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[Image taken 20.8.22] James Street, York. This 'cycle lane' sign has bothered me for a while so today I stopped to take an image. It's ambiguous at best. Or is it wrong? Is it directing people to turn left along the Foss Islands Path (NCN658/Tang Hall/Derwenthorpe)? Because it's after the first turn that would take you there and a long way from the second. But it's also on a cycle route that continues alongside the road with a white line 'segregating' cyclists from pedestrians. I think this needs to come out. It does not offer route finding assistance. It introduces confusion. The turn here is so low key (blind bend, narrow) as to make people query if it is where they need to go. This unassuming gap leads to a long-distance route as well as an important local cycle-ped-wheelchair link that is direct and fast - no junctions, no traffic lights. This does need signposting - but with the route number, destinations and distances. A starting point might be a cycle symbol painted on the tarmac with a turn arrow ahead of the junction with NCN658. There's got to be a way to support long-distance riders and local people with route-finding here. Other image today and links: #185677.

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