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Opened section of Ridgeway with weirdly shaped bollards, misplaced lamp-posts, and loose gravel on the cycleway. Naturally nobody wants to cycle on loose gravel so everyone cycles on the tiled side that was supposed to be the footway. ... [more]

More 'wacky' gates on the Ridgeway. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible. The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So t ... [more]

More 'wacky' gates on the Ridgeway. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible. The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So t ... [more]

The 'wacky' gates remain as the site opens. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible. The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own go ... [more]

Impassable 'pram arms' form an exclusionary barrier on what is supposed to be a cycle route.

There are two sets of bollards like this on the cycle path leading to Newmarket Road Tesco

There are two sets of five bollards like this, one after the other.

One of a series of bollards at Newmarket Road Tesco

One of a series of bollards on the cycle path by Tesco Newmarket Road

The dangerous chicane at the corner of Adams Road, Wilberforce Road and the Coton path. It's obvious that people are colliding with the stonework here because it is always getting knocked out of place.

White line painted down Ridgeway now. Problematic gates remain for the time being.

An ancient, tight and decrepit set of bollards on the path by 35 Gough Way through to Barton Road. It is just possible, though nerve-wracking, to cycle through the adjacent gap without stopping.

Stealth bollard at the end of Cheney Way. With #bonuscat. #absolutebollards @camcycle

That's a primary school in the background, but local kids still need to go round the front of the school onto the much busier Arbury Rd, and if they do cycle this way they are faced with pointless chicanes. Also a problem for people in whee ... [more]

Not really dangerous just useless. Outside St. Andrew's @camcycle #absolutebollards

@camcycle Similar ones on Fen road. The one on the left is particularly pointless. #absolutebollards

This is how Cambridge University 'welcomes' cycling.

Only one bollard is necessary to prevent vehicle access here. This would create less conflict, as cycles and wheelchairs etc could pass simultaneously each side of the bollard.

Bollard placement obstructs pavement and cycles. While width between them is okay (but could be better), the fact that the bollards are in the middle of the cut-through, rather than either side, obstructs cycling. This is particularly the c ... [more]

Link from the new cycleway by the busway to an industrial estate.

Link to the new cycleway by the busway to the Cambridge North station

Gratuitous pinch stile obstructing the path. Action - make the cattle grid full width with a bypass gate for dog walkers etc and remove the pram arms.

The chicanes on Legate Walk as it passes into the open area before the underpass beneath Northfield Avenue pose a substantial obstruction. Navigating them on a bike with panniers is difficult and I have twice fallen off attempting this. It ... [more]

The large chicanes that obstruct the cycle path that crosses from Walker Court across Nicholson Way onto the green space around Arbury Community Centre obstruct the cycle path. It is difficult to navigate around them without falling off on ... [more]

Obstructive barriers on a cycle path

Hard to see the point of this configuration. It's not a barrier to cycles (it shouldn't be, as there is cycle parking this side of the bollards). It does create conflict by restricting the routes people can take, both on foot and on bik ... [more]

See clip at An update from It looks like someone has successfully pointed out that the barriers are too close together. Although I'd still suggest there's a better ... [more]

Useful link between The Orchards and Gladstone Way - but spoilt by a silly chicane made out of two rounded-A cycle parking stands. There's no dropped kerb in the obvious place, because that would take away a motor vehicle storage space?

This terrible underpass is still as bad as ever. But wait seven years: #113875

The barrier chicanes at Orchard Estate, looking towards town. A proposal at June 2013 is to install a new cycleway to the left of and parallel to the path opposite this photo. The first 10 metres alongside the brown fence is limited by the ... [more]

Annoying obstruction on the access to this cycle path. Compare with the same scene 10 years ago: #7913. The street light has moved to the middle - which could facilitate removal of the concrete bollard with the pram arms. The house ... [more]

Useful link spoiled by these awkward chicanes. Why do the designers of these things not appreciate that all they have to do is slow people down, not force them to do awkward wiggles?

Barriers temporarily opened here during the Mill Road Winter Fair. For the rest of the year, whilst a barrier is needed to stop through-traffic, this photo shows how much easier cycling through here would be if the gate were replaced wit ... [more]

The barriers here are rather un-necessary because there is no pedestrian traffic immediately beyond, and there's plenty of visibility before the footway.

The rather tight chicane at Rustat Road, Charles Street, Greville Road junction. It doesn't need to be so difficult and so ugly.

Failure of design. This once lovely cycle-path has been spoiled by these chicanes. Any danger that is here is surely due to the parked cars immediately either side of the junction with the road. But that issue hasn't been addressed. See ... [more]

Inadequte provision forces cyclists to break the law. And why are these poles needed?

This is officially a cycle path and a very convenient way from Milton Road/Kendal Way to the river Cam (Frank's Lane / Anglers Way, over a green, crossing Fen Rd near the railway bridge). Unfortunately the path is obstructed on both ends.

Closure between Hobart and Suez Rds. Similar in Waltham Forest: #106759

Summerfield - cut-through south to Barton Rd

Where are cyclists supposed to go now? The route just stops at the point where the pavement starts. As with the rest of the Tesco development, there are also ludicrous obstructions which make cycling from Tesco with shopping difficult.

New barrier installed


directional signage.

This bollard is to prevent vehicle access on this route, but the arrangement makes the route inaccessible to wheelchairs, tricycles etc. Levelling the area but keeping the bollard position the same would be the best solution, so there ar ... [more]

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