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Barriers come in all shapes and sizes. Every single one is a nuisance and often seem to only be there to make cycle access difficult or dangerous. If they served the intended function I could perhaps understand it, but mini-moto and scrambler bike users have no problems riding where they shouldn't so how come these barriers to cycling continue to be erected.

Anyway, the intention wasn't to rant about the barriers, instead I thought it would be more fun to compile photos of the many different variations that exist. I wonder how many we could find.

Here are my starters:

Hate these. I am forever banging panniers/elbows & knees on them. Difficulty in getting a trailer through these made getting the cat to the vets rather awkward by bike. 

How about the seemingly pointless post. Why is it even there ? 

Seen many people trip over these while not looking where they are walking. Fortunately I have yet to ride into it, but who knows one dark night.

Sometimes one post isn't enough.

Sometime barriers fall into disrepair and are an improvement over the original design.

The above is actually a backup to the primary barrier which can be seen in the distance and is shown below. (An identical set is on the other side of the road). 

So ver a 1.2 mile stretch of cycle path, six barriers in total and five different types.

So 5 and counting - How many different types can we add ?

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That doesn't entirely explain it.   In the example I linked to, why didn't they place the cycle track on the other side of the path so it doesn't have to cross the footpath?

Cycling in Dudley Borough:

This amused me:

I should add that the gate is locked with a padlock, so unless you have the time to search for the keyholder, the choice boils down to hurdling the gate, passing through the turnstile, or using the gappy thing.

I've seen random gates without fences where temporary electric fences are moved around to control livestock; the gate is there to be incorporated into the loop to provide easy access when necessary.

But that doesn't look like what's going on here.  *boggle*

I suspect this one was once a livestock control measure, but the gap is a bit puzzling.

I might be late to the party with this one, but I've just noticed the anti-tricycle bollards at King's Norton Park (where NCN5 crosses Pershore Road South) have been upgraded with big rounded plastic ones.  Why a single bollard isn't sufficient I don't know.

I hate these so much! They put them in to try and keep motorbikes and mopeds out but they still get in anyway, and when police or emergency needs to access the path they get stuck because the barries in the way. So they dont just create access issues but danger issues. 

I would like to know how families with children in trailers are expected to use them? How would a bicycle trailer get through? Its no wonder so few people in Birmingham cycle. 

Took a photo:

Rough measurements in shoe-lengths give a ~870mm gap to the edge of the tarmac on the left, and a ~725mm gap between the bollards and to the edge of the tarmac on the right.  Trailers etc will have to dip a wheel in the mud.

Completely unnecessary.  A single bollard would give a more reasonable ~1.1m gap.

Kim said:

I might be late to the party with this one, but I've just noticed the anti-tricycle bollards at King's Norton Park (where NCN5 crosses Pershore Road South) have been upgraded with big rounded plastic ones.  Why a single bollard isn't sufficient I don't know.

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