A Frame" barrier here - the two wooden posts are much easier to negotiate - though completely pointless.
Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110405Photo #110405Walton Gardens bike shelterCycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
110404Photo #110404Bollards prevent motor access through the decks - while not hindering cyclists.Road environment:
Good practice
road
110403Photo #110403TWO years on and there is still no way to cycle from Runcorn to Widnes during weekdays.Work has overrun on the old bridge and cycling is prohibited on the new one - #103166Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
110402Photo #110402The tarmac finishes hereCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110401Photo #110401Sign directs the Bridgewater Way onto the right hand fork - which leads to some steps #88334. It is far more sensible to keep to the newly tarmacked towpath.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
110400Photo #110400surface transition #54455 now fixed, with a tarmac surface under the bridgeOther:
Infrastructure
general
110399Photo #110399Surface transition has been improved since #85012Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110398Photo #110398Bridgewater Way (RCN 82)Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110397Photo #110397New surface on Bridgewater Way (RCN 82)Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110396Photo #110396Bridgewater Way (RCN 82) now with tarmac surfaceCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110395Photo #110395Bridgewater Way (RCN 82)Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110394Photo #110394New tarmac surface on Bridgewater Way. Not as smooth as it should be but a great improvement of the muddy towpath. #88161Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110059Photo #110059UnderpassDutch-style cycleway:
Infrastructure
dutchcycleways
110058Photo #110058UnderpassDutch-style cycleway:
Infrastructure
dutchcycleways
110057Photo #110057UnderpassDutch-style cycleway:
Infrastructure
dutchcycleways
109905Photo #109905cyclists must give way in order to reach this very short cycle lane hugging dangerously close to stopped busses in the blind spot - then give way again at the other end. All while the general traffic lane sails serenely past. Utterly bonkers.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
109904Photo #109904General traffic lane has priority over traffic entering the road from the right, but the cycle lane gives way.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
109903Photo #109903Cycle lane channels cyclists to the left hand side of a left hand filter lane. Are they trying to engineer left hooks?Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
109902Photo #109902A rare example of genuine road space reallocation.
Two general traffic lanes converted to a cycle lane and a single traffic lanes separated by a hatched buffer strip.
Road environment:
Good practice
road
109738Photo #109738Poor signage on NCN 68. Where the canal goes through the Foulridge Tunnel the route over the top is not obvious and several junctions are not signed.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
109555Photo #109555Site closed long before the cycle path was created - yet the designers still feel the need to make cyclists give way.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
109554Photo #109554Coran FerryOther:
Infrastructure
general
109553Photo #109553It is important to read this sign - especially if you are hoping to ride along NCN route 78 to Fort William on a Sunday.

Camusnagaul Ferry #83656 does to operate on Sundays and there are only 4 crossings/day on weekdays.

The warning would be more useful on the Coran side - before you cross to Ardgour.
Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
109552Photo #109552Don't expect too much in terms of "facilities" on this stretch of the national cycle network.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
109551Photo #109551Cyclists may turn right at the lightsRoad environment:
Good practice
road
109550Photo #109550Even the Car Shop has covered cycle parkingCycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
104313Photo #104313Lamp post in the middle of the cyclewayObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103669Photo #103669Useless short stretch of shared use pavementCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
103392Photo #103392modal filterRoad environment:
Infrastructure
road
103391Photo #103391bus shelter in the middle of the cyclewayCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
103389Photo #103389cyclewayCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103388Photo #103388chicane barrierObstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
103387Photo #103387Cycleway. 3.5m wide, smooth tarmac and lit. Access control is a single bollard. Much more civilised than #83626Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103386Photo #103386Chapelford distributor road. Single lane dual carriageway with cycle lanes.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
103385Photo #103385route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
103384Photo #103384TPT route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
103383Photo #103383"A frame" barrier #84328 can now be avoided on the Transpennine Trail (NCN 62)
UPDATE July 2019: The gate has been locked again
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
103382Photo #103382Pointless barrier #58753 now has a bypass. The track is still steep and poorly surfaced.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103381Photo #103381Cheshire Cycleway (RCN 70) route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
103380Photo #103380Road closure signs on the Cheshire Cycleway (regional route 70). The road is still passable on foot or by bike. See #103379 & #103378
A better diversion route for cyclists wishing to avoid this is north via Budworth Heath Lane #www.cyclestreets.net/journey/63837782/ - #www.cyclestreets.net/journey/63837790/
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
103379Photo #103379Road closed due to badger activity. It is still passable on foot or bicycle.Roadworks:
Infrastructure
roadworks
103378Photo #103378Uneven surface due to badger activity.Roadworks:
Infrastructure
roadworks
103377Photo #103377Road closed signs on the Cheshire Cycleway (RCN 70).
Although badger activity has undermined the road so that it is impassible for motors you can still walk or cycle through.See #103378 & #103379
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
103370Photo #103370cyclewayCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103369Photo #103369Wide smooth tarmac cyclway - could do with direct access to the Heath school.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103368Photo #103368cyclewayCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103367Photo #103367Tiny Sustrans sign directs you to a left turn ahead - if you notice it!Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
103366Photo #103366Path that sign #103365 point to - I'm not sure it is meant to be a cycleway.Track:
Problem
track

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