Sunday, 4 September 2016

Belfast: Hire Bikes & Bollards

On a recent business visit to Belfast I managed to grab a few photos of the cycle facilities in the city.

Walking in from the ferry terminal, apart from some two-way pavement cycle tracks beside the one way system, the first significant sign of money being committed to cycling was a Belfast Bikes hire station. According to their web site there are 35 docking stations, but they are only located in the city centre, so no use for foot passengers arriving off the ferry from Birkenhead.



The next facility I came across was a two way bollarded cycle track with cycle lights in Upper Arthur Street.



It was striking for the choice of white, cycle signed, flexible bollards. These are far more visible than any being used in the Manchester area and unlike crap armadillos they seemed to keep vehicles out.



However, the interface with the crossing at Chichester Street was somewhat clumsy.



I also came across a single direction, bollarded cycle track in Queen Street.



Though the bollards didn't reach the pedestrian crossing, and this blue van was blocking the exit...



This track in College Square North was blocked by a container



and vehicles, so I assume it was still being built.



Overall I didn't see that many people cycling, though those that were mostly dressed in ordinary clothes. A significant proportion of the people on bikes were using the hire bikes, often in quite smart office clothes, so it seems to be having a positive impact.



Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Middlewood St Update - WTF?

This is what Salford's flagship cycle route, featured on many TfGM leaflets, looks like today...



If proof were needed that Salford Council and it's contractors couldn't give a shit about cycling, then this is it!



Sot armadillos, these pieces of recycled plastic have served their purpose (which was to avoid putting in good quality cycle infrastructure). Now that lie has been accepted by the DfT Salford Council have allowed a developer to wipe out this cycle route without any care for cycling safety.



The priority here is not cycle safety - that was last year.



Now it is all about handing over road space and pavements to developers who couldn't care less.



After all if the occasional person gets killed by an HGV or tipper truck then that is presumably an acceptable price to pay?



Who gives a shit anymore round here?

Friday, 1 July 2016

Please support the Oxford Road corridor cycle scheme (again!)

From Love Your Bike

At the Manchester Cycle Forum on Tuesday 28th June, a number of changes to the cycle infrastructure designs on the Oxford Road corridor were outlined. Ironically, these changes appear to have come about as a result of concerns raised about a different scheme – the Cycle City Ambition Grant (CCAG) route from Rusholme to Didsbury.

Love Your Bike has consistently supported the case for high quality – protected space for cycling on the Oxford Road corridor and elsewhere. We continue to support the Oxford Road scheme but believe that some of the proposed changes will make the cycling facilities less attractive, less comfortable and less safe.

We have until 12th July to send in comments on the proposed changes. Love Your Bike have set up a simple email action (see link below) to help people to show their support for the Oxford Road scheme but ask for the proposed changes to be modified.

Join us in campaigning for the scheme to be as good a possible, by completing our simple email action.

Link: http://www.manchesterfoe.org.uk/loveyourbike/oxford-road-2016/


Sunday, 19 June 2016

Manchester Day Parade 2016

Pete Able did the organising for this year's Bike Block in the Manchester Day Parade.

There was the usual chaos in Liverpool Road trying to get it all together.



...and we soon had to change rider on the sound system.



Once that was sorted we managed a bit of bike dancing - sort of.




There was a bit of waiting around, but the parade moved pretty swiftly this year.





All too soon it ended. After a bit of a wait it was time to return the float down Deansgate - Julian got to power his marvelous creation.



A cycling weather machine dedicated to Admiral Robert FitzRoy.






...and we were the only float to arrive back inside before the rain started :-)

Saturday, 14 May 2016

April Critical Mass 2016

It was a small turnout for the first Critical Mass after the clock change. The turnout has been low for much of this year, possibly because the ride has received very little publicity in recent months and the weather wasn't great. This time last year there was a far larger ride despite it raining.



Though this lifted my spirits somewhat.


The ride moved off as usual...



but I soon got shouted at for riding too fast. However, small CM rides need to move at a reasonable pace to stay safe. Two of the GMCC crowd then went to the front and slowed the ride down - too much.





This guy was definitely the highlight of the ride.



Slowing the ride down caused trouble. The ride was overtaken by a couple of cars, and then this bus driver tried to force his way into the group of riders.



Things then got silly. In the Northern Quarter the ride turned into High Street,



and onto the cobbles - a rather unpleasant experience for those of us on small wheels.



Then the wrong way down two one way streets.



Eventually leading out onto Deansgate.



Here, we were joined by Deliveroo motorcycles, this one being driven along the pavement.



By this time I decided to leave the ride at the southern end of Deansgate.



Let's hope we get a much bigger turnout and some better navigation next month.

Portland Street - still a bus sandwich

Took this video today.

Only a small part of this dangerous cycle route has been modified, the rest is probably the most dangerous part.



This was how it looked back in March.

One has to wonder what this all cost. Perhaps I'll get round to an FoI request...

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Wilmslow Road Northbound - 2 videos

Not sure this needs any words... it's just unbelievable.



Watch out for the way that motor cycles have been parked on the cycle track...



Once Oxford Road has been sorted I suspect this will be chaos.