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Photo listing : obstructions (problem)

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

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.

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

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]

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.

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?

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]

#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 ... [more]

TPT 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 ... [more]

NCN62 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 ot ... [more]

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

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.

Chicane Barrier - easily avoided by riding on the mud

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

Chicane Barrier

Chicane

Chicane - easily avoidable in dry weather

Chicane - easily avoided in dry weather

Chicane Barrier

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

Chicane barrier - easily avoided in dry weather

Chicane

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.

Steps on the Sankey Valley Greenway

Steps on the Sankey Valley cycle route

Steps on bridge taking Sankey Way greenway across the canal. A route sign would be a good idea here as it is not obvious that this is meant to be a cycle route.

Very difficult barrier to pass

'A' frame barrier

metal barriers

barrier

Metal Barrier

Chicane barriers with excessive overlap.

Narrow 'A' frame barrier obstructing the Sankey Valley Park greenway.

Metal barriers obstructing access to Warrington Strategic Cycle Route 1 across Sankey Valley Park

Eastern end of Warrington Strategic Route 1 is blocked.

'A' frame barrier

A frame barrier

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]

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

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

Kissing gate

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

cycleway ends by dropping off a high kerb

Chicane barriers

chicane barrier - a bit too tight.

Chicane barriers too closely spaced to ride through comforrably

'A' frame barrier obstructing Black Bear Park greenway

'A' frame obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

Barrier obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

'A' frame obstructing NCN62

'A' frame barier obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62)

'A' frame barrier - can be avoided by lifting your bike over the horse step.

'A' frame obstruction

Chicane barriers are much too close together to ride through.

One of many barriers obstructing the Trans Pennine Trail (NCN62) as it passes Lymm.

'A' frame barrier obstructing the national cycle network. The horse barrier to the left is a bit easier.

Barrier obstructing the national cycle network

'A' frame barrier

Locked gate. The gap to the left is difficult to get through, even with just a standard bike.

Very tight 'A' frame barrier. It is in a dip so a large puddle tends to form after wet weather making wet feet inevitable.

Chicane fences are too close together - so cyclists by-pass them by riding on the grass verge.

Fences in addition to the bollards that should be sufficient to deter motors. The fences are too close together so cyclists tend to avoid them by riding on the grass verge to the right. This could lead to a fall just as cyclists are about t ... [more]

'A' frame barrier - The gap on the right is just wide enough to ride through though the prickly holly bush could do with a trim.

Awkward kissing gate blocks access to the cycle path - which can be accessed by riding through a gap in the fence and across the grass.

'A' frame on the TPT

'A' frame barrier

Barrier

Fence across cycleway

Barrier across cycleway. Most riders avoid this by riding on the grass verge.

Fence across cycle path

Fence across the cycle path on the ramp towards the toastrack bridge. Most cyclists avoid this by riding on the grass verge.

'A' frame barrier obstructing the Trans-Pennine Trail (NCN62)

One of a number of barriers across the Black Bear Park cycle path. UPDATE 2018: The barriers along Black Bear Park are now permanently open

One of several barriers interrupting progress along the Black Bear Park cycle path. UPDATE 2018: barrier now permanently open

Very narrow gap in the barrier

Kissing Gate - very difficult to get a bike through.

Difficult access from the Black Bear Park cycleway to the south side of Knutsford road via a set of steps and an awkward barrier.

One of several barriers obstructing progress along the Black Bear Park. UPDATE 2018: Barriers along Black Bear Park are now permanently open.

Barrier where two cycle routes (Trans-Pennine Trail NCN62 & Black Bear Park) cross the A49 at a toucan crossing. The pavement can get very crowded when even small groups try to thread themselves from the crossing through the barrier. The s ... [more]

Impassable barrier. Burtonwood Road used to be a quiet lane. This was ideal for cycling until some muppet decided to convert it to a cycle facility by errecting these obstacles. There is a simillar barrier at the other end #58769

Access control barrier is too narrow to fit handlebars through

What was formerly a cycle friendly quiet road has been turned into a cycle path. But the installation of these access control barriers do not accommodate cycles.

Pointless access control barrier, half way down a steep slope on a poorly surfaced cycle track (NCN 62 Trans Penninine Trail)

No surprises here.

Another gate and A-frame on the Trans Pennine Trail

Another A-frame and gate on the St Helens Canal path

A-frame on path out of park, plus busy uncontrolled road crossing, next to St Helens Canal.

Stepped ramp footbridge over the St Helens Canal

In case anyone does get up the steps in #52548, there's a gate to stop them getting off the bridge into the park.

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