These 4 pictures are from Marton Road, Middlesbrough in the
vicinity of the James Cook Hospital. A new section of the
hospital opened in August 2003 to take over the function of two smaller
hospitals in the town. Apparently as part of the traffic
management scheme around the newly expanded hospital, a few cycle lanes
were "installed" using the highly favoured "Paint-a
we see the best (or least bad)
section, on the east side of the road looking North between the main
hospital entrance and the St. Luke's Hospital entrance. It does
at least provide a clear run of around 400m interrupted only by the odd
180 degree turn at this point reveals
three interruptions in quick succession for an ambulance entrance, a
pedestrian crossing and a bus stop (pictured). Note the absence
of any indication of where cyclists are supposed to go at this point
and the lack of drop kerbs should they choose to rejoin the road.
Further north, on both sides of the
road, is a classic example of how road planners regard the total length
of a cycle lane as far more important than any other consideration such
as quality of surfacing, how useful it is likely to be or even if it is
at all usable.
One tree might be construed as unfortunate, this lot is just crass
stupidity. Note, however, that the trees are not actually in the
cycle path, the cycle path stops at each tree. Presumably one is
supposed to get off and push round them!