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Cycling in Warrington

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A rare example of a properly justified "Cyclists Dismount" sign at the level crossing.

D&M Cycles

Toucan crossing. Allows cyclists to use Hood Lane (which would otherwise be severed by the dual carriageway) as a direct N-S route. A pitty about the long delay between pushing the button and the signal changing.

Dangerously narrow cycle lanes obstructed by parked cars

Four Sheffield stands at the entrance to Penketh library

Two sheffield stands at Stockton Heath library. A bit awkward to access.

Gate installed as a safety feature for motorists (to prevent them drowning in the canal at the next bend) makes for a quiet cycle route. The by-pass could be surfaced a bit better.

24 Sheffield stands conveniently located at the entrance to Broomfields Leisure Centre.

'S' shaped flat topped road hump. It is designed to give a smoother ride for buses - the wider spaced wheels use the gentler ramps while cars have to slow down for the steeper section. Cyclists also benefit and can ride on the gentle part o ... [more]

This absurd semi-circular cycle path featured in Warrington Cycle Campaign's Facility of the Month in 2001: It is so utterly useless it gets no traffic at all ... [more]

Cycle track running along main road yields priority to a minor road junction.

Islands supposedly installed to help cyclists cross the road create a nasty pinch point for cyclists riding along the road. The island itself is not much use as it is only just wide enough to fit a standard bike - not really a place you wan ... [more]

Black post in the middle of the cycle route

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.

Except cycles signs indicates cul-de-sac is a through route for cyclists.

Small print cycle route sign - note the precise distances.

Route sign for southbound cyclists on Warrington "strategic route 5". There is no sign for northbound cyclists who need to turn left to Green Lane.

Gate prevents motor vehicle access to Green Lane - and there is a nice wide gap for cyclists to ride past.

Green lane - old farm track with a hard core surface. Makes for a direct route between Stockton Heath and Appleton Thorn, but not suitable for year round commuting.

Route signs - in blue and green

Modal filter - white plastic bollards with reflective strips

Modal filter alows cyclists to use the pre-new-town country lanes. Highly visible reflective bollards.

Route sign on Warrington "strategic route 5" could do with a destination.

Modal filter. Nice plastic bollards with clear reflectors and a good sized gap to ride though.

Modal filter allows cyclists to use the pre-new-town country lanes. Bollards could do with reflectors.

Route sign

Strange soft tarmac melts in the summer

Route sign - confirms continuity of Warrington "strategic route 5" along a cul-de-sac. Destination information would be useful.

Small route sign hidden behind vegetation and a large give-way sign. Very easy to miss.

Route sign using very small letters.

Modal filter on Lyons Lane. This creaates a direct cycle route on the old country lanes that predated the new-town construction. The bollards could do with reflective strips.

Route signs for Warrington "strategic route 5". This is at a staggered junction so the signs are ambiguous and difficult to see. Nortbound (riding up Lyons Lane) the rectangular sign shows a diagonal arrow - when it needs to be clear tha ... [more]

Cycle route sign points along a footpath #84245

Path is wider, less enclosed and better surfaced here than at #84244 so more suitable for cycling.

Warrington "strategic route 5" goes down this narrow footpath. It is the weak link in an otherwise good direct route.

Route sign. It points up a narrow footpath #84244 - I'm not sure if cycling is actually permitted. It is better to ride up the main access road to the leisure centre.

route sign

Cycle route sign

Cycle route sign integrated with road sign. Note smaller font used for cyclists.

Cycleroute sign (in small print) integrated with road sign.

Contraflow cycle lane

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.

Five Sheffield Stands

No cycle parking facilities at street level outside Warrington Central Station. several bikes locked to street furniture demonstrates demand.

Brompton Dock bike hire at Warrington Central Station

Wheeling ramp at Warrington Central Station mounted too close to the wall makes it very strenuous to use.

Cycle parking, Warrington Central Station, platform 2

Plenty of cycle parking provision - Platform 1 Warrington Central Statrion

Sheffield stands outside Warrington bus station. Well used.

Cycle parking on Buttermarket Street. Rather smart stainless steel stands, but unfortunately mounted too close to the wall so bikes tend to fall off. Well-used nevertheless.

Direction sign

Latchford one-way system creates a dual-carriageway as it passes the entrance to Thomas Boteler School

Trans-Pennine Trail route sign

Trans-Pennine Trail sign at Knutsford Road swing bridge

'A' frame on the TPT

'A' frame barrier. Unusually, actually wide enough to fit the handlebars through. Plus a CYCLISTS DISMOUNT sign.

'A' frame barrier

two sheffield stands outside Lymm Co-op

Central island complete with cattle pens and a long stagger for pedestrians creates a long pinch point for cyclists.

River cobbles in Grappenhall village. Keeps traffic speed low but very uncomfortable to ride.

Direction Sign

"Waffle" pattern grid - no slots to catch cyclists wheels.

Blind junctions between private drives and narowed cycleway running immediately adjacent to the hedge. Near miss witnessed here.

Poor visibility between cycleway and private drive due to a tree blocking the sightline. There are a number of driveway crossings with similarly poor visibility on the section between #83744 and #83746

Cycleway narrows and passes imedieatly adjecent to the wall approaching a driveway creating a blind corner.

Cycleway alongside A56 gives way to country lane


Fence across cycleway

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

Country lane has marked priority over cyclepath alongside A road.

Minor road has priority over main cycle route.

Cycle path alongside A56 yields priority to a small lane.

Fence across cycle path

Road sign mounted on a single off-centre post to avoid obstructing the cycle path.

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

There is no stage at the traffic lights for cyclists where the cycle path crosses Runcorn Road. The direct line is obstructed by a fence. Cyclists need to follow the narrow pavement before turning sharply to make an unprotected crossing. Th ... [more]

cycle lane (#83711) runs into a kerb

Strange curved 2-way on-carriageway cycle lane takes the Mid Mersey Cycle Path round a bus stop against the flow of the A56 dual carriageway. The wrong sort of textured paving is a hazard to cyclists and misleading to visually impaired peop ... [more]

For some reason, a cycle path crosses the dual carriagway without any signal protection - rather than use the traffic lights 10m to the west.

Indistinct markings where Mid Mersey Cycle Path crosses the exit from the garden centre

Dual carriageway crossing point made more tricky by having to avoid the sign plonked in the middle of the narrow cycleway.

Vegetation growing across what is already a narrow cycle-path

Cycle path alongside the A56 main road yields priority to a small country lane. Visibilty is not helped by the growth of vegetation across the path.

Vegetation encroaching what was already a sub-standard shared-use pavement. Width is particularly important here as the hill makes for high speeds.

Cyclists heading west to join the Mid Mersey cycle path need to filter right to cross the A56 dual carriageway with no protection, then make a sharp left hand turn onto the shared use pavement.

Sequence of 3 centre islands creates a long pinch point.

Trans-Pennine Trail (NCN62) heads through the narrow chicane barrier on the right. The alternative path to the left is slightly better surfaced, wider and free from obstruction.

Dangerously narrow half-width cycle lane on Chester Road (A5060).

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

Reasonably passable chicane barrier

Plentiful, convenient and well signed syle parking area at Morrisons Warrington.

Left-hand filter lane and signal for a minor road mean cyclists need to filter into lane 2 of the busy A49 in order to head straight-on towards Warrington town centre.

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

'A' frame obstructing access from Loushers Lane to the Black Bear Park cycle path can be avoided by using the small path to the left.

'A' frame

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

Good route signage.

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