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Decent cycle lane

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Piemaster, 28 Feb 2008.

  1. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    Location:
    UK City of Culture
    Actually found one today :smile:.
    Urban road, of the width that would normally invite traffic in opposing directions to get a bit close passing a bike (ok, I know, use primary).

    But a nice wide lane (relatively for my area, not the usual bar width example) a good 1.5m on both sides and NO center dividing markings. Result - cars using centre of carriageway and giving me lots of room by staying out of cycle lane and patiently waiting behind me for opposing traffic.

    It really surprised me what a difference the layout of a few white lines can make.
    Unless drivers were just all in abetter mood as the sun was out
     
  2. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I found a great one last summer. It's about 6 feet wide, flat, perfect tarmac, bars every couple of miles and stunning scenery. It's beside Lake Annecey. And it's got a lit tunnel!
     
  3. wafflycat

    wafflycat New Member

    Location:
    middle of Norfolk
    The only cycle farcilites I've been comfortable on are some around Bordeaux. Old railway tracks out into the countryside have been changed into cycle routes linking towns & villages. Not exactly wide, but generally wide enough and well-enough maintained. And although they are shared use with pedestrians, the difference in attitude towards cycling & cyclists meant that conflict just didn't happen. Peds moved off to the grassed sides with a friendly bonjour and a wave. Club cyclists mixed with kids playing on their bikes and families out for a gentle cycle ride, tourists on fully panniered-up bikes (Mr Wafflycat, Wafflycat Minor and self).

    Because old rail tracks were utilised, the cycle facilites were actually useful, linking towns & villages with gentle gradients as opposed to steep climbs on the nearby roads. Add into that that in many places the old stations had been changed into full-time bars/cafes/refreshment stops with shops too and even I, a dedicated loather of cycle farcilites in the UK, could see the benefit of these ones. Useful for leisure, useful for commuting, useful for utility. We stayed in a stationmaster's house that had been converted into a gite and in the morning I'd get up and pootle off to the bakery in the next village for fresh bread for the day.
     
  4. Piemaster

    Piemaster Guru

    Location:
    UK City of Culture
    It was on the way to an old railway track I came across above road.
    Track was a bit of a loss though. Hudson Way - Beverley to Market Weighton http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?ie=UTF8&ll=53.858045,-0.437307&spn=0.034271,0.079823&t=h&z=14far too much soggy mud for the slicks on the bike. Disappointing as I was hoping for a leisurely ride out with family at weekend. It's the tree line that crosses A164

    BTW the maps I have call it "Hudsons Way" signpost at start points down "Wilberforce Way". Presumably changed due to the local celebrations of his work.

    I regularly cycle the disused Hull to Hornsea line though. Very nice pub conveniently located halfway. Bacon sarnies at Hornsea Mere recommended too.