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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
109853Photo #109853Don't enter the railway line to Accrington here - enter it further northwest! The path here is very narrow and unsuitable for cycling.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
109852Photo #109852The towpath surface on this section of the Leeds Liverpool Canal is crumbling, but it's still good for cycling.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
109851Photo #109851Adding this simply to show that choosing this route to cycle along would be a very bad idea. The north side is just about cycleable - but the south side is nigh impossible and very difficult even to walk on.General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
109762Photo #109762Annoying barriers on this cycleway.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109761Photo #109761This is where the good parts of the cycleway start - south of this location, the surface is gravelly and not very good. It's perfectly ridable, just nowhere near as nice. And unfortunately it's full of silly barriers like this one.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109760Photo #109760Superb recycled rubber surface here. A little bit rippled but I'm not complaining.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109759Photo #109759It's easy to cycle through these bollards - unlike the old metal barriers south of here, which are extremely difficult to navigate.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109758Photo #109758Great surface on the former railway here. Just a shame that behind the photographer, the path turns up to the main road. It would be better if the route went behind the factory and onto Station Road.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109757Photo #109757Very picturesque views along the former railway here.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109756Photo #109756A view of the very tired old footbridge over the former railway.Cycleway:
Misc
cycleways
109755Photo #109755Great surface on the cycleway here. Image taken from a dodgy old footbridge.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109754Photo #109754Great surface on this cycleway. Image taken from a very worn old footbridge.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109753Photo #109753I'm not quite sure why the council didn't just build the track through the stone wall to the right, but perhaps something is needed to stop idiots parking on the pavement - like the van driver...Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
109752Photo #109752No silly barriers here, just sensible bollards and a visible change in surface to indicate that you're crossing a road.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109751Photo #109751Billiard-table smooth surface. Perfect.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109750Photo #109750This barrier is a little bit wide but most cyclists should be easily capable of getting around it. I would have preferred a removable bollard, since some people on unusual bikes, or disabled folk, might struggle here.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109749Photo #109749Superb surface here.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109748Photo #109748Good crossing point here, although the red surface is wearing quickly. Nice to see that the usual "krypton factor" barriers have not been used here, just plain bollards.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109747Photo #109747Great surface on this new cycleway.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109746Photo #109746The bridge isn't quite finished yet but it doesn't look to be far off done.Cycleway:
Event
cycleways
109745Photo #109745Newly restored tunnel. Amazing job.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109744Photo #109744Superb surface, tunnel reopened (although at the time of upload the bridge on the other end of the tunnel isn't quite finished), this is amazing work by the council.Other:
Good practice
general
109743Photo #109743The picture says it all. Superb.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109742Photo #109742One of two former railway tunnels that Lancashire County Council have reopened and converted into cycleways. This is absolutely excellent work. My only very minor concern is the risk of ice during winter.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109741Photo #109741A nice cycleway here, unfortunately it leads back onto the main road but not far after that you can get back onto the cycleway and use two former railway tunnels.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109740Photo #109740A nice cycleway parallel to Bacup Road. Unfortunately it ends not far past this point.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109694Photo #109694It's annoying but not surprising that a multi-million pound high-level bridge can be built across an estuary in only 3 years, but a simple cycle lane takes even longer. Cyclists have to take a diversion around busy roads to bypass this closure. Not acceptable.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109217Photo #109217Priority over this side road is a welcome upgrade. It was a Sunday when I rode along it so I don't know how often it's obeyed, but the red sign suggests it's something drivers aren't used to.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
109216Photo #109216A good example of how useless barriers like this are. Everyone just skirts around it.

How much did this barrier cost, and who paid for it?
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109188Photo #109188The cycleway here is narrow and the surface poor, but this isn't such a bad thing - go too fast here and you risk a head-on collision with another cyclist. I think the overgrowth needs cutting back though.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
109187Photo #109187A problem many will be familiar with - overgrowth blocking the light from a streetlight. These things are often forgotten about by councils because they don't really affect motorists, but dark paths at night is a serious safety concern for many people.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109186Photo #109186This bridge could be part of the generally ok cycle routes in this area, but it needs a more gradual slope so the steps can be deleted. This is also a barrier to disabled travel.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109185Photo #109185The canal towpath near this point has now been given a much improved sealed surface, so it's a shame that this point of access has been completely untouched.Road environment:
Problem
road
108963Photo #108963It won't be long before the TPT here is completely invisible.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108962Photo #108962This is only really a useable path for people on mountain bikes but at least it's now accessible (it used to be blocked off). This stick-out bit of fence seems pointless though.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108723Photo #108723The recently redesigned Sevenways roundabout has some minor improvements for pedestrians, but on the road it's a very different matter. Very few road users pay any attention to the road markings and choose to move straight over them, leading to confusion and conflict with those who correctly avoid the painted area. This roundabout really needs one or more entrances stopping up, the original (very large) central island rebuilding and restoring, and zebra crossings installing at every arm.Road environment:
Problem
road
108719Photo #108719The surface is much improved at this point but the gravel is to be taken with care...Other:
Infrastructure
general
108718Photo #108718A much improved surface here, albeit gravel. Care is to be taken cycling here as the front wheel may step out unexpectedly.Dutch-style cycleway:
Infrastructure
dutchcycleways
108717Photo #108717These staggered bollards are a much better solution than the gate that previously occupied this position, but the gravel surface combined with the steep slope makes passing through them a dangerous prospect. The new gravel surface should be replaced with a sealed surface.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
108409Photo #108409While not a cycleway (oddly it ends a few metres east of this location), this hedge has been allowed to completely block the footway, which is about three paving slabs wide. Now, not even one paving slab can be walked on. Despite repeated complaints, the council have refused to follow their legal obligation to maintain this footway.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108408Photo #108408Amazingly pointless and stupid barriers blocking access to a useful cycle route to Hollins Green. Who is this supposed to benefit?Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108407Photo #108407Traffic chaos outside Wellacre school. Many children ride their bikes to and from this school, and lots more would like to join them, but for scenes like this. The road should be closed to through traffic and a clearway should be implemented, enforced by regular PCSO patrols. Scenes like this are damaging everyone's health.Road environment:
Problem
road
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

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