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Two tier racks at Watford Junction Station.

Two tier racks at Watford Junction Station.

Super-secure parking for employees working at the town hall.

New Sheffield Hoops being installed outside the library.

No entry/exit for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

No entry for cars at this end of the road but there is access for cyclists. A good example of filtered permeability.

Quiet cut-through suitable for cyclists and pedestrians.

Quiet cut-through suitable for cyclists and pedestrians. Through-route blocked for cars by a couple of bollards. A good example of permeability.

This is the end of a cycle route that supposedly takes you to Watford town centre. However it ends here at the end of Market Street which is a one way road (leading *out* of the town centre).

Cycle parking under the ring road bridge.

Pedestrians are being squeezed onto the bike path by the appearance of more and more outside seating for cafés and restaurants - presumably for the benefit of smokers.

Cycle parking by Iceland.

Cycle path that runs through Watford town centre. Here the path runs between the pond and the shops.

Cycle parking near the pond in Watford

Cycle parking by the Bar Bodega

Cycle parking by the bus stop assists multi-modal transportation.

Subway under the A412.

Sheffield Hoops near the cycle path in Watford town centre.

Sheffield Hoops near the cycle path in Watford town centre.

Subway under the A412. The cycle path runs through the town centre.

Cycle lanes outside the public library.

There is lots of cycle parking outside the town hall.

The bike lane that goes through the town centre dumps you onto a busy roundabout.

Cycle parking behind the town hall.

Sheltered cycle parking by the sports centre.

The bike lane that runs past the Watford Colosseum, connecting Cassiobury Park to Watford Town Centre.

A good example of permeability. Cars can't access Rickmansworth Road from here, but cyclists can access the bike lane.

Cycle lane through Cassiobury Park. Pedestrians walk on the left, cyclists cycle on the right.

The lack of space at this crossing brings cyclists into conflict with pedestrians, but at least it provides a somewhat safer way for cyclists to get to Whippendell Road. The crossing with lights is actually a toucan crossing.

Cyclists use this narrow path to avoid the large double roundabout ahead. It should be widened and marked out as separate bike path and pedestrian path for everyone's safety.

Royal Mail have only been at this location off the Ebury Way for a few months, but they have already installed a decent bike shelter for their employees.

The vegetation here encroaches onto the contraflow bike lane, forcing cyclists into the path of oncoming traffic. This lasts for most of the year until it dies back in the winter.

Toucan Crossing. Visibility in this direction is fairly good. See #30802

Toucan Crossing. Visibility of the road in this direction is very poor. See #30802

Toucan Crossing. Visibility in this direction is good. See #30802

Toucan Crossing. Visibility in this direction is good. See #30802

At this Toucan Crossing there is a long delay between pressing the button and the lights changing in favour of the cyclist/pedestrian. This encourages people to cross without the protective safety of the traffic lights. This is particularly ... [more]

Quite possibly the most determined 'desire path' I have ever witnessed! Opening this route up for bikes and pedestrians would be of great benefit to the people on this housing estate.

A pointless obstruction on an otherwise good shared use path. The gap is too narrow even for bicyclists - the scratched paintwork is evidence of this. Anyone with disabilities (e.g those riding a trike or in a wheelchair) would find it diff ... [more]

This shared use path is excellent. It is wide, smooth, well-kept and brightly lit at night. The path provides a much safer alternative to cycling through the Watford Business Park.

Bollards.

This cycleway has been narrowed and there is a bollard making it even narrower.

A proper crossing has been provided here, but cyclists are forced to do a tight right turn through a narrow kerbed channel (which is full of debris). Cyclists often go to the right of the island which puts them at risk of a head-on collisio ... [more]

Vehicle parked in contraflow bike lane. See #30786

This one way road with a contraflow cycle lane provides a safer alternative to the dual carriageway to the west (also named Ascot Road). Unfortunately, the bike lane is regularly subjected to flooding, encroaching vegetation, broken glass a ... [more]

The Toucan Crossings here change in favour of pedestrians/cyclists immediately after the button is pressed.

Shared use path

This narrow footpath connects to a cycle lane at the far end (by the roundabout on the Rickmansworth Road). Cyclists often use this path in order to avoid the busy Rickmansworth Road and the large roundabout. In order to avoid conflict with ... [more]

See #30776

The road at this corner has been narrowed to form a tight chicane. The traffic lights allow vehicles from only one direction at any time. There is also a pedestrian crossing here. A sensor in the traffic lights gives priority to vehicles he ... [more]

Four Sheffield Hoops, right next to Café Cha Cha Cha - just where you'd want them!

There are excellent shared use cyclepaths and footpaths throughout Cassiobury Park that provide cyclists with a safe route away from the busy roads. Unfortunately, this barrier forces pedestrians into the cycle lane. Perhaps a couple of rem ... [more]

Good cycle parking (Sheffield Hoops) outside Tesco Express. It is suitable for a short visit to pick up groceries. It is also well placed so that it doesn't take too much space away from pedestrians, but is far away enough from the wall to ... [more]

Sainsbury's have provided good cycle parking outside their store, but as this picture clearly shows they need to provide more!

Six covered Sheffield Hoops outside B&Q.

There are a large number of Sheffield Hoops near the main entrance to the Harlequin Centre in Watford.

This cycle parking outside Watford Central Library is rarely used. You can only attach your wheel to it securely and, as this picture shows, the wheel is the least important part for your common thief. Luckily, there are Sheffield Hoops all ... [more]

This precarious cycle parking is outside Watford Metropolitan Station. It is impossible to secure the frame using a standard D-Lock. Sheffield Hoops would be more appropriate here, as it is mostly used by commuters rather than short-term vi ... [more]

P1050436 Location: Watford Junction, Watford (England, United Kingdom)

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