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Photo listing : obstructions (problem)

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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

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 curb at the end of the dead-end street to enable cyclists to easily navigate the route from the south eastern edge of midsummer green 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]

@camcycle Similar ones on Fen road. The one on the left is particularly pointless. #absolutebollards https://t.co/uQQGtVebJL

@camcycle Not quite bollards but obstructive... and what are those signs telling the cyclist? #absolutebollards https://t.co/Bs1BVVJ5H4

Bollard up after long period of being down/missing #absolutebollards

Outdoor seating obstructing the only possible cycle route across Station Square that doesn't directly conflict with taxis, drop-off cars and people on foot.

This is how Cambridge University 'welcomes' cycling. https://t.co/qIMKzcpXyA

High kerb here, a fairly brutal transition between the shared pavement and the cycling lanes!

This chicane often has queues in the morning when going to work. How about a bollard so we can actually cross in two directions?

There are way too many bollards along this path which leave only a narrow passage. It is difficult not to hit a bollard if you have a tricycle or even just a bike with a couple shopping bags. Can you replace with a simple bollard in the mid ... [more]

At about 1.45pm on Monday13th March a van was completely blocking the northbound cycle track on Hills Rd. It was fitted with dustbin washing equipment, and I got a faceful of dustbin spray solution as I worked out whether to go into the car ... [more]

On the raised cycle path (of this remodeled high accident roundabout) there are frequently cars parked. They are generally visiting the coop or dropping/collecting kids at Ridgefield school. The drivers are often unpleasant when challenged ... [more]

Annoying and unnecessary barriers on useful route through to the History faculty

Barriers on Leys Avenue - Arbury Court cycleway which prevent its use by larger bikes (cargo bikes and some child carrying bikes). Now sorted, see: #111990.

This cut-through to Arbury Court is a significant cycle route to avoid Arbury Road but it is blocked by very-closely-spaced gates that make it difficult to navigate. Also, the path is in horrid condition, bumpy, filled with potholes, and la ... [more]

Fencing on the Arbury Court to Leys avenue cycle route which prevents its use by larger bikes eg. cargo bikes and bikes adapted to carry children.

Bollard on narrow stretch of City Road near Free Press. Is this really needed and could it be positioned better?

Three old wooden bollards on Gresham Road. The red bands are wearing away and at night these are almost invisible.

These bollards are invisible after dark

How long until these barriers are removed and the promised north-south cycle route is provided across Station Square?

Six taxis over-ranking.

Ccf

Not technically a cycle route, but people certainly do cycle along it. Doesn't stop all cycling, does stop wheelchairs or prams using this cut-through.

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]

Dropped kerb upstand to cattle grid is too large: difficult for wheelcairs to use, particularly dangerous for people cycling from the road (e.g. from Jesus Lane) as a close to 90 degree turn required to avoid getting caught on the kerb.

Keep trees and shrubs trimmed well back to improve visability. This is a heavily used corner and is a place where cyclists and pedestrians come into conflict. Having a clear line of sight is critical

Remove a persistent puddle on corner. It is lethal when icy

The dropped kerb here has become completely out of alignment with the street. The grade is too steep, and the interface is not flush at all. Needs to be redone properly. I see that French's Road was recently resurfaced, but not one iota ... [more]

Really obnoxiously tight barriers at either end of this important cut-through path between Richmond Road and Windsor Road. Difficult to navigate for larger cycles, in the dark, or when wet. Or in general, really.

Now there are hearses blocking the contraflow cycle lane on Downing St, not just the contractors' vehicles at the Revolution bar. Not much room for cycling.

How is the proposed obstructive barrier here going to work with this volume of students and cyclists?

How is the proposed obstructive barrier here going to work with this volume of students and cyclists?

Three motor vehicles blocking the contraflow cycle lane on Bateman Street - why is there never any enforcement here?

Entrance to Scott Polar Research Institute prior to the installation of an obstructive barrier

For some reason this track to the Great Kneighton park is closed off at this end only - but people and bikes are passing through the gap to the left.

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