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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]

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bus shelter in the middle of the cycleway

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. #http://www.allthingswarrington.net/Places/Places/thelwallpennyferry.html#.W9Xqwmj7Tcs Fee is still 11p - bikes free.

The Thelwall Penny Ferry. #http://www.allthingswarrington.net/Places/Places/thelwallpennyferry.html#.W9Xqwmj7Tcs Costs 11p and the ferryman loads the bike for free.

Waiting for the Penny Ferry (11p actually) to Latchford - #103099. #http://www.allthingswarrington.net/Places/Places/thelwallpennyferry.html#.W9Xs72j7Tct

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

Kissing gate on path along Woolston flood defences. The wide circular gap is just big enough to wheel a bike through, but still not a good idea.

Irlam & Cadishead Cycleway - Waypoint 211 - Hollins Green Community Hall: #https://irlamandcadishead.net/locations/cycling/

Rixton Clay Pits nature reserve: #https://www.warrington.gov.uk/homepage/555/rixton_claypits_local_nature_reserve

Irlam & Cadishead Cycleway - Waypoint 212 - Rixton Clay Pits: #https://irlamandcadishead.net/locations/cycling/

Underpass under Birchwood Way, smooth and wide with gentle ramps.

route sign

route sign... but which way is Birchwood and which way is Sankey

route sign - but which way is which?

route sign

Route sign

Pointless obstructions. Most of the users here are on the cycle route, so why do they have to give way to the odd rare bus using the adjoining road?

Recently constructed junction on one of Warrington's signed cycle routes. Unfortunately, cyclists do not seem to have been considered in the design. It is not possible to ride the line of the route (towards Hall Street #84869) and there is ... [more]

Signed cycle route from Woolston arrives in central Warrington here (see the sign in the background #83868). The new junction arrangement fails to allow for cyclists to turn right here heading towards Central Station.

Strange give way markings. Cyclists using the contraflow bus lane coming towards the photograph have to yield to cars emerging from the car park. UPDATE - June 2018: The give way markings have now been removed.

Illegally parked car protects cyclists from getting their wheels caught on the wrong type of corduroy paving #83711

A horrible pinch point on the brow of a hill as the A50 Knutsford Road leaves Warrington and traffic accelerates to the national speed limit. A pathetic attempt has been made at a cycle bypass, but it just throws you unextepectedly back int ... [more]

Tran Pennine Trail goes through a large muddy puddle through the bridge under the A56. UPDATE 2018 - this section now has a tarmac surface - though not particularly smooth.

Route Sign at the southern end of Warrington cycle route 5

Dangerous Give Way markings for Springbrook Road are set forward into the road, obstructing cyclists heading for the cycle lane.

Tarmac surface track on narrow neck of land between River Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal. A nice (if unofficial) cycle route beween Warrington and Runcorn.

potholed track

Barrier - easily avoided

Road surface is very potholed

Cycle Route sign in small print and set well back from the junction is unreadable on most approaches. These sort of finger posts are fine on cycle paths but not much use at large road junctions.

Low white concrete bollards allow cyclists to pass while preventing motor vehicles crossing the bridge. A far superior solution than the kissing gate at the other end of the bridge

Chicane barrier

Warrington Borough Council had money to spare after constructing the Birchwood to Sankey Way cycle route so could afford to splash out on this heavy duty kissing gate to make the route unuseble.

Chicane barriers

Route sign pointing to the Birchwood to Sankey route eastbound - a sign showing the westbound route is needed. Destination information would also be helful.

Route Sign

Traffic calming chicane with a straight-through cycle by-pass

route sign

Fiddle pavement conversion results in absurdly short stretches of shared use and completely unprotected crossing of the entry and exit arms of the roundabout.

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Pavement conversion has an uprotected crossing of the busy exit and entry arms of a high speed roundabout

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route sign shows destinations and distances

Birchwood to Sankey Way cycle route crosses the busy A574 Cromwell Avenue at an unprotected crossing.

A short, narrow, green mandatory cycle lane on a roundabout on the A574 Cromwell Avenue

Route Sign

Chicane Barrier

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers

Chicane barriers

Chicane Barrier - this used to be a good route until the council decided to "upgrade" it by adding obstacles.

A route sign is needed to show where this cycle path goes to - rather than a misleading "End of Cycle Route" sign

Chicane Barrier - easily avoided by riding on the mud

Chicane Barrier - better than the kissing gate that used to be here,

Chicane Barrier

Chicane

What is really needed here are route signs showing the destinations for the cyclepaths connecting with Birchwood to Sankey Way, rather than misleading "End of Route" signs.

Chicane - easily avoidable in dry weather

Chicane - easily avoided in dry weather

Fences protect the side of the greenway where it crosses a ditch. They should really be set back 0.5m to maintain the full effective width.

Chicane Barrier

When constructing the path through Sankey Valley Park "End of Route" signs have been sited at all junctions - even where these are cycle paths. A Route sign to Cresford Close would be more useful here.

Chicane barrier - most avoid it by riding round on the mud

Chicane barrier - easily avoided in dry weather

Birchwood to Sankey Way: 3m wide unlit greenway follows a winding route through Sankey Valley Park.

Route signs

old route sign - with no destinations

Chicane

Cyclists Dismount

old and rather useless route sign.

Bollard and canal bridge

Old Sankey Valley Park signs - show no destination information

Bridge

Two A frames. These may be an easier alternative to avoid the even tighter barrier #87385

Tiny gap - difficult for handle bars or pregnant pedestrians UPDATE 2018: The gate has been removed.

Awkward barrier forces cyclists to dismount and walk through a puddle.

Four Sheffield Stands

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