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Photo listing : obstructions (infrastructure)

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Some ancient infra that looks like it's close to collapse in parts. Needs removal as it's no longer compatible with current cycle sizes (cargo bikes can't pass each other here).

This route is used by hundreds of people every day. The estate to the left has maybe a dozen houses. Why is the priority the wrong way round?

Very narrow access. Blocks most cargo bikes on a main school access route (that's the school ahead on the right with a gate access about 100m ahead on THIS PATH).

A dead-end footway. Presumably this was intended as a connection with Cherry Hinton Recreation ground at the time this housing estate was built - but for some reason the link was never opened.

I found this gate ajar and went to get a view of the Chisholm Trail construction.

The link between the River Cam Towpath and Fen Road is a narrow gap.

Cattle grids on Midsummer common.

Stealth bollard at the end of Cheney Way. With #bonuscat. #absolutebollards @camcycle https://t.co/RtGFkQzTCH

These bollards between the towpath and the shared use pavement seem to be in a strange place - wouldn't they be better next to the cars? Which side am I supposed to go? The right side is too narrow, especially when encroached on by cars as ... [more]

Three different bollards at the eastern end of the Carter Bridge. From the left: an old wooden one, a relatively recent white painted concrete one and an old metal one.

The current end of the busway and cycleway towards Cambridge North station

Obstruction still to be removed at the western end of the Carter cycle bridge at the junction with Devonshire Road. Nice new markings and bollards.

Obstruction still to be removed from the western end of the Carter Bridge approach at Devonshire Road. New bollards and markings are an improvement.

Former bollards now replaced with camera enforcement

This cycle link has barriers that you cannot cycle through.

Bollards at entrance to cycleway along section of guided busway to new railway station. 1.40m high spaced at 1.50m centre to centre. Cycleway is 3.80m wide here.

New barrier installed at taxpayer expense for the private benefit of York Street residents

A dropped kerb (and a bit more space) would be helpful.

Access to Great Kneighton - no dropped kerb, so it won't be possible to nip across from Rutherford Road.

Deliberate obstruction - in the name of safety, of course.

There seem to have been several iterations to the position of these barriers. Theres now a three metre gap between the two in the foreground.

The Stagecoach at the front stops short of the actual bus stop on Huntingdon Road. The second bus stays behind, blocking cars from overtaking and from leaving Oxford Road. See next picture #57384 . A video from this location: http://iitm.be ... [more]

Mercifully these bollards were installed with the pramarms inline with the path. I expect the installers thought that was the sensible way around to avoid blocking the path!

Mercifully these bollards were installed with the pramarms inline with the path. I expect the installers thought that was the sensible way around to avoid blocking the path!

Pram arms on a useful cut through.

Chicane and lack of dropped kerb guard this useful link from Ditton Fields to Wadloes Road.

Link from Wadloes Road to Ditton Fields.

The stupid chicane that was introduced here 10 years ago results in the disappearance of the fence and corner cutting. See #7482.

This is the Thorpe Way end of the path that begins with the name Velos Walk.

Very obstructive barrier on this footpath - designed it seems to keep bikes out!

No cycling on the west side of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy's new building.

Gate leading away from Coldham's Common

It would be best (for cyclists) if the entry to the station from Devonshire Road could be rerouted through here and the current awkward route used for car parking - but it's all going to change anyway.

No wonder the fire brigade wants more yellow lines in Newnham Croft.

The positioning of this sign is really annoying, but on the other hand it does force you to slow down as you negotiate this rather narrow and entirely unsatisfactory shared use arrangement.

Seemingly pointless gate on this connecting route between Green End road and Gainsborough Close.

car driving in cycle lane, narrow cycle lane width

No sooner open than it's closed for repairs...

No sooner open than it's closed for repairs...

This is an example of a modern removable bollard, splendidly adorned with two large reflective bands. This one appears to be branded Autopa.

Bikes attached to Railings - and a virtually impassable passage.

Coldham's Common - an unusual type of cycleway obstruction

What is a cycle lane good for if cars are queueing in it? Gilbert Road needs to change! In this 4 min series: #21515, #21516, #21517, #21518.

There should be no cycle lane obstruction in Gilbert Road. In this 4 min series: #21515, #21516, #21518, #21519.

Truck blocking cycle crossing while repairing the ironwork and pothole shown at #20321 (also the chap who offered me a 'drive-through Big Issue').

'End of Route' - permanently closed, in fact, due to the new access to the Cavendish Lab just west (see following photos).

Narrow, but useful cut through with obstructive bollards at each end.

Flooded cycle lane

Overgrown bridleway - but it's probably not a route to develop for cycling, as it emerges right on the M11 slip road.

The cycle parking has been placed on the diagonal desire line between the road and the riverside foot/cycle path. . This is on a national cycle route. The curbs are higher than the old ones, and new 30cm high railings are to be inst ... [more]

The cycle parking has been placed on the diagonal desire line between the road and the riverside foot/cycle path. . This is on a national cycle route. The curbs are higher than the old ones, and new 30cm high railings are to be inst ... [more]

The cycle parking has been placed on the diagonal desire line between the road and the riverside foot/cycle path. . This is on a national cycle route. The curbs are higher than the old ones, and new 30cm high railings are to be inst ... [more]

Why bother repairing the road when you can just close it?

Of course the road is open to pedestrians and cyclists, but the TRO can probably only be for a total closure.

Gridlock! The oncoming bus and car can't move because the roadworks takes up the whole of their side of the road (see #15796). Traffic coming the other way has filled the the entire length of the roadworks. Be careful cycling near these ... [more]

Park Street is a major pedestrian route into the city centre from Jesus Green. Despite a massive and empty car park right next to it the security staff choose to park their van in the mouth of this former entrance to the car park forcing a ... [more]

Bridge over the Tins path

Gated path from Fanshawe Road to Coleridge Rec.

Potential closure point

Potential closure point

Double barrier seen from inside the estate off Monkswell Road: Must cyclists and wheelchair users be kept out? See #13010 from cul-de-sac. Link between Southbrook Close (off Alpha Terrace) and the Monkswell area.

Double barrier seen from Southbrook Close cul-de-sac: Must cyclists and wheelchair users be kept out? See #13011 from inside the estate. Link between Southbrook Close (off Alpha Terrace) and the Monkswell area.

A stile on Coldham's Common.

In front of Anglian Home Improvements inconsiderate parking in part on MCL, part pavement, part double yellow line, part over the dropped kerb for cyclists causes an obstruction. The double yellow line is somewhat worn out, but continues we ... [more]

Typical situation on Hills Road. What are MCLs good for if cars (BT service van, number plate FL05 ZNH ) stand / stop and even park in them?

Path and shortcut to Kirby Close, off Milton Road.

Where has the dropped kerb on this important route gone...?

Why is this obvious route closed? But this whole area north of the Nanoscience building is very balkanised, with through routes blocked off.

cut-through from Ravensworth Gardens to Devonshire Rd and Carter Bridge

The small opening here successfully slows cyclists down when entering the newly-cycleable 'pedestrian' zone.

Interesting and perhaps clever use of bollards to slow down cyclists at a busy entrance to the Sedgwick Site from West Road. You can still cycle through but have to wiggle, which slows you down enough, but not too much to be a pain. But the ... [more]

New barrier installed

New barrier installed.

Redevelopment work on Brownfields.

The new swing close gate. cycleway

This obstruction has now been changed, see #12013.

Pram arms on a bollard. Same area 15 years later: #102929.

Half barrier near Abbey Pool.

Detail of the metalwork at the railway underpass on Coldham's Common.

These pram arms have been put on the posts at the wrong angle ... thankfully!

Chicane introduced to reduce cycling speeds for elderly residents. The problem this causes for everyone else results in the same scene 10 years later at: #54312.

Awkward but not too severe chicane.

Stupidly severe chicane.

Bizarre obstruction for pedestrians - the faulty logic to install this seems to be to stop pavement cycling (and motorcycling) - rather than to provide a convenient alternative for those modes. Much better in 2019: see #106290.

Pikes Walk - pram arms

Access to Brownfields

Brownfields

Gate to Brownfields

Bridge over Vicar's brook.

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