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Showing items 1 to 95 from total of 95 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

Photo # Icon Photo Caption Categorisation
107154Photo #107154Outside Asda in Portland TerrCycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
93992Photo #93992PathCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
93991Photo #93991Poor quality wheel-bender cycle parkingCycle parking:
Problem
cycleparking
84956Photo #84956Clearly thought to be worth nicking! #smallconsolation RT @andy_homer: where my lovely @Chris_Boardman bike was. t.co/QYjhZCjhbr

See also: stolen-bikes.co.uk/stolen-bikes/boardman-bikes-team-hybrid-3/
Cycle parking:
Event
cycleparking
71058Photo #71058These 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 vehicles and horse drawn carriages only, not cycling.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
67189Photo #67189A cycle track joining two parts of Derby Road, while excluding through motor traffic.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
67188Photo #67188A narrow shared-use footway along Radcliffe Road, forming NCN 23.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67187Photo #67187Raised crossing in residential area.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
67186Photo #67186A 'Cyclists Dismount' sign almost hidden by the ferry terminal entrance sign. What a shame!General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
67185Photo #67185An '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.Road environment:
Problem
road
67184Photo #67184Electrical cabinet obstructing cycleway.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
67183Photo #67183The cycleway is on the right hand side, and on-coming cyclists are hidden from view by the bush approaching the crossing point.Road environment:
Problem
road
67182Photo #67182Cycleway alongside West Quay Road.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
67181Photo #67181Cycleway 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:
Problem
cycleways
67180Photo #67180Cycleway gives way to footway and heads for strip between dual carriageway and service road.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
67179Photo #67179A 'Cycles Only' sign and no room for pedestrians to get around the bus shelter.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67178Photo #67178The shared-use footway along West Quay RoadCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
67177Photo #67177An 'End of Route' sign where clearly from the markings, a route continues.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
67176Photo #67176Minimal width pedestrian crossing across dual carriageway retail park access, without pedestrian/cycle signals.Road environment:
Problem
road
67175Photo #67175A shared-use footway obstructed by poles.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67174Photo #67174A shared-use footway is all that could be fitted into this road layout!Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67173Photo #67173Although the crossings at this junction are toucans, the shared-use footways just stop, without notice.Road environment:
Problem
road
67172Photo #67172Another 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).Road environment:
Problem
road
67171Photo #67171Across the far side of this junction there is a 'Recommended Route for Cyclists' sign!General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
67170Photo #67170No Cycling on the path alongside the railway line.General sign/notice:
Problem
signs
67151Photo #67151The crossing across Hill Lane from Southampton Common into Bellemoor Road is incorporated in the traffic signals at the junction.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
67150Photo #67150Some of the narrower paths in Southampton Common have these 'No Cycling' markings. I didn't notice one at the other end!General sign/notice:
Infrastructure
signs
67149Photo #67149A choice of narrow gaps to get around the gate at the exit from Southampton Common.Obstruction:
Infrastructure
obstructions
67148Photo #67148Give Way, including on the ghost island! The link between the shared use footway along The Avenue and the entrance to Southampton Common.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67147Photo #67147Car parking on an already poor quality shared use footway along The Avenue.Car storage:
Problem
carstorage
67146Photo #67146Terrible and narrow painted shared use footway along The Avenue in Southampton. But no problem fitting in an extra lane for motor vehicles.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67145Photo #67145Shared use footway along The AvenueCycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67144Photo #67144A busy urban footway has been decreed to be a cycleway as well!Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
67143Photo #67143Fancy paving in a terrible state on main bus route through Southampton city centre, causing people to cycle on kerb or footway.Pothole:
Problem
potholes
66340Photo #66340The 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.
Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
66339Photo #66339Cycle path alongside traffic-calmed road.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
66338Photo #66338Even fast cyclists use this path!Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
66337Photo #66337NCN2 path at Weston, next to Southampton Water.Cycleway:
Good practice
cycleways
66323Photo #66323Road closure on NCN2, with footway kept open.Temporary closure:
Event
closure
66322Photo #66322I 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 barrier.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
66321Photo #66321An underpass beneath the approach to the Itchen Bridge.Route sign:
Infrastructure
routesigns
66320Photo #66320The floating bus stop on Saltmarsh Road.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66319Photo #66319A 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 Bridge.
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
66318Photo #66318The waiting area for the two-stage right turn at the junction at the end of the Itchen Bridge.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
66317Photo #66317From here, cyclists can choose to turn right onto Central Bridge, or cross the road and head straight on towards Marsh Lane.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66316Photo #66316Approaching the turn onto Central Bridge from the south.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
66284Photo #66284A busy Itchen Bridge at evening rushhour. Some slower cyclists seem to cycle extremely close to the kerb to help others overtake on the incline.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
66283Photo #66283Approaching 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 are cycle right turn markings for all sides of the junction, including this one!
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
66282Photo #66282The 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.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66281Photo #66281The cycleway approaching the turn onto Central Bridge.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66280Photo #66280Junction crossing on Marsh Lane segregated cycleway.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66279Photo #66279Two-way segregated cycleway on Marsh Lane, at junction with sideroad.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66278Photo #66278An almost invisible bus stop on the Marsh Lane two-way segregated cycleway.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
66277Photo #66277The start of the segregated cycleway on Marsh Lane, but the kerb forces a swerve out into traffic in order to leave the carriageway!Road environment:
Problem
road
66276Photo #66276Unnecessarily 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?Road environment:
Problem
road
66275Photo #66275A bus/cycle only road crosses the main pedestrian precinct at the Bargate.Road environment:
Good practice
road
66274Photo #66274Sympathetic modern development in the old town area.Track:
Good practice
track
66273Photo #66273Unusually fine tactiles on cyclepath past retail park.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
66272Photo #66272No mention of NCN route on signs at humped toucan crossing with badly worn stop lines.Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
66271Photo #66271Cycle route through retail park car park.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
66270Photo #66270NCN route 236 crosses Western Esplanade on an ordinary 2-stage pedestrian crossing and not a toucan crossing.Cycleway:
Problem
cycleways
66220Photo #66220The cycle route is routed over the railway footbridge, which has steps at each end (see #60267).Route sign:
Problem
routesigns
66219Photo #66219The underpass and cycle route are closed due to building works at the shopping mall.Temporary closure:
Event
closure
66218Photo #66218Building works at the shopping mall have shut the cycle route.Temporary closure:
Event
closure
65703Photo #65703Cycle parking at Costco.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
64132Photo #64132Solid white line,double yellows, green paint,armadillos and there's still one parked on the cycle lane #Churchstreet t.co/7nFYlPffveCar storage:
Problem
carstorage
60267Photo #60267Signposted Cycle Route (NCN246)
It's a footbridge with a gutter to roll bicycles up.
Other:
Problem
general
58854Photo #58854The 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 avoid conflict. Frequently blocked by pedestrians and parked motor vehicles (including the local Dominoes Pizza delivery driver). Never been repaired in the 10+ years I have used it. There are potholes and sunken manhole covers. A risk from traffic exiting and entering blind driveways and business premises.

Add to this how locals sometimes smash glass a long a route that is also frequented by dog walkers (sometimes off the leash even though this is by a very busy main road)
Other:
Problem
general
58853Photo #58853Its 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 dog walkers had to keep them on the leash around the paths). Many of the paths we're allowed on are also very narrow - so encountering another rider means excess caution; add into this many pedestrians simply dont seem to want to share and spread out across the paths.Other:
Problem
general
58852Photo #58852Southampton 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 some speed bumps. These are steep and most are surrounded by broken path. A normal rider will average a speed of 10mph on this route, yet you cannot safely pass the speedbump at over 2mph on a normal bike.

Only those who ride full suspension bikes seem to get any comfort in passing over these. Myself, with a rack of loaded pannier bags on a touring bike, however...
Other:
Problem
general
58851Photo #58851Second 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 by redevelopment for HGV and motor traffic access:

www.dailyecho.co.uk/yoursay/letters/11183763.Safety_of_cyclists_being_put_at_risk/
www.dailyecho.co.uk/yoursay/letters/11216925.Cyclists____left_in_jeopardy___/

*I and other reported how local contractors frequently put not just illegal signs down, but in the road and on the path. These were eventually removed each time:
www.flickr.com/photos/downfader/12692004325/
Other:
Problem
general
58808Photo #58808Bus 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 installed. You literally smash into it, it is so steep! There is also the added problem now of bus passengers waiting in the cycle lane, or indeed crossing it without looking when they get off the bus. You lose all momentum on what is already a steep section of the bridge.Other:
Problem
general
58803Photo #58803Guildhall Square was resurfaced at great cost:
www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/11162588.The___150_000_road_that___s____an_embarrassment_to_Southampton___/

However it has since become a nightmare for riders. Gaps between the stones can pinch a front wheel if you're not cautious. There are several deep, sunken sections.
It has been narrowed - yet you're meant to share with buses and taxis - many of which dont take into account the fact you might be trying to avoid those sunken sections or wheel-trappers and will drive at you or closely pass you.

I have been run off this section of my route around three times by Bluestar bus drivers, once pushed out towards a group of pedestrians.

When it rains the stone becomes like ice!
Other:
Problem
general
58800Photo #58800Part 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 conflict with pedestrians. Accessing the off road exit to the path is often slippery when it is raining, too.

The St James Road toucan crossing also causes some confusion. Are you meant to rejoin the road right after? Do you carry on down the path? If so which way? The reality is this road SHOULD be a 20mph zone, too, due to the number of schools and shops nearby.
Other:
Problem
general
58793Photo #58793Sensor 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 meaning accelerating away on green is quite uncomfortable. (Thanks to the two passing cyclists who let me photo their bikes for scale, I have no idea who they were)

Other:
Problem
general
58789Photo #58789The 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 junctionOther:
Problem
general
52334Photo #52334Cyclists expected to cycle THROUGH a bus stop on a signed cycle route from Totton to the city centre.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
52333Photo #52333Cyclists expected to cycle THROUGH a bus stop on a signed cycle route from Totton to the city centre.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
52332Photo #52332Post obstructing legitimate use of narrow shared cycle/footpath. Renders route unusable for cycles with panniers or trailers, tricycles & wheelchair users.Obstruction:
Problem
obstructions
52331Photo #52331Very 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. Additionally to cycle within this cycle lane it is necessary to cycle closer to the kerb than the recommended 50cm from kerb (www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/how-to/road-positioning)
Lane markings are extremely faded. Lane contains several drains.

No cycle lane would be better than the current cycle lane.
Road environment:
Problem
road
31947Photo #31947Advanced stop line and filter lane with green tarmac - good practice. But why is the cycle lane so narrow?Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
29486Photo #29486These trains have space for three bikes on several of the carriages.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
29485Photo #29485Quite a few cycle racks on that platform of Southampton Central's railway station.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
29484Photo #29484A few more cycle racks outside the entrance to Southampton Central station.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
29473Photo #29473Some cycle parking outside Southampton Central railway station, quite close to the entrance.Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
29460Photo #29460The 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.Road environment:
Problem
road
29459Photo #29459These 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.Road environment:
Problem
road
29385Photo #29385View of a traffic junction and cycle parking from the 8th floor of a hotel.Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
29384Photo #29384East Andrews Park, SouthamptonCycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
29383Photo #29383Above Bar Street, SouthamptonRoad environment:
Infrastructure
road
29382Photo #29382Central Southampton

The street ahead is called Above Bar Street, and there's some student accommodation above the bar.
Road environment:
Infrastructure
road
29381Photo #29381Cycle parking outside Southampton Library.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
29380Photo #29380The cycle parking on this side of the station is dismissed into that corner.Cycle parking:
Infrastructure
cycleparking
29379Photo #29379Space for up to three cycles on this South West Trains service.

This train was full, but not over-full leaving Waterloo at 3:05pm.
Cycle parking:
Good practice
cycleparking
18881Photo #18881SoC meetingOther:
Event
general

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