Cycle Facilities Abused

Website by Andy Preece

Sometimes it is impossible for cyclists to take advantage of cycle facilities because other road users are abusing them, or they were never installed properly in the first place. This page shows some examples.

Not what you want when it's wet! Advance Stop Lines at traffic signals allow cyclists to position themselves in front of other traffic where they can be seen, and move off first, improving their safety. Except when motorists stop at the Advance Stop Line.
Advance Stop Lines also provide a welcoming message to cyclists that they are expected, and remind motorists to look out for them. But not when Advance Stop Line markings fail to get reinstated after roadworks. Here patching has reduced the effectiveness of the Advance Stop Line so much it might as well not be there. Missing in action!
Completely gone! It isn't just patching that is the problem - wholesale resurfacing is no better. Here an Advance Stop Line has gone when the junction has been resurfaced.
Advance Stop Lines are coloured to highlight their presence, but are meaningless without a cycle symbol to indicate their purpose. So many have failed to be completed, and yet this did not show up in the corridor review survey conducted as part of the Quality Bus Corridor process. Incomplete!
Pedestrians and cyclists only! One of the problems of trying to cycle on a redetermined shared use footway is the number of obstructions found along the way. Obstructions create hazards, and a pedestrian could quite easily step out from behind this one into the path of an oncoming cyclist.
Low hanging branches are another problem on redetermined shared use footways, which pedestrians can walk around, and straight into the path of an oncoming cyclist. Oh, and another parked motor vehicle to get around. Danger!
Road closed! Sometimes cycle routes are closed for events, with no advanced warning at the previous junction or signed diversion route. Quite often in fact. Now that just wouldn't happen on a main road, would it?
It isn't just events that close cycle routes. Sometimes the closure is permanent, with metal railings preventing cyclists following the cycle route. Straight ahead to nowhere!
This lane is for cyclists! Cycle lanes are used to make roads more welcoming to cyclists, sometimes in places where they are useful, sometimes in places where they are less so. But they are no use at all when some motorist goes and parks in them.
A special type of cycle lane is the contraflow cycle lane. This allows cyclists to use a one-way road as if it is two-way. But if someone parks in it, cyclists have to pull out into the face of oncoming traffic. No waiting, no loading, no lorries allowed in the mandatory cycle lane!
Cycle parking stands are not for taxis! Cycle parking stands are provided in various locations where cyclists might be expected to want to park. Several cycles can be parked in the space that would be used to park one car, but if motorists decide to continue to park there then they risk damage to the stands and to the bikes parked on them.
Cycle parking stands are meant to be secured into the ground properly, so they cannot be pulled out of the ground and the bikes locked to them stolen. This doesn't always work out. Removable cycle parking!

If you have a cycle route that needs looked at then tell me all about it!

Website by Andy Preece