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Photo listing : obstructions (problem)

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Chicane hidden round the corner of the shop on the obvious route between crossings of Barnwell Road and Newmarket Road

A toilet/kitchen container/trailer has been placed on double yellow lines near the bollards on Water Street. The object seriously obstructs visibility at the junction, creating a hazard, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians.

Definitely time to strim the nettles

Definitely time to strim the nettles

Maybe the 1960s (?) architects were worried about rising sea levels, but surely they could have put in a ramp?

What on earth is this @CambsCC? You say you want to adopt LTN 1/20 and then you go and ruin one of Cambridge’s best cut-throughs! Good luck to trailers and cargo bikes trying to get through this 😢 @alexbeckett @HilCoxCondron can ... [more]

Previously unrecorded cut-through in Queen Edith's, Cambridge - still with pram-handles

Previously unrecorded cut-through in Queen Edith's, Cambridge - still with pram-handles

There is briefly no walkway on either side of Station Road in Cambridge. Has anything been done to provide safe space for pedestrians on the carriageway? Nope.

Double trouble on Bateman Street, with a cyclist approaching in the contraflow cycle lane, about to move out in the face of oncoming motor vehicles. Will we ever have wands or other segregation here?

The cycle lane leads to a Cyclists Dismount sign and a pedestrian gate at the rear of Homerton College.

The lake is there all winter long. Either fix it or move the modal filter a bit to the west.

Not as important as the crossing to the south, but still a decent route here across Chesterton Rec would be useful.

There's a pelican crossing to the right, but what's needed is a direct route across to the Chesterton Rec path.

Semi-obstructed modal filter, Panton St, Cambridge

Replacing placeholders #178373 and #62746 - Pram handles on the pedestrian route mean pedestrians always use the cycle route, blocking it. Please remove unnecessary pram handles.

It would be great if there was a direct link for Zedify cargo bikes to reach the cycleway behind the scrubby verge.

Missing link at the north end of the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge - yes, there would be issues with the railway crossing, but the present route to Cambridge North station involves a lot of looping around to the west.

Barriers on the approach to the new Abbey-Chesterton Bridge - and mess to the left where people are avoiding them.

Missing link at the north end of the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge - yes, there would be issues with the railway crossing, but the present route to Cambridge North station involves a lot of looping around to the west.

Barriers on the approach to the new Abbey-Chesterton Bridge - and mess to the left where people are avoiding them.

Owning a shop clearly means one can park a car on the footway outside.

The Chisholm Trail chicane 😱.

See #150276 This has been reported:

When will local authorities learn? The outcry when barriers were installed at Addenbrooke's Hospital had them removed within a week. Do they think barriers on the Chisholm Trail - a major active travel project - will go unnoticed? Be accep ... [more]

Chicanes on the northern bike approach to the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge.

One of the cattle grids at Midsummer Common/Riverside is broken (two of the bars missing) and someone has marked the danger by flytipping a small fridge @camcitco @cambscc @camcycle

Modal filter in Panton Street fully obstructed by parked vehicles forcing cyclist to wheel bike around on pavement instead.

Bins occuping the footway at night.

Lots of cars parked on the cycle path making it dangerous for cyclists to travel on the road. Cars cannot overtake safely, this is a great risk to all users.

Full width dark speed hump.

Permeability, of a sort - there's a link from the new housing development but only to the pedestrian route. There should be a gap in the barrier to the cycle route.

Shouldn't there be fines for drivers of cars which are too wide for their parking spaces?

New cycleway now in use, supposedly.

No dropped kerb - wheelchairs cannot get from the car park to the Civil Engineering building (there's a gazebo on the footway to the left).

Why on earth are they so determined not to let people get through to the Civil Engineering building?

Dropped kerb needed.

Bizarre - no access through the hedge to this crossing.

Start of an impenetrable hedge which stretches a couple of hundred metres, including past a crossing.

I imagine will people will want to reach this new park across the guided busway.

Access to this new park is directly from the guided busway. How can that be safe? No dropped kerb, so no wheelchair/cycle access.

Absolutely no attempt to complete the 'strategic cycleway' and link to the Clay Farm Community Garden

Absolutely no attempt to complete the 'strategic cycleway' between these two parts of the Clay Farm development.

Access to office development, Trumpington - this needs to be kept clear (cones to stop people driving through are not enough). [Now gated off - great!]

Access to office development, Trumpington - this needs to be kept clear. [Now gated off - great!]

This infrastructure which was awful when it went in is looking distinctly dated 30+ years on.

Car stopped in the junction to use the phone, as far as I could tell....

Path from the Coton M11 bridge to the West Cambridge site - dropped kerb needed

A big white van KY60 HJV is squatting on the busy footway between the Cambridge Retail Park and the Beehive Centre. Untaxed uninsured and a persistent problem here. Anything you can do to shift it @CambridgeCops ?

It seems that the owner of one of the bars here still thinks he has the right to leave a car on the footway.

Full-width barrier, no dropped kerbs - Cambridge University's Civil Engineering department really doesn't want cyclists to arrive from the north.

Quite a trench between road and cycle parking.

A shopper is forced to walk the narrow gap between this van and a high hedge. This is the main link for pedestrians between the Retail Park and the Beehive Centre. It is also a shared use cycle route leading to the toucan crossing. Ju ... [more]

A short link here would give a better route from Newnham and Grantchester to Trumpington Meadows and Waitrose

Still no end to antisocial car parking on Mill Road. I think the pop-up barriers have been shrunk a bit?

No permeability - dropped kerb needed (not just for cyclists) - but see #157138, just south.

90cm gap between bollards on the Trumpington 'strategic cycleway'

Surely the gate can be opened up on the route from Darwin Green to Histon Road?

Selfish motorist blocking a badly built dropped kerb (25mm upstand) on the Trumpington 'strategic cycleway'

Does anyone understand the point of this? It makes it slightly harder for cars to turn left (not currently allowed) but forces cyclists (who can turn left) to move right into a narrow traffic lane. A coned-off cycle lane would be good, if i ... [more]

Dutch-style cycleway, Arbury Road - but shouldn't there be a cycleable connection to the community centre rather than barriers to the left?

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: (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]


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 ]

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