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Cycling in Birchwood

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Cycleway directed to use pedestrian crossing illegally

toucan crossing - cyclists held at red even when crossing traffic is stopped - even when you press the button you are forced to wait throgh a compete sequence of the lights.

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Toucan crossing with long cattle-penned stagger. The lights do not show green for cyclists when the crossing traffic is held at red. Even if you press the button at this point the light doesnt turn green - you will have to wait for a comple ... [more]

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Standard width (2m wide) cycle lane. Unfortunately this tapers down to a very narrow lane #85633 as it crosses the railway bridge.

Dangerously thin cycle lane

Route sign. The way to the hospital is actually straight on at the junction.

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Shared use for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists

4 sheffield stands at Grappenhall Heys walled garden

'A' frame barrier

Narrow rough surface on the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

roots pushing up the surface of Black Bear Park greenway

barrier - easy to bypass

A frame barrier

Twigeries greenway. Wide smooth tarmac, verges trimmed, but unlit.

Chicane barriers

short steep humps - extremely uncomfortable to ride over

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small route sign in Woolston Park. Sign needed for reverse direction at this junction.

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route sign

Woolston to Birchwwod Station cycleway ends at a flight of steps to cross the railway bridge. Access to the platform is locked. Ed: ramps have been added to the bridges, see: http://cycle-works.com/installations/cycle-works-bridges-the- ... [more]

sheffield stands on the west-bound platform at Birchwood Station.

6 sheffield stands on the east-bound platform at Birchwood Station.

cycle route from Woolston to Birchwood Station. Narrow rough tarmac surface is being encroached by vegetation

Wide smooth tarmac cycleway through railway bridge under the M6

White posts with reflective strips - serve no useful purpose

cyclists dismount sign

route signs for dismounted cyclists

Cyclists Dismount sign - A route sign for Warrington Strategic Route 3 towards Birchwood would be more helful.

Route sign - with very small lettering

Wide smooth cycle bridge across the railway

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A dropped kerb would be rather more useful than the metal barriers that the council have installed at this junction.

Small route sign without destination information appears to suggest that the narrow pavement is a cycleway

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Unlit non-reflective black posts are a hazard when cycling in the evening

chicane barrier

Chicane barrier

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Small route sign with no destinations points the wrong way. Better signing needed at this 5-way junction in Woolston Park.

Woolston Park greenway, 3m wide, smooth, lit cycle path

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Woolston Park Greenway - Lit, 3m wide, smooth tarmac surface.

Posts with reflective strips prevent motor vehicle access to Woolston Park while presenting no obstacle for cyclists.

Posts with reflective strips

Woolston Park greenway crosses Grren Lane on a flat topped hump. The ramps are at a gentle angle so it is comfortable to cycle along the road.

narrow poor-quality tarmac surface

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route sign

Route sign

Cyclists dismount sign on west bound carriageway of the A57 approaching J11 of M6. Sign suggests west-bound cyclists should get off and follow the pavement anti-clockwise around the roundabout with no protection at the crossings of the A57 ... [more]

cycle path veers across the exit slip road from the M6. No protection at all on the crossing and very poor inter-visibility.

Cycle path peters out as it heads toward the entry sliproad for the M6

Cycle path yields priority to entance to pub car park.

Sign points to non-existent cycle lane leading up the wrong side of a dual carriageway.

long fenced dog-leg between two unprotectected crossings of multi-lane carriageways.

Cyclists Dismount to make an unprotected crossing of a 6 lane dual carriageway.

Signs claim to show segregated shared use. There is a no protection at all for westbound cyclists who need to cross the dual carriageway to rejoin the A57 at this point.

Free flow left hand filter lane on approach to junction with Woolston Grange Avenue

Kissing gate

steep zig-zag decent to Woolston Weir

narrow rough track

Track following north side of the Manchester Ship Canal

Assorted iron work obstructing the track which leads to Woolston via the weir #84847

cycleway ends by dropping off a high kerb

sign directs cyclists to ride on the pavement rather than a quiet residential cul-de-sac. The pavement ends in a short while at a high kerb #85334.

Black Bear Park greenway. 3m wide smooth tarmac surface with street lights. Suitable for light traffic but too cramped at busy times. A shame about the frequent barriers ( #83665 , #83695 , #83692 , #83681 , #83678 , #84821 ) obstructing th ... [more]

Metal drainage channel on the London Road swing bridge reduces the effective width of the road and can be intimidating for cyclists riding close to the edge.

cycle route sign

Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62) follows a quiet road along the south bank of the Mersey

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rough surface, but passable on a road bike

Gate prevents motor access but is easily avoided by cyclists.

Deep loose gravel

dirt road

Smooth road, 15mph speed limit, virtually traffic free

Moore Naure Reserve #http://www.fccenvironment.co.uk/moorenaturereserve.html

Cycle parking at Moore Nature Reserve

Warrington Council discovered that cyclists were being knocked down at this location. Rather than fix the problem, they thought the best approach was just to put up some red signs.

Cycle path goes through a bus stop

Cycle path goes though a bus shelter

Potential route under railway bridge enables cyclist to access Warrington town centre from the south avoiding Bridge Foot gyratory. Tends to flood at very high tides.

Rising bollard prevents motor traffic abusing the bus-only link.

No entry sign with exemption for buses, but not cycles.

4 sheffield stands on the platform at Bank Quay station

Five sheffield stands on the platform at Bank Quay Station

Brompton Dock bike hire at Bank Quay Station

Small bike shelter at Bank Quay Station

Bike shelters - Bank Quay Station

Contraflow cycle/bus lane

Exit from cycleway onto Legh Street seems reasonably well engineered - except for the drain cover with slots that could catch a cycle wheel.

Drainage gully with grid facing the wrong way could catch a cycle wheel.

Wheelbender cycle parking in Cockhedge shopping centre - cyclists tend to lock their bikes to the railings at the end rather than use the stands.

four sheffield stands are inadequate for the level of demand in Warrington town centre

route sign UPDATE - Feb 1018: This sign has been removed. (see #96510)

Route sign appears to show cycle route going straight ahead at a T junction with Mersey Street (Dual Carriageway A49). The intention presumably is for cyclists to dismount, walk along the footway, cross at the staggered pedestrian only cros ... [more]

Route sign - without destination information.

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