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Photo #166027

[Image taken 20.6.19] Tanner's Moat at its junction with Rougier Street, York. Massive vehicle blocking the cycle cut-through and therefore also the access to the drop kerb while the driver and his colleague had a fag.
This is a critical but oversubscribed facility. The gap is two-way for people on cycles. However the gap continues to be used by at least one motor- (of a three-wheeler) cyclist who parks on Tanner's Moat.
The gap is the way for people on Station Ave (the gyratory) to reach Tanner's Moat.
The gap is in a very well used pavement.
The gap has the only drop kerb to/from the pavement alongside Rougier Street so is used by very many people - pushing cycles, pushing buggies, in wheelchairs, wheeling wheeled luggage, with wheeled walkers, with children... to access the pavement.
The gap is therefore also the way that many people with cycles access Lendal bridge to avoid bumping up the kerb or having to lift the cycle.
Further, the gap is also the way people cycling on Rougier Street access Lendal bridge - turning right to reach the pavement and then push to Lendal bridge. (Rather than have to cycle round the gyratory with its steep gradients and need to cross lanes of traffic. )
The gap is a very sharp turn from Lendal bridge (Museum Street). It is at a pedestrian crossing (from one side of Rougier Street to the other) where the number of people waiting creates crush on the pavement on the Tanner's Moat wide and add stress and reduce visibility.
There is also the need for the cyclist turning left into Tanner's Moat from Lendal bridge (Museum Street) to 'trust' - it is impossible to look back and make eye contact - that drivers or cyclists behind will be moving sufficiently slowly and paying sufficient attention that they can stop in time if the cyclist ahead does. See also: #166021, #166022, #166023, #166024

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