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Cycling in Smethwick

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River boat rally

Canal and track under M5

Cyclists 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 carriagew ... [more]

Cycle shelters at Sandwell and Dudley station

Access to non-existent route (marked on maps) on the east side of the canal.

Canal towpath (NCN route 81 - not so great in this direction) near Sandwell and Dudley station.

Canal towpath (NCN route 81) near Sandwell and Dudley station.

Access to the towpath (NCN route 81) near Sandwell and Dudley station.

Canal towpath beneath Smethick Galton Bridge

Toll 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 phot ... [more]

Bromford Junction

This 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. Th ... [more]

This 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.

This gate prevents cycle users from accessing the park, which would be a useful route to Plant Street and Clyde Street.

This 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 dro ... [more]

How 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 ... [more]

Galton Bridge - Smethwick - direction signs - Sandwell Valley Location: Lyng, West Bromwich (England, United Kingdom)

Local wildlife

Some of the canal towpaths can be treacherous, Take care.

Engine 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 n ... [more]

Town Hall, West Bromwich High Street

At the end of the shared use cycle way, Dudley Street, West Bromwich looking towards the Clock Tower

'Ordinary' cycle parking on Carters Green, West Bromwich, looking towards the clock tower.

Weddall Wynd, Princes End, Tipton. Track to Millington Road noted on the Brum A-Z as Partridge Bridge.

Weddall 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.

Access 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 ... [more]

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