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Photo #181636

[Image taken on 9.4.22] Museum Street (Lendal Bridge), York just at the turn into Library Square (Explore York/the main public library), York. To the right of/underneath the blue vehicle there is also a right-turn arrow/tiny box for people on cycles to reach the Square. It doesn't look as if the surface here is rough, but it is. And worsening. The lanes on Lendal Bridge (both directions) are very narrow. They are used by very large vehicles and despite that and the lights at both ends drivers pass people on bikes and trikes even when there is oncoming motor traffic, fast and too closely. Motorists also intimidate people cycling by tailgating, hooting and shouting. Yet the options for crossing the Ouse are limited and further reduced when the riverside routes are underwater or closed for events. It is (if it's possible) therefore even more important the tarmac on this key and for many journeys unavoidable route is well maintained so people cycling can look around rather than having to look down at the road surface. The ASLs are both ends are cracking and have dips that collect and hold water in wet weather. There is appreciable camber in both directions and worsening damage on the other wide of the road to here at the approach to the pedestrian refuges. Some families walk across the bridges pushing their cycles due to previous experiences of riding over them. The city's priorities for road maintenance is at odds with its professed hierarchy of transport users (www.york.gov.uk/downloads/file/710/highway-design-guide-local-transport-plan) and its stated aim of "encouraging behavioural change to maximise the use of walking, cycling and public transport and continue improving road safety " (www.york.gov.uk/LocalTransportPlan). Local authorities are required to support Government policies... Including Gear Change (assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/904146/gear-change-a-bold-vision-for-cycling-and-walking.pdf) from 2020 that says: "Cycling and walking will be the natural first choice for many journeys with half of all journeys in towns and cities being cycled or walked by 2030." Other images today: #181625 and links.

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