Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

thirdcrank
Posts: 29076
Joined: 9 Jan 2007, 2:44pm

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby thirdcrank » 19 Jun 2020, 5:15pm

drossall wrote:I thought Warrington were exceptionally and famously prone to this kind of stuff? Wasn't it the Warrington Cycle Campaign who started the Web site about poor cycle lanes?


Which may prove that highwaymen are indifferent to "name and shame." That's as well as generally being plain indifferent.

Pete Owens
Posts: 1820
Joined: 7 Jul 2008, 12:52am

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby Pete Owens » 19 Jun 2020, 5:56pm

drossall wrote:I thought Warrington were exceptionally and famously prone to this kind of stuff? Wasn't it the Warrington Cycle Campaign who started the Web site about poor cycle lanes?

Famously, but by no means exceptionally; highway authority index here:
http://wcc.crankfoot.xyz/facility-of-the-month/site-map.htm#LA
In general the standards in Warrington are actually less awful than elsewhere
Last edited by Pete Owens on 20 Jun 2020, 10:44pm, edited 1 time in total.

Pete Owens
Posts: 1820
Joined: 7 Jul 2008, 12:52am

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby Pete Owens » 20 Jun 2020, 10:43pm

And another one that was highlighted in the local rag - though I suspect this was something that was scheduled to be done anyway and they sae an opportunity to grab some of the covid-19 funding:
https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/137727/
OK this is an adequate recreational greenway standard - smooth tarmac 3m wide (though not wide enough for social distancing during the pandemic). But you would have thought they would have cut back the shrubbery as part of the job if only to keep it out of the way while they were working on it. And it is a very short section - it doesn't get as far as https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/84321/

User avatar
RickH
Posts: 5082
Joined: 5 Mar 2012, 6:39pm
Location: Horwich, Lancs.

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby RickH » 21 Jun 2020, 12:52am

Pete Owens wrote:And another one that was highlighted in the local rag - though I suspect this was something that was scheduled to be done anyway and they sae an opportunity to grab some of the covid-19 funding:
https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/137727/
OK this is an adequate recreational greenway standard - smooth tarmac 3m wide (though not wide enough for social distancing during the pandemic). But you would have thought they would have cut back the shrubbery as part of the job if only to keep it out of the way while they were working on it. And it is a very short section - it doesn't get as far as https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/84321/

That bit was resurfaced in early March - I had to use the diversion as they were actively working on it when I rode that way on 4th March. That predates any COVID-19 money.

Edited to add: it was definitely open again with the new surface on 30 May (the next time I went that way) but I suspect it was finished & re-opened before lockdown happened in March.

Here's the relevant bit of my track on Strava.
Screenshot_20200621-004810.png
Click to enlarge

Pete Owens
Posts: 1820
Joined: 7 Jul 2008, 12:52am

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby Pete Owens » 21 Jun 2020, 12:01pm

So it does look like the council is trying to pull a fast one then:
https://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/18505701.council-making-big-changes-cycle-lanes-footpaths-across-warrington/
The graphic from WBC is giving the impression that the work is a response to covid - and from the comments it seems that while the groundwork was started in March (thus obviously not actually intended as temporary emergency infrastructure) the actual resurfacing happened in May (so can be passed off as such).

And it still doesn't excuse failing to clear the vegetation.

Pete Owens
Posts: 1820
Joined: 7 Jul 2008, 12:52am

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby Pete Owens » 20 Jul 2020, 3:51pm

The good news is that it has now gone.

Presumably the temporary lane stayed just long enough for the council to get a grant from Shapps. Though they might have been over-cautious in that respect - in some places these things have only lasted a matter of days.

reohn2
Posts: 39691
Joined: 26 Jun 2009, 8:21pm

Re: Warrington gets its very own pop-up cycle lane

Postby reohn2 » 20 Jul 2020, 7:20pm

Pete Owens wrote:The good news is that it has now gone.

Presumably the temporary lane stayed just long enough for the council to get a grant from Shapps. Though they might have been over-cautious in that respect - in some places these things have only lasted a matter of days.

What a coincidence,I rode over the Mersey bridge this very afternoon and was rather disappointed I wasn't protected :? :wink:
-----------------------------------------------------------
I cycle therefore I am.