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Photo #180414

[Image taken 21.3.22] Haxby Cycleway, New Earswick, Huntington/Haxby/York. [Note: No street view at this location.] The barrier that has been reinstated means people cannot ride sociably or someone pass another path user. In explicably the barrier that has been reinstated is on the uphill side of this noticeable incline over the York-Scarborough line. This means there's no curb, if that is/was the point of the barrier(s), on the speeds of users on this side, ie going downhill, and who have gravity on their side. By contrast the people who will need to push those pedals have a chicane in their path. This adds complexity. It could mean they are in the path of someone hurtling downhill (from the position of the camera) when they are most vulnerable ie when they are at an angle as they navigate the barrier, and due to the effort required to scale an incline (rather than ride or freewheel down it). If someone riding in the direction of the camera (uphill) has to giveway ahead of the barrier or where this rider is to someone heading downhill (away from the camera) s/he may not be able to get back on and continue cycling up the hill. S/he may have to push. It was an ill-advised decision to reinstate any barrier here and, in my view, nonsensical to put the uphill side obstruction back in. It introduces a hazard - whenever someone on a cycle is sideways on to any kind of 'traffic' they are vulnerable, disadvantages the uphill rider and therefore makes active travel more difficult and less attractive. Other image here today: #180413 and links.

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