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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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]

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.

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

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

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

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).

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]

No Entry signage on NCN1, no contraflow apparent for cyclists.

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

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.

One of many things wrong with Crouch street NCN route 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

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.

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]

Hilly fields access point from Sussex Road end. Barriers havent been changed like the other end as shown in http://cycle.st/p52279 Nice if they did this one too.

Homebase, Toll Gate, Colchester. Has good cycle parking in size, unfortunately they block it with shop displays or is cluttered up with uncollected trolleys. Complaints havent made a difference too. Another example: http://cycle.st/p5227 ... [more]

Other view of cycle lane on Turner Road, can clearly see Buses parking over it than wait for a clear spot at the bus spot.

The Range, Cowdray Ave. The only cycle parking constantly blocked by their shop displays they use 2 parking bays for. Despite no. of complaints nothing gets done.

Turner road approach to roundabout, cycle lane just stops at traffic lights & no ASL to help go right at roundabout. Also Bus stop on left & buses can cut across in front of cyclist entering &/or leaving it.

Super crap road surface on a cycleway

Homebase, Toll Gate, Colchester. Has good cycle parking in size, unfortunately they block it with shop displays or is cluttered up with uncollected trolleys. Complaints havent made a difference too. Another example: http://cycle.st/p5227 ... [more]

NCN route 51 passing the wall of an impermeable housing development.

No indication where this riverside path goes or if it's open for cycling.

The cycleway seems to just end at the road.

Awfully maintained and signed shared-use path into Colchester - this is the first sign that cycling is allowed, with nothing at the start of this path.

Pedestrian route around roundabout entering Colchester from the A12 - needs improving for cyclists. The path goes to the left - cyclists towards the town centre have to turn right on the road.

This sign is attached to a pillar where the Wivenhoe Trail (Route 51) joins the Colne Causeway.

Route 51, through the Moors, is seriously overgrown, restricting visibility and width of the path.

Spot the cycle racks at The Range! There are two Sheffield stands amongst the plants -- see #35729.

It is approaching two years since the Colchester Town station cycle parking was removed (see #22196). It was at the time made a priority of Cycle Colchester, though no solution ever materialised, and notices stating 'No parking of cycles ... [more]

Cycle parking at the new Magistrates Court. It is right by the entrance, but poorly sited (see also #36477).

Cycle parking at the new Magistrates Court. It is right by the entrance, but spacing could be better (see also #36478)

Two trees have been set in the middle of the Wivenhoe Trail (Sustrans Route 51), at Hythe Quay, seriously hindering cyclists passage of this well-used and liked traffic free route.

Whitehall Close could be a useful short cut, and save cyclists having to negotiate Whitehall Road, but as it is, it is a pain. Note the desire line of pedestrians (and possibly cyclists) using the crossing point to the right.

The orignal sign has deteriorated badly (see #34986 and #35747). The replacement already has a chip out of it, but why was it layed before the old one was removed? The first signs of this kind (see #21171) are still in good shape. Is the ... [more]

Awkward drop kerb and badly maintained ramp from Cowdray Ave cycle path onto the adjacent side road.

There is a new ASL beyond the bus, here on St Johns Street in town centre. The issue however, is the cycle lane leading to it on the left. There is simply not enough space for it, whether the bus is in the middle of the lane or not. Cycl ... [more]

Roughly three months ago this was laid (see #34986)... now look at it!

Bike symbol on Crouch St indicating desire line into the underpass has been moved (see #34314). Not sure why the bike isn't facing the traffic... The safest approach, and the only one with clear vision of both the pavement and underpass ... [more]

How to ruin a perfectly good cycle path? Cover it in gravel. The sweeping bends always felt like an attempt to thwart speeding down this hill, but covered in gravel no-one is going to be travelling at any speed for fear of coming off the ... [more]

Access from Ypres Road to the Garrison Route. It appears that either the path has been laid too far over or the dropkerbs are misaligned. The non-reflective bollard should be ripped out, and the gravel replaced with good ol' tarmac (as t ... [more]

Was it really necessary to install 8 [dark] bollards here? Just look at the spacing! And why such a little gap in the build out?

ASL with leading cycle lane encouraging cyclists to go down the inside of waiting traffic at a left only turn. See also #35731.

New ASL's have been springing up all over town centre. Some are just a box without a leading cycle lane, however this one on the High St does have a cycle lane, on the inside of a left only turn. Cycling down the inside here is not to be ... [more]

"Elephant feet" crossing where Friars Close dissects the Ipswich Rd shared-use path. Strange how it doesn't encompass the whole pathway.

There's no doubting it's 'End of Route' -- there's a fence in the way!

At the same time bike symbols finally graced this bit of cycle lane (see also #35716) in Crouch St, so did what appears to be a parking or loading bay. This bay explains why the drop kerb is so much wider than the narrow "elephant feet" cro ... [more]

This cycle lane on Crouch St had been awaiting symbols since its creation sometime ago. They are now in place, along with unwelcome symbols in the shape of a parking/loading bay (see #35717). If vans or cars are to be parked in this narr ... [more]

"Elephant feet" crossing of Crouch St (see also #35712). Note the tight angle of approach into the underpass (which still carries prohibition sign). An adult may well be seen before it is too late, but a dog, child, pram, or even a mobil ... [more]

Little bike symbols in the gutter (see #34312) along Crouch St have been burned off and replaced by some larger ones, in the centre of the lane. At this point the symbols were suggesting a desire line that would bring cyclists into confl ... [more]

The beginning and end of it. This is a short section of cycle path (shared use) leading from the Essex Yeomanry Way toucan, to the junction with Tollgate Drive. Look by the brick wall on the left and you'll see the 'End of Route' sign, a ... [more]

Shopping trolleys littered around and between the uncovered cycle parking at Sainsbury's.

The grit bin and ash tray are still obstructing cycle racks and have been since the store opened (see #27339).

Unsigned, rubbish cycle parking at the Wilson Marriage Centre.

This route sign for Town centre has been relocated (see #21400) without any thought as to which way the arrow is pointing. Town centre is in fact to the right, not left.

New 'Cyclists proceed with caution' pavement "sign" at the end of the Crouch Street East cycle lane. There is a lot to take in at this junction, and nothing bar this "sign" to aid the cyclist, or prompt them as to where hazards may be: ... [more]

New chicane at the entrance to the Garrison network. Still nothing to stop motorists parking in the bay directly in front of it (see #28885).

Visibility has been improved on this section of riverside pathway (NCN Route 51) since several obstructive barriers have been removed and vegetation been cut back. It would be improved still further if all the barriers were removed.

Bollards have been added to the large drop kerbed section of pathway alongside Circular Road North. One is actually on the cycle path, and none are reflective in any way.

A large bike symbol in the middle of the lane, as used on St Johns Street (see #29969), would be far more appropriate than a small one as is the case here on Crouch St. With parking bays on the right leaving only a limited space, cyclist ... [more]

Small bike symbol on Crouch St suggesting cyclists make a sweep right across the road into the underpass. For cyclists to make this right turn, they should previously have been in a far more dominant, central road position and not make the ... [more]

Small bike symbols on Crouch St, suggesting a desire line for cyclists, and to motorists, where they should be riding. For cyclists to make a right turn into the underpass as is suggested (see #34314) they should be in a far more dominan ... [more]

Either side of this boardwalk has been repaved, at level (see #20796). Why wasn't it removed, and paved as well?

The junction of Creffield Rd and Maldon Rd is crying out for a cyclists exemption from the No Entry.

As part of 'Highway Improvements' to Crouch St, two of the Sheffield stands (see #28878) have been relocated further along. They are far too close to the kerb and together, meaning they won't be able to accomodate the four bikes they should ... [more]

Seven Sheffield stands at the new Firstsite building. Note there is just 500mm between each stand.

The new cycle path between Bilsdale Close and Ipswich Road (see #33430) has a barrier preventing cyclists from joining/leaving it. Should a cyclist want to connect to St Johns Close (where the bollards are, across the road) they must dismou ... [more]

These guard rails leave nowhere for a cyclist to go should there be an incident on the road.

The surface of the High Woods Route (forming part of National Cycle Network Route 1) is breaking up already, less than two years since its launch. Cycle Colchester's pledge to provide "first class cycling routes" seems a little empty now ... [more]

The surface of the High Woods Route (forming part of National Cycle Network Route 1) is breaking up already, less than two years since its launch. Cycle Colchester's pledge to provide "first class cycling routes" seems a little empty now ... [more]

The surface of the High Woods Route is breaking up already, less than two years since its launch. Cycle Colchester's pledge to provide "first class cycling routes" seems a little empty now. See also #33414 and #33415.

Cyclists and pedestrians having to make way for motor vehicles on what should be a segregated facility... Not sure this was Cycle Colchester's idea of 'Share the Space', but this is the reality when Kings Meadow is opened up for use as a ... [more]

There's no reason why this pathway between Littlebury Gardens and Old Heath Road shouldn't be accessible to cyclists (see also #31069).

Remove the dreadful chicane, add a drop kerb, and this is a perfectly good link between Old Heath Road and Littlebury Gardens.

Bollards are one thing but low wooden posts without reflection on one side and signs jutting out are quite another. At the new Riverside Quarter development.

Two awkward chicanes remain on the path between Clarendon Way and Cowdray Avenue despite it now forming part of a cycling route. This one in particular seems wholly unnecessary since there is another metres away (see #30950), and the other ... [more]

The path between Clarendon Way and Cowdray Avenue now forms part of a cycle route, but chicanes remain (see also #30947), and no drop kerb has been added to enable access, nor any road markings to ward off motorists parking directly in fron ... [more]

The view from St. Johns Close across Ipswich Road to Bilsdale Close. According to the latest Cycle Colchester map there is access to Bilsdale Close from Ipswich Road. It is plain to see there isn't (see also #30918 and #30919).

No permeability here, despite it appearing so on the latest Cycle Colchester town map. These railings line the road (see #30920) so there is certainly no way through to Bilsdale Close from Ipswich Road.

No permeability between Ipswich Road and St. Johns Close.

The path between Sallary Brook and Avon Way is marked as a direct line on the latest Cycle Colchester town map... the reality is somewhat different: pick the wrong fork and you will be met with steps. See also #30909 and #30910.

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