I have had some time to think about the dreadful design of the contraflow cycle route down Port Street and realised that this is a physical manifestation of blame the victim for the traffic collision.
Whilst it starts off as a contraflow cycle lane, it is an advisory cycle lane so motorists are legally allowed to drive at oncoming cycles in the lane at 30mph...
The question is then why did somebody make the stupid decision to widen the pavement and force people to cycle on it?
The answer is quite clear, by forcing the cycles onto the pavement they are then obliged to give way to motor vehicles at every side entrance.
If a motor vehicle hits you whilst you are cycling across any of these entrances then you are to blame NOT THE MOTORIST!
Add to this the problem of avoiding people walking along the route and you have the worst of all worlds.
Only right at the end does the pavement get back onto the main carriageway
and again it is only an advisory cycle lane.
Perhaps the only thing they have got right are the bollards at either end...
All in all this simple task to put in a contraflow cycle route has been turned into an exercise in blaming people cycling for being hit by motor vehicles.
Manchester City Council should be ashamed of this!