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Photo #186158

[Image taken 14.9.22] Bootham, York. Context: #186050, #186051, #186052, (extended caption) #186053, #186054, #186054. This junction is part of the Scarborough Bridge to Bootham Park cycle route improvements scheme (see: #172109) and the proposed A19 Cycle Scheme (links: #172109). I stopped today during the rush hour to take an image of one of the several issues. The light (note singular) here and the other side of the hatched box (a set of two) seem to be triggered by all of: road users in Marygate waiting to turn into Bootham – presumably this will include cyclists wanting to go straight ahead ie on the route to the hospital; pedestrians using the button shown in this image; and will be activated by peoples on cycles coming out of the grounds of the former Bootham Park Hospital who will have a button of their own. But even without the latter, the hatched area fills up with all forms of traffic. (On each phase while I watched the entire hatched space was choked with motor vehicles.) Cyclists coming out of the former hospital grounds - the reason for this junction - took their chances and filtered through or, did as this visitor did: #186160 got off and pushed along the pavement to the crossing. Not the aim of the design or justification for the money it cost. The crossing phase I used after taking this image not a line of motor vehicles before the lights like this white car and the line behind it, but also three people on cycles. However there is no stop line for any road user here and no lights on this side. It seems to me every part of the junction is now both unclear and hazardous for every user: pedestrian, cyclist and motorist. Yet the aim is to make cycling for attractive and efficient. Other images today and links: #186157.

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