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Photo #176161

[Image taken 25.11.21] Manor Lane, York. Speed cushions showing considerable but typical wear. They are supposed to force drivers to reduce speed. Instead – as the location of the damage shows – they simply straddle them. For people on cycles though – including trikes – they are a menace. LTN 1/20 (www.gov.uk/government/publications/cycle-infrastructure-design-ltn-120) says: “7.6.8 Speed cushions are a form of road hump and are therefore subject to The Highways (Road Hump) Regulations 1999. The dimensions allow wide tracked vehicles such as buses, ambulances and HGVs to straddle them. Cushions are not a preferred form of traffic calming on cycle routes because they constrain the ability of cyclists to choose their preferred position in the carriageway and are particularly hazardous to riders of three wheeled cycles.” However, the cushions around York can be straddled by any width vehicle including when they are passing one another: #176162. In short, they should be being removed. Though York is putting them in: #175422 or repairing them: #176085. Other related images today: #176159 and links.

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