20 stupid cycle lanes


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?

silly cycling lanes

One favourite trick is to open a cycle lane – and then put various obstructions right in the middle of it.

Like a pole.

cycling lane obstructions

Or a pole and many bollards.

cycling lane bollards

Or a tree.

trees in cycling lane

Or why not a whole set of railings?

Cycling lane blocked

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.

Cycling lane dead end

Or you could have a posh version – a wrought-iron gate – to block the way.

cycling lane blocked gate

Sometimes a cycle lane will just disappear into nothing.

cycling lane dead end

Or the cyclist needs to become adept at riding up steps.

steps block cycling lane

A common trick is to allow cars to park on cycle lanes.

cars parked on cycling lane

Or if that sounds mad, why not let cars just park either end of the cycle lane?

cycling lane car parking

Perhaps planners wanted a cycle lane, but had no cash to build a long one. So a short one it is, like this.

Silly cycling lane

Or even this.

A stupid short cycling lane

Or maybe this.

Ridiculous cycling lane

You might sometimes wonder if the urban planners expect cyclists to be expert at the slalem.

Wobbly cycling lane

And a slalem with the added excitement of dangerous poles.

cycling lane strange

If it’s real excitement you’re after, then try out this cycle lane by a canal. Hope you can swim.

dangerous cycling lane

Meanwhile, this cycle lane in London is just plain dangerous.

cars on cycling lane

Finally, I give you two simply stupid cycle lanes.

This one is simply pointless.

daft cycling lane

And this one requires a degree in physics.

a cycling lane prison

One thought on “20 stupid cycle lanes

  • November 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Haven’t laughed so much for a long time, absolutely brilliant even though it’s a shame that they are genuine lanes and not a photoshop joke

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