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All photos in & around Cradley Heath

Showing items 1 to 72 from total of 72 items. Ordered by photo # descending.

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160420Photo #160420Convert disused railway lines into cycle paths - could link to Northfield and DudleyCycleway:
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cycleways
151534Photo #151534Make this area one way so that children can walk to school safely.Temporary closure:
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closure
151533Photo #151533There’s loads of space here to add a cycle path connecting to the metro cycle way.Cycleway:
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cycleways
151532Photo #151532It would be wonderful to have a shared path/cycle way along the river. Wednesbury has the least open access green space of any of the Sandwell towns.Cycleway:
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150550Photo #150550Why not add a cycle path here along the old railway line. It could connect Wednesbury town centre with J9 or Bescot Station. The route would be green, level and traffic freeCycleway:
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150549Photo #150549There needs to be a clear, segregated path here - especially uphill toward WednesburyCycleway:
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150548Photo #150548This roundabout is dangerous, a cycle Lane could easily cut through the pavement here to bypass the roundabout making cycling simpler, quicker and saferCycleway:
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150547Photo #150547There is a cycle path here but it isn’t prominent and it isn’t signposted or advertised. It’s not even on online maps. This is a fast, flat traffic-free route to the Hawthorns via West Bromwich and Black Lake - let’s make more of it. Widen it and signpost it.Cycleway:
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150545Photo #150545More space needed for cycling and walkingCycleway:
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cycleways
150544Photo #150544Add a two-way cycle path here to make cycling more direct and away from heavy trafficCycleway:
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cycleways
150543Photo #150543The cycle way ends abruptly here. This is dangerous. Let’s have a cycle route continuing up to Stone Cross and Friar ParkCycleway:
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150542Photo #150542There is ample space here to encourage cycling on a level and direct route.Cycleway:
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150539Photo #150539This path is parked upon regularly. It needs temporary plastic bollards segregating it from the road.Cycleway:
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cycleways
145647Photo #145647Create cycle route alongside A4123 using existing wide grass verge.Cycleway:
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144519Photo #144519Newton to Scott Arms ‘Cycle Lane’ marked out on the left of the carriageway up hill encourages driver close passes on low speed riders climbing the hill. It gives the perception it is ok to pass a person on a bike without the need to allow 1.5m min clearance whilst maintaining 20+mph speed difference.

Fix- remove the cycle lane markings to encourage wider passing by vehicles. It already works on the opposite carriageway without the markings.
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135092Photo #135092Connect with Birmingham, A34 - current national cycle route 5 route across Sandwell is too slow for commute and has a lot of pedestrians on canal sections.Cycleway:
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134586Photo #13458620 mph limit ignored and used as rat run to Wolverhampton Road/Hayley RoadTemporary closure:
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closure
133840Photo #133840Very hostile road for cyclistCycleway:
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132811Photo #132811This right turn to go east on High Street is not cycle-friendly. A cycle lane from Lidl car park to Five Ways would help. There's more than enough space by Lidl and Hicktons.Cycleway:
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132806Photo #132806The old graveyard, with access lane alongside the Baptist Church, could provide an ideal off-road link to Plant Street, Clyde Street and Sutherland Road. But the surface is not suitable for cycling. The southern route to Newlyn Road is fenced off.Cycleway:
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132802Photo #132802Road layout on this junction is dangerous for cyclists turning out of Woods Lane heading north. Cars from Chester Road don't respect road markings. (Woods Lane is exit from station for trains from Birmingham.)Cycleway:
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132797Photo #132797The pavement widening is hostile to cyclists. At little or no extra cost a cycle lane could have been included, following the original kerb line. Dangerous lack of thought by Sandwell MBC.Cycleway:
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131695Photo #131695Need a separate cycle lane along Bearwood roadCycleway:
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128329Photo #128329Continuation of Sandwell's bus/bike lane on Hagley road, into the Birmingham section as far as Centenary Sq.Cycleway:
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125721Photo #125721Parked cars mounting the pavement often block paths to pedestrians, and there is often speeding through traffic. Widening the pavement will give more space for pedestrians and and naturally slow through traffic.Track:
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125719Photo #125719Closure needed to stop rat running / speeding through traffic.Temporary closure:
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closure
121977Photo #121977Fast moving traffic in the underpass, needs separate cycle lanesCycleway:
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121975Photo #121975Difficult to cross road, a crossing is neededTemporary closure:
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121971Photo #121971Only one narrow footway under the bridge, put footway on opposite sideTrack:
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121968Photo #121968Very narrow footway not enough space for two people to pass without one being forced into the roadTrack:
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121964Photo #121964Very narrow footway difficult to walk safelyTrack:
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121963Photo #121963Advisory cycle lanes that are parked over, make them mandatory and physically seperatedCycleway:
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120199Photo #120199Busy high street with narrow pavements.Temporary closure:
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closure
120020Photo #120020No segregated cycleway to the train station in any direction. Adding a cycle path would be useful on this busy stretch of road (towards Merry Hill).Cycleway:
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117805Photo #117805Lots of parked vehivles and high traffic speeds make this hostile to cyclistCycleway:
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117802Photo #117802Cycleway badly needed from scott arms to special spicesCycleway:
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117166Photo #117166Widen pavement to allow for cyclingTrack:
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117164Photo #117164Make this a shared walking and cycle pathTrack:
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117163Photo #117163Narrow footpath outside busy schoolTrack:
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117160Photo #117160Heavy traffic on the most direct route to town and hospitalCycleway:
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116578Photo #116578Footpath needed on both sides of the road.Track:
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116568Photo #116568Footpath on both sides of the roadTrack:
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116177Photo #116177Local high street is used as a thoroughfare restricting shoppers to queuing for supermarkets along pavements.Temporary closure:
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closure
115711Photo #115711Blockage on the pathObstruction:
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obstructions
107332Photo #107332Watery Lane Bridge - Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line - Tipton - sign - Canal CyclewayRoute sign:
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routesigns
67234Photo #67234River boat rallyOther:
Event
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67233Photo #67233Canal and track under M5Track:
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66315Photo #66315Cyclists forced to leave shared provision onto fast dual carriageway exit slip where 1 in 5 motor vehicles do not indicate their intention to leave (All Saints Way). A little further on (Heath Ln) cyclists are left stranded in the carriageway needing to look for traffic from behind as they need to cross onto a central refuge before re-joining the on road cycle lane (Walsall Rd). This is repeated half a mile on at Lyndhurst road.Other:
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63722Photo #63722Cycle shelters at Sandwell and Dudley stationCycle parking:
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cycleparking
63721Photo #63721Access to non-existent route (marked on maps) on the east side of the canal.Other:
Infrastructure
general
63719Photo #63719Canal towpath (NCN route 81 - not so great in this direction) near Sandwell and Dudley station.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
63718Photo #63718Canal towpath (NCN route 81) near Sandwell and Dudley station.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
63717Photo #63717Access to the towpath (NCN route 81) near Sandwell and Dudley station.Cycleway:
Infrastructure
cycleways
60062Photo #60062Canal towpath beneath Smethick Galton BridgeTrack:
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59603Photo #59603Toll End Works Junction: lack of blue NCN signage. You need to cross the bridge over the main canal to change from the left to the right bank. This applies in both directions. The black and white Canal & River Trust signs (left edge of photo) luckily show the NCN81.General sign/notice:
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59602Photo #59602Bromford JunctionGeneral sign/notice:
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58866Photo #58866This is a path around a park that does not allow permeability by cycles. This path has been made needlessly narrow, and fenced off. This must be difficult to pass with pushchairs or large deliveries, as well as impractical for cycle use. This would have been a useful cut through for cycles as well as pedestrians.Obstruction:
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58865Photo #58865This pavement allows permeability for pedestrians, but the lack of dropped kerb prevents easy use by cyclists. This sends cyclists around a much longer route to get between these two roads, which discourages cycling.Obstruction:
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58864Photo #58864This gate prevents cycle users from accessing the park, which would be a useful route to Plant Street and Clyde Street.Obstruction:
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58863Photo #58863This is filtered permeability, where motor traffic has been prevented from cutting through this estate, but cycle users and pedestrians can get through. This allows cycle users to reach Cradley Heath town centre more easily than if they drove in a car.Cycleway:
Good practice
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53717Photo #53717How wrong can a sign get?

The "No cycling" sign is simply a roundel with a black bicycle on a white background with a red border. There is no diagonal strike-through. In fact the implication is that cycling has been banned and this sign indicates the end of that ban,

But then "Cyclists Please Dismount" suggests that it is advisory only. In that case it should be on a bue background with no roundel.

(Just to be clear, this is not on route 81 which follows the New Main Line canal but on the slightly higher Old Main Line.)
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46575Photo #46575Galton Bridge - Smethwick - direction signs - Sandwell Valley

Location: Lyng, West Bromwich (England, United Kingdom)
Route sign:
Infrastructure
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46253Photo #46253Local wildlifeOther:
Misc
general
46252Photo #46252Some of the canal towpaths can be treacherous, Take care.Road environment:
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road
38594Photo #38594Engine Arm aqueduct

Location: French Walls, Smethwick (England, United Kingdom)

Built around 1828 by Thomas Telford to carry the Engine Arm of the Wolverhampton level canal over the deep cutting of Telford's new Birmingham mainline navigation and thus ensure the continued supply of water from the Rotton Park Reservoir.

Listed Building Site www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-491438-engine-arm-aqueduct-birmingham-canal-wol
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11727Photo #11727Town Hall, West Bromwich High StreetDestination:
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11726Photo #11726At the end of the shared use cycle way, Dudley Street, West Bromwich looking towards the Clock TowerDestination:
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11725Photo #11725'Ordinary' cycle parking on Carters Green, West Bromwich, looking towards the clock tower.Cycle parking:
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cycleparking
11203Photo #11203Weddall Wynd, Princes End, Tipton. Track to Millington Road noted on the Brum A-Z as Partridge Bridge.Destination:
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11202Photo #11202Weddall Wynd, Princes End side, Tipton. Partridge Bridge is behind the photographer. Turn left for the direct track to Peter Avenue, Batman's Hill, Bilston rather than fork right to the severe access barrier seen in the distance.Destination:
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11151Photo #11151Access barrier to Partridge Bridge section off Weddall Wynd open ground, opposite Millington Road, Princes End, Tipton. No cycle nor any wheelchair can get through this one. Bikes have to be lifted over the padlocked 5 bar gate in the left of picture.Obstruction:
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11150Photo #11150Access barrier to Weddall Wynd open ground at the southerly end of Peter Avenue, Batman's Hill Bilston. Bicycles cannot go easily through the barrier. It prevents access to any sort of wheelchair. Sharp 1 in 10 gradient followed by straightforward track to Prince's End, TiptonObstruction:
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