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Cycling in Birchwood

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Dark, muddy path is not cycle friendly

Unnecessary cycle lane on pavement at road junction

The car parking even extends underneath this block of flats

Are these homes designed for cars or for humans?

The 'local centre' is mainly just a giant supermarket with an even bigger car park. This is not walk or cycle friendly.

Well-built bus stop (although lacking information)

Local pub is dwarfed by its car park

Traffic calming hump with cycle bypass

There is so much car parking provision along this street that it looks more like a linear car park.

Poor and confusing information at bus stop

Bus map difficult to read

Approach to the traffic free section of Academy Way Cycle symbols encourage cyclists to adopt a sensible road position to avoid left hooks.

The signs can't all be correct!

Bicycles only westbound on Academy Way

End of cycleway - with textured paving to stop people continuing on the pavement. But, no dropped kerb for cyclists to get onto the road.

Cycleway ends leaving cyclists on the wrong side of the street. Where are cyclists supposed to go?

What on earth is the point of converting this 8 metre stretch of pavement to shared use?

Bollards with reflective strips replace the tight chicane barriers that were there before #84832

Detail of edge of cycleway. Wooden edging pegged into the top of a very steep bank. It is OK at the moment, but doesn't look like it was built to last.

Woolson New Cut greenway. New tarmac surface, but not really wide enough.

Woolson New Cut greenway

This cycleway meets another cycleway at a T junction - so why the "END OF CYCLE ROUTE" sign and incorrect tactile paving?

Brand new road with no constraints of space - so why is the cycleway design so dangerous that cyclists are told to get off?

Total shit at the arse end of the car park. Do better @asda and maybe our towns wouldn't be so clogged with motor vehicles. This is a town centre store in the middle of Warrington FFS. See also #84872.

This hump (perhaps 2 feet high) of earth and tree roots is all that prevents easy access between the nearby housing estate and the route to Hollins Green.

This hump (perhaps 2 feet high) of earth and tree roots is all that prevents easy access between the nearby housing estate and the route to Hollins Green.

More pointless barriers. Cyclists aren't stupid. If there's a risk of conflict, put SLOW on the surface, as we do on the roads. Don't put these unforgiving barriers in.

Last stretch of Black Bear Park greenway finally gets a tarmac surface. Unfortunately the anti-cycle barrier is #84821 wasn't removed while they were at it.

Black Bear park now surfaced - addresses the step. The ramp up to Kingsway could still do to be wider.

Sankey Street closed to cars to enable footway widening.

Cones are now less cluttered and there is a more substantial barrier. However, the cycle lane is still unnecessarily narrow and blocked at the far end: #140387

Entrance to covid-19 pop-up cycle lane blocked by cones and a sign. UPDATE NOV 2020: Covid cycle lane removed.

Pop-up cycle lane on Bold Street now has more substantial barriers ... obstructing the exit onto Wilson Patten Street

Cattle pen removed from central island to give more space to pedestrians as a resonse to the covid pandemic. Unfortunately the cycle is still very long so queues of pedestrians still build up.

Carriageway reallocated to create wider footway with temporary bus boarding platform as a response to the covid pandemic.

Parking spaces taken out to widen the footway as a response to the covid pandemic. I'm not sure why they didn't take the whole width of the parking bay - or indeed some of the carriageway, which is very wide at this point. UPDATE Novembe ... [more]

Temporary covid footway widening.

Temporary pedestrian crossing as a response to the covid pandemic. Unfortunately the pedestrian signal heads are facing the wrong way! It shows just how much road space is available. Update 2nd July: Pedestrian signal heads now facing th ... [more]

Covid-19 funding used to fund a very short stretch of this long needed improvement of this stretch of cycleway #52592 - (they didn't get as far as #84321) You would have thought that they would have cleared the vegetation while they were a ... [more]

Covid-19 road closure on Academy Way leaves a gap for cyclists. (if a bit on the tight side) UPDATE JAN 2021: This arrangement has now been made permanent #161230

Someone forgot to include cyclists on the the covid-19 road closure sign.

Cyclists exempt from the covid-19 road closure on Winwick Street. Unfortunately the sign at the other end doesnt mention cyclists #137723

Covid-19 road closure of Barbauld Street. This creates an opportunity to create a cycle route from Warrington Town centre to the south via Arpley Road (in the distance #137710 ) avoiding the Bridge Foot Giratory. A crossing of Wilson Patten ... [more]

Opportunity to create a cycle route into the town centre from Arpley Road to the recently closed stretch of Barbauld Street (in the distance #137717 ). Just needs a short stretch of cycle path from here to a toucan crossing of Wilson Patten ... [more]

The road is wide enough for marked parking bays so plenty of room to widen the pavement, but what does Warrington Council do? Make the pavements one way! What are you supposed to do if you want to get to the high street? Walk all the way up ... [more]

Pavement so narrow that the sides of the bus shelter had to be removed - yet the council put signs up telling pedestrians to "Maintain the Gap". How? UPDATE 25th June: Carriageway space has been reallocated to widen the bus stop: #139538

The high street is very wide and even has space for parking bays, yet the best Warrington Borough Council can come up with as a response to the pandemic is stickers telling pedestrians to maintain their distance on the narrow pavement left ... [more]

What is needed is wider pavements - not signs telling pedestrians to mind the gap on a pavement that is obviously too narrow. The road is very wide here. UPDATE 25th June: barriers have been installed to widen the footway: #139535

Just putting stickers down to tell pedestrians to "Maintain the Gap" when the pavement squeezes between a building and railings is rather missing the point.

Modal filter outside the Parr Hall

Good that cyclists are exempted from pop-up covid left turn ban at the end of Winmarleigh Street, but it is a real squeeze to get into the cycle lane past the sign at elbow height. It's not as if the road is narrow.

Cyclists exempt from the covid-19 turning restriction on Winmarleigh St. A shame the implementation at the junction is so poor #133599

A forest of cones makes the southern end of the Bold Street pop-up contraflow cycle lane a bit of an obstacle course. UPDATE 27th June: It gets worse. Now there are more substantial barriers blocking the exit of the cycle lane: #140387

Cycle bypass to the road closure on Academy Way. A bit of a squeeze past the sign.

Pop-up contraflow cycle lane on Bold Street - mostly occupied by cones.

cones obstructing the eastern end of the St Austins Lane pop-up cycle lane.Why? UPDATE NOV 2020: Covid cycle lane removed ... at the height of the second peak!

pop-up contraflow cycle lane on St Austins Lane. While the idea is good the implementation is dreadful. Until yesterday the road was taking 2-way motor traffic, so why on earth does the cycle lane have to be so narrow with signs further con ... [more]

Half-width covid-19 pop-up cycle lane on the Kingsway bridge. It is only 1.2m between the fence and the cones so much too narrow to ride comfortably. Heading in the other direction it makes it very difficult for cyclists to turn right onto ... [more]

Cycling permitted in Warrington town centre Pedestrian and Cycle Zone

cycling now permitted on Buttermarket Street (formerly pedestrians only)

Cycling now allowed in Warrington town centre pedestrian zone

Cycling now permitted on Sankey Street (formally pedestrians only)

Cycling now allowed in Warrington town centre pedestrianised area.

Cycling now permitted on Bridge Street. (formerly a pedestrian zone)

Cycleway heading north from the Birchwood Way roundabout does not provide a dropped kerb for cyclists to continue along Crab Lane. Instead the cycleway turns left along Fearnhead Lane where is simply stops #113995 (again with no dropped ker ... [more]

Cycleway comes to an end with no dropped kerb to rejoin the carriageway. You would have though it might have occurred to the planners to provide a legally useable cycle crossing at this point rather than routing cyclists to a pedestrian onl ... [more]

Illustrates the anti-cycling policies of Warrington Council. Cycleway is only provided with crossings on the entrance arms of the roundabout - NOT the exits. This means that cyclists face the added danger and delay of having to make extr ... [more]

A frame barrier across tarmac path serves no purpose whatsoever as it is easily bypassed by the rough path to the right.

This road west to Spike Island is in terrible condition, which is a real shame as it could be a good link to Runcorn.

A serious drainage problem exists here. The water when pictured was almost a foot deep.

Fair play to whoever in Warrington decided to build these underpasses when the dual carriageways were constructed - they're superb.

Chicane barriers on the Transpennine trail NCN62. I suppose the idea is to slow down cyclists approaching the road, but this is entirely unnecessary as they are at the top of a steep ramp. The one positive is that they are a great improv ... [more]

Link from Black Bear Park to Maple Grove. There used to be an obstructive "A Frame" barrier here - the two wooden posts are much easier to negotiate - though completely pointless.

Walton Gardens bike shelter

Cyclists may turn right at the lights

Even the Car Shop has covered cycle parking

A problem many will be familiar with - overgrowth blocking the light from a streetlight. These things are often forgotten about by councils because they don't really affect motorists, but dark paths at night is a serious safety concern for ... [more]

This bridge could be part of the generally ok cycle routes in this area, but it needs a more gradual slope so the steps can be deleted. This is also a barrier to disabled travel.

No disabled access here, just a locked gate and a very narrow A-Frame.

While not a cycleway (oddly it ends a few metres east of this location), this hedge has been allowed to completely block the footway, which is about three paving slabs wide. Now, not even one paving slab can be walked on. Despite repeated ... [more]

Amazingly pointless and stupid barriers blocking access to a useful cycle route to Hollins Green. Who is this supposed to benefit?

Touring family from Germany gets stuck once they reach Warrington Borough Council's barriers :-( They made it to Liverpool with the help of locals however after visiting Ireland they used a van rather than the Trans-Pennine Trail to get ... [more]

modal filter

bus shelter in the middle of the cycleway


chicane barrier

Cycleway. 3.5m wide, smooth tarmac and lit. Access control is a single bollard. Much more civilised than #83626

Chapelford distributor road. Single lane dual carriageway with cycle lanes.

route sign

TPT route sign

"A frame" barrier #84328 can now be avoided on the Transpennine Trail (NCN 62) UPDATE July 2019: The gate has been locked again

Pointless barrier #58753 now has a bypass. The track is still steep and poorly surfaced.

Sign listing Latchford "Penny Ferry" ( #103099 - #103098) operating times. # Fee is still 11p - bikes free.

The Thelwall Penny Ferry. # Costs 11p and the ferryman loads the bike for free.

Waiting for the Penny Ferry (11p actually) to Latchford - #103099. #

Narrow path is just about ridable as far as the Thelwall Viaduct.

Path peters out into a field

Failed attempt to obstruct the path

Path along new food defences at Woolston. Gravel surface.

Kissing Gate

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