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Showing items 1 to 32 from total of 32 items. Ordered by location # descending.

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35114Photo #35114New Sheffield Hoops being installed on Solomon's Hill, Rickmansworth.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
30878Photo #30878The vegetation here encroaches onto the contraflow bike lane, forcing cyclists into the path of oncoming traffic. This lasts for most of the year until it dies back in the winter.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
30806Photo #30806Toucan Crossing. Visibility in this direction is fairly good. See #30802Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
30805Photo #30805Toucan Crossing. Visibility of the road in this direction is very poor. See #30802Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
30804Photo #30804Toucan Crossing. Visibility in this direction is good. See #30802Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
30803Photo #30803Toucan Crossing. Visibility in this direction is good. See #30802Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
30802Photo #30802At this Toucan Crossing there is a long delay between pressing the button and the lights changing in favour of the cyclist/pedestrian. This encourages people to cross without the protective safety of the traffic lights. This is particularly bad at this crossing as the visibility when crossing from south to north is seriously impaired by trees and the bend in the road (see #30805). The situation would be greatly improved if the lights changed immediately after the button was pressed. See also #30803, #30804, and #30806.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30801Photo #30801Quite possibly the most determined 'desire path' I have ever witnessed! Opening this route up for bikes and pedestrians would be of great benefit to the people on this housing estate.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
30800Photo #30800A pointless obstruction on an otherwise good shared use path. The gap is too narrow even for bicyclists - the scratched paintwork is evidence of this. Anyone with disabilities (e.g those riding a trike or in a wheelchair) would find it difficult to pass through.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
30799Photo #30799This shared use path is excellent. It is wide, smooth, well-kept and brightly lit at night.

The path provides a much safer alternative to cycling through the Watford Business Park.
Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
30797Photo #30797Bollards.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
30794Photo #30794This cycleway has been narrowed and there is a bollard making it even narrower.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30793Photo #30793A proper crossing has been provided here, but cyclists are forced to do a tight right turn through a narrow kerbed channel (which is full of debris). Cyclists often go to the right of the island which puts them at risk of a head-on collision with a vehicle exiting the Royal Mail complex.

Opportunities for improvement: redesign the junction with a smoother flow for cyclists. Give priority to cyclists and pedestrians in this area using raised areas.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30789Photo #30789Vehicle parked in contraflow bike lane.

See #30786
Enforcement:
Problem
enforcement
30786Photo #30786This one way road with a contraflow cycle lane provides a safer alternative to the dual carriageway to the west (also named Ascot Road). Unfortunately, the bike lane is regularly subjected to flooding, encroaching vegetation, broken glass and other debris, and parked vehicles (see #30789).

The only segregation from traffic coming the other way is a rumble strip that has mostly worn away. There appears to be no speed limit on this road and vehicles (including lorries from the Royal Mail sorting office) often travel very fast down here. Ideally the speed limit should be 30mph or less.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30785Photo #30785Problems with the shared use path at this point:
1) No priority over vehicles entering/exiting the side road
2) Obstructions from signs
3) Poor surface
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30784Photo #30784The Toucan Crossings here change in favour of pedestrians/cyclists immediately after the button is pressed.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
30783Photo #30783The Toucan Crossing on this side of the dual carriageway does not change in favour of cyclists/pedestrians immediately after the button has been pressed.

Cyclists/pedestrians are forced to wait a long time before they are able to cross. If there is a gap in the traffic they will cross anyway. When the lights eventually change, vehicles on the road will be left waiting at the traffic lights for no reason.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30782Photo #30782The Toucan Crossing here changes in favour of pedestrians/cyclists immediately after the button is pressed.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
30780Photo #30780Problems with the shared use path at this point:
1) No clear delineation between cyclists and pedestrians.
2) No priority over vehicles entering/exiting the side road (which leads into the marina)
3) Obstructions from signs
4) Poor surface
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
30779Photo #30779Shared use pathCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
30778Photo #30778This narrow footpath connects to a cycle lane at the far end (by the roundabout on the Rickmansworth Road). Cyclists often use this path in order to avoid the busy Rickmansworth Road and the large roundabout. In order to avoid conflict with pedestrians this path should be widened and cyclists should be formally allowed to use it.Other:
Problem
general
30777Photo #30777See #30776Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
30776Photo #30776The road at this corner has been narrowed to form a tight chicane. The traffic lights allow vehicles from only one direction at any time. There is also a pedestrian crossing here. A sensor in the traffic lights gives priority to vehicles heading south towards the junction of Gade Avenue/Rickmansworth Road.

The road is so narrow here, cyclists must take the primary position to stop cars squeezing through at the narrowest point.

Possible solutions: 1) Change light phase to Red; Red-Amber; Green Bike Symbol; Green; Amber; Red. 2) Redesign road layout with cycleways.

See also: #30777
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
30775Photo #30775Four Sheffield Hoops, right next to Café Cha Cha Cha - just where you'd want them!Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
30772Photo #30772There are excellent shared use cyclepaths and footpaths throughout Cassiobury Park that provide cyclists with a safe route away from the busy roads. Unfortunately, this barrier forces pedestrians into the cycle lane. Perhaps a couple of removable bollards would be a better alternative here for the benefit of both pedestrians and cyclists.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
30755Photo #30755Good cycle parking (Sheffield Hoops) outside Tesco Express. It is suitable for a short visit to pick up groceries. It is also well placed so that it doesn't take too much space away from pedestrians, but is far away enough from the wall to comfortably park your bike.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
30754Photo #30754Sainsbury's have provided good cycle parking outside their store, but as this picture clearly shows they need to provide more!Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
30753Photo #30753Six covered Sheffield Hoops outside B&Q.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
30752Photo #30752There are a large number of Sheffield Hoops near the main entrance to the Harlequin Centre in Watford.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
30751Photo #30751This cycle parking outside Watford Central Library is rarely used. You can only attach your wheel to it securely and, as this picture shows, the wheel is the least important part for your common thief. Luckily, there are Sheffield Hoops all around this area.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
30750Photo #30750This precarious cycle parking is outside Watford Metropolitan Station. It is impossible to secure the frame using a standard D-Lock. Sheffield Hoops would be more appropriate here, as it is mostly used by commuters rather than short-term visitors. For the same reason, covered cycle parking should be provided. Many people prefer to lock their bikes to the railings as it is more secure.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking

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