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Photo listing : obstructions (problem)

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The Silver Street bus gate is now operational full time in both directions - so Cambridgeshire County Council has closed the left-turn lane on Queen's Road. So cyclists (who are allowed to turn left) are forced into what is now a single nar ... [more]

If you want to close a road except to cyclists, it seems rather counter-intuitive to put the concrete blocks right in the cycle lane. Maybe the permanent fixtures will give a clearer message.

Slap bang in the middle of the footway. Reported: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00345511. (But I expect that is ignored as their form is not setup for receiving mis-placed sign reports.)

There will be roadworks on Histon Road for the next year - as promised there is a contraflow (southbound) cycleway, but all the signs ignore the existence of cyclists. And of course some people are allowed to park their vehicles in it.

Obvious crossing point on Elizabeth Way - but the crossing is just to the left at a much narrower and less important footpath. Move it here!

Bad chicane / anti-pedestrian railing forces people into conflicting situation precisely at a blind corner in the path. Really dumb design, forces people to get too close to each other without being able to see each other. Needs to be remov ... [more]

Stepped access at the rear of Churchill Cillege - why?

Cyclists Dismount sign and steps (why?) at the rear entry to Churchill College - there is a stepfree route but it's narrow and awkward.

Car parked in Mandatory Cycle Lane on the Cambridge ring road

Pointless barriers on the cycleway from Great Kneighton to Hauxton Road - the road is a quiet dead-end, and could easily give way to this useful cycle route.

Unnecessary barriers on the new cycleway from Hauxton Road to the Novo development at Great Kneighton

Now that Histon Road Recreation Ground has been improved for cycling, it's time this barrier was dealth with.

Poor track to the guided busway stop - dropped kerb needed

Overranking continues despite the Covid-19 lockdown.

Strange - absurdly over-specified cycle stands with this side taken out of use to allow a second car to be squeezed in (as visible on Google satellite).

Temporary access to the Vet School during construction of the Cavendish III Lab - dropped kerb needed

Parking on the footway seems to be part of the plan at this new development in Trumpington.

Stepped access to Trumpington Meadows

Pram handles on the pedestrian side, so anyone with a wheelchair, buggy or indeed pram has to use the cycling side. Dropped kerb also needed.

Off-road cycleway and floating bus stops required - buses can wait quite a while here.

Temporary (one hopes) end of the new Nine Wells path, with no crossing to the shared-use path across the busy main road.

There's a gap of a few metres betwen the end of the footway and the end of the new Nine Wells path which comes across the busy main road from the shared-use path.

There's no traffic during the Covid-19 lockdown, but still, the police should not be leaving cars in the cycle lane.

Strange that the British Antarctic Survey has nice new covered cycle parking but has done nothing to put in a dropped kerb or remove the barriers to Madingley Road.

Dropped kerb needed for the route to the cycle parking to the north of the Centre for Mathematical Sciences

I don't think there's any interest in stopping drivers from parking in the cycle lane at Darwin Green.

Is this a barrier to social distancing as well as a bit of fencing that should probably have been removed long ago?

Dropped kerb needed for this new path to the cycle parking by the Jeffrey Cheah Biomedical Centre

1. Is there enough room either side? Doesn't look like it. 2. This style of bollard looks too urban for this area. 3. Isn't there a better way to indicate that this path is shared use?

Carefully judged to not wholly block either the contraflow cycle lane or the footway.

The new "anti-terror" barriers on Kings Parade. I can't help thinking that they were really motivated by a rather cynical desire to make life more awkward for people cycling through the town. The gap is far too narrow for two way cyclin ... [more]

Chicane

I know it's legal to park on the yellow line at weekends, but why is it taken for granted that this means blocking the footway to pedestrians, wheelchair users and people with buggies? Unacceptable.

I thought these dreadful barriers were supposed to have been removed a few days ago? But at least they are now fitted with reflective tape.

The red truck is stopped in the mandatory cycle lane with hazard lights on and no sign of the driver - this is a notorious location for obstructions.

The King's Parade security gate is now in use, with delivery vehicles stopping to carry goods through (thanks to Lucinda Price).

Cycling on the footway, as predicted, because the cycle gap in the new King's Parade security barrier can barely cope with traffic in one direction, let alone two (thanks to Lucinda Price).

King’s Parade, Cambridge, UK

Tight chicane see #113028 [removed 6/2/20 www.facebook.com/CambridgeCyclingCampaign/photos/a.460407210671224/2988751731170080/?type=3&theater ]

Can you see the danger?

Hideous new (temporary) terrorism barriers on King's Parade. Narrowing the pavement and narrowing the space thousands of bike riders go through daily.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

Temporary version of the new security gate that Cambridge has been forced to install on King's Parade. One very narrow gap for a lot of cyclists when the gate is closed.

How to stop the traffic - a new disabled parking bay opposite an existing loading area.

@CamBioCampus @CUH_NHS @camcitco @CambsCC Do you know who is responsible for this, installed today? Several are going to cite it being anti disability, anti family. Hardly #beyondthebicycle. Looks very 1980s, hardly suitable cc:@camcyc ... [more]

County (re)installed a new bollard in a dangerous location (around a blind corner) where its predecessor was removed a while ago.

Cyclist navigating past new bollard. Due to awkward arrangement of bollards (the sharp curve) most everyone winds up on the right-side of the bollard instead of the left, creating further conflict with people heading north.

...at the last second you may notice the new, dangerously-placed bollard behind the first one. (see https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/112471/)

Coming down the Jane Coston Bridge on the south side you see one bollard.... (continues here: https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/112472/)

Battered railings encroaching further into a narrow shared path. Why exactly are they needed? The next crossing does not have railings.

This was already a very tight and awkward gap to negotiate. Knuckle crusher rails were installed last year to punish anybody who didn't get their alignment quite right. This bollard has now been added to make it even more difficult and make ... [more]

This was already a very tight and awkward gap to negotiate. Knuckle crusher rails were installed last year to punish anybody who didn't get their alignment quite right. This bollard has now been added to make it even more difficult and make ... [more]

Missing drop kerb/very high kerb makes cycleway totally inaccessible.

No drop kerb making cycleway to Greenlands totally inaccessible.

Vehicle parked overhanging the cycle parking buildout (which has lost its protective bollard) - making it harder for us to wheel our bikes in and out of the house.

Bollard damaged and lying in a nearby bush. Reported at: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00311822 Reference: 00311822 Update: a week later I notice it had been repaired with gaffer tape, see #107112. But also on ... [more]

Not again... key crossing blocked again for construction.

When vehicles park outside our front door it makes it much harder to get the bikes in and out of our hallway.

Sudden end of cycle route to Cambridge Regional College. How hard would it be to sort this out? There are barriers in the underpass too.

Chinese tourists boarding a coach - blocking a mandatory cycle lane - outside the reopened University Hotel. Is this going to become more common?

Delivery van blocking the mandatory cycle lane.

Privatisation of the pavement/footway - no concern for the crowds heading to and from the station.

Dead trees, ivy strewn, collapsing into the Love Lane path. Particularly hazardous at night.

Big barriers to keep cyclists from going down steps - but why on earth did they build steps here in the middle of nowhere?

I've never seen it so bad here - at least 14 selfish drivers blocking the passing places, lots of reversing and waiting when cars were trying to come in and out. It's more important as a cycle route, in theory.

The small lorry doesn't help, but I would dearly love to see this post box moved to a better spot. Even cutting that hedge back may not provide enough room.

The contraflow cycle lane flooded as soon as it opened, and it's still flooding.

Total incompetence - how hard could it have been to link the two cycleways?

Total incompetence - how hard could it have been to link the two cycleways?

I'm unsure whether these signs are still relevant (I think the emergency mains water repair has been done) but they are blocking the footway. Would folding signs that can be stacked next to the road be a better option than this? (Comply wit ... [more]

The entrance to the towpath from Fen Road is unwelcoming.

There are currently three vehicles parked on this double yellow line all day Monday to Friday.

A bus driver who is happy to block a lane dedicated to cycles while waiting to pass other traffic in a lane dedicated to cycles and buses. Dog in the manger?

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]

Duke of Cambridge just decides to block the pavement with an A-board

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

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

When turning right from Downing Street into Corn Exchange Street out of the cycle lane on a cycle, it is very difficult and dangerous to stop immediately after the traffic island there, in order to wait for any oncoming traffic, without get ... [more]

Overgrown hedges obscuring the path for the majority of the length causing cycle/pedestrian conflict

Cycle access through this closure point is easier when the barriers are not present - shows how this should be changed to bollards

Cycle access through this closure point is easier when the barriers are not present - shows how this should be changed to bollards

Hello I couldn't get the map work on my device. I would like to report that coaches are parking in the lovely new cycle lane on Trumpington Road by the botanic gardens. I think they were dropping off and picking up their parties. Not only ... [more]

Terrible new barrier at Scott Polar Research Institute, which is not going to be good when students are back in great numbers - should have been bollards instead

Useful shortcut but no dropped kerb and a chicane

The raised planting obstructs this traffic free route from Hills Road to Station Road. There is not a suitable safe route for cyclists travelling from Hills Road to Station Road. This may not have been intended as a primary cycling route bu ... [more]

Drop kerb needed at the end of the dead-end street to enable cyclists to easily navigate the route from the southeastern edge of Midsummer Common south to the underpass below the Newmarket Road roundabout.

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.

An inconsiderately-placed sign ON the cycle path at Gonville Place. A cyclist approaching from Gresham Road had no warning that the cycle route was blocked by a sign (albeit temporary). But surely whoever put it up realised it was blocking ... [more]

An inconsiderately-placed sign ON the cycle path at Gonville Place. A cyclist approaching from Gresham Road had no warning that the cycle route was blocked by a sign (albeit temporary). But surely whoever put it up realised it was blocking ... [more]

A sign to warn car traffic of a ramp has been put right onto the cycle path towards Regernt Terrace here. Traffic signs should NOT put onto cycle lanes or paths, it's just irresponsible. In this particular instance it is all the more danger ... [more]

Cycle path completely obstructed in both directions yesterday by workers setting up tents for Wings for Life race. Fences across both ends of path guarded by security guard. No signs, no alternative route provided. Road bikes cannot ... [more]

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.

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]

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