Bradford council's cycling champion clueless... well I never....

sheddy

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A cycling champion ? When did he last ride ?
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Good luck to anyone using it on Hillam Road. Electric fences bordering the industrial estate on that side of the road, might make any ride interesting. You can often feel them when it's damp, certainly hear them. Both sides of the road are used as a truck park. Often easier walk down the road.

Bolton Lane/Queen Road/Valley Road junction
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As for finished, the Council disagree.
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tom73

tom73

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Yorkshire
@classic33 I keep hearing mixed stuff about the whole cycleway. Is it bad or just bad in bits ? Just a oh look what we've done sort of thing or a good idea gone wrong ?
 

classic33

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@classic33 I keep hearing mixed stuff about the whole cycleway. Is it bad or just bad in bits ? Just a oh look what we've done sort of thing or a good idea gone wrong ?
This is a "new" one, headed almost the other direction to the cycle superhighway, with it's own thread.

The first one, connecting Leeds & Bradford is useless in parts. In some it's downright dangerous. Hillam Road, the path has been narrowed. It was often used for parking, keeping a central lane clear, with a turning circle at the far end. Where the access to/from Bolton Lane is.

How often do you hear "never go up the inside of lorries". Then ask yourself what are the chances of lorries still using the same space they've used for years. Then to add to your problem, there's 500 & 1,000 volt electric fences bordering the footpaths.

I'd say this one is more a box ticking exercise than anything else. Valley Road can be dangerous walk down, during daylight hours.

And the cycling "champion", Cllr Taj Salam, doesn't like cyclists.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Went to have a gander at the Hillam Road - Bolton Lane - Queen Road section is today.

Lorry turning circle at the bottom of the slope, onto Hillam Road, has been narrowed. Lorries now pass closer to the bottom of the ramp. And not in one, easy, movement like they did before. Anyone travelling down at speed had better have good brakes and decent reaction times. Also be prepared to give way, whichever direction you're going, as you cross the turning circle. Part of which is a wider than normal site entrance, and private.

Crossing from Bolton Lane to Valley Road is a diagonal, shared use one. With no traffic lights on the Valley Road exit.
 
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tom73

tom73

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Yorkshire
Well guess Cllr Salam must have missed that bit

“We are delighted with the route. It provides a safe environment for cyclists as well as making the route safer for other road users as they are not having to negotiate them on the road.

AKA for it's a load of balls but it's an expensive shiny thing so will look get in photos and election leaflet.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Get to the Hamm Strasse, and you find out that the cycleways lights are on a seperate sequence to those on the road.

Valley road is unlit, except for where businesses have placed their own lighting. One reason I'm not a fan of using it. Unlit road has other advantages for some people.
 

classic33

Legendary Member
One transport company has moved out from the Hillam Road industrial estate.

Talking with a few of the drivers today, without pressing for answers. It seems that they may not be the only ones to move out. Where do they relocate and what happens to those who worked for them. Two small side effects of the route chosen.
 
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