York Cycle Campaign

York Cycle Campaign exists to help make York a better place for cycling.

  • Tricky crossing to get onto Lendal Bridge from cycle route

    Created by Kirsty Penkman // 1 thread

    It is very tricky to get onto Lendal bridge from the south while cycling; this is a major crossing point for bikes, as it is the junction for cyclists (including families) coming along the river from both directions if they need to get into the centre of town (i.e. the Minster).  Currently it is just a pedestrian crossing, which therefore involves cyclists having to get off their bikes, cross the road, and then get back onto their bikes in a dangerous position, just at a sharp left-hand bend.  If this could be modified (e.g. toucan crossing etc.), that would be really helpful.

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  • Highway Code changes

    sound+fury // 1 thread

    A bill is being put forward to sentence any cyclist convicted of dangerous cycling to a 14 year prison term.

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  • A19 Southbound at Germany Beck pinch point

    Created by Mick Allan // 1 thread

    Cyclists travelling southwards on the approach to Germany Beck Spine rd are seriously pinched by traffic. Drivers have always sped up here as they near the 40mph zone with the promise of the ring road beyond. With the recent addition of traffic lights at this point they are even more inclined to speed up for fear of being delayed by a changing traffic light. There's a nominal slip road for traffic making a left turn (towards Fordlands and GB estate) and the lane narrows like a funnel at this point. To make matters worse the mild sweep to the right and a slight change in slope on the approach to this point makes it very difficult to see that the road gets narrower. There's also a drain cover precisely on the apex of the pinch point which requires bicyclists to make a choice - ride over the drain cover or pull out to go around it. Riders who adopt a strong primary position going through this junction, but those who ride in the gutter will get squeezed. And there's certainly not enough space for a car to make a safe pass of a cyclist here. The idea of riding through here with a truck or a bus on my arse fills me with dread. It's an accident waiting to happen. 

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  • Orbital route: poor road surface and no cycle lane

    Created by Ben Catt // 1 thread

    Cycle lane ends shortly after Hazel Court travelling southbound on James Street, road surface and traffic gets worse on approach to Lawrence Street junction. Feels dangerous when travelling at rush hour with lorries, construction traffic and buses passing closely. 

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  • Shared pavement too narrow

    Created by Ben Catt // 1 thread

    Pavement on west side of James Street is signposted for shared use by cyclists and pedestrians, but is far to narrow and not clearly marked out into lanes.

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  • Non existent cycle path

    Created by Rhiannon De Palma // 1 thread

    There is no cycle track/lane the whole way down Tang Hall Lane, this makes it so dangerous to cycle as cars have no boundaries. Also, the cars parked at the side of the road are also a problem, having to swerve round them with oncoming cars in the opposite direction. Not cycle safe at all. 

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  • Inaccessible gate on new path to Clifton Backies

    Anon // 1 thread

    This is very odd: what was previously a dirt track access to Clifton Backies from Minchin Close now newly paved, which is obviously welcome. Less wonderful is the gate between the Backies and Minchin Close which seems to provide enough width to allow certain motorised vehicles through while giving insufficient width to trikes, trailers, cargo bikes/trikes and buggies. Also unfortunate is the placing of the dropped kerb from the Minchin Close side which is in the wrong place, away from the gap. Is it finished? Who is it supposed to be for? It really isn't clear at all.

    Another, secondary, issue is the lack of any signage, either the usual blue 'Share, Respect, Enjoy' sign at the gate itself or a blue cycle route sign pointing to the gate from the entrance of Minchin Close. I've emailed the Council officers responsible about this, so hopefully some clarity will be provided and ideally action taken.

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  • Two second cyclist/ped green

    Anon // 1 thread

    The glorious development that was the removal of the barriers to Clifton Backies has revealed another problem: the green light (or phase, as highways engineers call it) for pedestrians and cyclists crossing from the east side of Water Lane to the west side of Water Lane just south of the junction with Green Lane has been dialled down to the absolute minimum. I swear it used to be a leisurely five seconds or so, allowing for parents with buggies to amble and cyclists to roll across with little fuss - their reward for having waited their turn to cross. Now however it's more like a blink-and-wasn't-that-light-green-a-second-ago two seconds: you glimpse the long-awaited green, start moving off and before you've even travelled a metre, it has disappeared.

    I know why this has happened: this junction gets really congested, particularly at peak times, largely because the new housing being built nearby was seemingly given the go-ahead without any consideration for the impact that it would have on the road network. Doubtless the Council has received a series of irate communications from frustrated motorists, and Council officers have responded not by acknowledging maybe giving permission to dozens of houses without considering the transport implications wasn't such a good idea, but rather by depriving cyclists and pedestrians of valuable seconds on their 'phase' of the crossing. It's utterly pointless, of course. I very much doubt these seconds 'solve' the congestion experienced by motorists, or whether they even have any real impact. But losing them does have a real impact for pedestrians and cyclists, who are pretty much guaranteed to find themselves in the stressful situation of being stranded on the crossing without a green light reassuring them they're safe.

    It's horribly undemocratic too: the decision to deprive pedestrians and cyclists this reassurance of being able to cross safely was, like other traffic light timing decisions in York, made without consulting pedestrians and cyclists. Rather, it was decided by a lone highways officer that motorists were being unduly impeded, they should therefore have longer green phases, and this time should come out of the pedestrian/cyclist phase. So much for the Council's transport hierarchy, which puts pedestrians and cyclists respectively at the top. So yeah, this is something to discuss with the Council...

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