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:

  • 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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  • Lack of drop kerb (drop kerb was removed Feb-Mar 18)

    RL // 1 thread

    Drop kerb removed from Tanners Moat-Rougier Street pavement as part of Lendal gyratory works Feb-Mar 2018. Makes movement from Tanners Moat to Rougier St pavement difficult, hazardous, unattractive, painful for people with buggies, wheeled luggage, in mobility buggies, in wheelchairs or pushing same, people on bikes and all variants including heavy electro-assist models, laden with luggage (part of NCM65 avoiding pedestrian-only Scarborough bridge), with children, with trailers, and everyone who experiences pain from lifting/bumping a bike or anything else up a kerb.

    Brings people on bikes and variants turning off Lendal bridge into Tanners Moat into conflict with those using the cycle cut-through as a dropped kerb. (The turn is already tricky.)

    Council said it didn't do counts of who uses or the type of user on Tanners Moat before removing the drop kerb.

    Undermines Government aim for most short journeys to be made on foot or on bike by 2040.

    Does not support York's ageing population.

    Undermines the tourism offer.

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  • traffic island crossing Clifton Moor Gate cycle route with poor visibility

    Created by becm // 1 thread

    When crossing Clifton Moor Gate from George Cayley Drive towards Water Lane and waiting on the traffic Island in the middle of the road, if the traffic waiting to turn right into Water Lane is backed up to the Island there is no visibility of vehicles travelling up Clifton Moor Gate.

    I have had 2 near misses now and an going to stop using this crossing which will mean cycling on the main roads and not using the cycle lane.

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  • Barriers on York Race course

    Created by becm // 1 thread

    Barriers across the cycle track that are impassable and dangerous.

    I took my daughter for a cycle ride from York down the Solar System and while we were crossing the race course we attempted to ride through the barriers, my daughter failed to get around and in falling off awkwardly under the barrier hit the back of her head under the helmet on the metal bar. Race goes helped us but the race marshall ignored us.

    I understand there are some problems with this section of the route but if route should either be passable or shut, its dangerous in its current format. Could someone post up what the situation is so I can contact the council and Sustrans.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people

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  • Bridge Moore Avenue

    Created by John, York // 1 thread

    There is a foot bridge in Moore Avenue, which is very difficult for cycles and push chairs to negotiate, it is heavily used every day especially since the new Joseph Rowntree houses have been built. I have already contacted York Council to see if it would be possible to have the chicane access removed they have told me they cannot do this because they don't know who owns the bridge.

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  • Lack of offer at Hazel Court HWRC

    Anon // 1 thread

    The main HWRC depot which is out of bounds unless you turn up in a car offers a wide range of recycling opportunities. The pedestrian/cycle area directly of Hazel Court offers none of this other than the main recycling types that are available through household waste collections, and tin foil.
    Its hardly acceptable to think that just because you're arriving by bike/foot you won't be able bring other items. All that happens is things either get wrongly sorted or left on the floor causing the area to become a state.

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  • Difficulties in joining the Water End Orbital

    Anon // 1 thread

    I've never approached from this way before but I came along the path up the left side of the river last week to join Water End Road. However on getting to the junction of the path and Water End I found that there wasn't anything to allow me to join or cross the road easily, only a full height kerb on each side.
    This meant I had to wait for a sizeable break in the traffic in order to be safe to lower my bike over the kerb - my bike is a large utility bike that doesn't take kindly to just jumping off kerbs. Fortunately even though it was 6pm on a Friday the traffic was light so a suitable break came along.
    Worse the is not dropped kerb on the opposite side to join the kerb segregated cycle path, that forms part of the city's orbital route. This meant I found myself having to cycle a third of a km on the road alongside a perfectly good cycle path, as it was too busy heading in the other direction to stop and lift my bike up the kerb without causing an obstruction or being unsafe.

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  • Clifton Backies now newly accessible from Sutton Way - is this a problem?

    Anon // 1 thread

    Someone has quite recently decided to make Clifton Backies more accessible to wider vehicles by wrenching back the metal fence separating the Backies from the end of Sutton Way. As the northern end of Clifton Backies is relatively accessible to wider vehicles, it seems the motive could have been to make the whole of Clifton Backies accessible, say to mopeds. But it prompts a question for York's cycling community: what should be done in response? Many cyclists already find the official gate, with its narrow space near the ground, to be difficult to get through or indeed impossible for cyclists on cargo bikes, trikes or with trailers. Isn't a wider gap - wide enough for cargo bikes, trailers and trikes, but not wide enough for cars - what the Campaign wants? Thoughts welcome!

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  • Augmented barrier between Clifton Backies & Herdwick Close/Water End

    Anon // 1 thread

    This could well be the worst barrier on a marked cycle path that I've seen in York. An existing barrier has been augmented with a wooden fence, forcing cyclists to dismount and push their bike through a constrained space, right into another fence! Getting a conventional bike through unscathed is a challenge for an able-bodied person - getting an unconventional bike or trailer through, or trying to get a bike through as a disabled person, is surely impossible.

    On a marked and signed cycle path.


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  • How best to protest?

    Created by John Cossham // 1 thread

    In the UK we have a long tradition of protest and dissent, and as citizens we are allowed to protest legally and safely, and the Police have a duty to facilitate protests. Not all protests are facilitated by Police, though.

    York used to have a Critical Mass ride, once a month, where a group of cyclists would set off slowly and ride along the public highway in an unplanned way, being very visible and causing a slight nuisance to motorists. This fizzled out as there were too few of us and on three occasions car drivers rammed cyclists and it was seen as unsafe.

    This year, 2018, is the 13 York World Naked Bike Ride, and the 14th year for this protest in the UK which has annual rides in over 10 locations. We plan a route and discuss with the Police, who arrange to be at particular junctions to allow the riders to pass as 'one vehicle' like a peloton group. We protest naked, or in swimwear, or fancy dress to demonstrate our vulnerability and to celebrate all things bike and cycling. It is open to all cyclists.

    This year it's on 23rd June leaving Millennium Bridge at 4.30pm. We have a social afterwards.

    What do members feel about protests? What is the best way to protest? Some feel the Critical Mass is antagonistic, and the WNBR attracts critics too. How best do we get our message across?

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  • Busy junction on footpath with limited visability and space

    Created by John Cooper // 0 threads

    The corner of these routes is a bit of a pinch point. There is limited visibility on that corner and foss islands cycle route is barley wide enough for one bike let alone two and other users. There is limited visiaility around the corner due to walls and trees. It feels like the junction there could be opened up slightly and moved away from the wall to allow greater visibility. This is a well used walking route with dogs and prams a plenty so there is little enough space at the best of times.

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  • Inaccessible Barriers on Scarcroft Lane

    Anon // 1 thread

    There are barriers at the eastern end of Scarcorft Lane to stop cars driving down the lane.

    But they are too close together to get bikes through that are wider than a standard bike, such as a cargo bike or a bike with a trailer. Even on a normal bike you have to be careful not to clip your pedals, it must be very hard for less stable cyclists such as those that are older or have a disability.

    The barriers are also at knee height and painted black with scratched off reflective stickers, in a alleyway thats badly lit. At night in winter it could be easy not to see them properly until its too late.

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  • Turning right on to the orbital route up Regent Street from Lawrence Street

    Created by Mr Andrew Woodhouse // 1 thread

    When trying to turn right up Regent Street to join the orbital route from Lawrence Street cyclists have to use the main traffic straight on lane indicating right and stopping at the junction, with no safe marked or protected bay to direct traffic from either direction around them. Making the cyclist exposed and also confusing and frustrating drivers.
    Coming up Lawrence street I often feel intimidated by drivers as I indicate right and pull into the straight on lane, I guess as they don't understand that cyclists can turn right and cars can't, there is no indication to the traffic that this is possible, with either road markings approaching or at the junction. Also when turning right the cyclist is faced with oncoming traffic itself trying to turn right, not understanding why the cyclist is positioned where they are in the road, and maybe also taking up the possibly safe space that the cyclist needs to use to get out of the traffic.

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  • Route 66 Junction with University Road and Green Dykes Lane

    Created by Mr Andrew Woodhouse // 1 thread

    When following the Route 66 in either direction near the North West corner of the University and trying to leave it to go up University Road to Green Dykes lane cyclists are pushed on to the road near the brow of a hill, where there is little or no visibility of traffic on one or more directions. Also coming from the East cyclists are sent down the hill to then cycle up the hill again, or forced to cycle along an often muddy path.
    If there were a paved route from the 66 to the brow of the hill where University Road becomes Green Dykes lane, this would give cyclists a route to a point where they could safely see in either direction to join the road, or cycle on the unofficial cycle path (dirt/gravel/grass route) down the east side of Green Dykes Lane.

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