8 more of the UK’s most terrible cycle lanes

‘Misguided, misplaced and moronic marvels’

Reckon the cycle lanes near you are bad? Have a look at these stunners. One path in Kent wants you to slalom around traffic bollards, another in Swindon thinks the best way to filter into the road is over a parked car, and in Poole, Dorset you probably want a swim after all that cycling.

This is definitely the easiest way to reroute a cyclist in Ingleby Barwick, North Yorkshire
This is definitely the easiest way to reroute a cyclist in Ingleby Barwick, North Yorkshire

They’ve been pulled together for a new book called Crapper Cycle Lanes, which is being produced in association with the Warrington Cycle Campaign. This group campaigns for better infrastructure in their local town, and ten years ago they put out a book called 'Crap Cycle Lanes'.

This cycle lane in Kent wants you to practise your slaloming
This cycle lane in Kent wants you to practise your slaloming

For this edition, readers will find the practicality, difficulty and danger levels of 50 offending cycle paths rated, and a sentence is recommended for the offending council, ranging from a ‘Caution' through to an ‘ASBO,’ and up to ‘Regime Change’ for the worst councils. Ouch.

This path in Swindon thinks a parked car is the best way to greet a cyclist
This path in Swindon thinks a parked car is the best way to greet a cyclist

Crapper Cycle Lanes costs £7.99 (international pricing unavailable) and is published by Eye Books. It’s available from Amazon and all good bookshops. The photos above were collected for the book by the Warrington Cycle Campaign.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
  • Discipline: Road, gravel
  • Preferred Terrain: Big mountains with long climbs, equally long and fast descents, the chance to get above the treeline.
  • Current Bikes: Genesis Croix de Fer, Kona Cindercone
  • Dream Bike: BMC TeamMachine SLR01
  • Beer of Choice: Augustiner
  • Location: Bath, Somerset, UK

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