This week our winning facility is an off-road cycle track, designed to allow cyclists to negotiate a busy roundabout at the southern entrance to Horsham town centre.
The first section starts on the pavement to the left. The roundabout we want to avoid is in the distance.
It is a matter of a few yards in length. Note that the space marked to the left of the white line is a two-way path for cyclists.
Once you have crossed the road at the lights, you are then on the right side of the road. Notice how you are told to dismount here (and before crossing), despite the crossing being a ‘toucan’, and there being a path on both sides of the pavement. Still, ludicrously, a two-way path.
The path stops for no apparent reason as we reach the roundabout, even though it continues to the right in the photograph below (I can only think of potential conflict with crossing pedestrians, but I think all this amounts to is a shrug of apathy from the designer) –
Below, we see the classic yielding of priority, this time to a road coming off the roundabout, which in this case is not at all busy, leading only to a small staff car park. Quite why cyclists also have to dismount to cross a road is not explained.
And yet another ‘dismount’ sign, with added barriers, stopping you from easily accessing the path that runs around behind Sainsbury’s supermarket.
If you wish to continue northwards into the town centre, rather than being diverted eastwards around this supermarket, the path simply stops. You have to continue on foot around the perimeter of the roundabout, cross the road on the north side, and then remount.
The short, hundred-yard stretch featured in these photographs contains five separate instructions to dismount.