I am pretty sure the traffic orders for Victoria Street only close it off for motor vehicles. However, the City Council web site doesn't seem to have the documentation on-line so I can't double check.
Anyway, the situation going north is far from satisfactory. Here the traffic straddles the red traffic light which has been thoughtfully placed in the cycle lane.
Even worse the traffic light has been placed behind the advanced stop line so anyone on a bike cannot see the traffic light! This is very dangerous as you need to get into the ASL as almost all the traffic will swing left without indicating.
Then there is the dreadful "Cyclists Dismount and Use Footway" sign which immediately tells you that things are about to get a lot worse.
If you do head down Victoria Street you will now find that the road now diverts left into the car park,
and you have to get onto the pavement to keep going.
For a brief while there is wide open traffic free road,
before another obstruction forces you back on the pavement.
Finally you have to cross the road with no assistance whatsoever.
Coming back the other way is just as bad.
And again, some thoughtful person has placed the traffic lights where cyclists can't see them!
This scheme could do so much to persuade drivers out of their cars and onto a bicycle. However, the council has made it quite clear that they don't want cyclists round here either.
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