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All photos in & around Birchwood

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111346Photo #111346Chicane 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 improvement on the previous arrangement #83665.
Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
111345Photo #111345Link 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.
Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
110405Photo #110405Walton Gardens bike shelterCycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
109551Photo #109551Cyclists may turn right at the lightsRoad environment:
Good practice
road
109550Photo #109550Even the Car Shop has covered cycle parkingCycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
109187Photo #109187A 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 many people.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
109186Photo #109186This 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.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108975Photo #108975No disabled access here, just a locked gate and a very narrow A-Frame.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108409Photo #108409While 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 complaints, the council have refused to follow their legal obligation to maintain this footway.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
108408Photo #108408Amazingly pointless and stupid barriers blocking access to a useful cycle route to Hollins Green. Who is this supposed to benefit?Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103930Photo #103930Touring 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 from Liverpool to Hull on the return leg.
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103392Photo #103392modal filterRoad environment:
Infrastructure
road
103391Photo #103391bus shelter in the middle of the cyclewayCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
103389Photo #103389cyclewayCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103388Photo #103388chicane barrierObstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
103387Photo #103387Cycleway. 3.5m wide, smooth tarmac and lit. Access control is a single bollard. Much more civilised than #83626Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103386Photo #103386Chapelford distributor road. Single lane dual carriageway with cycle lanes.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
103385Photo #103385route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
103384Photo #103384TPT route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
103383Photo #103383"A frame" barrier #84328 can now be avoided on the Transpennine Trail (NCN 62)
UPDATE July 2019: The gate has been locked again
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
103382Photo #103382Pointless barrier #58753 now has a bypass. The track is still steep and poorly surfaced.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103100Photo #103100Sign listing Latchford "Penny Ferry" ( #103099 - #103098) operating times.
#www.allthingswarrington.net/Places/Places/thelwallpennyferry.html
Fee is still 11p - bikes free.
General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
103099Photo #103099The Thelwall Penny Ferry.
#www.allthingswarrington.net/Places/Places/thelwallpennyferry.html
Costs 11p and the ferryman loads the bike for free.
Other:
Good practice
general
103098Photo #103098Waiting for the Penny Ferry (11p actually) to Latchford - #103099.
#www.allthingswarrington.net/Places/Places/thelwallpennyferry.html
Other:
Good practice
general
103097Photo #103097Narrow path is just about ridable as far as the Thelwall Viaduct.Track:
Infrastructure
track
103096Photo #103096Path peters out into a fieldTrack:
Infrastructure
track
103095Photo #103095Failed attempt to obstruct the pathObstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
103094Photo #103094Path along new food defences at Woolston. Gravel surface.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
103093Photo #103093Kissing GateObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
103092Photo #103092Kissing 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.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
102896Photo #102896Irlam & Cadishead Cycleway - Waypoint 211 - Hollins Green Community Hall:
#irlamandcadishead.net/locations/cycling/
Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
102895Photo #102895Rixton Clay Pits nature reserve:
#www.warrington.gov.uk/homepage/555/rixton_claypits_local_nature_reserve
General sign/notice:
Misc
signs
102894Photo #102894Irlam & Cadishead Cycleway - Waypoint 212 - Rixton Clay Pits:
#irlamandcadishead.net/locations/cycling/
Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
102892Photo #102892Underpass under Birchwood Way, smooth and wide with gentle ramps.Dutch-style cycleway:
Good practice
dutchcycleways
102891Photo #102891route signRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
102890Photo #102890route sign...
but which way is Birchwood and which way is Sankey
Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
102889Photo #102889route sign - but which way is which?Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
102888Photo #102888route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
102887Photo #102887Route signRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
101612Photo #101612Pointless 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?Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
96510Photo #96510Recently 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 no signing of the route. (the old sign #84870 has been removed)Road environment:
Problem
road
96508Photo #96508Signed 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.Road environment:
Problem
road
96502Photo #96502Strange 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.
Road environment:
Problem
road
92066Photo #92066#84603 NCN62 TPT The latest Highways England standard OCT 2016 www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/dictionary/access-barrier states that these barriers must not be used at all, because they prevent access by various types of cycle, as well as other types of mobility aid, including wheelchairs and mobility scooters.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
92065Photo #92065TPT NCN62 #83863 NCN62 TPT The latest Highways England standard OCT 2016 www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/dictionary/access-barrier states that these barriers must not be used at all, because they prevent access by various types of cycle, as well as other types of mobility aid, including wheelchairs and mobility scooters.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
92064Photo #92064NCN62 TPT see #83862 The latest Highways England standard OCT 2016 www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/dictionary/access-barrier states that these barriers must not be used at all, because they prevent access by various types of cycle, as well as other types of mobility aid, including wheelchairs and mobility scooters.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
90629Photo #90629Illegally parked car protects cyclists from getting their wheels caught on the wrong type of corduroy paving #83711Car storage:
Problem
carstorage
88758Photo #88758A 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 into the path of vehicles immediately after the pinch point. As can be seen from the accumulating debris no cyclists are daft enough to risk using the "facility".Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
88357Photo #88357Tran 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.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
88296Photo #88296Route Sign at the southern end of Warrington cycle route 5Route sign:
Good practice
routesigns
88295Photo #88295Dangerous Give Way markings for Springbrook Road are set forward into the road, obstructing cyclists heading for the cycle lane.Road environment:
Problem
road
88039Photo #88039Tarmac 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.Track:
Good practice
track
88038Photo #88038potholed trackPothole:
Problem
potholes
88037Photo #88037Barrier - easily avoidedObstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
88036Photo #88036Road surface is very potholedPothole:
Problem
potholes
87432Photo #87432Cycle 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.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
87431Photo #87431Low 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 bridgeObstruction:
Good practice
obstructions
87430Photo #87430Chicane barrierObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87429Photo #87429Warrington 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.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87428Photo #87428Chicane barriersObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87427Photo #87427Route 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:
Problem
routesigns
87426Photo #87426Route SignRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
87425Photo #87425Traffic calming chicane with a straight-through cycle by-passRoad environment:
Good practice
road
87424Photo #87424route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
87423Photo #87423Fiddle pavement conversion results in absurdly short stretches of shared use and completely unprotected crossing of the entry and exit arms of the roundabout.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
87422Photo #87422route signRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
87421Photo #87421Pavement conversion has an uprotected crossing of the busy exit and entry arms of a high speed roundaboutCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
87420Photo #87420route signRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
87419Photo #87419route sign shows destinations and distancesRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
87417Photo #87417Birchwood to Sankey Way cycle route crosses the busy A574 Cromwell Avenue at an unprotected crossing.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
87416Photo #87416A short, narrow, green mandatory cycle lane on a roundabout on the A574 Cromwell AvenueCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
87415Photo #87415Route SignRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
87414Photo #87414Chicane BarrierObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87413Photo #87413Chicane barriersObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87412Photo #87412Chicane barriersObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87411Photo #87411Chicane barriersObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87410Photo #87410Chicane Barrier - this used to be a good route until the council decided to "upgrade" it by adding obstacles.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87409Photo #87409A route sign is needed to show where this cycle path goes to - rather than a misleading "End of Cycle Route" signGeneral sign/notice:
Problem
signs
87408Photo #87408Chicane Barrier - easily avoided by riding on the mudObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87407Photo #87407Chicane Barrier - better than the kissing gate that used to be here,Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87406Photo #87406Chicane BarrierObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87405Photo #87405ChicaneObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87404Photo #87404What 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.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
87403Photo #87403Chicane - easily avoidable in dry weatherObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87402Photo #87402Chicane - easily avoided in dry weatherObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87401Photo #87401Fences 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.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
87400Photo #87400Chicane BarrierObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87399Photo #87399When 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.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
87398Photo #87398Chicane barrier - most avoid it by riding round on the mudObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87397Photo #87397Chicane barrier - easily avoided in dry weatherObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87396Photo #87396Birchwood to Sankey Way: 3m wide unlit greenway follows a winding route through Sankey Valley Park.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
87394Photo #87394Route signsRoute sign:
Good practice
routesigns
87393Photo #87393old route sign - with no destinationsRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
87392Photo #87392ChicaneObstruction:
Problem
obstructions
87391Photo #87391Cyclists DismountGeneral sign/notice:
Problem
signs
87390Photo #87390old and rather useless route sign.Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
87389Photo #87389Bollard and canal bridgeObstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
87388Photo #87388Old Sankey Valley Park signs - show no destination informationRoute sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
87387Photo #87387BridgeCycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
87386Photo #87386Two A frames.
These may be an easier alternative to avoid the even tighter barrier #87385
Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions

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