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9 issues found for 'accessibility':

  • Inaccessible gate on new path to Clifton Backies

    Anon // 1 thread

    This is very odd: what was previously a dirt track access to Clifton Backies from Minchin Close now newly paved, which is obviously welcome. Less wonderful is the gate between the Backies and Minchin Close which seems to provide enough width to allow certain motorised vehicles through while giving insufficient width to trikes, trailers, cargo bikes/trikes and buggies. Also unfortunate is the placing of the dropped kerb from the Minchin Close side which is in the wrong place, away from the gap. Is it finished? Who is it supposed to be for? It really isn't clear at all.

    Another, secondary, issue is the lack of any signage, either the usual blue 'Share, Respect, Enjoy' sign at the gate itself or a blue cycle route sign pointing to the gate from the entrance of Minchin Close. I've emailed the Council officers responsible about this, so hopefully some clarity will be provided and ideally action taken.

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  • Inaccessible barrier to Clifton Backies - RESOLVED

    Anon // 1 thread

    Clifton Backies is part of an off-road route that links Clifford Moor to the Orbital Route. Entry to it is restricted by a barrier designed to prevent motorcyclists from entering it. Unfortunately this same barrier prevents non-standard cycles, like trikes, recumbents, cargo bikes, adaptive cycles etc from being able to use this path.


    Update: Following YCC representations to the Clifton Backies Management Board, this barrier has now been completely removed as part of an initiative to make the Backies more accessible to all! Excellent!

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy

    Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes:

    Shared Space:

    8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them
    forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes
    incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage.
    We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow
    us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.

    Objectives regarding Cycling:

    • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to
    local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take
    account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and
    the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early
    2019;
    • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of
    cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people
    cycling.

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  • Clifton Backies now newly accessible from Sutton Way - is this a problem?

    Anon // 1 thread

    Someone has quite recently decided to make Clifton Backies more accessible to wider vehicles by wrenching back the metal fence separating the Backies from the end of Sutton Way. As the northern end of Clifton Backies is relatively accessible to wider vehicles, it seems the motive could have been to make the whole of Clifton Backies accessible, say to mopeds. But it prompts a question for York's cycling community: what should be done in response? Many cyclists already find the official gate, with its narrow space near the ground, to be difficult to get through or indeed impossible for cyclists on cargo bikes, trikes or with trailers. Isn't a wider gap - wide enough for cargo bikes, trailers and trikes, but not wide enough for cars - what the Campaign wants? Thoughts welcome!

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  • Inaccessible Barriers on Scarcroft Lane

    Anon // 1 thread

    There are barriers at the eastern end of Scarcorft Lane to stop cars driving down the lane.

    But they are too close together to get bikes through that are wider than a standard bike, such as a cargo bike or a bike with a trailer. Even on a normal bike you have to be careful not to clip your pedals, it must be very hard for less stable cyclists such as those that are older or have a disability.

    The barriers are also at knee height and painted black with scratched off reflective stickers, in a alleyway thats badly lit. At night in winter it could be easy not to see them properly until its too late.

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  • New Cycle Path over Scarborough Bridge

    Anon // 1 thread

    This is the planning application for the much-touted overhaul of Scarborough Bridge, which should see step-free access to the bridge on either side and the walkway doubled in width to allow cyclists to cycle across. Obviously that's great news from a cycling perspective but I still think we should read it through and contribute our thoughts as a Campaign, whatever those thoughts are. So if you could read it through and share your thoughts by January 18 so we can compile a formal response in time for the deadline of January 19, that'd be great :-)

    Replace 1.8m footpath/cyclepath with 3.6m wide footpath/cyclepath with associated alterations to bridge abutments, ramps and stair access arrangements

    Cycle And Footpath - Scarborough Bridge To Platform One Car Park York Station Tanners Moat York

    https://planningaccess.york.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=P1BDM7SJKXJ00

    York

    Application reference : 17/03049/FUL

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  • DfT Accessibility Action Plan Consultation

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    'My ambition is to ensure that people with physical and hidden disabilities have the same access to transport and opportunities to travel as everyone else. This consultation seeks to understand what more needs to be done to improve transport accessibility and is my first major action as Accessibility Minister.'

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/638404/accessibility-action-plan-consultation.pdf

    We should respond to this consultation.

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  • Threat of barrier on existing Highworth Ave cycle route

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    I've gotten wind that some residents are pushing for an exclusionary barrier of some kind to block the existing filter at Highworth Ave / Leys Road. Right now it's a couple of nice planters with a reasonably-sized gap that any kind of cycle can ride through. I don't know exactly what they're planning but they want to stop motorbikes, which can only mean something really obnoxious for everyone else.

    While I sympathise about the motorbike problem (I see them too, being a nearby resident and frequent user of this cut-through), I am very worried about this kneejerk reaction that will harm legitimate users of the filter. A form of collective punishment for the actions of a few, basically.

    I would like to alert people who may be worried about yet-another obstacle on a cycle route, or even possibly losing a nice quiet cycle route that lets us avoid nasty parts of Arbury and Milton Roads.

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