Issues

This section lists issues - problems on the street network and related matters.

Issues always relate to some geographical location, whether very local or perhaps city-wide.

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Listed issues, most recent first, limited to the area of York Cycle Campaign:

  • 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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  • Here lies a new shared path off-limits to disabled cyclists

    Anon // 1 thread

    Last year a new path was built by Sustrans linking an existing bridleway to Rufforth. Great, right? Sure, *unless you dare to cycle on a non-conventional bike and/or have a physical disability*! Because what's this we have here? It's a barrier that makes it impossible for people with a physical disability and/or on a non-conventional bike to get past! Sustrans claim that the Council is responsible for this barrier, and the Council have said that those responsible "have been informed". Will action be taken? Will the 15-20% of York residents who have a physical disability be able to use this new path funded with their taxpayers' money? We shall see.

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  • Disabled cyclists - You Shall Not Pass!

    Anon // 1 thread

    Another signed cut-through for cyclists, another barrier that is ableist, discriminatory and a massive hassle even for able-bodied cyclists on conventional, diamond-frame, relatively light bikes. If you don't tick both those boxes then your options are:

    1. Lift your bike over the barrier. Here's hoping you're not on a cargo bike, trike or heavy city bike!

    2. Reverse back along the path if you're coming from the north/Malton Way and try to find a different route that isn't blighted by barriers.

    3. Take the road. Don't like cycling alongside motorised traffic? Tough!

    And here's what the Council needs to do - follow the example of more enlightened cities (pretty much any city in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Germany etc etc etc) and remove the barriers!!

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  • Horribly obstructive barrier on "cycle route"

    Anon // 1 thread

    This cut-through is on a key, signed, cycle route from Clifton Moor Gate, supposedly allowing cyclists to avoid the busy routes. But cyclists seeking to make use of this cut-through have to contend with not one, but two barriers, both apparently installed to impede cycle traffic or at the very least force to cyclists to walk (because all cyclists can walk without problem, right?!). The older barrier is a fence-type one which greatly narrows the space available to pass through. Apparently that wasn't enough to stop those pesky cyclists, as a concrete bollard has been installed maybe 0.5 metres from the metal barrier, in front of the greatly narrowed space. In short, only able-bodied cyclists with conventional bikes have any hope of getting through, and even then, it's a struggle. These barriers need to be removed.

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  • Dropped curb needed

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    A dropped curb to permit cycles to transfer to the cycle path from the road needed here

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  • Surface of Hospital Fields Road

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    The surface of Hospital Field road in the westbound direction is becoming very poor in the area where cycles travel. This is of particular concern as the worst bit is the edge of what appears to be the resurfaced conduit which is exactly where you want to cycle. This means cyclists are moving out into the road to avoid the poor surface (dangerously so in places) potentially into the path of east bound vehicles who are avoiding parked cars on the north side.

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  • Ouse Bridge turning onto North Street nightmare

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    Coming over Ouse Bridge and wanting to turn right onto North Street is very difficult and disconcerting for cyclists. You end up stranded in the middle of the road, with busy traffic passing on both sides, whilst waiting for a gap in the traffic in order to go right. It would be massively safer if some cycle priority lights could be added to enable cyclists to get across the junction before the traffic starts to move. These make a huge difference on the Skeldergate side of the junction.

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  • Orbital path access near Hospital

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    Access to and from the orbital path (in both directions) on to Wiggington Road needs improving here. Lots of NHS staff and hospital visitors and patients use this route, and many more would if it were more accessible.

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  • Windmill Lane - dangerous junction

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    Really dangerous junction for cyclists trying to get from Windmill Lane across Hull Road (or in reverse). Cars come into David Lloyd at speed, and don't expect to find cyclists or pedestrians crossing the road at this point.

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  • Windmill Lane - blind corner

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    This is a blind corner for cyclists exiting onto Windmill Lane. A mirror would be useful to know if someone is coming.

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  • Walmgate Stray very dark

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    It is very dark here. Any chance of a solar powered light at this corner?

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  • Hiscox Stonebow crossing needed

    Kate Ravilious // 1 thread

    Cycle/pedestrian crossing required at this point of Stonebow (near the Hiscox building). The cycle/pedestrian route running north-south is getting busier all the time, and it is difficult to cross Stonebow here.

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  • No lighting on cycle route.

    Created by HelenofYork // 1 thread

    North of Scarborough Bridge in York, there is an excellent off-road cycle track (part of Route 65 to Beningborough Hall) which is very well-used. Unfortunately there is very little lighting on this track, except for where there are adjacent houses, so it is extremely difficult to use after dark. As it is much more hazardous to ride in traffic after dark in winter, it is doubly annoying that the track is in effect out of bounds at night. People in dark clothing, dogs, other unlit cyclists ( :( ) and in some places, cows, make it far too hazardous to use without lights. A quick and cheap improvement which would go some way towards making it useable without disturbing the local wildlife with bright lights, would be lining both sides of the track with solar 'runway' lights. Once they are in, the only maintenance required for these is to keep the grass cut back so they aren't obscured.

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  • Sudden disappearance of off-road path

    Anon // 1 thread

    This is a bit of a York classic. You're on Piccadilly, and you want to reach Fishergate. What do you do? Well. head south along Piccadilly and you'll see a sign guiding you to the off-road link of Dixon Lane to the normally dead quiet George Street. You then follow George Street all the way to Fishergate Bar, and everything feels very civilised. You cross with the pedestrians on to the shared path street outside the Barbican, continuing to head south along the marked off-road cycle/pedestrian lane to the side of the Barbican. Bliss - the Council does care about cyclists' safety and convenience, it really does! But then you reach Kent Street, and the confusion starts. There's a sign pointing to the right - where's the path? Turns out there is no path - you're expected to join the road without even a painted cycle lane. Turning left from Kent Street on to Fishergate. a rudimentary painted cycle lane emerges, but it's not enough to prevent stupidly close overtakes by motorists as happened to me today.

    Personally, I think there is sufficient room to provide better for cyclists here. Either way, this summary end of provision for cyclists really ain't great at all.

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