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Poor quality wheel-bender cycle parking

Clearly thought to be worth nicking! #smallconsolation RT @andy_homer: where my lovely @Chris_Boardman bike was. See also:

These barriers obstruct the route for cyclists, requiring anyone to dismount and lift your bike over the barriers. This is a restricted byway so there is a right to cycle along here. The traffic regulation orders here prohibit motor vehicle ... [more]

A cycle track joining two parts of Derby Road, while excluding through motor traffic.

A narrow shared-use footway along Radcliffe Road, forming NCN 23.

Raised crossing in residential area.

A 'Cyclists Dismount' sign almost hidden by the ferry terminal entrance sign. What a shame!

An 'End of Route' sign where clearly the cycle route continues across the other side of the road, and no dropped kerb on one side of the crossing. Broken tactiles becoming a trip hazard.

Electrical cabinet obstructing cycleway.

The cycleway is on the right hand side, and on-coming cyclists are hidden from view by the bush approaching the crossing point.

Cycleway alongside West Quay Road.

Cycleway used as footway since the service road only has a footway across the other side, and an awkward turn with limited visibility due to bushes to cross service road.

Cycleway gives way to footway and heads for strip between dual carriageway and service road.

A 'Cycles Only' sign and no room for pedestrians to get around the bus shelter.

The shared-use footway along West Quay Road

An 'End of Route' sign where clearly from the markings, a route continues.

Minimal width pedestrian crossing across dual carriageway retail park access, without pedestrian/cycle signals.

A shared-use footway obstructed by poles.

A shared-use footway is all that could be fitted into this road layout!

Although the crossings at this junction are toucans, the shared-use footways just stop, without notice.

Another big junction, with huge kerbs, and the shared-use footways to the south seem to end without any notice. But it is a crucial point for crossing the railway (without dismounting to use the stairs on the footbridge at the station).

Across the far side of this junction there is a 'Recommended Route for Cyclists' sign!

No Cycling on the path alongside the railway line.

The crossing across Hill Lane from Southampton Common into Bellemoor Road is incorporated in the traffic signals at the junction.

Some of the narrower paths in Southampton Common have these 'No Cycling' markings. I didn't notice one at the other end!

A choice of narrow gaps to get around the gate at the exit from Southampton Common.

Give Way, including on the ghost island! The link between the shared use footway along The Avenue and the entrance to Southampton Common.

Car parking on an already poor quality shared use footway along The Avenue.

Terrible and narrow painted shared use footway along The Avenue in Southampton. But no problem fitting in an extra lane for motor vehicles.

Shared use footway along The Avenue

A busy urban footway has been decreed to be a cycleway as well!

Fancy paving in a terrible state on main bus route through Southampton city centre, causing people to cycle on kerb or footway.

The moment the cycle path quality drops, the fast chap switches onto the road. The road is also slightly more direct. There are no markings to warn car park users of the shared use cycleway/footway, only the sign.

Cycle path alongside traffic-calmed road.

Even fast cyclists use this path!

NCN2 path at Weston, next to Southampton Water.

Road closure on NCN2, with footway kept open.

I was going to turn right off of the Itchen Bridge through the bus gate, but noticed a cut-through on the left that led to this road down the side of the bridge, allowing a less risky turn. There is a dropped kerb in front of the central ba ... [more]

An underpass beneath the approach to the Itchen Bridge.

The floating bus stop on Saltmarsh Road.

A latecomer riding through the junction, although Mr Motorist alongside me is somewhat far forward for red and amber! The two-stage right turn waiting areas can be seen in the junction. Ahead are the mandatory cycle lanes on Central Brid ... [more]

The waiting area for the two-stage right turn at the junction at the end of the Itchen Bridge.

From here, cyclists can choose to turn right onto Central Bridge, or cross the road and head straight on towards Marsh Lane.

Approaching the turn onto Central Bridge from the south.

A busy Itchen Bridge at evening rushhour. Some slower cyclists seem to cycle extremely close to the kerb to help others overtake on the incline.

Approaching Itchen Bridge, at the junction with the 2-stage right turn markings. Note the cyclist using the pedestrian crossing at the far side of the junction. Although signs show that right turns are banned from this direction, there a ... [more]

The end of the segregated cycleway from Marsh Lane and the start of mandatory cycle lanes on Central Bridge, with motor traffic queuing for the Itchen Bridge.

The cycleway approaching the turn onto Central Bridge.

Junction crossing on Marsh Lane segregated cycleway.

Two-way segregated cycleway on Marsh Lane, at junction with sideroad.

An almost invisible bus stop on the Marsh Lane two-way segregated cycleway.

The start of the segregated cycleway on Marsh Lane, but the kerb forces a swerve out into traffic in order to leave the carriageway!

Unnecessarily fussy arrangement for entrance to bus and cycle only road. Why not use 'No Entry except local buses and cycles' instead of this traffic island?

A bus/cycle only road crosses the main pedestrian precinct at the Bargate.

Sympathetic modern development in the old town area.

Unusually fine tactiles on cyclepath past retail park.

No mention of NCN route on signs at humped toucan crossing with badly worn stop lines.

Cycle route through retail park car park.

NCN route 236 crosses Western Esplanade on an ordinary 2-stage pedestrian crossing and not a toucan crossing.

The cycle route is routed over the railway footbridge, which has steps at each end (see #60267).

The underpass and cycle route are closed due to building works at the shopping mall.

Building works at the shopping mall have shut the cycle route.

Cycle parking at Costco.

Solid white line,double yellows, green paint,armadillos and there's still one parked on the cycle lane #Churchstreet

Signposted Cycle Route (NCN246) It's a footbridge with a gutter to roll bicycles up.

The Avenue should have been a direct, safe and easy route for cyclists. Despite its many problems and the Council's lack of attention to repair it is heavily used by cyclists! It is extremely narrow - we risk a fine for moving out to av ... [more]

Its hard to simply define Southampton Common as just bad, there are good points too (for one thing it is safer for families enjoying a leisure ride). But there are clear risks to riders from poor surfacing, roaming dogs (it used to be that ... [more]

Southampton Common has many paths that cyclists can share with pedestrians, dog walkers and runners. However there is no access for normal traffic (only contractors have access for repair and maintenance), yet someone has thought to put in ... [more]

Second Avenue, whilst in appalling state of repair and often blocked*, is used daily by over a hundred riders commuting to work, as well as school children heading to and from education. However even this well used route is being torn apart ... [more]

Bus stop "bypass" on the Itchen Bridge. There is another just like this one. Instead of the bypass being designed to go behind the shelter at at road level, it was instead cut through the pavement with a sharp speed bump of a slope installe ... [more]

Guildhall Square was resurfaced at great cost: However it has since become a nightmare for riders. Gaps between the stones can p ... [more]

Part of Bellemoor Road has a narrow cycle contraflow. The issues I've had with this: covered in ice during winter, broken glass and broken car bits never swept away, a narrow entry point, and a narrow exit point that brings you into conflic ... [more]

Sensor loops at the gates on Southampton Common. You have to stand your bike on them to activate the traffic lights. However they don't recognise carbon bikes, or a lot of aluminium for that matter. The ground is also very damaged and bumpy ... [more]

The recently "renovated" Itchen Bridge in Southampton now often has obstructions in the cycle lane. To make matters worse this is at the bottom of a steep slope and on a slight bend before a major junction

Cyclists expected to cycle THROUGH a bus stop on a signed cycle route from Totton to the city centre.

Cyclists expected to cycle THROUGH a bus stop on a signed cycle route from Totton to the city centre.

Post obstructing legitimate use of narrow shared cycle/footpath. Renders route unusable for cycles with panniers or trailers, tricycles & wheelchair users.

Very narrow cycle lane between University Road and Violet Road and Broadlands Road. Encourages very close passes when cycling in the lane (with 10cm of your handlebars), or aggressive impatient driving if you cycle outside of the lane. Addi ... [more]

Advanced stop line and filter lane with green tarmac - good practice. But why is the cycle lane so narrow?

These trains have space for three bikes on several of the carriages.

Quite a few cycle racks on that platform of Southampton Central's railway station.

A few more cycle racks outside the entrance to Southampton Central station.

Some cycle parking outside Southampton Central railway station, quite close to the entrance.

The barriers here keep the cars from parking on these verges here, but over the road the wide pavement there has become an unofficial car park.

These houses do not have a road to access the front of their properties, but that has not stopped this parkland becoming an unofficial driveway and parking area.

View of a traffic junction and cycle parking from the 8th floor of a hotel.

East Andrews Park, Southampton

Above Bar Street, Southampton

Central Southampton The street ahead is called Above Bar Street, and there's some student accommodation above the bar.

Cycle parking outside Southampton Library.

The cycle parking on this side of the station is dismissed into that corner.

Space for up to three cycles on this South West Trains service. This train was full, but not over-full leaving Waterloo at 3:05pm.

SoC meeting

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