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172636Photo #172636[Image taken 26.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Surely this sign can be removed now. Together with the redundant barriers in: #172631.Other:
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172635Photo #172635[Image taken 28.7.21] Deangate/Minster Yard, York. On my way through (in the direction the camera is facing) there was a York, yellow, minibus where this car is. It was disgorging a group of passengers into the path of people cycling in this direction and approaching from the opposite side. In short, the permeable infra that should provide a safe route for people on cycles, foot and in wheelchairs was blocked on both my outward and return journey. Plus, passengers who could have been let out at a safe place to the side were decanted into a busy through route. All too common an issue. Other images today: #172629 and linksEnforcement:
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172634Photo #172634[Image taken 28.7.21] Tanner's Moat, York. 16.30-ish and at the works compound behind me looked as if everyone had left. So I lugged the signs, the sandbags and the cone out the way. They are very heavy but there was no-one here just then to ask for help. Other images today: #172629 and linksObstruction:
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172633Photo #172633[Image taken 28.7.21] Tanner Row, York. Cargo cycle, design Bullitt (www.larryvsharry.com) extended the variety of transport modes here. Other image this location today: #172632. Other images today: #172629 and links.Bicycle:
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172632Photo #172632[Image taken 28.7.21] Tanner Row, York. Another cone not in place so not doing its job but instead blocking access to other infra, in this case Sheffield racks (cycle parking). Search on 'redundantcone' for more instances. Other image this location today: #172633. Other images today: #172629 and links.Cycle parking:
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172631Photo #172631[Image taken 28.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Puddling blocks route for all users. Plus, despite the dark spells during storms, the lighting was not on. Other images this issue here today: #172629 and links. Other images today: #172632, #172633, #172634, #172635Other:
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172630Photo #172630[Image taken 28.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Puddling blocks route for all users. Other images this issue here today: #172629 and links. Other images today: #172632, #172633, #172634, #172635Other:
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172629Photo #172629[Image taken 28.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Puddling blocks route for all users. Other images this issue here today: #172630, #172631. Other images today: #172632, #172633, #172634, #172635Other:
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172618Photo #172618[Image taken 27.7.21] Museum Street, York. I was behind this driver as he crossed Lendal Bridge. He had also obstructed the other (clearly marked) Keep clear space meaning the island was inaccessible to everyone trying to cross on foot including people pushing cycles up from the riverside. Here he is obstructing the cycle-specific right turn into Library Square. Other images today: #172615 and links.Enforcement:
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172617Photo #172617[Image taken 27.7.21] Marygate car park, York. (Note: no streetview at this location.) There are light fittings along half of the hoardings only. They were on today but they don’t throw out much light. During 2020 this route was vibrant, lively, and encouraged people to make journeys actively. The growth through from the rail line was cut last week so the route looks tidy (but see #172616). But it is no longer inviting. Other image here today: #172615 and links. Other image today: #172618Cycleway:
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172616Photo #172616[Image taken 27.7.21] Marygate car park, York. (Note: no streetview at this location.) The barricades (there's a second one against the fence in the background), the sandbags (intact and damaged) remain as trip hazards. They are now also attracting rubbish - there's a coffee cup in the spilled sand. Other images here today: #172615 and links. Other image today: #172618Cycleway:
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172615Photo #172615[Image taken 27.7.21] Marygate car park, York. (Note: no streetview at this location.) The only exit/entrance between the car park and the cycle-ped-wheelchair link passing it is blocked. The route through the car park is also used by people wanting or needing to avoid the cobbles around the car park. This space needs protecting. Other instance: #171377. Other images here today: #172616, #172617, Other image today: #172618Obstruction:
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172508Photo #172508[Image taken 22.7.21] Marygate car park. (No streetview at this location.) The greenery has been cut back along the fencing but remains overhead. Other issue with unchecked greenery and blind users read updated caption for: #172059. See also (main caption): #170507, plus related images: #172323, #172321, #171866Other:
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172507Photo #172507[Image taken 22.7.21] Marygate car park. (No streetview at this location.) Behind this one of the two original barricades (see: #169993) the gap in the fencing has been replaced. Therefore there is now just one entry/exit on this side. The feet of the barricade, like the sandbags, are a trip hazard. Other image here today: #172508Obstruction:
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172505Photo #172505[Image taken 25.7.21] Alder Way, New Earswick, York. This is the 'accessible' entry to/exit from Bootham Stray. This is a short, rural, quiet, flat, well surfaced greenway. It is a critical link between New Earswick (Haxby/Huntington) and York including for commuters, school pupils, shoppers... But there are barriers. The ones in this image require a radar key. The others are the York Barriers with low level bars (see example at Clifton Moor: #167734) and if that’s not enough, they are coupled with a cattlegrid. This person, cycling with her two children onboard her Tern to a birthday party, has a radar key. They are intended for use for people with disabilities, usually to access toilet facilities. There are limited places to buy them plus there is a charge. This ecycle has a stand. People using this with a cycle without a stand have to move their machine around while they unlock the gate, open the gate, close the gate, lock the gate. You block the pedestrian 'kissing gate' and the pavement. You have to lean your cycle on the dog poo bin. There are often motor vehicles in the layby immediately behind the camera and these block access/exit. If you are not mobile or agile you will need to be with someone who is. This means independent trips and spontaneous journeys through here are impossible for many people. The gate opens in both directions. Therefore takes some dexterity and a bit of time to locate it in the correct place to be able to relock it. There are no restrictions at the other end (Foss Islands cycle way). There are cattle grids along Bootham Stray. When cattle are grazing here there are gates which are kept closed. These don’t need a radar key but you do need to be able to get in/out of your wheelchair/mobility scooter. This motor traffic-free route has the potential to be not only practical but also very pleasant (it’s shaded in parts in hot weather) but it is not accessible. York Cycle Campaign is raising awareness of the many such instances of routes being blocked to the people who need them most (yorkmix.com/breaking-the-law-york-council-could-face-court-action-over-cycle-routes/) It has produced a report Inclusive and Disability Cycling in York (yorkcyclecampaign.bike/2021/07/21/inclusive-disability-cycling-in-york/). I am trying to challenge the barriers here. The Council took on a new active travel planner in spring 2021. He responded: “Barrier review…Hob Moor is the first on the list, but all barriers on all routes, be them the K type, the York type or just railings/bars placed too closely together, are to be reviewed, removed/altered or changed. It will take some time but the intent, will and funding is there. As with all things, statutory standards and best practice change and evolve…what was considered appropriate 10, 20, 30 or 40 years ago will appear substandard to a modern eye." Worryingly the latest Government advice (Local Transport Note (LTN) 1/20 – Cycle Infrastructure Design says: 8.3.7 Where it is necessary to control the movement of livestock a cattle grid should be used, in preference to a gate which will cause delay to cyclists. Experience in Cambridge showed that a cattle grid with closely spaced (100mm) threaded rod bars can be crossed by cycles without undue difficulty (see Figure 8.4).” This is inaccurate: cattle grids are not accessible and should not be given as a solution or suggested as best practice. I wrote to the DfT asking them to visit York to see the issue for themselves.
A Policy Adviser replied. The letter dated May 2021 says:
“This part of the guidance provides local authorities with advice on good working practices which they can choose to adopt or to ignore. Local authorities do not have to conform in this instance, however the Department believes that conforming to the guidance is desirable. As you have mentioned, LTN 1/20 was developed by an expert-group which would have ensured that the most appropriate working practices were adopted in the guidance. This includes the advice about use of cattle grids.
Local authorities are free to make their own decisions about the highways and streets under their care, provided they take account of relevant legislation. They are responsible for ensuring that their actions are within the law and are accountable to local people for their decisions and their performance. Local councillors are responsible for ensuring that local decisions about highway infrastructure take account of the needs and opinions of local people.”
I find the reply disappointing and unhelpful. Cycle infrastructure is an arcane subject. A local authority officer will not know all the designs of bespoke cycles or the ways cycles can be adapted for people with mobility issues. When I wrote my letter asking the team responsible for LTN 1/20 I had in mind someone in this city that was using a cycle with support wheels. You could not cross a cattlegrid with these. The person would not have been able to dismount, open a gate, move their cycle through, close the gate and ride on to the next one. Local authority officers also cannot know all the reasons some people might struggle with metal bars over a trough or be unable to cross them. Other image at New Earswick: #166664. Other image today: #172504.
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172504Photo #172504[Image taken 25.7.21] The approach (on both sides) to the pedestrian crossing between Dunelm and the shared-used cycle-ped-wheelchair link between this retail park and the neighbouring one (see: #161559), has been resurfaced. It had fissures and was bumpy. The surface defects made it uncomfortable to cycle on and also difficult to position yourself to be able to turn into the route on the left of the image. Other image today see: #172505Road environment:
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172428Photo #172428[Image taken 23.7.21] Londis, Haxby Road junction with White Cross Road, York. The man in the doorway came out to see what I was taking photos of (see: #172424, #172425, #172426, #172427). I had tried to close the door myself but it the locking mechanism needed to be operated with a key for the door to be able to shut. I explained the open door was an obstruction, that it was stopping people getting to his shop. Someone came out with a key and resolved the issue. It is a storage unit for newspapers.Obstruction:
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172427Photo #172427[Image taken 23.7.21] Londis, Haxby Road junction with White Cross Road, York. This person needs more space to park his rig than is available here: #172426. The Tier bays are located where someone with a longer or wider cycle could park. This person takes his child to nursery in the trailer and then uses it and his panniers for utility trips including visiting the post office as here. This is an example of what I call a 'York'cycle – a cycle with luggage- people-carrying equipment. This is good practice – it means people are making trips on cycles that they might otherwise make in a car. People on cycles that are longer or wider are more noticeable and therefore role models for others who could do trips actively rather than by car. Other images here today see: #172424 and links.Cycle parking:
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172426Photo #172426[Image taken 23.7.21] Londis, Haxby Road junction with White Cross Road, York. The rack on the right is loose. It doesn’t lift out but it does move back and forth. The shop owner said it was hit by a driver – a couple of years ago. Other images here today: #172424, #172425, #172427, #172428.Cycle parking:
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172425Photo #172425[Image taken 23.7.21] Londis, Haxby Road junction with White Cross Road, York. The space for moving/manoeuvring here is very limited. There is a lot of street furniture in a very compact space. It includes a post box, two Sheffields (cycle racks) – see: #172426, a newspaper storage unit – see #172428 and the Tier bays (see: #172424), some freestanding advertising, for example for the National Lottery. The shop has a ramp. In the couple of minutes I was there, I saw a person in a wheelchair, someone pushing a double buggy and a person with a cycle with a trailer: #172427. All will need room to position themselves – to get into the Sheffields, to enter the door, to reach the postbox, and out again.Other:
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172424Photo #172424[Image taken 23.7.21] Londis, Haxby Road junction with White Cross Road, York. Tier scooters and a Tier cycle in a bay. I chose the good practice category due to the hire cycles but see: #172425, #172426, #172427. All Tier bays documented: #164663. Other images here today: #172428.Bike share:
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172392Photo #172392[Image taken 21.7.21] Monks Cross, Huntington, York. See context in: #172391.Obstruction:
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172391Photo #172391[Image taken 21.7.21] Monks Cross, Huntington, York. (Note: streetview shows the old layout of the retail park.) Parking on the cycle route is commonplace, as is walking. See #157150 and #157148 and links. This driver was almost certainly picking up food from Greggs to fulfil an order (see: #172392). I saw a vehicle parked here with a driver coming out of that cafe/bakery on my previous visit. I will ask again for wands here. Other image here today see also: #172390. Search on ‘Monkscross’ for many other issues and comments about the innovative layout – not yet updated on streetview - let down by lack of attention to detail or understanding of human nature, or both. Other image today see: #172389.Cycleway:
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172390Photo #172390[Image taken 21.7.21] Monks Cross, Huntington, York. (Note: Streetview still shows images of the retail park before it was revamped in, I think, 2020.) Not sure of the significance of the 2m sticker between racks that at only 72cm wide are 28cm narrower than the minimum recommended and a further 50cm too close than I feel practical and appropriate for a retail area visited by families and accessible by trike, etc. But even this gap is larger than at nearby Primark: #156629. Other images here today see: #172391, #172392. And elsewhere: #172389Cycle parking:
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172389Photo #172389[Image taken 21.7.21] Heworth Green, York. The works here are to do with the development of The Gasworks (thegas.works/). The ‘Do not overtake cyclists’ sign on this side of the temporary lights is very visible. Other images today: #172390, #172391, #172392Other:
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172349Photo #172349[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. The pole obscures and distracts from the temporary infra intended to keep cyclists exiting the contraflow here safe and making it easier for them to cross to the further carriageway. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172347Photo #172347[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. If the road were always this empty, exiting the cycle contraflow on Leeman Road whether to cross to the furthest carriageway or to join the nearside lane would not be the risky manoeuvre it actually is. You can see and be seen. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172346Photo #172346[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. The cyclist exiting the contraflow from Leeman Road and heading for the furthest carriageway has to get this far out before s/he can see/be seen. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172345Photo #172345[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. The lights for the temporary crossing on red. The one on the left gets turned round and both get obscured by other vehicles and infra, or drivers simply don't see them and continue at speed as a cyclist who has activated the lights is crossing see: #172327. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172344Photo #172344[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. Signage warning road users of temporary lights. And the lights themselves - facing the correct way. See: #172327, #172329, #172330Road environment:
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172343Photo #172343[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. View from the cycle contraflow from Leeman Road partly obscured by the temporary infra put in the aid cyclists’ safety – the signs warning of the crossing and the light intended to hold road users while cyclists cross. Other images today: #172321 and linksObstruction:
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172342Photo #172342[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. View from the cycle contraflow from Leeman Road. If there is a bus at the stop the sightlines are hugely reduced - for the cyclist and any road user approaching. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172341Photo #172341[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. Nine hours after I took this photo: #172328 the signs have not been righted. Other images today: #172321 and linksGeneral sign/notice:
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172340Photo #172340[Image taken 20.7.21] Memorial Gardens/Leeman Road, York. Sign now realigned - one I could actually reach and do myself. Compare with #171371. All images here today: #172324 and linksGeneral sign/notice:
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172339Photo #172339[Image taken 20.7.21] Field View, York. Sign obscured until this point - but due to the narrow carriageway and pavement parking all road users need to be looking ahead. Other image this issue: #172338. All images today: #172321 and linksRoadworks:
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172338Photo #172338[Image taken 20.7.21] Field View, York. Futile sign. Context image this issue: #172339. All images today: #172321 and linksRoadworks:
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172330Photo #172330[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. Information overload in a short distance with possible fatal consequences for people crossing from the left (a contraflow cycle lane) into this carriageway. Extended caption #172327. Other images this issue today #172328, #172329. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172329Photo #172329[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. The vehicle here is obstructing sight of temporary crossing lights for people on cycles needing to reach this lane. Other images here today: #172327, #172328, #172330. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoadworks:
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172328Photo #172328[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. The two works signs have fallen over. (See also: #172341.) The driver of the vehicle in the image drove away without setting them up. Context and safety warning: #172327. Further image of the effect of a vehicle here on sight lines: #172329 and of the visual overload here: #172330. Other images today: #172321 and linksOther:
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172327Photo #172327[Image taken 20.7.21] Station Avenue, York. I’ve used the crossing between Leeman Road a contraflow on the left between where the square red sign and the square yellow sign in at the back of this image on the left-hand side to this carriageway beyond the red light around 7 times since the diversion was put in for the replacement of flood gates which has closed the riverside route. Today was the second time a driver did not stop when I activated the temporary crossing – that red light is one of a pair – and I feared for my life. I rode the gyratory to check that the lights were working. As can be seen in the image the light on this side is working. BUT the light on the other side has been turned away. It does not show any illumination for drivers heading downhill on Station Avenue. So if road users do not see the one on this side they may not understand there is a temporary crossing or not pick up where it is. The base of the blue ahead arrow reduces sight of the When Red Light Shows Wait Here sign. I don’t know if this works vehicle was in situ just a few minutes earlier. But its presence in this image shows that it would distract drivers from signage ahead and on the left. I also believe it obscured sight of the signage while it was here see: #172329. The signs alerting drivers to the temporary crossing are far apart. They are low down. Looking at this image shows the plethora of permanent signage. It’s jumbled and cluttered (see also #172330). But the important things for people in this lane to know are: a) cyclists may be crossing from that Leeman Road contraflow cycle lane that leads into Station Ave and approaching over the lane to the left to reach this one (when there is no diversion there is no signals or other assistance, such as hatching on the carriageway), b) there are lights immediately around the corner to the right – the other side of the city walls, so someone in this lane might have to stop at them or back from them if other vehicles have reached the stop light ahead of you, and c) and this lane becomes two out of sight around the corner. The lit option in b) and an unlit one which is very often blocked by vehicles queuing at b). I don’t consider this temporary provision safe. As soon as someone on a cycle has left the safety of the contraflow cycle lane s/he is against the clock – the facing light turns green but there is also an audible signal which puts the person under pressure and gives a false sense of security – that because they are using the crossing as designed it must be safe. But - as was the case when I was nearly hit the first time, vehicles in my case a bus at a stop further up, blocks the view of the cycle lane and of anyone exiting it. Plus drivers are moving fast downhill here and the cyclist is broadside on as s/he crosses and turns away from any approaching traffic. The cyclist won’t see the danger and even if s/he did there is no safe space to head for. And stopping is also not a safe option. This is part of the diversion for the replacement of the floodgates under Lendal Bridge. The works were due to finish “at the start of the summer holidays in July 2021”: #169140. An email on 19.7.21 alerted people the diversion will now remain in situ until likely the end of October. This means many more cyclists will be putting their faith in the provision here including into the darker, gloomier and wetter months. (Also search on ‘wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion’.) Other images here today: #172328, #172329, #172330. Other images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172326Photo #172326[Image taken 20.7.21] Memorial Gardens/Leeman Road, York. Compare with: #171372. Other images today: #172321 and linksGeneral sign/notice:
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172325Photo #172325[Image taken 20.7.21] Memorial Gardens/Leeman Road, York. Context image for #172324 to show the crossing that is hidden when the foliage is not kept cut back. This junction is not well designed as it is a popular route for pedestrians. More people (on foot and on cycles) because the riverside route - around 100m behind the photographer - is closed while floodgates are replaced. (The smaller of the two signs in this image has been realigned and is now sending people in the correct direction.) All images today: #172321 and linksRoad environment:
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172324Photo #172324[Image taken 20.7.21] Memorial Gardens/Leeman Road, York. The overgrown foliage creates a completely blind corner. It may also dampen sound that could alert you to people approaching (pedestrians, wheelchair users). This is part of the diversion for the replacement of the floodgates under Lendal Bridge. The works were due to finish “at the start of the summer holidays in July 2021: #169140. (Also search on ‘wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion’.) However on 19.7.21, the Environment Agency sent out an email saying there had been a delay and the likely completion of the works was now the end of October 2021. Other images here today: #172325. All images today: #172321 and linksOther:
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172323Photo #172323[Image taken 20.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] The Network Rail employee removed this split bag (therefore redundant and a trip hazard) on his own initiative. Context image: #172322. Other images today: #172321 and linksOther:
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172322Photo #172322[Image taken 20.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] One of two barricades that have, it appears, been abandoned. They have been moved around. The sandbags and the feet are trip hazards. The black bag is now damaged but see: #172323. Other images here today: #172321. All images here today: #172324 and linksObstruction:
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172321Photo #172321[Image taken 20.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Cutting of the foliage growing through and over the fence alongside the York-Scarborough railway. It was restricting the width of this critical cycle-ped-wheelchair route. It was making the area dark. Today the lights on the hoardings were on but this is not always the case and the effect is of an unlit tunnel. The Network Rail crew were pleased when I thanked them for their work. They explained they had to check for nests before they could start cutting. And if they found one check if the nest was occupied. If the latter, the greenery stays. One of the two Network Rail employees said the work was now scheduled to done every six months but that cutting would also happen in October of this year. Other images here today: #172322, #/172323.All images here today: #172324, #172325, #172326, #172327, #172328, #172329, #172330, #172338, #172339, #172340, #172341, #172342, #172343, #172344, #172345, #172346, #172347, #172349,Cycleway:
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172114Photo #172114[Image taken 17.7.21] Tanner Row junction with Rougier Street, York. The Tier bays have been relocated. The original markings are still visible. Other image this subject today: #172110 and linksBike share:
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172113Photo #172113[Image taken 17.7.21] Bootham, York. Around 35m before the turning, this driver is about to cross the centre line and drive partly in the oncoming lane to reach Marygate. Other images this issue today: #172112 and linksRoad environment:
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172112Photo #172112[Image taken 17.7.21] Bootham, York. Drivers get impatient waiting and exit the queue to drive on the wrong side of the road to turn into Marygate. However, they are unable to see into the turn. Plus, for anyone on Bootham heading towards that driver or on Marygate approaching the junction or, as here, waiting to turn out, the behaviour is at unpredictable. It means other road users (and pedestrians crossing the mouth of Marygate) have no safe space to head to. Other image this issue today: #172113 other dates: #167116. Other images today: #172109 and linksRoad environment:
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172110Photo #172110[Image taken 17.7.21] Tanner Row junction with Rougier Street, York. The Tier bays have been moved. They blocked access to/from the Sheffields (cycle racks). They prevented access to the information totem. Other image this subject today: #172114. Other images today: #172109 plus linksBike share:
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172109Photo #172109[Image taken 17.7.21] Bootham Crescent junction with Bootham, York. Other Tier images today: #172110, #172114. Other images today: #172112, #172113. All Tier hire scooter sites documented see: #164663.Bike share:
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172065Photo #172065[Image taken 15.7.21] Kathryn Avenue, Huntington, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] See: #170558 and discussion. Other images today: #172057 and links.Cycle parking:
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172064Photo #172064[Image taken 15.7.21] Library Square, York. (See also: #167118) Following the closure of the council offices here and their conversion into high-priced housing, this area became a space for people, repose, encounters and conversations. It was characterised by the number and variety of cycles and the passage of people of all ages between them and the library entrance. Benches invited people to linger and enhanced the people-friendly atmosphere and underpinned the conversations not cars vibe. But during the corona pandemic (2020-21) this has changed. I believe the cones are here in response to the arrivals and exits of myriad food collection and delivery vehicles. Taxis drivers also now set down and collect fares here. Motorists in private vehicles drop off/pick up family members. The police have used it for checking events. Drivers are under pressure, they need to turn round, space is limited, the racks are vulnerable. But so are people and I am not sure this space can return to the community haven it was pre-covid. The number of vehicles entering and leaving seems to continue to increase. Why would you sit somewhere that has a constant view, sound and smell of motor vehicles arriving and leaving? It seems this space is part of the city centre the council has recently consulted on. It’s the only part of the centre I am interested in going to. But getting to and from it is unpleasant and polluted, noisy and intimidating. And since early 2020, the being there is the same. Another area colonised by motor vehicles and lost to community-building and traffic-free space. Other images today: #172057 and links.Congestion:
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172063Photo #172063[Image taken 15.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] See context: #172061 and links.Obstruction:
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172061Photo #172061[Image taken 15.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] The only exit/entrance on this side of the car park between it and the key cycle-ped-wheelchair route – including NCN65 – that passes it. Local people use it as a cut-through to avoid the uncomfortable, possibly buggy-/cycle-/wheelchair-damaging painful cobbles. They are behind the green structures and the silver vehicle and are along the entire side of the car park. The exit/access is unmarked and unprotected. Other image this issue today: #172063. Previous images and discussion: #171860 and links. Other images today: #172057 and links.Congestion:
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congestion
172059Photo #172059Note added 25.7.21. This black bin is for depositing dog waste. Over several months the briars and (see: #169951) nettles grew over it. On 23.7.21 I was here with the CYC walking and cycling officer to put my view the infra here is critical to local people and visitors but the width of the route alongside these railings (behind the camera to the river/Scarborough bridge and the train station) is insufficient, the lighting is inadequate and the lack of signage and exits from/through the car park are failing active travellers and not meeting the central and local government policies on walking and cycling. However I learned a further reason intervention here is critical... I stopped a man with a guide dog. I believe from what he said he may have no sight. We need people to pick up after their dogs. We need bins to encourage and enable people to clear up their dog waste. There is a bin. Many people who walk this route do so with dogs - three is not unusual. The man with the guide dog confirmed what any regular user of this route knows: the growth through from the rail line side of the railings is considerable. It is scratchy and itchy. It can reduce the width of this route by up to 1m. What I hadn't realised was the impact on guide dog owners who need the bin. He told me he can't see briars and nettles in front of (to approach it), around it or in front of it (opening it). These plants cause pain and injury to him because he can't see them to avoid them or move them. Yet he needs to use the bin. I will send this caption to Network Rail as a specific example of why a proactive response is needed during the growing season and why an effective long-term strategy is needed to ensure people can access facilities that are provided and which benefit us all. [Image taken 15.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Greenery from the rail line side of the railings has been cut back see also: #172058. Other images today: #172057 and links.Other:
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172058Photo #172058[Image taken 15.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Greenery from the rail line side of the railings has been cut back. Compare with #169951 and #169952. Other images here today: #172057 and links.Other:
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172057Photo #172057[Image taken 15.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Diversion for continuation of Environment Agency floodworks-related activities. Other images today: Marygate car park: #172058, #172059, #172061, #172063 elsewhere: #172064, #172065Temporary closure:
Event
closure
171944Photo #171944[Image taken 13.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] See: #171941.Other:
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171942Photo #171942[Image taken 13.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] See: #171941.Other:
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171941Photo #171941[Image taken 13.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Unchecked plant growth is exacerbating the issues introduced by the hoardings (casting shadows, obstructing views of the places you want to get to, making the place feel enclosed and unsafe). The plant growth that obstructed sightlines has been trimmed. Compare with: #170505. The mud remains. The Council needs to get to grips with foliage trimming throughout the growing season, throughout the city. Other images this issue today: #171942, #171944. Other (positive) images today see: #171939, #171940Bike share:
Event
bikeshare
171940Photo #171940[Image taken 13.7.21] Parliament Street, York. Table tennis in the city centre. Part of the Summer of Sport (until Sunday 5 September 2021) www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/19433194.york-embraces-summer-sport/ Alas, these are nothing to do with me though I've been lobbying for table tennis in the city centre since at least 2015 - inspired by the Ping! project in London www.pingengland.co.uk in around 2010 and other cities we've found places to play... Bradford, Cambridge... I believe tables enliven the streets, attract new visitors, and provide entertainment for the players and those watching. We brought our own bats and ball with us but there was a sign saying you could borrow the kit from Thor's Tipi. Other images today: #171939 and linksOther:
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general
171939Photo #171939[Image taken 13.7.21] Exhibition Square, York. Transformation. Including Buzz About York planters (see link on: #170586). Compare with #160828 and links. I'd still like to see table tennis offered in the city centre year round. There's usually an ice cream van here too but there is need and no pressure to purchase anything to enjoy this space. Other images today see: #171940, #71941, #171942, #171944.Other:
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general
171911Photo #171911[Image taken 12.7.21] Lendal Bridge, Station Road junction with Rougier Street, York. I have been reporting the (latest) cracking here since 27.12.2019. I have rechased this today as I saw that the wheels of every vehicle that went into it splashed water, surprisingly high and surprisingly far, onto the passing pedestrians. The water was being replenished as the rain continued. Other images today: #171908 and links.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
171910Photo #171910[Image taken 12.7.21] Memorial Gardens, Esplanade car park, York. Gate now secured open at least temporarily: previous situation: #171369. This path is part of the Wellington Row Esplanade live diversion for the flood gates under Lendal Bridge and the signposted route for wheelchair users (see: #171369). The greenery at the back of this image: #169494 is due to be cut back. It has since expanded to substantially block sight lines for anyone approaching this junction. The puddling was in evidence today. This issue: #171372, and this one: #171371 need resolving. Other images today: #171908 and links.Other:
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general
171909Photo #171909[Image taken 12.7.21] Leeman Road, York. The flooding in the cycle lane (see: #171908) continues into the pedestrian crossing. I have an email trail that shows I reported this issue in December 2018. It refers to my having raised it on a previous occasion. Other image this issue here today: #171908, and links.Other:
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general
171908Photo #171908[Image taken 12.7.21] Leeman Road, York. Most of the width of this narrow cycle contraflow is under water. Real likelihood of people cycling in it getting flats. More people than usual are using this route as it is part of the Wellington Row Esplanade live diversion during the replacement of the flood gates under Lendal Bridge. Other image this issue here today: #171909. Other images today: #171910, 171911Other:
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general
171869Photo #171869[Image taken 11.7.21] George Hudson Street (direction of Rougier Street), York. This oversized sign is angled away from the road which means it may not be seen by those it is aimed at. It needs moving: to make it visible, to remove the obstruction of the already narrow pavement, so it is not at risk from being knocked accidentally or deliberately by someone on the pavement or on the road and therefore cannot create a hazard in a different location. It needs the CYC active travel officer treatment (see: #171868). Search on ‘reduntantsign’, ‘fallensign’ and ‘redunantcone’ for more examples of this problem. Other images today: #171860 and linksGeneral sign/notice:
Problem
signs
171868Photo #171868[Image taken 11.7.21] Station Road, York. The clutter and confusion resulting from the plethora of diversion signs for the Wellington Row Esplanade live diversion for the flood gates under Lendal Bridge (search on ‘wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion’) was consolidated and relocated by the new (June 2021?) CYC active travel officer. Compare with: #169524, #169857, #169850. Other images today: #171860 and linksObstruction:
Event
obstructions
171867Photo #171867[Image taken 11.7.21] Leeman Road, York cycle contraflow. Cone obstructing the pavement. This is part of the Wellington Row Esplanade live diversion for the flood gates under Lendal Bridge. It is also the signposted route for wheelchair users (see: #171369). The signposted route for people cycling is both counter- and unintuitive, and unrealistic – long, uphill, on heavily trafficked routes with right turns. This image shows one person using the cycle contraflow in the wrong direction. The second cyclist visible on the pavement followed, as did a third in the moments I stood here. This is a diversion route (search on ‘wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion’) that was badly conceived and puts users at risk. Other images today: #171860 and linksObstruction:
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obstructions
171866Photo #171866[Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] This frond is now 120cm wide – thus reducing the width of the cycle-ped-wheelchair route to 200cm. It is also just 120cm tall. Uncontrolled growth is a real issue here (see my comments #170507). Other images Marygate car park today: #171860 and links to all images taken 11.7.21Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
171865Photo #171865[Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Details of damage to fencing between the car park and the cycle-ped-wheelchair route that passes it. Other images this issue today: #171864 and links to all images taken 11.7.21Other:
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general
171864Photo #171864[Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Damage to fencing between the car park and the critical cycle-ped-wheelchair route that passes it. (I was able to take a photo as there were few vehicles here likely due to televised sporting fixtures.) Other images this issue today: #171865. Other issues in the car park today #171860 and links to all images taken 11.7.21Other:
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general
171863Photo #171863[Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Looking from the EV charging bay(s) towards: a) right - the currently unprotected exit/access between the car park and the critical cycle-ped-wheelchair route that passes it, b) ahead - into the car park to show the limited space and sightlines. The car park was unusually empty this afternoon. Likely due to sporting fixtures including: Tour de France, Wimbledon Men’s Finals and the final of the Euros (England v Italy). Other images this issue today: #171861 and links.Other:
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171862Photo #171862[Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Looking from the currently unprotected exit/access between the car park and the critical cycle-ped-wheelchair route that passes it, towards the EV charging bays. Note lack of space and sightlines. Other images this issue today: #171861 and links.Other:
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171861Photo #171861[Additional images: #172061 and #172063.] [Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] Between the end of the car just visible on the left and the foliage is an exit/entrance for cyclists-peds-wheelchair users. To the right is an EV charging point seemingly for two vehicles. They were installed earlier this year (see: #169718) but are not yet in operation. I am concerned the visibility here is so limited and the space so tight that increased use of the parking spaces in this corner will increase the hazards for people using this access/exit. Other images this issue today: #171862, #171863. Other images in car park today: #171864, #171865, #171866. Other images today: #171860 and linksObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
171860Photo #171860[Additional images: #172061 and #172063.] [Image taken 11.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No street view at this location.] To the right of the car is the only entrance/exit connecting the car park and the cycle-ped-wheelchair route between healthcare facilities, the rail station, schools, tourist destinations... You can't see it unless you are next to it. And, currently, the only clue drivers should keep it clear is the gap in the fencing. But that's too subtle: #171377. The previous provision #168560 has not been maintained and will not be retained. I think a second gap is needed - perhaps next to the bam Nuttall/Environment Agency compound hoardings so there is protection along one side. Other images today: #171861, #171862, #171863, #171864, #171865, #171866, #171867, #171868, #171869Other:
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171844Photo #171844[Image taken 9.5.19] Bishopthorpe Road, York. Southlands Methodist Church (southlandsmethodistchurch.org.uk/). This handrail is used to secure cycles to. Definitely 'needs must' not 'best practice'. I'm baffled a Church does not understand that providing cycle parking makes its services and the myriad community events here accessible to more people and helps level up a very unequal society. See also image from July 2019: #171843 and links.Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
171843Photo #171843[Image taken 15.7.19] Bishopthorpe Road, York. Southlands Methodist Church (southlandsmethodistchurch.org.uk/) This ad hoc accommodating of people who cycle is considered acceptable by the Church. There is a small car park but not even one space could be made available for cycle parking. Getting to and from the railings is not straightforward, intuitive or safe. It is not accessible. People are not protected while attaching cycles and the bikes are not protected at any time. See also image from May 2019: #171844 and an update from July 2021: #171842.Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
171842Photo #171842[Image taken 10.7.21] Bishopthorpe Road, York. Southlands Methodist Church (southlandsmethodistchurch.org.uk/). Happening on these was a welcome surprise. The email exchange with the Church in July 2019 had given me the impression it was not going to happen. I'd found out there was ward funding the Church could apply for but there was no response to my email with that information or asking to meet in situ. (NB getting to the racks is not straightforward and there is an unavoidable step at the gate at the front of the church - visible in streetview.) But I believe racks send a message that is relevant here: All welcome. Plus the About Us page says: "Southlands methodist actively seek to live out our faith in daily life. To that end we seek to make choices that both protect others from injustice, and promote a better standard of living." Which enabling people to cycle to its premises undoubtedly does. Southlands is a venue for arts events including the annual York Open Studios (www.yorkopenstudios.co.uk/), Planet Cafe - a pay what you feel cafe, and meeting places for many community groups. The several planters of varying sizes contain herbs to which you can help yourself. A lovely idea. (I've tagged this 'nevergiveup' as the emails I received and the subsequent silence gave the impression my request for cycle parking could be filed under 'never going to happen'/'over my dead body'.) Other images this issue here: #171843, #171844. Other images today see: #171838 and linksCycle parking:
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cycleparking
171841Photo #171841[Image taken 10.7.21] Bishopthorpe Road, junction with Nunthorpe Drive, York. Tier hire e-scooter and e-cycle bays outside The Winning Post (www.winningpostyork.co.uk). There is room for cycle racks to have been installed here. Tier scooters/cycles see: #164663. Other images today see: #171838 and linksBike share:
Infrastructure
bikeshare
171840Photo #171840[Image taken 10.7.21] Ramp between Scarborough Bridge and West Esplanade, York. [Note: There is no street view at this location.] Is this cycle secured here an indication cycle parking is needed nearby? Or signposting to the existing provision? Or a comment on the inaccessibility of what there is? For example 150m away and undercover at the station. But this ‘Yorkcycle’ (as I refer to cycles with baskets and panniers, etc) would not fit in: #170490. The poppies on the areas around both ends of Scarborough Bridge have been adding colour to people's journeys for around a month. Other ‘blooms’ images see: #169771 and links. Other images today see: #171838 and linksOther:
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general
171839Photo #171839[Image taken 10.7.21] cineworld, Vangarde/Monks Cross, off New Lane/Kathryn Avenue, Huntington, York. [Note: There is no street view at this location.] Second time in as many weeks to this frontage to find people have either mistaken the railings for cycle parking or understood but not seen an alternative for their cycles. There are racks but there is no signage to them and at this point you might not see them, or, if have have a mobility issue that means walking from the cycle to your destination might be difficult or painful, you might need to make use of what's nearby. See also: #170558 (same issue, though elsewhere? #171840) Other images today see: #171838 and linksCycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
171838Photo #171838[Image taken 10.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: There is no street view at this location.] The lighting was not on, on the hoardings again today. For once I was able to get an image that shows how dark it is. (The lights don't continue the full length of the hoardings either.) There are two cones in here now. Trip hazards, crash obstacles. This is NCN65. It is the cycle-ped-wheelchair-hire scooter/hire bike route between the rail station and residential areas of the city plus leisure and tourist options. The message from this city this year feels as if it's survival of the fittest. (See also: #171369, #170166, #170130, #169767, #171729, #171491, #171436, #171580.) This could be such a good city for all ages, all levels of ability and lack of fitness, all levels of mental and visual impairment. But with the lack of disabled provision (drop kerbs) and cracked pavements at any time and the lack of level, logical and safe provision for diversions (search on 'wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion' and 'terryavenuelivediversion') CYC is not meeting its responsibilities for disabled people, and failing its residents and tourists. Other images today see: #171839, #171840, #171841, #171842.Cycleway:
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cycleways
171731Photo #171731[Image taken 9.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [Note: No streetview image here.] The plant growth – including briars - from the rail line (behind a fence to the left) is now as long as 94cm in places. This leaves 220cm for all users. LTN 1/20 www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycle-infrastructure-design-ltn-120 Table 5-2: Cycle lane and track widths says there should be a minimum of 3m. I believe the absolute minimum that applies here is the 2.5m – numbers of users exceed 300 per hour at some times. (See: #169470) And some people are particularly vulnerable – see #171729. Other image showing ‘greenery’ and ‘users’ at this location today see: #171730Cycleway:
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cycleways
171730Photo #171730[Image taken 9.7.21] Marygate car park, York. Two typical users. They are being squeezed by plant growth coming through from the rail line to their right, see: #171731 Other images today: #171721 and links.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
171729Photo #171729[Image taken 9.7.21] Marygate car park [Note: No streetview image here.] I asked this pedestrian for permission to take a photo. She is one of many people who visibly have mobility issues (there will be many people with invisible issues too) who use this key motor traffic-free routes. Not only is does she uses a stick but she carries a tiny child in a pouch on her front. I continue to believe this route is not wide enough for the number and variety of people who use it. The image also shows there is no guaranteed entrance/access at this closest end of the car park to the riverside/Scarborough Bridge. The orange plastic barricade is one of two. Neither is now fulfilling their purpose. The other is ahead of this group of pedestrians. But is now so obscured by plant growth it's barely visible from the side. This issue see also: #171730 and links. Other images today: #171721 and links.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
171728Photo #171728[Image taken 9.7.21] Duncombe Place, junction with Minster Yard, York. This Leathams (leathams.com/) driver has not acknowledged the route through the bollards is busier than the one he has used to get here or recognised this is an emergency vehicle/emergency services route. Not a good advert for the company or the driving standards of its staff. Other image this issue: #170523. Other images today: #171721 and links.Enforcement:
Problem
enforcement
171727Photo #171727[Image taken 9.7.21] Marygate car park, Frederic Street, York. Greenery has been cut back but sight lines for all are blocked by the parked vehicles. This location today see also: #171725 and linksOther:
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171725Photo #171725[Image taken 9.7.21] Marygate car park, Frederic Street, York. Greenery has now been cut compare with: #170159 and #170252. This location today see also: #171727. Other images today: #171721 and links.Other:
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171721Photo #171721[Image taken 9.7.21] New Lane, Huntington, York. 30mph on one side, 40mph on the other. Despite the narrowness of the carriageways, the lack of sightlines - both directions. In the direction of the camera a short distance further on there is an unfacilitated crossing from a residential area to the motor traffic-free lane to: the out of town shopping areas of Vangarde and Monks Cross; Monks Cross Park and Ride, leisure outlets such as PuttStars (www.puttstars.co.uk/york) and the LNER Community Stadium (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/York_Community_Stadium) home to the local footy and rugby teams, plus the leisure outlet with a pool, clip and climb, library, cafe and health centre. (Issues here see: #170558 and links) Behind the camera it is a few hundred yards to the lit junction with Malton Road. In both directions I get fast- and close-passed fast. Other images today: #171725, #171727, #171728, #171729, #171730, #171731Road environment:
Problem
road
171717Photo #171717[Image taken 4.7.21] Esplanade car park, York. Dumped pillars or bollards presumably removed for the diversion (search on wellingtonrowesplanadelivediversion) in place during the replacement of the flood gates under Lendal Bridge. They are unsightly. They are vulnerable to theft, being thrown in the Ouse just meters away, being used as a weapon. It does not reflect well on the area or the organisation - CYC?Other:
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general
171581Photo #171581[Update: #172340] [Image taken 8.7.21] Memorial Gardens (Leeman Road-side), York. All this signage is for the Wellington Row Esplanade diversion while the flood gates under Lendal Bridge are replaced. But no-one has noticed that the blue sign is pointing the wrong way. And why is there no signage 'To the river'/'To Scarborough Bridge'? I also believe a couple of Sheffields (racks) would be appreciated in the park. There are two benches between this entrance and this one: #171369. They are popular and some people have a cycle with them. Other image this location: #171578. Other images today see: #171575 and links.Other:
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171580Photo #171580[Image taken 8.7.21] Marygate car park, York. [NOTE: No streetview at this location] The barricade is reducing the width of the route. It also reduces the attractiveness and feeling of safety. But it does help keep track of the growth through from the rail line. It's up to around 75cm. Plus this was one of two that created/protected an exit/entrance to/from the car park. The family visible stepped over the fencing. They also lifted over a buggy. Other images today see: #171575 and links.Other:
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general
171579Photo #171579[Image taken 8.7.21] Asda, Layerthorpe, York. The racks here are mostly too close together (see: #166683). Unless you ride something this size with no luggage. Other images today see: #171575 and links.Cycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
171578Photo #171578Image taken 8.7.21] Memorial Gardens (Leeman Road-side), York. Contradictory signage for the Wellington Row Esplanade diversion. And none for pedestrians at any time to tell them the river and Scarborough Bridge can be reached through here. Other image this location: #171581. Other images today see: #171575 and links.Other:
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171577Photo #171577[Image taken 8.7.21] A recurring issue. This sign outside the Royal Mail sorting office gets obscured by growth from that property. I've reported it: the end of lockdown and school holidays are imminent ahead! NOTE: No streetview at this location. Other images today see: #171575 and links.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
171576Photo #171576[Image taken 8.7.21] York rail station message on sign. But who is the contact to ask if it can be removed/check on and picked up each day? LNER? CYC? Why don't organisations label their signs? And provide a 'return to/report a problem' phone number on them? NOTE: No streetview at this location. Other images today see: #171575 and links.Other:
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171575Photo #171575[Image taken 8.7.21] York rail station fallen sign. Does it get picked up only to be knocked over again? It was on the ground on 5.7.21 see #171404. I picked it up. See message: #171576. Note: No streetview at this location. Other images today see: #171576, #171577, #171578, #171579, #171580, #171581Other:
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general
171493Photo #171493[Image taken 7.7.21] Tanner Row, York. I took the image simply to show the racks are used. Even during Stage 3 Lockdown when people are still being asked to work from home, there were eight cycles on these Sheffields (racks) at 16.00ish today. A City of York councillor had commented the racks in my images with captions including asking for the bays for the Tier scooters/cycles to be relocated, and for the diversion signage to be moved, etc, were empty and thus undermined my messages. But so are offices, roads, car parks, schools for much of the day. Cycle parking use is much less predictable. But this location is popular including for short stays – for example by cycle couriers for food delivery companies picking up from the many outlets on Rougier Street just round the corner. It’s a very handy and convenient location for many people. Other images today see: #171490 and links.Cycle parking:
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cycleparking

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