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Really enjoyed Millburn Road segregated bike lane yesterday - still a bit of work to do done on signage but great, great start. Cars drive a lot slower and nearer 30mph speed limit when down to one lane. The bridge/Castle St next? 👏👏 ... [more]

Site closed long before the cycle path was created - yet the designers still feel the need to make cyclists give way.

It is important to read this sign - especially if you are hoping to ride along NCN route 78 to Fort William on a Sunday. Camusnagaul Ferry #83656 does to operate on Sundays and there are only 4 crossings/day on weekdays. The warning w ... [more]

Don't expect too much in terms of "facilities" on this stretch of the national cycle network.

#Camusnagaul Ferry to #FortWilliam On-demand public transport at its finest #NCN78 #sustrans http://t.co/0u83J7eTF0

Southern entrance to Kingussie Newtonmore Road (the A86), near Kingussie, Badenoch, Scotland

Cycleway and the A86 Newtonmore Road (the A86), near Kingussie, Badenoch, Scotland

Cycle parking at Inverness railway station, in use as a staff smoking area.

Cycle parking outside Inverness railway station, with what looks like a locked staff enclosure in addition to open racks.

Cycle parking at Morrison's supermarket, positioned as far away from the entrance as possible without actually putting it somewhere out in the car park.

Some metalwork outside an entrance, some of which may be cycle parking.

Bus priority signals, accessed via a left turn lane that gets a green before the straight ahead direction. But no cycling in the bus lane.

More cycle parking stands, and a sign for the "Alternative route to Inverness East".

Cycle parking at the top of the steep bit of the hill, saves having to pedal back up if the bike is already at the top. But some proper stands at the shopping centre entrance would be better.

Nothing changes. See #25268.

"CYCLISTS DONT RIDE ON PAVEMENTS Go safe on our roads it's everyone's responsibility" And a pretty narrow footway it is too.

Dava Way

Caledonian Canal

Caledonian Canal

Bike stands at Ferry Terminal on R(h)um. Tracks a bit rough for Brompton

Remote cycle parking on the 6.5km trail from Blairmore to Sandwood Bay. This is the point where the trail turns from a track into a path. The track from Blairmore to this point is suitable for mountain bikes, or other bikes with rugged tyre ... [more]

Banned turn to Raigmore Estate for private motorists

No Cycling across the Greig Street Bridge

The Golden Bridge over the A9 dual carriageway.

Path to the Golden Bridge over the A9 dual carriageway.

Counter on Millburn Road Active Travel Route

Everyday cycling in Inverness

Bridge Street

High Street

28th July: Thurso to Tongue 72k 1040m

Loading up the bicycles The Camusnagaul Ferry links Fort William to Treslaig and provides a vital link to the cycle route to Corran, safely avoiding the horrendous A82.

Cycling to Mallaig from Morar

NCN 78

NCN 78

NCN 78

NCN 78

NCN 78

Appin murder memorial

Appin murder memorial

Maryburgh level crossing, lit with solar powered LED catseyes. Location: , Maryburgh (Scotland, United Kingdom)

A small section of Walker Park has been given over to a facility for BMX and skateboarding stunts.

The right turn from Culcabock Road into Kingsmills Road on NCN 1 & 7, with an Advance Stop Line with central feeder lane. I have to admit, this cycle lane does not represent the road position I would adopt for either turning right or pro ... [more]

The end of Diriebught Road and the ramp up to Culcabock Road. NCN 1 & 7 turn left here.

The ramp down to Diriebught Road. This road has only has a few houses at this end, so doesn't have much motor traffic. However, it is a main walking and cycling route to Millburn Academy.

The road crossing from the jug-handle in #63684 to Diriebught Road (down the ramp behind the railing, see #63687). Nearby traffic signals will break up the eastbound traffic, but there is no other help for crossing. This is one of the main ... [more]

A "pathsinverness" route sign for the Eastern Links Route, presumably a walking route. I didn't notice any other signs of this nature.

A short section of shared-use footway forming a jug-handle for cyclists making the right turn into Diriebught Road (see #63686), while NCN 1 & 7 head up the hill on-road to turn into Kingsmills Road.

Painted cycle lanes on Culcabock Road, at the start of the climb to the junction with Kingsmills Road.

A warning sign that has been made as inconspicuous as possible.

Painted cycle lanes on Culcabock Road, NCN 1 & 7. Neither the cycle lanes or the general traffic lanes are especially wide.

Start of cycle lanes on Culcabock Road, with the obligatory parked car.

NCN 1 & 7 fork left at the roundabout. The road environment wasn't sufficiently adequate for these two.

NCN 1 & 7 on Old Perth Road.

'No Motor Vehicles except buses and for access' on side roads.

NCN 1 & 7 on flaky Old Perth Road.

NCN 1 & 7 on Old Perth Road. No cycle infrastructure other than an Advance Stop Line.

Desire line to Drumossie Avenue across frosty grass.

End of the shared-use footway (at the toucan crossing) and onto the roadway of Old Perth Road.

Severed counter loop on Old Perth Road shared-use footway

A National Cycle Network sign on the Inshes Roundabout.

Potential conflict between cyclists and bus passengers at stop for adjacent Tesco store.

Icy puddle and toucan crossing across A9 link road on NCN 1&7 next to Inshes Roundabout.

On the left, a shared-use footway in Beechwood Business Park. The dropped kerbs for pedestrians crossing this road are set back quite a distance from the junction with the main road (behind camera).

Shared-use footway with flakey markings at uncontrolled crossing of 40mph A9 link road through Beechwood Business Park.

Shared-use footway in Beechwood Business Park

Path to Raigmore Estate at Beechwood Business Park

Paths to Raigmore Estate

Path towards Beechwood Business Park and Inshes, next to Raigmore Hospital.

Bridge over a burn on the path from Raigmore Estate towards Inshes.

Path between Inshes and Raigmore Estate.

A path to the new Golden Bridge, with a short flight of steps. Cyclists can go around the steps by using the path next to the houses, which is less direct if coming from the south, e.g. the Drakies or Inshes areas (see #63182). The Golde ... [more]

Path junction in Raigmore Estate, near the Golden Bridge.

No dropped kerb at start of cycle path, necessitating use of the dropped kerb on the corner of the junction.

Notice reads: Health & Safety Please do not secure bikes to this railing. Either use the outside railing or the bike racks provided. This will be to keep the ramp and walkway clear.

What appears to be half a (non-functioning) toucan crossing.

Millburn Road where the speed limit changes from 20mph to 30mph.

Millburn Road underneath the Eastgate Centre

A pedestrian walks along the A9 trunk road sliproad, under the Golden Bridge in Inverness. Transport Scotland has decided not to provide walking or cycling facilities alongside the A9 as standard. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-high ... [more]

The new Golden Bridge across the A9 dual carriageway and sliproads, on the outskirts of Inverness. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-22058146 Note the pedestrian walking along the sliproad on the far side (see #631 ... [more]

The brand new Golden Bridge with its double-back ramp. There are steps on the opposite approach on this side of the bridge (see #63247).

The ramp to the Golden Bridge, but the Millburn Active Travel Route approaches from the left. Could the ramp not allow approaches from the west rather than enforcing a double-back with sharp corners? A 'Cyclists Dismount' sign on a brand ... [more]

A blind corner at the path junction.

A dropped kerb has been positioned in the side of the turning head, which is fine for left turns onto the cycle path, but makes turns towards the flagship Golden Bridge (when it opens) somewhat awkward.

The start of the final piece of path to the Golden Bridge, but a big cycle symbol has been painted on an area of end-on car parking rather than in the middle of the useable road.

End of the pointless painted cycle lanes, full of parked cars, and a short section of dead-end road before going onto the cycle path to the Golden Bridge.

The start of another section of pointless advisory cycle lanes, in a 20mph zone, with residential car parking and no waiting restrictions.

Cycle symbols painted in the gutter and right next to parked cars.

A cycle symbol painted in the door zone next to a parking layby. Why not do something similar to #63149?

The start of the King Duncan's Road cycle lanes in Raigmore Estate.

Cycle parking in Eastgate. Not arranged particularly neatly.

'Cycle Diversion Route' - I didn't investigate where or why, although the sign is also visible in the September 2014 Google Streetview image. NCN 1 & 7 run past here.

The tiniest 'except cycles' plate ever! I guess it is meant to apply to the 'No Entry' sign rather than the NCN route sign. There are no such signs below the next set of 'No Entry' signs though. Update of #35219.

The cycle lanes on King Duncan's Road leave so little room for other traffic that they are largely ignored by drivers. Sightlines are poor around the bend and on hill, so centre line removal isn't really an option. This is the main road int ... [more]

A pedestrian walks down the cycle lane to avoid the frosty footway. She rejoined the footway beyond the frosty part.

The point where cyclists are meant to leave the roadway is fortuitously just beyond the point where most pedestrians leave the footway to go down the steps to Old Perth Road. However, there's no indication what first-timers are meant to do, ... [more]

Users of the Millburn Active Travel Route are expected to leave King Duncan's Road at the dropped kerb before the start of the crash barrier, then use the footway and U-turn down the steep ramp at the end of the wire fence. Check your brake ... [more]

The cycle lanes on King Duncan's Road continue to the foot of the hill. The junction with the dual carriageway is restricted Left On Left Off.

A steep ramp connecting Old Perth Road and King Duncan's Road, part of the Millburn Active Travel Route. At least it has been gritted.

The sign advising of the start of the shared-use footway (where the footway suddenly gets wider) and the toucan crossing where the Millburn Active Travel Route crosses Old Perth Road.

A general view of the most awkward section of the route. The Millburn Active Travel Route crosses Old Perth Road at the toucan crossing in the background, then climbs up to King Duncan's Road on the steep ramp visible above the traffic isla ... [more]

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