The Chester Cycling Campaign has been concerned to hear of a number of serious injuries caused to cyclists where deficiencies in the local cycling infrastructure have been a contributing factor. It has become clear that there are a number of problem spots which cyclists need to be aware of so that extra caution can be used.
The Campaign is noting these problems so that we can press the responsible authorities to take steps to make cycling safer for Chester cyclists. Problem areas noted so far include:
Boardwalk Path Behind Apartments off New Crane Street
The boarded surface on this stretch of the riverside path is extremely slippery when wet or in icy conditions. Several cyclists have come off here and sustained injuries. Extreme caution should be used on this path, as the surface becomes slick with even a small amount of moisture.
Cattle Grid at Neston End of Dee Marshes Path on Sustrans Route 568
Like many grids, this one is dangerous if it is not taken at a right angle to the slots. However, the problem isn’t so much the grid itself, as its location next to a 90 degree bend. Either the bend or the grid can trap the unwary too often. Several cyclists have come off their bikes here and been injured. Take care!
Gorse Stacks by New Bus Station
At the northern end of the shared use path opposite the new bus station on Gorse Stacks, a sign directs cyclists to return to the carriageway as they ride up George Street towards Northgate. However many motorists coming along Delamere Street assume that George Street and Gorse Stacks is one way and frequently use the north bound carriageway.
There is a sign in the carriageway to show that Gorse Stacks is one way opposite the bus stands, but nothing to indicate that it is two way beforehand. As a consequence any cyclist following the instructions on the blue sign to return to the carriageway can soon find themselves facing on-coming traffic that assumes it is in a one way system.
Access Barriers on River Dee Path
The barriers used on this path west of Chester from Ferry Lane onwards are too narrow to allow wheelchair users, those using trikes, cargo bikes or child trailers to pass through. While they help prevent the use of the path by those on motorcycles, they block the use of the path by the above groups of legitimate users.
Barriers Around the Deeside Industrial Estate
New barriers have been installed on Sustrans Route 568 alongside the industrial estate on the way to the Dee Marshes. Again, these barriers are very narrow, failing to allow wheelchair users, those using trikes, cargo bikes or child trailers to pass through. The stated purpose of these barriers is to slow down cyclists to prevent collisions with the heavy goods vehicles in the area. Unfortunately, they act as unnecessary obstacles for cyclists, with the resulting perverse effect of leading many cyclists to use the busy road itself rather than the cycle path, thus arguably placing themselves in greater danger.
Report Further Problem and Danger Spots
We encourage local cyclists to let us know of any other danger spots so that we can note them and take matters up with the responsible authorities. Use the form below to get in touch.