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182752Photo #182752[Image taken 21.5.22] The Stonebow/Peasholme Green, York. The dark line is the repaired area shown damaged in: #175912. Other images today and links: #182743.Pothole:
Event
potholes
182751Photo #182751[Image taken 21.5.22] Aldi, Fulford Road, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] The owner decanted a child then pulled the cover over. She said this cycle was "incredibly stable" and her next rig would be a Circe Helios tandem (www.circecycles.com/products/helios/models/). Presumably when the child was a little bigger and able to balance on a cycle. Other images here today and links: #182749. Other images today and links: #182743Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182750Photo #182750[Image taken 21.5.22] Aldi, Fulford Road, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] One of the many points I made when lobbying for cycle parking at retail outlets of all kinds is that families shop together. It can be an active, enjoyable experience. Other images here today and links: #182749. Other images today and links: #182743.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182749Photo #182749[Image taken 21.5.22] Aldi, Fulford Road, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] This view hides the variety of the cycles parked here today - a warmish, dry, sunny Saturday. Other images here today: #182750, #182751. Other images today and links: #182743Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182748Photo #182748[Image taken 21.5.22] Terry Avenue, York. Context: #182746 and links. A second space that might be suitable. Context and links: #182746.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
182747Photo #182747[Image taken 21.5.22] Terry Avenue, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] The first passing space from the other direction. What has been a passing space for motor vehicles for a year will be retained as a 'people' space when the route closes to motorists and reopens for non-motorised users. Context and links: #182746.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
182746Photo #182746[Image taken 21.5.22] Terry Avenue, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] The traffic-free Terry Avenue reverted to a route for motor traffic for a year during floodworks. The children in the dark background left, one on a bike and one on foot, are banished to the uneven dark narrow footpath during the closure. When Terry Ave reopens they will be able to ride, run, walk on the main drag. The lane is too narrow for motor vehicles to pass so passing spaces were constructed. I suggested these be retained after the end of the works. I see them as spaces people can stop and chat with people they meet here purposely or serendipitously. It seems this is what will happen. My first suggestion for a name was ‘Passing the time of day places’. A snappier second try is: ‘Catchup corners’. This riffs on children often moving faster than their parents so they can wait here, out of the flow, for the adults to catch them up. Overview and opinion of the Clementhorpe floodworks diversion: #174754 and links. What the York Cycle Campaign says: #164634 and links. Other images here today: #182747, #182748. Other images and links today: #182743.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
182745Photo #182745[Image taken 21.5.22] Millennium Bridge, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] Bill and Juliet at the York Cycle Campaign (yorkcyclecampaign.bike/) stall today with the rider of a Kettwiesel recumbent trike who stopped to find out about the Campaign. (The brown 'fingers' visible on the board behind the rider's back are part of a model of ET he had on the back of his rig. Other images of the stall today and links: #182743.Other:
Good practice
general
182744Photo #182744[Image taken 21.5.22] Millennium Bridge, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] Bill and Juliet at the York Cycle Campaign (yorkcyclecampaign.bike/) stall today with a the rider of a Kettwiesel recumbent trike (further example: #181590) who stopped to find out about the Campaign. Other images of the stall today and links: #182743.Other:
Good practice
general
182743Photo #182743[Image taken 21.5.22] Millennium Bridge, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] Juliet engaging with two cyclists at the York Cycle Campaign (yorkcyclecampaign.bike/) stall today. Other images of the stall today: #182743, #182744. Other images today: #182744, #182745, #182746, #182747, #182748, #182749, #182750, #182751, #182752.Other:
Good practice
general
182714Photo #182714[Image taken 20.5.22) B&Q, Clifton Moor/Rawcliffe, York. The otherwise excellent cycle parking provision needs labelling as cycle parking to dissuade people from returning trolleys here. Other images here today and links: #182710.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182713Photo #182713[Image taken 20.5.22) B&Q, Clifton Moor/Rawcliffe, York. No problem with spacing in front (ahead of) the uprights. Compare with: #180534, #177528… Other images here today and links: #182710.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182712Photo #182712[Image taken 20.5.22) B&Q, Clifton Moor/Rawcliffe, York. When I first saw the roof I was concerned about the headheight. But the person standing next to his cycle is 6ft. He said he thought it was fine. Other images here today and links: #182710.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182711Photo #182711[Image taken 20.5.22) B&Q, Clifton Moor/Rawcliffe, York. The space between the uprights is 128cm. That's practical and appropriate at a retail outlet in a retail park, where you may go with a child onboard, and/or be buying chunky items, or may already arrive laden. (You load cycles and trailers from the side.) Note the protective bollards. Context and links: #182710.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182710Photo #182710[Image taken 20.5.22) B&Q, Clifton Moor, York. Standard-setting cycle parking provision installed May 2022. (Compare with ‘before’: #175799.) The racks are the Sheffield design. They are close to entrance, covered and are protected by the bollards from passing vehicles, or pedestrians pushing trolleys. The bollards are sufficiently far back that they protect someone reversing a cycle out (compare with: #177346) but also shield a longer ‘York’ cycle (for example: #174749, #174708) or a cycle with a trailer (see: #181648). The supports are 128cm apart (see: #182711), and have plenty of space to roll in (see: #182713). It needs signage to it: a) you first see wheelbenders (still in situ) and might think that that's the provision; b) it's the far side of the main entrance. It also needs signage to tell people it's not a trolley park: we had to move two trolleys to be able to use it. I would also like to know about lighting. Can you see to load up and locate the key in your lock after dark? This was my third try at getting practical, accessible provision here. I knew it could be done: I've been a customer at and therefore used the covered racks at the B&Q on Newmarket Road, Cambridge in 2007: #178871. I'd got Sheffields installed at the Old Kent Road, London branch in 2009: #178868. This time around B&Q HQ responded to my emails. It also took up my suggestion to involve the local authority which may have contributed to the practicality and high standard of the outcome. There are few examples of 'best practice' for cycle parking but this is stellar. More images this B&Q provision today: #182712, #182714 and before: #175799.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182705Photo #182705[Image taken 19.5.22] Tesco, Clifton Moor, York. The 'Toblerone' shaped cycle racks don't support loaded cycles. Ie cycle used for utility purposes such as shopping at a supermarket. The uprights are too close together - you can only get one cycle in. The linking rails of these 'toastracks' have an upstand. My cycle does not have a long enough wheelbase to straddle the linking bars so it rolled forward and tipped. It is now unstable and difficult to right. There is no room to load my panniers (you need to stand at the side). And lifting a cycle in and out over two rails with upstands when there's no room to stand at right angles to it and its laden is uncomfortable and not easy. Very disappointing. The provision does not support the needs of the company's customers or their sustainable, active travel choices. Two people have used the side rails of the trolley parking area. Many people do. I do. They railings function like the top bar of standard (flat topped) Sheffields supporting the cycle and offering multiple places to fix a lock. There's no trying to squeeze between too narrow upstands or roll over linking rails. They also accommodate longer cycles. Other image here today: #182704. Other images today: #182702 and links.Cycle parking:
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cycleparking
182704Photo #182704[Image taken 19.5.22] Tesco, Clifton Moor, York. Excellent cycle parking signage: instantly recognisable as: a) cycle-related, b) parking-related, and visible from quite a distance. But terrible cycle parking... #182705. Other images today: #182702 and links.Other:
Good practice
general
182703Photo #182703[Image taken 19.5.22] Rowntree Wharf, Navigation Road, York. Context: #182120. CYC knocked my first report back. I will re-report it. My tyres are quite wide but my wheel got noticeably ‘held’ when I wheeled it into one of the slots. Skinnier tyres could get stuck, the rider come off and the wheel buckle... Other images today: #182702 and links.Road environment:
Problem
road
182702Photo #182702[Image taken 19.5.22] Haxby Cycleway, rail bridge, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] Large amount of broken brown glass. I will report it. Other images today: #182703, #182704, #182705.Other:
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general
182701Photo #182701[Image taken 18.5.22] NCN658, link route between James Street (direction of camera) and Foss Islands Road, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] Context and links: #182699, #182119.Other:
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general
182700Photo #182700[Image taken 18.5.22] NCN658, link route between Foss Islands Road (direction of camera) and James Street, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] Morrisons and the zebra crossing are out of shot to the right. Context and links: #182699.Other:
Good practice
general
182699Photo #182699[Image taken 18.5.22] NCN658, link route between James Street (in direction of camera) and Foss Islands Road, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] As promised, Workman LLP (www.workman.co.uk/) has trimmed the hedging on the righthand side. (Context: #182119 and #177015.) This improves sightlines for all users of this busy junction between retail parks (left and right of the image) and important commuting, leisure and tourism routes (ahead and behind). However the foliage on the lefthand side: #182671 remains uncut. Who is responsible? CYC? Other image here today: #182670.Other:
Good practice
general
182649Photo #182649[Image taken 17.5.22] Monks Cross retail park, Monks Cross, Huntington/York. Context: #175978. Other images and links (different issues) today: #182641.Enforcement:
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enforcement
182648Photo #182648[Image taken 17.5.22] Monks Cross Drive, Huntington/York. Context and links: #182647.Other:
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general
182647Photo #182647[Image taken 17.5.22] Monks Cross Drive, Huntington/York. A fallen branch and two smaller ones obstruct the pavement at a bus stop. Location: #182648. I reported it to CYC in person today as I did this: #182646. Other images today and links: #182641Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
182646Photo #182646[Image taken 17.5.22] Jockey Lane, close to the entrance to Sainbury's off the roundabout, Huntington/York. Broken glass. It was here on Sunday too. I reported it in person to CYC at around 16.30 today in the hope it could get cleared up quickly. Other image of another problem I reported in person here: #182647 and links. Other images today and links: #182641Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
182645Photo #182645[Image taken 17.5.22] Aldi, Kathryn Avenue, Huntington/York. There are good points about the cycle provision here: #175243 but they are too close together (measurements: #170557). They are also often oversubscribed. As today. Two people (just visible, leaving with loaded cycles) had used the side railing of the trolley park to secure their cycles. A family of two adults and two children with three cycles and two trailers shopping here after the end of the school day filled the available formal space. They were lock sharing. And they told me (as per a quarter of the population of York, 2011 census) they did not have access to a car. Other images today and links: #182641.Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
182644Photo #182644[Image taken 17.5.22] New Lane, York. In 2021 the cycle direction and the shared use signs became completely overgrown. Looks as if they are going the same way in 2022. Other images today and links: #182641.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
182643Photo #182643[Image taken 17.5.22] New Lane looking towards the junction with Malton Road, Huntington/York. Location of pothole/tarmac damage in: #182641 also links.Pothole:
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potholes
182642Photo #182642[Image taken 17.5.22] New Lane looking towards the junction with Malton Road, Huntington/York. The lanes are very narrow. This is a mini yet there is no space to pass a cyclist if there is oncoming motor traffic. Speeds can be high (especially in the other direction). Other images here today and links: #182641.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
182641Photo #182641[Image taken 17.5.22] New Lane, just after the junction with Malton Road, Huntington/York. Pothole with my phone for scale. I will report it. Local conditions: #182642, location: #182643. Other images today: #182644, #182645, #182646, #182647, #182648, #182649.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
182602Photo #182602[Image taken 14.5.22] Malton Road, junction with New Lane, Huntington/York. Cyclists are abandoned here. No matter if you want to cross the junction or turn left (LNER Community Stadium, leisure facilities, restaurants, Monks Cross retail park, Monks Cross Park & Ride...) you need the flexible head movements of an owl or eyes in the back of your head. The signage has distances (good practice) but does not signpost any of the health, leisure, shopping facilities in this direction. Other images and links today: #182594.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
182601Photo #182601[Image taken 14.5.22] Heworth Green (town side of the roundabout), York. Context: #182600. Cyclists. Must. Be. Able. To. Look. Around. Them. We. MUST. NOT. Have. To. Look. Down. Other images and links today: #182594.Pothole:
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potholes
182600Photo #182600[Image taken 14.5.22] Heworth Green (town side of the roundabout), York. I will (finally) report this damage. It's at the exit from a roundabout. It could unseat someone on a cycle. It's at a location the cyclist needs to be riding assertively - to hold drivers back - as there is no room for a motor vehicle to safely pass: #182601. And, as the image shows, it's one of a series of three... Other images and links today: #182594.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
182599Photo #182599[Image taken 14.5.22] West Esplanade, York. Every Saturday I have cycled this route, the vehicle of the driver (car registration DA55FNW) with the questionable taste in car accessories has been parked here (outside of the car park so presumably free of charge) since the route re-opened. The other vehicle (registration YG59RNX) has also parked here before (see: #179210). Other images today and links: #182594.Enforcement:
Problem
enforcement
182598Photo #182598[Image taken 14.5.22] Railway Walk/Marygate car park direction of Frederic Street, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] There are no signed entrances/exits between the car park and Railway Walk at its western end. Was this the result of frustration/need? Context and links: #182594.Car storage:
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carstorage
182597Photo #182597[Image taken 14.5.22] Railway Walk/Marygate car park direction of Frederic Street, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] 'Gap three'. Context and links: #182594.Car storage:
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carstorage
182596Photo #182596[Image taken 14.5.22] Railway Walk/Marygate car park direction of Frederic Street/Hetherton Street, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] Two of the three 'formal' gaps (though they are hardly 'formal' entrances/exits) in the fencing at this end of the car park. They are unsignposted and unprotected - see also gap three: #182597 - and compare with: #181795. Yet these are the motor traffic-free routes to the riverside (accessible), Scarborough Bridge (accessible, and leading to the rail station, the National Rail Museum...), part of NCN65... Context and links: #182594.Car storage:
Problem
carstorage
182595Photo #182595[Image taken 14.5.22] Railway Walk/Marygate car park direction of St Mary's, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] Context and links: #182594. Railway Walk is usually busy (too busy at times, including at the start and end of the school day). The pressure on this route will increase further when the Scarborough Bridge to Bootham Park cycle route improvements scheme (see: #177537) goes live and brings more non-motorised users and more wider and longer rigs through here. And as the number of e-cargo delivery vehicles increases. People hopping over or lifting items or people over the fence is unsafe now and will be increasingly so.Car storage:
Problem
carstorage
182594Photo #182594[Image taken 14.5.22] View of Marygate car park, York from the eastern end of Scarborough Bridge. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] There are no signed entrances/exits between the car park and the infrastructure around it for people to move between the car park and Railway Walk or Earlsborough Terrace. Car parks are polluted, noisy, hazardous places. They are transition zones. You arrive in one mode and continue your day using another. But, whether on a cycle, on foot, with a buggy (see: #182595), or in a wheelchair, you want to get out of there fast. I'll chase this up again. Other images this issue today: #182596, #182597, #182598. Previous image: #181794. Other images today: #182599, #182600, #182601, #182602.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
182586Photo #182586[Image taken 13.5.22] Bootham Terrace, York. Very damaged tarmac. My feet fit (widthways) in some of the longitudinal fissures now. Context: #181245. Other images today and links: #182575.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
182585Photo #182585[Image taken 13.5.22] Bootham Terrace, York. The smoother surface here still gives way to very damaged tarmac: #182586. Other images today and links: #182575.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
182584Photo #182584[Image taken 13.5.22] Railway Walk, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] Marygate carpark without the hoardings. Looking north along Railway Walk my count square (see: #182575) is in the area there is light coming from the left at the cycle route sign. Other images today and links: #182575.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
182580Photo #182580[Image taken 13.5.22] Railway Walk (steeper of the two slopes between it and Scarborough Bridge), York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location.] The hoardings have gone from this end of Marygate car park and it feels safer. It's definitely lighter. This incline is marked with a cycle symbol but most people use it. And looking at a mobile phone not at what's happening around you is the norm. I was here to do a count (count result see: #169470). I count everyone who crosses in any direction over the 'square' at the bottom of this image: between the cycle symbol and the wooden railings. Other images today and links: #182575.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
182576Photo #182576[Image taken 13.5.22] Peasholme Green, York. I've posted before about the flexibility of the cycle parking here (see: #180473). Compost John's trailer (see also: #164543) was here today. This may be the longest cycle rig in the city so if a space can accommodate it, it's an example of good cycle parking. Other image today: #182575.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
182575Photo #182575[Image taken 13.5.22] Bootham Bar/High Petergate, York. This delivery driver is obstructing the bollards that keep the route open to people on cycles and possibly also mobility scooter and wheelchair users as the pavements are narrow. There is a space where the person in blue is standing that I see other drivers use for short stays. Compare with the good practice in: #182115. Other images today: #182576, #182580, #182584, #182585, #182586.Obstruction:
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obstructions
182569Photo #182569[Image taken 8.5.22] NCN65, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] A moving cyclist requires around 1m of lateral space. On a track just 1.65m that doesn't leave room to pass any other user easily. The lack of vertical features along the sides provides extra space – to ride on but also to ‘hang over’ into. Other image here today and links: #182563.Track:
Problem
track
182568Photo #182568[Image taken 8.5.22] Looking towards York on NCN65. Position very approximate. [Note: No street view at this location.] A runner shows how narrow the original route is... just 1.65cm. Despite this being very popular, a national route, and open to people on cycles of all widths, mobility scooter and wheelchair users, people with assistance dogs, dog walkers, pedestrians with buggies and holding the hands of children... There's no room to pass. Usually the dog walkers and pedestrians step into the grass (which can be muddy and wet) when someone on a cycle approaches. See the space someone on a standard cycle requires: #182569. Other images here today and links: #182563.Track:
Problem
track
182567Photo #182567[Image taken 8.5.22] Looking away from York towards the temporary path on NCN65. Position very approximate. [Note: No street view at this location.] A clear faultline between old (damaged) and new (pristine) tarmac. Until around January 2022 the path here was still smooth. Then came cold weather, flooding... and it started to deteriorate, visible and perceptibly, from day to day... Other images here today and links: #182563.Track:
Problem
track
182566Photo #182566[Image taken 8.5.22] Looking towards York on NCN65. Position very approximate. [Note: No street view at this location.] A landmark people who use the path with recognise but visible from much further away on this temporary path. Other images here today and links: #182563.Track:
Event
track
182565Photo #182565[Image taken 8.5.22] Looking towards York on NCN65. Position very approximate. [Note: No street view at this location.] Smooth tarmac nearly 3m wide. Other images here today and links: #182563.Track:
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track
182564Photo #182564[Image taken 8.5.22] Looking towards York from close to the access to NCN65 from Rawcliffe Bar Country Park. Position very approximate. [Note: No street view at this location.] Undamaged tarmac. Unweathered wood. And a cattle grid that doesn't jump up and down and disturb the serenity with its clattering. Other images today and links: #182563.Track:
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track
182563Photo #182563[Image taken 8.5.22] Looking towards York from close to the access to NCN65 from Rawcliffe Bar Country Park. Position very approximate. [Note: No street view at this location.] Context: #176152. The alternative route during the Clifton Ings Flood Alleviation Scheme has opened. The access to the original is barricaded. Other images here today: #182564, #182565, #182566, #182567, #182568, #182569.Temporary closure:
Event
closure
182558Photo #182558[Image taken on 11.5.22] York St John University, York, between Fountains Learning Centre and the Skell building. Sheffields have been rellocated/repurposed and labelled for use by motorcycles. Other images today: #182555 and links.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
182557Photo #182557[Image taken on 11.5.22] York Hospital, Bridge Lane, York, Since the non-motorised users entrance to A&E at York Hospital (see also: #181632) was long-term temporarily relocated to the end of Bridge Lane, at the end next to the York-Scarborough rail line, people have been necessarily ‘flyparking’ their cycles - securing them to the railings here. I've seen it on every visit. There is disabled car parking on the other side of the fencing where the white cycle with grey panniers is positioned. There is a lot of car parking to the left of there (right, out of shot) but no-one thought of providing cycle racks. This does not support people's active travel choices. It does not encourage people to change to active travel modes. And this is at a health facility. I will report it. Other images today: #182555 and links.Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
182556Photo #182556[Image taken on 11.5.22] Bootham Park Hospital grounds, exit to Bridge Lane, York. Bad practice: cyclists dismount sign. A warning: "Pedestrian-cycle path ahead' would be appropriate. Other images today: #182555 and links.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
182555Photo #182555[Image taken on 11.5.22] Bootham Park Hospital grounds, York. Good practice: visible sign that alerts people there is cycle parking, that is at the location of the cycle parking; the cycle parking is next to the entrance; the racks are Sheffields. But they are too close together, not protected from the car parking (door opening), there is no room to manoeuvre, there is no space for longer or wider cycles or for people who need more spacing getting on or off... Other images today: #182556, #182557, #182558.Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
182554Photo #182554[Image taken 8.5.22) Field View, York looking towards/beyond Burton Stone Lane. Context: #182553.Other:
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general
182553Photo #182553[Image taken 8.5.22) Field View, York looking towards/beyond Burton Stone Lane. At around 6.15Returning from buying a Sunday paper I could smell smoke. I could see very black clouds issuing from a property (unidentified) behind Burton Stone Lane. The white-fronted building is the Age UK shop. See also: #182554.Other:
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general
182536Photo #182536[Image taken 10.5.22] Precentor’s Court/High Petergate, at the filtered permeability junction with Minster Yard, York. The driver (engine running) was parked across the cycle lane preventing its use and blocking all sightlines. Context and links: #181968. Other image today: #182535.Enforcement:
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enforcement
182535Photo #182535[Image taken 10.5.22] Monks Cross retail park, Monks Cross, Huntington, York. A York Cars taxi 558 blocks the cycle circuit. Context: #175978. Other image today (also of obstruction of a cycle route): #182536.Enforcement:
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enforcement
182526Photo #182526[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. Context and links: #182525.Other:
Good practice
general
182525Photo #182525[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. Context: #182468. This driver was indicating right. He stayed in the bay while the left turn (Bootham) filter was green until that turned red and the ‘ahead’ (Gillygate light) turned green: #182526. BUT this requires the ASLs in both lanes to be clear and there to be no other obstructions (example here today see: #182524). Other images here today and links: #182520.Other:
Good practice
general
182524Photo #182524[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. Context: #182523. The hospital with an A&E department is around 1km straight over this junction. It’s also the route that ambulances use to access other parts of the city. (An ambulance came down Gillygate on a blue light as I was taking the images in #182516 today.) Obstructions can cost lives. Other images here today and links: #182520.Enforcement:
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enforcement
182523Photo #182523[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. This van driver sped up as s/he approached the lights and so crossed on amber. But... #182524. This junction covers a large area, has blind corners and lights that change to green as soon as others turn red… There’s no crossing time built in. Other images here today and links: #182520.Road environment:
Problem
road
182522Photo #182522[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York These two drivers who were in the 'ahead'/Gillygate lane crossed on the red light. The pedestrian light on Gillygate turns green when these lights turn red... Other images here today and links: #182520.Enforcement:
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enforcement
182521Photo #182521[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. The two cyclists are unable to access the ASL (explanation see: #182463, #182462). Other images here today: #182520. Context and links: #182514.Road environment:
Problem
road
182520Photo #182520[Image taken on 9.5.22] St Leonard’s Place, Bootham Bar, York. I arrived to watch the junction for a few minutes and found this situation. A driver is ahead of the ASL and encroaching on the pedestrian crossing. Other images St Leonard’s Place today: #182521, #182522, #182523, #182524, #182525, #182526. Context and links: #182514.Road environment:
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182519Photo #182519[Image taken on 9.5.22] Gillygate, York. The driver of this massive Argos vehicle went through on red and at speed. It’s a blind corner and the lights on Bootham (see: #182514 and for context and links) will have changed to green at the same time as these turned red. I am incredulous vehicles of this size (see also: #165684) are permitted on the narrow routes through the city centre.Road environment:
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182518Photo #182518[Image taken on 9.5.22] Gillygate, York. The drivers sped up as they approached the lights and crossed on red. Round a blind corner. Where the lights on Bootham have just changed to green: #182514 (also context and links) putting road users here, particularly cyclists, at risk.Enforcement:
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182517Photo #182517[Image taken on 9.5.22] Gillygate, York. By obstructing the ASL this driver prevents people on cycles from the original reasons for installing them: being visible and being ahead of the pollution. At this junction, if you arrive to find the ASL blocked you cannot proceed on the 'early green' phase of the lower level cycle-specific lights. Other images here today and links: #182514.Enforcement:
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182516Photo #182516[Image taken on 9.5.22] Gillygate, York. Two cyclists wait in the newish ASL with an early green. The lead-in (advisory) lane does not meet current standards as it is very narrow. I watched for five phases of these lights today. Phase 1: ASL left empty. Phase 2: ASL completely obstructed by a motor vehicle (see: #182517). This means people on cycles do not benefit from the early green installed to make their journey safer. Phase 3: Two drivers sped up as they approached and went through the red light (turning into Bootham) (see: #182518). Phase 4: These two cyclists. Phase 5: ASL clear but a huge Argos vehicle went through at speed (see: #182519). I had hoped that the new ASL might stop the red light jumping by motorists. My reasoning: not only is (as it’s always been) the junction a blind turn but now you have to travel even further ie over the ASL even before you get to the light you are jumping. Other images here today and links: #182514.Enforcement:
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182515Photo #182515[Image taken on 9.5.22] Bootham/Bootham Bar, York. Context and links: #182514. The corner from where the coach is emerging is a blind one. Note how far over the vehicle is: and this is a 'conservative' position. Likely the driver knows this junction and has made as tight a turn as possible. You need 'local knowledge' and luck to navigate any part of this junction. It's unsafe for all. Not least as every 'arm' reeks of fuel pollution.Road environment:
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182514Photo #182514[Image taken on 9.5.22] Bootham/Bootham Bar, York. This was one of the behaviours the CYC Executive member for Transport wanted evidence of: a driver emerging from Gillygate (see also: #182517, #182518,) on the ‘ahead’ (cyclists into High Petergate) and right (all traffic, including people on cycles) into St Leonard’s Place. It’s a blind corner. Locals hold back when the green filter shows and proceed slowly anticipating motorists emerging from the right and at speed. Visitors and others won’t have this local knowledge and are at risk. Context and links to images from previous visits to this junction: #182461. Other images here today: #182515, #182516, 182520, #182521, #182522, #182523, #182523, #182525, #182526.Road environment:
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182482Photo #182482[Image taken on 7.5.22] Library Square, York [NOTE: No streetview at this location] Context and links to all images from today: #182481. It strikes me this issue is like the school run conundrum: you want to keep your kids safe so you take and collect them by car. Thereby making the spaces less safe, more polluted, more unattractive to walk, cycle or scoot to/from/in. For everyone. Thus increasing the likelihood of increasing numbers of others resorting to this behaviour and those who can't or won't avoiding the location which leads to physical health issues and mental health issues such as isolation. To the detriment of all and to the reduction in community. All images taken today and links: #182461.Enforcement:
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182481Photo #182481[Image taken on 7.5.22] Library Square, York [NOTE: No streetview at this location] A motorist drives into what used to be a 'people' space until 2021. The driver waits with his engine running. He is polluting the space with toxic fumes, adding to the noise levels, and blocking sight of and access to/from the Sheffields. What is he here for? See: #182482. Other instance this issue: #181631. Context and links: #180523. Links to all other images today: #182461.Enforcement:
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182480Photo #182480[Image taken on 7.5.22] Exhibition Square, off St Leonard’s Place, York. Context: #182479. Links to all other images today: #182461.Cycle parking:
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182479Photo #182479[Image taken on 7.5.22] Exhibition Square, off St Leonard’s Place, York. The Sheffields here are very handy (for the theatre, the art gallery, the part of York University based here, the popup seating, to change mode and walk the walls/take a sightseeing bus/explore the city on foot/use the toilets opposite…). But they are very often full – as today. I’ve been asking CYC for several years what it’s doing to explore further options for cycle parking – not just locations but the actual formation/design as demand outstrips provision. And, of course the city has said the centre will be motor traffic free from 2023 (www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/31/york-to-ban-private-cars-from-city-centre-within-three-years), so even more people will need parking to be able to move around the city, plus Gear Change (assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904146/gear-change-a-bold-vision-for-cycling-and-walking.pdf) reiterates the Government statement: “England will be a great walking and cycling nation Places will be truly walkable. A travel revolution in our streets, towns and communities will have made cycling a mass form of transit. Cycling and walking will be the natural first choice for many journeys with half of all journeys in towns and cities being cycled or walked by 2030.” The location is also visually attractive: #182480. Context and links to all images today: #182461.Cycle parking:
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182478Photo #182478[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Many cyclists wheel their machines across this junction: there are public toilets and a cafe opposite; or people have wheeled along High Petergate (through Bootham Bar) as it is open to people who cycle one-way - the other way. I was unable to take images to show the 'sheep pen' when rammed as there were many children each time, plus I could not get an overview - it was simply too full. But this image shows it filling up with people crossing the southbound lane of St Leonard's Place including two cyclists, someone with a buggy, someone with luggage on her back… Context this image #182477. Context and links these images here today: #182461.Road environment:
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182477Photo #182477[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. This is an extremely busy junction for non-motorised users. These include residents, business visitors, tourists, pupils from the nearby school.... There are the city walls, the art gallery, loos, a cafe, an ice cream van, popup seating in summer, part of York University... The 'sheep pens' are too small and too narrow for the number of users. People are not treated with respect but corralled into spaces that require you to push a button (some users can't or find it difficult/painful so cannot travel independently and therefore not spontaneously); to make tight turns in very limited spaces with a rough surface - that tactile paving; to cross the rough surface - that tactile paving again as the gap between it and the railing is so narrow; to wait on a discernible slope - the dropped kerb with the tactile paving); to cross in two stages - thus exposing the most vulnerable in society (pedestrians, of all ages including children in buggies/in arms/moving independently, and wheelchair users - all of whom who are closer to 'exhaust pipe' height) to pollution, noise; in a pressured and literally toxic environment. Other image this issue here today: #182478. Context and links: #182461.Road environment:
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182476Photo #182476[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. The driver of the white car is obstructing the large 'Keep clear' lettering that was repainted at the end of March 2022. Compare with: #182471. Other instance, other lane today: #182475. Context and links: #182461.Enforcement:
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182475Photo #182475[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. The driver of the blue van is obstructing the large 'Keep clear' lettering that was repainted at the end of March 2022. Compare with: #182471. Other instance, other lane today: #182476. Context and links: #182461.Enforcement:
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182474Photo #182474[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and links: #182472.Enforcement:
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182473Photo #182473[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and links: #182472.Enforcement:
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182472Photo #182472[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and links to all images from today: #182461. Drivers crossing in the Gillygate lane on red lights. Other instances this behaviour here today: (Gillygate lane - York taxi): #182474; (Bootham lane) #182473.Enforcement:
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182471Photo #182471[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Good practice. This FirstYork driver is neither obstructing the Gillygate ASL nor the 'keep clears' that were repainted at the end of April 2022 (compare with two drivers today: #182475, #182476, a FirstYork driver round the corner last month: #182314). The Keep clears enable road users of all types (including Tier hire scooter users, as shown here) to access Exhibition Square #171939, #164673, #169865.) Context and links to all images from today: #182461.Other:
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182470Photo #182470[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and links: #182468. All other images today and links: #182461.Road environment:
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182469Photo #182469[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and links: #182468. All other images today and links: #182461.Road environment:
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182468Photo #182468[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. This is a very common situation here. Yet I have not heard it discussed by CYC. Bus drivers (tourist and service) use the parking bays on the Art Galley side of the road to pick up and set down. For some the route ahead is 'over' the junction into Gillygate. This means the vehicle needs to be in the righthand of the two lanes. To reach it and in time for the lights to turn green, drivers pull out and obstruct the entire side of this junction: the left turn Bootham lane, the ASL's to both lanes, the pedestrian crossing... [Note: It can be done better: #182468, #182469.] I asked one service company to ensure their drivers did not do this. I cited, safety, pollution, and efficiency. The Bootham turn is on a different timing to the Gillygate lights. Therefore I can be heading from the visibly green Bootham turn lane but have a driver pull out preventing my onward journey for the duration and trapping me in the stench, noise and pollution. Did anyone from CYC consult the bus companies (service and tourist) before designing in this flaw? I will email City Sightseeing (city-sightseeing.com/en/home), send them my links and ask: what will they do as a result of receiving my email; were they consulted about the position or layout of their stop here?; will they liaise with Cllr D'Agorne and/or someone else at CYC over resolving this issue? I will also ask about their policy of ‘idling’. Other images this issue here today: #182469, #182470. All images and links from today: #182461.Road environment:
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182467Photo #182467[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. I considered taking a photo of this driver/this vehicle a few seconds before I took this one... S/he had been in the Bootham turn lane (next to the bus) and not in the ASL. I was going to post it to show not all drivers foul the ASLs here. But then s/he reversed and changed lanes. The driver had been in the wrong lane, with no other vehicles around s/he had been able to change lane... But still chose to drive into and therefore obstruct the ASL in the Gillygate lane. Context and all links today: #182461.Enforcement:
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182466Photo #182466[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and all links today: #182461. Gillygate lane ASL completely obstructed. The driver continued into the ASL: she/he had a choice. She/he did not get 'caught out'. In my experience, the fouling of the ASL's here is the default situation.Enforcement:
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182465Photo #182465[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. As per: #182464. Context and all links today: #182461.Enforcement:
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182464Photo #182464[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and all links today: #182461. Gillygate lane ASL completely obstructed. The driver continued into the ASL: she/he had a choice. She/he did not get 'caught out'.Enforcement:
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182463Photo #182463[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and all links today: #182461. Note again the partial encroachment of this York taxi driver into the Bootham turn ASL. This adult with the child on board was unable to access the ASL the way I was advised the junction was redesigned to provide for cyclists to do - using the lane with the sightseeing bus in it. Instead the adult squeezed between the bus and the taxi. It is also important to note that many of the bus drivers (do not turn off their engines while waiting here (which can be some time if it is a sightseeing service) plus that despite CYC replacing (they call it "improvements" but when consulted, residents disagreed) the 'same side' pedestrian lights as here they did not use the opportunity to install 'No idling' 'Please turn off your engines' signs on them for all users and/or for all buses (compare with: #166529).Road environment:
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182462Photo #182462[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. Context and links to all images and observations today: #182462. These two cyclists used the 'central lane lead-in' to reach the left turn, Bootham, ASL. Partial obstruction of the ASL by drivers is as common here as complete obstruction. It makes it more difficult to filter into the ASL (from either direction), and, reduces the space for legitimate users (in York this now includes Tier hire scooter see: #164663 users). This ASL was frequently oversubscribed by legitimate users even before the Tier trial started in October 2020.Road environment:
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182461Photo #182461[Image taken on 7.5.22] Bootham Bar/St Leonard’s Place, York. This junction is a typical CYC 'fudge'. CYC is unable or unwilling to understand that its policy of 'shoehorning' (my term) is not a solution or even a compromise. All users here and on the streets and crossings beyond) are put at risk when using the road, the crossings, and breathing the air. Councillor Andy D'Agorne (democracy.york.gov.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx) was elected the Executive Member for Transport following the elections in May 2019. In April 2022, I heard he had asked for confirmation of behaviours by motorised road users at Bootham Bar that put people cycling at risk. The junction was reworked in 2015 (I think), then consulted on again in 2021. The radical overhaul needed [www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19167994.roadworks-plan-puts-pedestrians-first---cutting-space-cars-30/] did not happen. The lights were changed to 'pedestrian lights on the same side not in the direction you are looking/crossing lights'. An 'early green' cyclists' light was put in on Gillygate (see: #175351). I kept a diary of my experiences of using the crossing (St Leonard's Place direction of Bootham) during February and March 2015. I sent them to CYC. I continued to keep a record between April 2015 and early February 2016. I sent these to the same contact. In 2022, as in 2015, the junction continues to fails everyone. I offer these images and the timeframe (just 20 minutes) within which the behaviours were observed as evidence. All users and anyone in the vicinity, on buses, or along the route traffic backs up: the air often 'stinks' of petrol and the 'greasy smell' of fuel pollution and, my lungs feel as if they are on fire when I wait/pass through here. Today, two of us observed for 20 minutes. The time was not 'chosen' it was when were were free. Here's what Rob Ainsley, the second person, observed (the images though and all other comments are mine):
"Informal observation
Sat 7 May 2022 2.15pm to 2.35pm
 
Motorist infringements recorded in the 20 minutes of monitoring
(letters in brackets denote route taken – see below for key)
 
Red light jumping
1 – (b)
 
ASL blocking
7 (of which 2 by tour buses) – (b)
2 – (d)
1 – (a)
1 – (e)
 
No motorists were seen taking an incorrect route
No cyclists were seen ignoring red lights
 
Routes
(a) Left from St Leonard’s Place into Bootham
(b) Straight on from St Leonard’s Place to Gillygate
(c) Turning right from Gillygate into Boothem
(d) Turning left from Bootham into Gillygate
(e) Turning right from Bootham into St Leonard’s Place
(f) Straight on from Gillygate into St Leonard’s Place"
He was here: goo.gl/maps/p6KAcucZpbXeiuDK9 with a view into Bootham and of the Gillygate pedestrian crossing as well as looking left into St Leonard's Place. I was here: goo.gl/maps/A6BipqZnG1Fsc1Nz7.

This image shows the layout of the northern two lanes (direction of Bootham left turn and Gillygate ahead). It shows the layout of the bus stops: tour and service. The redesign in 2015 (I think it was) said cyclists heading for Bootham are supposed to use the 'lane' that is also the bus stops. However, there are no clues when the lights will change - so you can get trapped in the wrong position however you try to reach the ASLs. Plus, due to the length of the lines of traffic and the very frequent fouling of the ASLs, you can find the ASLs are obstructed. This means some cyclists wait in the Gilygate ASL lead-in (ie beside the obstructing vehicles) which means: a) they are not in the safe position the ASL is designed to confer - ahead of other traffic, so visible, and not out of the 'exhaust zone'; b) they are unwittingly obstructing other cyclists who are using the central lane lead-in to reach the Bootham ASL. Drivers in the Bootham lane are not looking right for cyclists who are trying to access the ASL and can set off at the same time as cyclists trying to turn left into Bootham, so people on cycles are in conflict and at risk.
A reminder that CYC announced a climate emergency in March 2019; that the Government wants walking and cycling (presumably also wheelchairing and scooting) to the modes of choice for short journeys by 2030; and CYC voted for the city centre to be motor traffic-free by 2023 www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/18128424.plan-ban-cars-york-city-centre-2023/; and that cycle use in the city has fallen in recent years: #yorkcyclecampaign.bike/2021/08/27/cycling-numbers-decline/ A fact the MD of Make it York repeated to me at a meeting on 31.3.22, at which I was asking that the organisation make active travel a strand of its tourism.
All images today (Accessing ASLs): #182461, #182462, #182463; (ASLs obstructed): #182464, #182465, #182466 (by driver who changed lanes): #182467; (Bus obstructing everything): #182468; #182469, #182470; (Good practice - service bus driver holds back): #182471; (Crossing on red lights): #182472, #182473, taxi driver: #182474; (Keep clears obstructed): #182475, #182476; ('Sheep pen' full): #182477, #182478; (Art Gallery racks full): #182479, #182480; (Library Square driver collecting family): #182481, #182482
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182456Photo #182456[UPDATE 7.5.22: Resolved. A tall friend was able to balance on the fence and bash the direction pointers back into position.] [Image taken 6.5.22] Crichton Avenue roundabout, junction with the entrance to/exit from Kingsway North (east) York. The cycle direction signs on marker 15 of the York Orbital (yorkshireridings.blogspot.com/p/york-orbital.html), with distances, hurrah! (compare with #182129), has been turned round. I'm not tall enough to reach the 'arms' to correct it. I'll ask a friend and if he can't resolve it, I'll report it. Other image here today: #182455.Route sign:
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182455Photo #182455[Image taken 6.5.22] Crichton Avenue roundabout, York. Two vehicles on the roundabout between the exit from Crichton Avenue and the entrance to/exit from Kingsway North (east side). The parking obstructs the two green-surfaced cycle lanes and sightlines of pedestrians crossing and anyone exiting using the road (goo.gl/maps/4knH1St4Aftfbyxu9). This is part of the York Orbital (yorkshireridings.blogspot.com/p/york-orbital.html). Often seems to coincide with (the door to) Luke's Takeaway goo.gl/maps/1y4Zy6uTi1aHqNHQ9 being open. Further example this issue here: #168546. Other image - a different issue, one that's easier to resolve - here today: #182456.Enforcement:
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182426Photo #182426[Image created 6.5.22] Area of York bounded by Grosvenor, Scarborough and Filey Terraces to the east, parallel to/adjacent to the York-Scarborough rail line in the east, with (east-west) Shipton Street (red dots), Ratcliffe Street (green dots), Ratcliffe Street to Field View (blue dots) and Burton Stone Lane (yellow dots) to the west with Clifton-Bootham (A19) at the south. Relevance: #178038, #182417, #182419.Road environment:
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182425Photo #182425[Image taken on 5.5.22] Burton Stone Lane, close to the junction with Grosvenor and Avenue Roads, York. Note the activated Vehicle Activated Speed (VAS) Indicator: despite the speed cushions. Motorists can simply straddle these. And do. Other images here today and links: #182419.Road environment:
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