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Plastic wands on cycle lane

Reported in the Road Markings - Worn/Faded category anonymously at 10:28, Tuesday 8 September 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2284020.

The cycle lane going down (south) Rushmere Road was already too narrow (< 1.5m), but with plastic wands sited within it (on the pavement side of the line), is now far too narrow for a steep descent. Lime trees produce growth from the pavement side, as well. To use this lane safely you have to cycle towards the outside edge of it, and this is now impossible, meaning cyclists are likely to cycle outside the barriers. Some drivers will be likely to become upset by this. Why has the downhill lane been converted to a mandatory one, but not the uphill lane? Why not have someone who cycles advise on these changes?

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:28, Tuesday 8 September 2020

  • Vehicles are knocking these plastic posts down at the traffic light junction with Billing Road. They bend, or are knocked out from the ground completely, including the base. Incredibly dangerous for cyclists on such a busy road, that is made narrower with the leaves.

    Posted anonymously at 21:20, Friday 2 October 2020

  • Previous wands have been discarded on a property on Rushmere Road / Rushmere Crescent, there are also road signs there too.

    Posted anonymously at 10:48, Saturday 3 October 2020

  • Now autumn is here, leaves are collecting on the edge of the road, in the left-hand part of the cycle lane. This happens every autumn on this road. These are slippery when wet so unsafe to cycle over. This reduces the usable width of the cycle lane still further (cyclists already cannot cycle in the right-hand part of the lane as they need to keep a safe distance from the posts). Only a very narrow part of the cycle lane is generally safe, making it almost unusable. Sometimes there is no part of the lane that is safe due to the quantity of leaves.

    Posted anonymously at 21:23, Tuesday

  • Wands are being removed from the lane, and discarded onto the verge. Failure to maintain the infrastructure reinforces the anti cycling message that the council exudes.

    Posted anonymously at 11:11, Thursday

  • At 2:30am today a vehicle drove over all of the posts at the top of Rushmere Road - 5 have been knocked out and the rest are damaged.

    They were all over the road and cycle lane.

    It is outrageous that the council expect cyclists, pedestrians and residents to report on the status of the condition of this cycle lane.

    It is not fit for purpose and is not safe for cyclists to use.

    As a resident, it is traumatic to hear these posts being struck, they need to be removed before someone gets seriously injured.

    Posted anonymously at 13:02, Thursday

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