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Photo listing : cycleways (problem)

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

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.

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).

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

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.

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]

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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]

"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]

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]

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.

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

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]

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.

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.

The footpath between St. Johns Road and St. Cyrus Road is marked on the latest Cycle Colchester map as being a cycle route, yet there there is a series of awkward chicanes to negotiate. See also #30895.

The footpath between St. Cyrus Road and St. Johns Road is marked on the latest Cycle Colchester map as being a cycle route, yet there there is a series of awkward chicanes (this one is particuarly tight) to negotiate. See also #30896.

This footpath off St. Cyrus Road is marked on the latest Cycle Colchester map as being a cycle route, yet there is no drop kerb, and an awkward chicane to negotiate. See also #30894.

This footpath off St. Cyrus Road is marked on the latest Cycle Colchester map as being a cycle route, yet there is no drop kerb, and an awkward chicane to negotiate before continuing across the road. See also #30893.

This footpath off Chalfont Road is marked on the latest Cycle Colchester map as being a cycle route, yet there is no drop kerb, nor markings on the road to stop cars parking here and blocking access.

After two pieces of wood were put in place here on Route 51 some eight months ago, to block off this dead-end path, only one remains attached. It was assumed they were temporary blocks before something more attractive and permanent was put ... [more]

New drop kerb and something resembling a stretch of cycle lane, on Southway. Cycling is now permitted on this pavement, somewhat controversially.

New cycle symbol on the road at St Johns Green. The pavement alongside Southway has been transformed into a high quality cycle route. On second thought: the only difference is a badly placed 'Share the Space' bollard and awkward drop kerb.

Cycle Colchester's final flurry: paint a few cycle symbols on the pavement and we've got a cycle route... or not. Part of a series of changes to this area without any forethought. See: #29975, #29977, and #29978.

A silly strip of 'cycle lane' inside a parking bay, at an awkward angle, and leading nowhere (either way-- see #29977). See #29979 for where it is intended to lead (in this direction), even though the symbol is facing only one way...

A silly strip of 'cycle lane' inside a parking bay, at an awkward angle, and leading nowhere (either way-- see #29978). Part of Cycle Colchester's final flurry.

Cycle Colchester's final flurry: paint a few cycle symbols on the road and we've got a cycle route... or not. This gate isn't always closed, but it is a lot of the time. Should be addressed if it is to form part of a link between St. Joh ... [more]

The section of cycle path on East St. has been remarked. Nothing has been done however to address the flooding that occurs everytime it rains.

Cycle lane entry/exit into a parking bay (see also #28884) at the Garrison. This bad practice can also be seen at Leisure World (see #20567).

Cycle lane entry/exit into a parking bay (see also #28885) at the Garrison. This bad practice can also be seen at Leisure World (see #20567).

Unfortunately a chicane has been reintroduced where Alyssum Walk meets St Andrews Avenue, apparently due to a problem with rogue motorbikes. This won't solve the problem but has introduced another: As the drop kerb wasn't widened when ... [more]

This was a lovely cycle path, but then I found this at the end

Unnecessary chicane on cycle path between Berkley Close and Albrighton Croft.

One of three (see #27484 and #27485) unnecessary chicanes between Dilbridge Road West/East and Fairhead Road South/North.

One of three (see #27484 and #27486) unnecessary chicanes between Dilbridge Road West/East and Fairhead Road South/North.

One of three (see #27485 and #27486) unnecessary chicanes between Dilbridge Road West/East and Fairhead Road South/North.

Ambiguous new road markings in Port Lane. Are cyclists being encouraged onto the pavement or to turn left? The path doesn't last long before a brick wall ends it abruptly.

Pedestrian entrance to the new Sainsbury's. It should also be the cyclists entrance since it is the most direct route, and closest to some of the cycle parking. The plans depict a pedestrian crossing in the road at this point, and a drop ... [more]

There is no barrier between the pathway and the river, making this section of the riverside walk a hazard at present. It's unclear whether the path will continue up to Colne Causeway or not -- it would make connecting to the Wivenhoe Trail ... [more]

The new 'Topsail Footbridge' between Hythe Quay and Hawkins Wharf is now open. It is a shared-use brdige, however the ugly and tight chicane inhibits cyclists access to it. No drop kerb has been added to the pavement, again making it diffic ... [more]

Dreaded 'Cyclists Dismount' signs appear at a crossing point on Boadicea Way.

Disappointing there will be no link between Berechurch Road and the Garrison Route at this point.

This could be a useful cut-through between Broadlands Way (thus the High Woods route and NCN Route 1) and Ipswich Road, but cycling is prohibited, and the chicanes make it awkward.

This could be a useful cut-through between Ipswich Road and Broadlands Way (connecting to the High Woods route and NCN Route 1), but cycling is prohibited, and the chicanes make it awkward.

Nettles intrude the shared-use path between Cowdray Avenue and Havering Close (part of NCN Route 1), reducing its useable width.

This unsightly and unnecessary chicane should be removed for it to become a pleasant link between Philip Morant School, Rembrandt Way and NCN Route 1 and Lexden Park.

This pleasant track from Philip Morant School, Rembrandt Way needs a drop kerb for it to form a useful link to NCN Route 1 and Lexden Park. The chicane around the corner (see #26419) also need removing.

Cycling isn't permitted on this useful and wide path from Philip Morant School, Rembrandt Way, which forks off into three different directions.

This should be a useful link between Irvine Road and Philip Morant School, Rembrandt Way, but it is spoiled by two sets of unnecessary chicanes (see #26414 and #26415).

The first of two unnecessary chicanes (see #26415) on the footpath beside Irvine Road Allotment.

One of two unnecessary chicanes (see #26414) on the footpath beside Irvine Road Allotment.

Cycling is prohibited along this path linking London Road and Peace Road.

Video cycling along The Commons. In this short clip, no less than twelve vehicles are legally parked in the 'cycle lane'.

The cycle lane alongside Butt Road ends abruptly, throwing cyclists into two lanes of traffic.

Cycling is not permitted in the Headgate subway under Southway, yet it is in the Abbey Gate subway further along, which is just as narrow (see #18083 and #21963).

This useful cut through from the Butt Road cycle path to Gerald Road (leading to Abbey Field) needs a drop kerb onto Butt Road.

A typical scene on Hawkins Road, forming part of Sustrans National Cycle Network, Route 51. It is an industrial estate with businesses reliant on HGV's making it most unpleasant and unattractive to new or returning cyclists.

There were barriers along this stretch of Napier Road to stop cars parking in it and blocking the cycle lane (see #19165), but they have been removed and it is now being used as a temporary bus stop while Mersea Road (northbound) is closed.

As part of the route improvement, this tunnel should be lit and graffiti removed from the walls.

Southern Slopes entrance to High Woods Country Park from Broadlands Way. This route is being transformed into an excellent link to Highwoods. Hopefully this obstructive entrance will be modified before being formally opened.

Cyclists are left with a narrow drop kerb at 90 degrees to the path to avoid the barriers on Boundary Road.

Widened cycle track leading up to the University from Boundary Road. This shingle is a dreadful surface to cycle on, especially on a twisty slope (see #22593).

Not all of the path alongside Boadicea Way has been widened and no effort has been made to make it look neat.

There is no indication at either end of the newly widened shared pathway alongside Circular Road North that it isn't finished yet. At this point the entire path is blocked.

The widened shared pathway alongside Circular Road North isn't quite finished (note the lack of drop kerbs and obstruction in the distance (see #22584)). The Council still insist on using 'Cyclists Dismount' signs despite pleas to the cy ... [more]

Widened cycle path from the University access road down to Boundary Road. The shingle surface makes cycling this twisty slope a dangerous experience. Note it has been topped up with stones at the top.

The END (see #21973), on Severalls Lane (part of NCN Route 1).

New widened pathway between Monkwick Avenue and the Garrison network of paths. There needs to be a route sign here.

ASL at exit of new estate off Cowdray Avenue. It isn't clear that there is a cycle lane the other side of Cowdray Avenue (see #21802) connecting to NCN Route 1.

Greenstead has a good network of wide pathways making it possible to navigate traffic-free, if only there were route signs.

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