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Cycling in Colchester

Colchester - proud to be a Cycling Town

In June 2008 Colchester became one of 11 new Cycling Towns in England with £4.2 million funding until March 2011 to create a much improved cycle network and popularise cycling.

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A short section of cycle lane isn't enough for a parent to allow her kids to cycle on the road, after cycling along the riverside path.

Modal filtering at Middleborough by means of a contraflow bus lane.

Cycle lanes, a weight restriction and a box junction on the bridge over the River Colne.

NCN1 forks right here, but only indicated by stickers on the lamppost. The path ahead leads towards the main railway station, so could be widened to match the NCN1 path.

NCN1 on one of the lit paths crossing the park.

Middle Mill Weir and some cycle parking stands.

Information on where cycling is and is not allowed in Castle Park.

Dos and Don'ts in Castle Park.

The exit from Castle Park onto NCN1 at Middle Mill, and straight ahead the continuing riverside walkway.

"Share the Space" in Castle Park.

A person cycling through Castle Park.

Cycling is now allowed on the main path through Castle Park, but not on any other path therein.

Route sign for lit route to town centre. The path over the bridge is lit, but not the route through Castle Park or the riverside walk.

A nice new replacement bridge over the River Colne, but the signs obscure visibility of each other. Also on a round pole, rather than the square poles used elsewhere locally.

A nice replacement bridge over the River Colne, but a pity about the tactiles being the wrong type. The sign reads "Please give way to pedestrians on bridge".

I didn't appreciate it at the time, but this is the junction of NCN1 and NCN51. The sign seems to have lost an arm since #27125 was taken.

A priority crossing for NCN1 over the road to the overflow carpark, but the alignment could be better.

An internal car park road yields to the cycle path, and is closed off with bollards when not in use.

Bollards in the NCN1 path.

NCN1 path down the side of the bowling alley.

The cycle track adjacent to Cowdray Avenue, with counter.

Another view of the road crossing in #88496 on route to the railway station, with NCN1 signage for route via Colchester town centre via a crossing across Cowdray Avenue.

A minor sideroad crossing on the Cowdray Avenue cycle track. I don't think the Dutch would do it like this!

A bit messy, but the footbridge across Turner Road from #88392 comes down here, and cycling across it is allowed.

I think this is actually the end of a cycle route, at Colchester (mainline) railway station.

Shared-use footways on Turner Road outside Colchester station.

Quiet on a Sunday morning, but plenty of room for motoring under the Turner Road railway bridge in Colchester. The lane the cyclist is in is a bus lane.

Just some of the cycle parking at Colchester (mainline) station.

A 'Cyclists Rejoin Carriageway' sign in order to cross a road to get to the next piece of shared-use footway.

A shared-use footway through a bus stop near Colchester station.

An 'End of Route' sign marks the end of this cycle route, but another route starts on the footway across the road. It can't be related to this one, can it?

A narrow line-segregated cycleway alongside the Westway. I wonder if the designer thinks it is possible to pass someone coming the other way without crossing the white line. But no-one is likely to get into trouble for doing so.

Poor sightlines at uncontrolled road crossing from narrow line-segregated cycleway.

The direct route to Colchester town centre has traffic restrictions so the sign for car drivers points towards the Westway, unlike the sign for cyclists.

Traffic restrictions on residential North Station Road, to try and move through car traffic onto the Westway.

A cycle lane suddenly appears on North Station Road, approaching another roundabout, just when cyclists need to be positioning themselves further to the right unless they happen to be turning left.

Traffic restrictions to try and move through car traffic onto the Westway instead of North Station Road.

A shared-use footway around the Albert Roundabout, but what happens around the corner? Does the lack of an 'End of Route' sign imply it continues, or should cyclists go back onto the road?

A shared-use footway around the Albert Roundabout, with toucan crossings across some arms. But the path in the foreground is just a footway.

A wide 40mph A-road but no room for a dedicated cycleway on this side. Just a shared footway on the opposite side.

Jumping between footway and carriageway cycling at each roundabout, but with no obvious thought given to the transition.

Just a sticker on a lamppost for directions. Proper signage should be used, especially for on-road routes where cyclists may have to make a turn decision with an impatient car driver trying to get past.

An arrow sticker has been added since #21167

So I guess anyone seeing the state of the track ahead will be on the lookout for evidence that the cycle route does turn here, but still the sticker on the fencepost behind the mesh is not nearly adequate signage. The whole corner could be ... [more]

An attempt has been made to brighten up this narrow passageway under the railway, but no-one has come back to keep it in good order.

A route sign for the route to the right on a square post, but only stickers for the route straight ahead through the tunnel.

Cycle path alongside Petrolea Close opposite retail park

Barriers for the sake of it, and it looks like people cut around the side.

The white line appears to suggest the cycle route crosses the road, but the shared use provision continues straight ahead.

A pink tricycle being used to advertise boat trips from West Mersea.

Cycle parking at the sports and community centre in West Mersea.

Sunken drain southbound between Great Tey & Marks Tey. Reported to the council.

Compacted gravel (although top surface is still rather loose) has been added atop the resurfaced section of shared-use pathway through High Woods Country Park. See also #70739.

Bicycle-shaped cycle parking and track pump outside Halfords. There are also some Cyclehoops attached to the wall.

Puddle across the width of the riverside shared use pathway, part of National Cycle Network Route 51.

The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71970, #71971, #71972).

The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71970, #71971, #71973).

The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71970, #71972, #71973).

The shared use cycle path between Bergholt Road Allotments and North Station is badly broken up (see also #71971, #71972, #71973).

Knitted covers on these Sheffield stands.

Some of the shared use pathway through High Woods Country Park has been resurfaced (see #65169 prior to resurfacing). Unclear if it's going to remain as it is or have a gravel coating applied to be in keeping with original path, or when the ... [more]

New double yellow lines and a nice big shared-use sign on this stretch of NCN Route 1, off Cowdray Avenue. (It was previously being used as a car park -- see #60192.)

Eight Sheffield cycle stands were removed* from the High Street (see #17765) at the end of March, 2015, to make way for Colchester Market, which would be moving there, Fri - Sun. No alternative provision was planned at that time, and still ... [more]

Broken bikes and broken locks are a too familiar sight behind the Brewers Arms on St Johns Street. See also #65992.

You needn't have a quality bike but if you cherish what you ride use a decent lock and mind where you lock it. Broken bikes and broken locks are a too familiar sight behind the Brewers Arms on St Johns Street. See also #65993.

Bikes locked to railings at the bottom of Sheergate Steps suggesting a need for more cycle stands in the area.

West Quay is not part of the National Cycle Network!

NCN1 directs you to a No Entry road which currently has roadworks.

NCN1 Offroad section, compacted soil surface

Potholes filled with bricks

NCN1 taking you offroad on approach to Tiptree. Passable on a roadbike, take care with potholes and loose surface

BEWARE. This section of cycleway and footpath is cracked and uneven. Take care.

Bike & Go at Colchester North Station.

Save This Crossing and Save a Life "Essex County Council are planning to remove this crossing. This is to make cars and lorries go faster. "By doing so it will endanger the lives of pedestrians and cyclists. No detaills of definite al ... [more]

This crossing is planned to be removed by Rodney Bass and Essex County council, and moved some 200 metres further away from the roundabout (on right). "t is proposed to remove the existing crossing on Colne Bank Avenue, to the west of it ... [more]

A bike now part of the river bank.

Short section of mandatory cycle lane leading to Creffield Medical Centre.

The Wivenhoe Trail: a lovely route but an awful path.

Width, safety, and comfort dramatically reduced by Essex County Council's insistence that the parapets are protected by obstructive, unnecessary means. Take to the left of the concrete bollards (when the sign for motorists isn't in place ... [more]

Width, safety, and comfort dramatically reduced by Essex County Council's insistence that the parapets are protected by obstructive, unnecessary means. See also #62514.

Wivenhoe station

One of many things wrong with Crouch street NCN route in Colchester.

Hilly Fields has some new cycle friendly access & despite the hill climb it is possible to get shopping through it easily & trailer too

ASDA has some of the best cycle parking in Colchester

A shared path that the Colchester Council allows pavement parking as done nothing to stop it or ticketed anyone after complaints made. Update: improved in 2015 see #68115.

Cycle parking at McDonalds drive-thru as not allowed to be served like you can in a car. Its only for their customers so rest of Tollgate cant use it.

its the only cycle parking available at Tollgate, but now hidden away to those cycling through when they built Costa in front of it & was months before I even knew it was there when I moved into the area & wouldnt use it as kids play on it.

Homebase, another store that uses its Cycle parking for promotional goods, store trolleys etc. no room to park bike

A small Sainsburys in Town, but has a very good set of Cycle racks for its size & location

Aldi has some good cycle parking even if poorly located so you have to walk across incoming & outgoing traffic to the car park.

Cycle path throws you onto a busy road at North station & onto a mandatory cycle lane that drivers do not stay out of. Not to say the confusing shared path signs for the bridge.

Cycle path throws you onto a busy road at North station & onto a mandatory cycle lane that drivers do not stay out of. Not to say the confusing shared path signs for the bridge.

A section of the NCN or is it? Lines are so faded & isnt shown on maps & the bollards make it a nightmare to get through away way whether its with a bike or wheelchair.

The Range has 2 cycle racks, but normally unavailable to use due to seasonal promotions covering or blocking them all year round.

Priorities are evident at this new development.

Finally, the return of cycle parking to Colchester Town station.

This drop kerb, leading to a puddle, is barely wide enough for a pram, making a mockery of the markings. The insufficient width makes approach to it a much tighter angle than should be necessary, and should there be another path user there, ... [more]

Cycle lane ends abruptly in a hedge at 403 Mill Lane, a the Julian Ave bus stop, Colchester CO4. https://plus.google.com/photos/115525981620658721055/albums/5541048340867180929/6002969533318865522?banner=pwa&authkey=CNjJ09y2souMaQ&pid=60 ... [more]

I large covered cycle parking within the grounds of B&Q, not sure why they have it, if it was there before B&Q? but is disused & a dumping ground for the company. be interested to know why its there.

Cycle parking at McDonalds, for their customers only.

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