The barriers are too narrow to fit cargo bikes through
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The barriers are too narrow to fit cargo bikes through
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.
Clifton Backies is part of an off-road route that links Clifford Moor to the Orbital Route. Entry to it is restricted by a barrier designed to prevent motorcyclists from entering it. Unfortunately this same barrier prevents non-standard cycles, like trikes, recumbents, cargo bikes, adaptive cycles etc from being able to use this path.
Update: Following YCC representations to the Clifton Backies Management Board, this barrier has now been completely removed as part of an initiative to make the Backies more accessible to all! Excellent!
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!!
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.
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.
Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:
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
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.
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!
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.
This is the planning application for the much-touted overhaul of Scarborough Bridge, which should see step-free access to the bridge on either side and the walkway doubled in width to allow cyclists to cycle across. Obviously that's great news from a cycling perspective but I still think we should read it through and contribute our thoughts as a Campaign, whatever those thoughts are. So if you could read it through and share your thoughts by January 18 so we can compile a formal response in time for the deadline of January 19, that'd be great :-)
Replace 1.8m footpath/cyclepath with 3.6m wide footpath/cyclepath with associated alterations to bridge abutments, ramps and stair access arrangements
Cycle And Footpath - Scarborough Bridge To Platform One Car Park York Station Tanners Moat York
Application reference : 17/03049/FUL
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A discussion on issue Clifton Backies now newly accessible from Sutton Way - is this a problem?
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A discussion on issue Inaccessible barrier to Clifton Backies - RESOLVED
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