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M2 Lesson 1. Best local infrastructure.
This is Woodstock Road (speed limit 30mph/48kph), one of the two main northern arterial routes into the centre of Oxford, UK. Currently it’s quiet in the middle of the pandemic but normally it’s very busy.
Cyclists are invited to brave the bus lane or to join pedestrians on the raised pavement (sidewalk). See the tiny blue sign inviting you? Not sure if this sidewalk cycle designation is two-way or one-way – doesn’t say. But there isn’t a corresponding cycle lane on the opposite side, so could well be two-way!
Shame about the trees and lamp posts in the way. Watch out! The designated sidewalk riding ceases abruptly, without warning, at intersections. And also randomly where there are no intersections.
Bus stops are really tricky! When you’re on the sidewalk designated cycle way, you have to get off your bike and walk through the bus stop queue.
This is the best Oxford can do but I feel a lot safer cycling on the sidewalk than the road, to be honest.