Anyone who rides a bike knows how utterly useless most urban planners are. Far from making cyclists’ lives easier (and safer) with well-thought-out cycle lanes, many lanes are just plain stupid.
With that in mind, I present the top 20 most ridiculous cycle lanes. Feel free to contact me with any more, and I’ll make it a top 25, 30, 50, 100….
This cycling ‘lane’ in Derbyshire is so stupid it’s beyond belief. I mean, what’s the point?
One favourite trick is to open a cycle lane – and then put various obstructions right in the middle of it.
Like a pole.
Or a pole and many bollards.
Or a tree.
Or why not a whole set of railings?
In some cases it seems reasonable to create cycle lanes that go absolutely nowhere. So, for example, you could just have a dead end with a fence.
Or you could have a posh version – a wrought-iron gate – to block the way.
Sometimes a cycle lane will just disappear into nothing.
Or the cyclist needs to become adept at riding up steps.
A common trick is to allow cars to park on cycle lanes.
Or if that sounds mad, why not let cars just park either end of the cycle lane?
Perhaps planners wanted a cycle lane, but had no cash to build a long one. So a short one it is, like this.
Or even this.
Or maybe this.
You might sometimes wonder if the urban planners expect cyclists to be expert at the slalem.
And a slalem with the added excitement of dangerous poles.
If it’s real excitement you’re after, then try out this cycle lane by a canal. Hope you can swim.
Meanwhile, this cycle lane in London is just plain dangerous.
Finally, I give you two simply stupid cycle lanes.
This one is simply pointless.
And this one requires a degree in physics.