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107155Photo #107155A big improvement on the old crossing, which required you to lift the bike over. These gates appear to be controlled by magnetic lock (I didn't look closely but there's an odd lump on the side of each one).Other:
Good practice
general
107044Photo #107044The canal may be dry and derelict here but there's a useful surface that can be used all year round.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
107043Photo #107043The access here used to be via a tiny little gate, but it's recently been vastly improved and is now easy to walk and cycle through. I suspect this is mostly to do with emergency vehicle access but it's very welcome.Road environment:
Good practice
road
106986Photo #106986Brand new sealed surface on this path which forms part of a new route between Ashton upon Mersey and Urmston. This is an excellent upgrade.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
106985Photo #106985New cycle control for the crossing. Buttons are better than induction loops, which can sometimes fail to register the presence of a bicycle.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
106984Photo #106984New cycle crossing at West Point. The lights are controlled by a button (out of frame). This enables a completely safe crossing of this risky junction.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
106497Photo #106497Nicely lit and surfaced underpassCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
106166Photo #106166A raised continuous footway has been placed at the junction on the left, one of several along this cycle route.Road environment:
Good practice
road
106164Photo #106164A raised continuous footway has been placed at the junction on the right, one of several along this cycle route. Which is just as well considering the BMW driver thinks the footway is his personal parking space.Road environment:
Good practice
road
106155Photo #106155These wood barriers have been placed to slow cyclists down. They do quite a good job of it and are easy to pass through.Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
106148Photo #106148An old but excellent piece of cycling infrastructure, with bus bypasses. Streetview shows it there in 2009, so I don't know when it was installed.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
106147Photo #106147An old but excellent piece of cycling infrastructure, with bus bypasses. Streetview shows it there in 2009, so I don't know when it was installed.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
105911Photo #105911It's difficult to use a cycle lane when blocked by a huge truck. The crew was apparently cleaning drains, but had no answer when I asked them why they chose to block the cycleway and not park on the road (which has space to overtake).Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
105910Photo #105910Pedestrian/cycling tunnel underneath the Parkway.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
105909Photo #105909This useful cycleway is unfortunately badly overgrown.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
105908Photo #105908New ramp from the A6 to the Linnyshaw Loopline. No barriers!Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
105907Photo #105907New access point for the Linnyshaw Loopline. I believe this is only the first step in improving the A6 corridor for cycling.Road environment:
Good practice
road
105906Photo #105906This small gate is all that stops people accessing a potential very quiet route from the A580, through the cemetery to the A6, beyond which they can get onto the Linnyshaw Loopline.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
105896Photo #105896This photo, looking south toward the bridge, gives an idea of how much space is being taken away from the carriageway and given to cyclists. The bridge is currently only open on weekends - on weekdays you must use a free bus service to cross the Mersey.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
105895Photo #105895New shared crossing facility on the north side of the Silver Jubilee Bridge. When the road is opened, this will allow pedestrians and cyclists to cross the road and continue on toward Ditton Road in safety. The path on the right takes you to Hutchinson St, which was blocked off when I took this photo.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
105742Photo #105742Excellent surface throughout this route, all the way to Park Bridge (and beyond). This former railway is a good facility, however, it's very poorly signed (ie non-existent) from the town centre and the start is difficult to find.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
105741Photo #105741Not suitable for anything other than MTB!Pothole:
Infrastructure
potholes
105740Photo #105740Badly flooded sections of paths like this are simple to fix but councils never seem to bother. This will only get worse, but the solution is very simple - create a drain to the left.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
105739Photo #105739Some sections of this old railway line are quite good for cycling - this is one of them. Others aren't so good and are only really suitable in summer. There seem to be a few missing large bridges or embankments too, as the route scales some fairly big hills in places.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
105370Photo #105370An interesting way to mark a cycle lane but the end result is that it's almost invisible to everyone, and completely invisible to those pedestrians with poor eyesight.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
105369Photo #105369If the steps and this path were replaced by a ramp, this public right of way might form a useful link between Collyhurst and Strangeways.

There are 76 steps up to the bridge, and more steps on the opposite bank. It is not cycleable, although it is possible to walk a bike up there.
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
105368Photo #105368A good way to make a point about how much space parked cars take from the highway.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
105178Photo #105178This cycle crossing is also perfectly placed for pedestrians, which invites conflict. It might be better to widen it significantly and remove all road markings - let people decide what they want to do.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
105176Photo #105176Several potentially serious issues here. The first is the requirement to give way to trams approaching over your shoulder, with little warning that this is about to happen. The second is the angle of the rails as they cross the road - this is difficult for any cyclist to navigate. As well as trying to cross those rails, on that angle, you have to contend with vehicles also wishing to use the same lane, as can be seen in the final picture.

A better solution would be to divert all cyclists down Todd St (left in the first image), and then right, along Long Millgate, where a controlled cycle crossing already exists. Cyclists could then rejoin the main road a little further north, avoiding a great deal of conflict.
Road environment:
Problem
road
105175Photo #105175An issue with this junction is that parked vehicles block the view of anyone cycling in the lane. This is a particular problem for people driving from Henrietta Street to East Union St. The road layout means that their view of any cyclists, once on Stretford Road, will be extremely limited as they turn onto East Union St. In my view it may be a good idea to place some form of restriction on vehicle movement in this area, so conflict is avoided.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
105171Photo #105171Barriers like this really aren't necessary and tend to block these routes to disabled folk. There should be a bollard or two, nothing more.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
105170Photo #105170A useful underpass currently blocked, probably because the estate around Chain Bar Lane has been demolished.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104881Photo #104881A new combined pedestrian and cycling zebra crossing is provided here.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104880Photo #104880Here the cycle lane splits. Right for cyclists, left for equestrians. The cyclists' option has barriers on the far side of the junction. The equestrians' option has no barriers. So everyone just takes the left fork, because it's easier.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104879Photo #104879Here the cycle lane splits. Left for cyclists, right for equestrians. The cyclists' option has barriers. The equestrians' option has no barriers. So everyone just takes the right fork, because it's easier. I mean, why wouldn't you?

Rather than use barriers, perhaps we should write a warning on the ground. We do it on the carriageway and it works there, why not here?
Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104878Photo #104878Design vs user experience. Many cyclists are using the obvious, slightly bumpy route on the left. But the designer wants them to take the less obvious, more difficult route to the right. Bit of an oversight here - give people two options and let them decide themselves which they'd prefer.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104222Photo #104222Very poor surface throughout this track.Track:
Problem
track
104221Photo #104221Another loss of priority to a road used by very few vehicles. The cycle lane should continue straight across here, and cars be forced to give way.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104194Photo #104194This lane is inadequate as motorists regularly encroach on it as they round the corner. A simple bollard on the corner would solve this immediately.Road environment:
Problem
road
104193Photo #104193A protected bypass has been built here, although it might have been better if it remained protected the closer one gets to the bridge (see the photo on the corner).Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104192Photo #104192An excellent example of how to build a safe environment for all. This design is used on the north side of the bridge too.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104181Photo #104181A new ramp down to the new cycle track alongside the A555. This is a good surface and is well signposted.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104180Photo #104180A new section of cycle path alongside the A555. The surface is high quality and it's quite wide (there's a big deep ditch to the right that restricts it).Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104179Photo #104179Bollards don't need to be ugly. These bollards are disguised as novelty pencils outside Ludworth Primary School.Road environment:
Good practice
road
104133Photo #104133I'm not sure what the legal status of this route is but you can open the gate to reach the quieter service road. This is a useful shortcut if you're headed west, toward Lymn.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
104132Photo #104132The paint to the left shows where the old "cycle path" began, leaving the carriageway. The footpath on the right is in terrible condition and does not improve the further north one walks.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
104131Photo #104131This crossing is unsignalled and traffic speeds are high. Great care needs to be taken crossing road.Other:
Problem
general
104130Photo #104130This gate needs to be replaced, preferably removed, so people can walk and cycle without obstruction.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104129Photo #104129A nice wide cycleway here.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
104128Photo #104128This gate could be improved but fits a standard bicycle easily.Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
104126Photo #104126Yarwoodhead Lane forms part of a potential connection between the old (now bypassed) Chester Road, which is a quiet route with its own wide cycleway, and Altrincham.

There is almost no traffic whatsoever on this road.
Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
104125Photo #104125The Yarwoodhead Lane bridge forms part of a potential connection between the old (now bypassed) Chester Road, which is a quiet route with its own wide cycleway, and Altrincham.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
104124Photo #104124The Yarwoodhead Lane bridge forms part of a potential connection between the old (now bypassed) Chester Road, which is a quiet route with its own wide cycleway, and Altrincham.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
104123Photo #104123Under several inches of overgrowth a hard surface exists here. This would seem to be a footway that has not been maintained. If restored it might be a useful route along this dangerous section of road.Road environment:
Problem
road
104122Photo #104122Under several inches of overgrowth a hard surface exists here. This would seem to be a footway that has not been maintained. If restored it might be a useful route along this dangerous section of road.Road environment:
Problem
road
104114Photo #104114Cycle crossings alongside the new A555 bypass. Not yet complete in this picture.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104113Photo #104113Cycle route continues west between the highway and a sports ground. I suspect the land behind the fence will soon become overgrown.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104112Photo #104112The cycle path leaves the main highway and continues west toward Woodford Road.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104111Photo #104111High quality shared cycle path alongside the new bypass. It is a little on the narrow side but there aren't that many pedestrians or cyclists here.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104110Photo #104110High quality access ramp to the cycle path along the new bypass.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
104109Photo #104109An example of an angled kerb used to gain access across a footway, rather than dropping the footway to road level. This is much better for pedestrians, who have a more level surface to walk across, and makes it less likely that they will feel as though they have to give way to vehicles crossing it.Road environment:
Good practice
road
104108Photo #104108One of the consequences of installing barriers like this is severe degradation of the surface. I'd prefer the barrier to be removed completely, but a simple solution is a couple of bags of gravel.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104106Photo #104106Two junctions with light traffic that force cyclists to cede priority. Why is this the case? There is enough space to make motorists wait for pedestrians and cyclists to cross. The result is unnecessary conflict. It's worth noting that before this junction was modified, the cycle track formed part of the carriageway - and the side roads gave way to that carriageway. But now that motorists cannot use it, they get priority over it?Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104105Photo #104105Here priority is taken away from the cycle track and given over to a road that sees little to no traffic. This is pointless and dangerous - motorists should be expected to wait for cyclists before crossing the cycleway. The signage is confusing - cyclists give way to motorists giving way? Who goes first?Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104104Photo #104104Dashed lines across the carriageway might help here, but give way markings are needed before the tactile paving so cyclists aren't tempted to wander into the carriageway. The surface here is loose, the turns are tight, this could lead to people slipping.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104103Photo #104103Priority taken away from the cycle path and given to a petrol station that is closed, and a hotel that sees low traffic levels. Both these are entrances to private property. Priority should remain with the cycle path.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104102Photo #104102Priority given over to a side road that serves only one property. This is utterly pointless in a location that sees very low level of traffic. Priority should be given to walking and cycling here.Dutch-style cycleway:
Problem
dutchcycleways
104088Photo #104088As on the south side of the railway, barriers here encourage the growth of weeds that eventually make the path too narrow to be shared. The barriers should be removed, the overgrowth eliminated, and the path restored to the full width of this route.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104087Photo #104087A good surface on this railway bridge. This route is very popular with pedestrians and cyclists, despite the barriers on either side.Other:
Good practice
general
104086Photo #104086A barrier encourages the growth of weeds on this approach to a walking/cycling bridge over the railway. These should be removed and replaced with a simple, single bollard.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104055Photo #104055The TPT in typically fine form.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
104054Photo #104054This bridge could form part of a useful quick link between the estates on either side, if only it had a good surface. The surface on the approach roads also needs significant work.Track:
Problem
track
104053Photo #104053Zero maintenance here has caused the path to become completely overgrown.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104002Photo #104002Extremely poor surface on this road, with very deep potholes and poor lighting.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
104001Photo #104001I'm not sure why the path is laid out this way but why can't we just cycle in a straight line, rather than have to weave through these obstructions?Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
104000Photo #104000An unreasonable layout here, probably due to the large gates. The path should be straight across, to avoid making these awkward turns.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103999Photo #103999Extremely narrow footway here is a safety issue, two cyclists cannot pass easily. Also, the low sun at evening time flickers through the fencing, which is a huge distraction.Other:
Problem
general
103961Photo #103961Redesigning this junction to prioritise walking and cycling would help create a quiet alternative to the A56 Manchester Road.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
103949Photo #103949A dangerous toucan crossing near Saddle junction. The button on the right controls the first carriageway, but you have to stop in the island and press another button to stop traffic in the other carriageway. The crossing looks as though the button controls traffic from both directions. Someone will be killed here if this is not fixed. The button should stop ALL traffic.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
103937Photo #103937New protected infrastructure under construction in Wigan.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
103936Photo #103936Pointless barrier on this former railway. The area is littered with rubbish like this.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103931Photo #103931Visit the new Krypton Factor studios in Dunham to find a series of fiendishly difficult barriers to cycling.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103914Photo #103914The path here is being improved (this is not the final surface), but a new drainage system has stopped it from being permanently flooded. The route from Ringley Road to Nob End will, shortly, be completely rideable.Track:
Good practice
track
103856Photo #103856An upgraded surface here (camera right, looking northwest), would enable a safe means of crossing the motorway and getting to the Bridgewater Circle.Track:
Problem
track
103855Photo #103855Potential for a continuous route here, enabling cycling on quiet roads between Carrington and Woodsend. Two footways required, with a central cycleway. There is enough space for this.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103854Photo #103854Potential for a good route from Carrington to Woodsend, this section would benefit from extended footways either side (there is space for this) and a central cycleway straight through.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103853Photo #103853Potential for a good route here between Carrington and Woodsend, quiet streets.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103852Photo #103852Potential route through here, needs obstructions removing and surface treating. Potential for slight widening by taking some of the allotment land.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103851Photo #103851A useful link south currently made illegal by the signage. Potential for slight widening by removing a metre of the allotment land, although there's enough room anyway.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
103850Photo #103850Potentially useful link (moreso for pedestrians I think) westwards.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103849Photo #103849A potential route to Pennybridge Lane? Needs vegetation cutting back, barriers removing.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103848Photo #103848A potential short link to Balmoral Road? This route is streetlit.Other:
Infrastructure
general
103847Photo #103847Ridiculous obstructions that should be removed. The bollards should be replaced with something spaced further apart, so larger bicycles and tricycles can pass.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103846Photo #103846Very minor work required here to improve access from the street, to Pennylane Bridge.Track:
Misc
track
103845Photo #103845Decent wide surface here, but it narrows as it heads to Higher Road. Could do with being widened to full extent of highway.Track:
Problem
track
103844Photo #103844A poor quality exit from the bridge onto Railway Road. Should be a raised crossing with ped/cyclist priority. The current layout encourages collisions between pedestrians and cyclists.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103843Photo #103843Potential route across the railway bridge, between Higher and Railway Roads.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103842Photo #103842Very good potential route between Winchester and Canterbury Roads.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103841Photo #103841Potential cycle route to Lostock Road.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
103840Photo #103840Potential exit onto Lostock Road, for a cycle route.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs

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