Bicycler wrote:I would not necessarily assume that the bus station road is a public highway because one existed there before the bus station was built. It is not uncommon for old roads to be legally stopped up when new development takes place
You'll have to forgive me because I'm not local. From your maps it looks like the signs apply to the road through the bus station but the cycle route goes along Market Street which appears to be unquestionably a public road. How does the inability to cycle round the bus station affect the use of the cycle route?
Sorry, there's a bit of confusion there: it's a
cycle route, not the
cycle route. The blocked route would be Paradise Lane northbound, which is currently accessed by deviating along Market Street eastbound, crossing to the north-east corner of the bus station, where a dropped kerb near the taxi rank allows access into the car park (and to an unpopular small cycle park too) and then riding north and west to where Paradise Lane exits the car park through a gap in the wall, crosses Oldsunway and meets Norfolk Street. The alternative route would be using the 3-lane Railway Road gyratory between Old Market Street and Norfolk Street, which is no fun whatsoever, as it's either a fume-filled traffic jam or a 30mph drag race between traffic lights, depending on time of day.
I've found no evidence that the highway was stopped up, but I realise absence of proof isn't proof of absence. We have a chance to sort this out: this area is all up for redevelopment again and local Cyclenation and CTC campaigners have been invited to a meeting on 2nd September, but the bus operators far outnumber us.
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