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141482Photo #141482More pointless barriers. Cyclists aren't stupid. If there's a risk of conflict, put SLOW on the surface, as we do on the roads. Don't put these unforgiving barriers in.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
141317Photo #141317It seems that someone is annoyed that cyclists are avoiding the stupid barriers placed here.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
137954Photo #137954I agree with this sign - lots of motorists speed around these roads and some are impatient over this bridge.Road environment:
Problem
road
115556Photo #115556Cycle parking placed in a lonely corner well away from the main entrance.Other:
Problem
general
113813Photo #113813A really nice way to cross from one side of the road to the other. It's just a shame that you don't get a green man at the first change of lights.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
113810Photo #113810Although not yet complete the new road layout and protected cycleway is looking very good.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
113809Photo #113809An interesting little underpass. Bollards to keep cars out.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
113808Photo #113808A new route, already flooded by about 6 inches. Clearly the path is too low.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113461Photo #113461Unfortunately a lot of engineering would be required to fix this flooding. The road isn't normally like this but it should remain usable 24/7 to be a viable route.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113386Photo #113386This track is badly flooded and covered with tree roots. Not recommended for cycling.Track:
Problem
track
113374Photo #113374In case you accidentally walk out into the road...Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113373Photo #113373This could be a quiet shortcut but unfortunately the surface is very badly degraded.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
113372Photo #113372This "cycleway" is a complete mess and nothing more than a very old pavement with a line of paint.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
113371Photo #113371Watch your tyres! Kids are always hanging around under here, which explains the broken glass everywhere and litter all over the cutting.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113366Photo #113366This dark, unlit, narrow and filthy passageway with bollards at each end is on the Fallowfield Loop diversion. Would you use this at night?General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
113365Photo #113365Welcome to the Fallowfield Diversion route. Would you use this unlit and muddy underpass at night?General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
113364Photo #113364The wear on the left shows that many people choose to ignore this annoying chicane, which also serves as a point at which to mug users.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113323Photo #113323The barriers have been replaced with something less stupid, but it's unbelievable in this day and age that Sustrans, a walking and cycling charity, feel this is at all appropriate. WE DO NOT WANT BARRIERS TO ACTIVE TRAVEL.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113318Photo #113318Prohibited!General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
113287Photo #113287New asphalt surface approaching the Mersey Gateway bridge, before you cross the canal.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
113286Photo #113286New asphalt surface beneath the Mersey Gateway bridge. Unfortunately the asphalt is ONLY beneath the bridge, the rest is compacted.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
113285Photo #113285New asphalt surface beneath the Mersey Gateway bridge. Unfortunately the asphalt is ONLY beneath the bridge, the rest is compacted.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
113236Photo #113236Possibly the grandest chicane/filter/obstruction I've ever seen.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113235Photo #113235This road west to Spike Island is in terrible condition, which is a real shame as it could be a good link to Runcorn.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
113198Photo #113198This location is getting worse. The path is now inaccessible.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113197Photo #113197This popular walking and cycling route, which serves as an alternate route to the very busy main road, is dark and uninviting at night. There are streetlamps that do not appear to be the council's responsibility, and every one is dead.

I have asked local councillors for assistance.
General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
113188Photo #113188A sharp, steep lip now prevents you cycling from the bridge onto the sealed surface.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113185Photo #113185Welcome to the National Cycle Network. Please go away.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113154Photo #113154The surface is a little forgotten but it's quite a nice ride along the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal. Access needs to be improved though.Track:
Misc
track
113153Photo #113153A slightly wobbly but otherwise usable track between Heywood and Rochdale Road. The views are very nice.Track:
Misc
track
113152Photo #113152It's a little tricky but it's perfectly possible to cycle along this track to get to Heywood, and it's much more pleasant and scenic than the horrid roads. So why the pointless barrier?Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113151Photo #113151Reflectors mark the edge of the cycleway.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
113150Photo #113150The newly restored former railway tunnel, with a great surface and interior lighting.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
113149Photo #113149Superb new walking and cycling bridge installed to allow access to the former railway tunnel. One wooden bollard at the entrance, so anyone can get through. Excellent.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
113118Photo #113118Cycle parking facilities at the MetrolinkCycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
113026Photo #113026Serious drainage problems exist on the TPT. The surface is in terrible condition, having not been maintained for years.

It needs replacing with a sealed surface and someone needs to install proper drains that work. If this were a road it'd be fixed immediately. It's been like this down here for years.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113025Photo #113025A serious drainage problem exists here. The water when pictured was almost a foot deep.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
113024Photo #113024Fair play to whoever in Warrington decided to build these underpasses when the dual carriageways were constructed - they're superb.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
113005Photo #113005Two sets of barriers make this useful route a difficult proposition. A better solution might be found here.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
112679Photo #112679This is part of the diversion from the Fallowfield Loop while the bridge is being replaced, but the lack of dropped kerbs makes it inaccessible by bicycle or wheelchair.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
112678Photo #112678More pointless barriers.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
112677Photo #112677Extremely low headroom on this former canal tunnel makes cycling here a risky prospect.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
112676Photo #112676The ludicrous barrier to the ramp onto the Fallowfield Loop. This discriminatory obstacle should be removed, immediately.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
112539Photo #112539Hasty Lane: A solitary bollard (thank God it isn't a chicane) protects this overgrown and slippery ramp down to the tunnel beneath the motorway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
112538Photo #112538Hasty Lane: Once in the tunnel, however, the surface is much improved. This could be a valuable route if it were better taken care of.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
112537Photo #112537A lack of maintenance has left this ramp in a disgusting and possibly dangerous condition. Reported.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
112523Photo #112523I'm hoping this gate prompts the removal of the barrier beyond, but Bolton have a love for barriers of all kinds so I wouldn't be surprised if both remained. They are both completely unnecessary and stupid.

Ed: also both are likely to be near invisible at night time, presenting a significant hazard. The gate at least needs a reflective panel.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
111751Photo #111751Motoring filter that should be modified to allow easy passage of bicycles.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
111563Photo #111563Short pedestrian area that could use a more appropriate design to allow cycling.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
111514Photo #111514A serious lack of attention from the council has resulted in this useful path becoming hugely overgrown. It is almost at the point of being impassible.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
111499Photo #111499Very poor condition. Do not ride.Track:
Problem
track
111498Photo #111498Very poor condition and badly eroded - do not ride.Track:
Problem
track
111497Photo #111497This section has suffered from severe erosion. Not ridable.Track:
Problem
track
111496Photo #111496I wouldn't consider riding anything other than an MTB here.Track:
Problem
track
111495Photo #111495This part of this track is just about rideable.Track:
Problem
track
111494Photo #111494The irony of this sign is that behind me, when I took it, were several giant fairground rides blocking about half the width of the pedestrianised street. What's the objection to people scooting along? How short-sighted of Bolton Council.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
111400Photo #111400Overgrowth being cut back along this popular walking and cycling route.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
111399Photo #111399The only purpose this junction has is to allow high speed left turns. It's duplicated by the left turn at the junction a little further east. Crossing this junction as a pedestrian can be difficult, especially given the speed of traffic here (30mph around the corner).

This turn should be blocked off and turned into a cycle filter. Doing so would make absolutely no difference to traffic whatsoever, but it would make walking and cycling a bit nicer.
Road environment:
Problem
road
111207Photo #111207This has to be the world's simplest upgrade. Building a cycle route through here, across Braemar Avenue and then over the railway would provide direct, almost entirely traffic-free access to the schools and leisure centre at the end of Bowfell Road/Flixton Road.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
111206Photo #111206You cannot expect people to be "more active" to improve their health when the very tracks you want them to use are in this condition. This entire route needs a sealed surface and proper drainage.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
111205Photo #111205There is more than enough space here to install dropped kerbs and enable a quick and easy cycling link between these two roads.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
111204Photo #111204There is more than enough space here to install dropped kerbs and enable a quick and easy cycling link between these two roads.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
111203Photo #111203This short alley between two streets could easily be upgraded to provide a viable cycling link. It is slightly on the narrow side but isn't long enough for anyone to get any kind of speed up.Other:
Infrastructure
general
111202Photo #111202This short footpath is actually reasonably wide once the overgrowth is removed, and might provide a useful link if upgraded.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
111201Photo #111201This short alley between two streets could easily be upgraded to provide a viable cycling link. It is slightly on the narrow side but isn't long enough for anyone to get any kind of speed up.Other:
Infrastructure
general
111200Photo #111200This short alley between two streets could easily be upgraded to provide a viable cycling link. It is slightly on the narrow side but isn't long enough for anyone to get any kind of speed up.General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
111196Photo #111196This footpath by the hospital is quite wide enough to accommodate cycling, but it's currently not allowed by this sign. Cutting back the overgrowth, improving the surface and building a proper entrance at either end would enable this route.Track:
Problem
track
111195Photo #111195The problem here isn't inappropriate use of the cycle shelter. It's the fact that that's the only use for it, because the road environment doesn't invite pupils to cycle to school and back.

This is a good illustration of why we need to build high-quality protected cycle infrastructure on the main roads, along with quick and easily filtering of residential streets to remove ratrunning traffic. Do that, and this shelter will soon be full of bicycles.
Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
111194Photo #111194In case anyone is tempted to cycle along this footpath - don't!General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
111193Photo #111193In case anyone is tempted to cycle along this footpath - don't!General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
111192Photo #111192In case anyone is tempted to cycle along this footpath - don't!General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
110674Photo #110674A typical sight throughout Britain - if a car can't drive along it, let's not bother looking after it. This could be part of a good route between Tyldesley and Bolton but its poor condition renders it an unattractive proposition. Further along from here the surface is comprised of setts, in good condition (but uncomfortable).Road environment:
Problem
road
110673Photo #110673The unsealed surface on this new cycleway is already beginning to show signs of water damage.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110672Photo #110672New cycleway across Cutacre Country Park. Loose gravel surface so be careful when turning.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110671Photo #110671A pleasant place to be although I have some reservations about the surface treatment. Gravel does not equal "countryside". This is a wholly man-made environment and therefore, concerns about sealed surfaces looking too "urban" should be ignored. Flexipave could have been used here, especially as horses can walk on it.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110670Photo #110670This cycleway is fast becoming unusable due to water damage. A sealed surface here would have ensured that the path remained in perfect condition. Why skimp on such things if you're just going to have to repair them later?Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110669Photo #110669This cycleway is quickly being eroded by water. This is why we should use sealed surfaces on cycle routes - not gravel.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110668Photo #110668In the photograph I'm on the cycle path looking north. To continue I have to turn and cross the road, then turn again. Why can't the cycle path simply run across on a diagonal line to cross at the same point, with simple markings to alert the user they're crossing a road?Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110204Photo #110204Absolutely gigantic oversize barriers lead to a very poor quality gravel path, before you can access the better quality asphalt path that takes you into the industrial estate. These need to be removed.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
110203Photo #110203Come on Salford, this isn't good enough. The surface would be fine were it not completely overgrown and almost unusable.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110202Photo #110202A good quality cycle crossing enables people to cross this busy road in comfort and safety.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
110201Photo #110201A superb sealed surface now exists north of Lumb Viaduct.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110200Photo #110200A superb sealed surface now exists north of Lumb Viaduct.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110199Photo #110199This was once a muddy slippery slope, now it's an all-weather sealed surface ideal for cycling.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110198Photo #110198Superb surface here and nice detail on the [presumed] footpath to the left.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110197Photo #110197Once only hikers and mountain bikers used this route. Now anyone can - even horse riders!Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110196Photo #110196A vastly improved surface exists here now.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110051Photo #110051The surface here doesn't look great but it's actually nice and smooth to ride on. You can get some good speed here.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
110050Photo #110050A bit dusty and gravelly here but the surface is fine. You have to be careful when turning though as you can easily slide.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
110049Photo #110049A good cycleway alongside a closed road. A very popular route here.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110047Photo #110047A perfectly rideable but very steep route.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
110010Photo #110010Superb bidirectional cycleway alongside a river and main road.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
110009Photo #110009This is some kind of solid tarmac base with light gravel on top. It's dusty and noisy but very grippy and smooth.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110008Photo #110008Dusty and gravelly but this cycleway is perfectly usable in the summer. Perhaps in winter it's not as good.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110007Photo #110007Combined pedestrian and cycle crossing.Road environment:
Good practice
road
110005Photo #110005Picnic area and nice view on this absolutely beautiful cycleway.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
110002Photo #110002A great idea for an old railway - locals can hire these cars and ride along the rails, which run alongside the cycleway.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109892Photo #109892A new short link between these two estates provides a much easier route. Note - no silly barriers!Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109891Photo #109891A new short link between these two estates provides a much easier route. Note - no silly barriers!Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109854Photo #109854An excellent track to the canal here. Surface is asphalt.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways

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