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Behold! A majestic 4.2-metre long cycle lane

Lovely smooth tarmac, informative signage – all you could ever dream of

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Milkfloat | 6 years ago
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We can all giggle about this, then we realise that it is our taxes that are paying for it.

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andywrx | 6 years ago
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The cynic in me says that the council can now fill-in '25 miles' into a box on a form somewhere which says 'what length of road has a cyclepath ?' when actually it's 4.2m of cyclepath on a 25 mile road...

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Cyclax Maximus | 6 years ago
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Towcester cycle lane: It's actually a bay for fly-tipping...

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whizzzz | 6 years ago
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The A43 is dual.  I think this might be near the Macdonalds junction as one road does head off to Abthorpe, but I cant picture where this might be.  Its possible its opposite the Macdonalds turn on the Abthorpe road and it might be as said a refuge for turning right into the macDonalds and services.  However if it is, then its not going to get much use as opposed to the other side with Towcester as the amount of cycle traffic coming this way to Macdonalds is limited if any ( not a good argument for putting it down, but I would have thought putting a cycle lane down the old A34 past the secondary school there would have been a better use of the money ).  The pedestrian crossing there is horrible, its just after the dual carrige exit from the roundabout.  Lots of accidents due to traffic lights not being expected just after the roundabout etc.

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PaulBox | 6 years ago
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I like the idea of the refuge for turning right, but I thought the A43 near Towcester is a dual carriageway with a central reservation (so no turning right). Unless it's a bit further away than I'm thinking.

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StraelGuy | 6 years ago
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Do the council people who sign off this kind of thing realise how fucking stupid it makes them look? Genuinely puzzled.

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hawkinspeter | 6 years ago
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Who's got KOM on the Strava segment?

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ooldbaker | 6 years ago
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If the A43 is 75 miles long in Northamptonshire this probably now qualifies as 75 miles of road with a cycle lane and means that they don't have to build any more for a while.

I am sure there must be a box that this ticks whether or not it is of any practical use.

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beezus fufoon | 6 years ago
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that's luxury - even a helpful signage telling you to dismount before hitting that patch of earth and cone.

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brooksby | 6 years ago
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I think the signage is wrong - I think mikecassie is right and this is actually intended to be a bus stop.

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LastBoyScout replied to brooksby | 6 years ago
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brooksby wrote:

I think the signage is wrong - I think mikecassie is right and this is actually intended to be a bus stop.

Surely a bus stop would have had a raised kerb, not a dropped one?

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brooksby replied to LastBoyScout | 6 years ago
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LastBoyScout wrote:
brooksby wrote:

I think the signage is wrong - I think mikecassie is right and this is actually intended to be a bus stop.

Surely a bus stop would have had a raised kerb, not a dropped one?

Erm, OK: maybe they're going to pull down a section of that hedge to reveal a shiny new cycle path on the other side... yes

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giff77 | 6 years ago
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What he says.  (Mikepride that is )There's a few of them up my way. Some helpful others not mainly due to being on a blind bend. 

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mikecassie | 6 years ago
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Lovely foundation for a bus stop!  Seriously tho', couldn't anyone have seen how ridiculous and a complete waste of money that is?  I'm pretty sure Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder could have seen that it was a stupid idea... 

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mikewood | 6 years ago
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Maybe it's a refuge that cyclists can use to wait in to turn right rather than being in the middle of the road and very vulnerable? Don't think we have the whole picture here!

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stenmeister replied to mikewood | 6 years ago
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mikepridmorewood wrote:

Maybe it's a refuge that cyclists can use to wait in to turn right rather than being in the middle of the road and very vulnerable? Don't think we have the whole picture here!

 

I get your thinking but I wonder how long they have to wait there and what they have to emerge into?

If the roundabout is that busy or dangerous then I would just consider another route than dice with death.

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RobD replied to mikewood | 6 years ago
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mikepridmorewood wrote:

Maybe it's a refuge that cyclists can use to wait in to turn right rather than being in the middle of the road and very vulnerable? Don't think we have the whole picture here!

If it's quite a busy road would it not be more of a hinderence to be waiting off the side of the road rather than in the middle and forcing cars to stop?

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mikewood replied to RobD | 6 years ago
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RobD wrote:
mikepridmorewood wrote:

Maybe it's a refuge that cyclists can use to wait in to turn right rather than being in the middle of the road and very vulnerable? Don't think we have the whole picture here!

If it's quite a busy road would it not be more of a hinderence to be waiting off the side of the road rather than in the middle and forcing cars to stop?

Unfortunately, that's the issue. Eventually someone will be waiting and they won't stop. I know of a few people that are no longer here for just that reason..........

 

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ChrisB200SX replied to mikewood | 6 years ago
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mikepridmorewood wrote:

Maybe it's a refuge that cyclists can use to wait in to turn right rather than being in the middle of the road and very vulnerable? Don't think we have the whole picture here!

Perhaps the refuge for turning right, should be on the, err, right, maybe?

If it's so busy/dangerous, maybe it's simpler/quicker to go around the roundabout to come back the other way and then turn left?

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HLaB replied to mikewood | 6 years ago
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mikepridmorewood wrote:

Maybe it's a refuge that cyclists can use to wait in to turn right rather than being in the middle of the road and very vulnerable? Don't think we have the whole picture here!

That^^^^ or its part of a bigger scheme which can only be developed in bit as S106 agreements/ developers cash becomes available.

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PaulBox | 6 years ago
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Somebody deserves a trip to the dole office for that...

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