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Cycling - Daft Cycle Lanes - NCN13, Scarning, Dereham
 

These photos and descriptions were emailed in to me by Helen, I haven't seen the paths in person, but they seem no different to the paths I've seen elsewhere in the country.




Stop at the side road instead of having priority.


Instead of staying on the road to carry stright on, or and making a safe left turn to get on the side road, the cyclist is forced to stop at a junction. If the cyclist wishes to go straight on at this point, he/she has to cross the junction to the halfway point, turn right to face the t-junction and then make a left... if the cyclist had been wishing to turn either left or right at this point on the cycle path, has to stop, check for traffic and then cross... all of which increases the danger to the cyclist. Of course the needs of the cyclist are made clear by the strategic use of white paint to paint road markings on the shared use cycle path..

Ed note, how narrow are those lanes at the dropped kerb? Is it actually possible to cycle them?

 

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Mind the bollard!
Mind the bollard!






Obviously Sustrans are thinking of the 'extreme' sports section of the cycling community here by the introduction of bollards in the middle of the cycle lane to encourage stunt cycling..

 

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Another bollard to avoid

Showing that a cyclist coming down the road and wanting to turn on to the cycle lane immediately has to negotiate a bollard in the middle of tha lane which is cunningly partially hidden from view by the hedge. Makes for exciting stunts when trying to avoid pedestrians on the path cycle path.


 

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Another bollard to avoid

Directly opposite the exciting bollards on the other side of the road is the continuation of NCN 13, which takes cyclists off a lovely wide road on to a normal width footpath with a sharp turn to the right.

 

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When Helen contacted Sustrans about the placement of the bollards, she was informed that the road alongside, which has a 40mph speed limit on it is not as safe for cyclists to use than the cycle path... which is a load of bollards. She uses the road several times a week and never has a problem using it, but she thinks she might just have a problem on the shared use path which is much used by pedestrians as a way of walking between Dereham town centre and the housing estate on picture no.5

 

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