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Cycling in Hinckley

Hinckley is the home town of one of the lead developers of the CycleStreets project. When he lived in this area in the 1970s he cycled the two miles to school on the A47 on a Raleigh Chopper bike through the village of Earl Shilton.

The new Clickers' Way bypasses that now and it is pleasing to note that a fairly decent effort has been made to provide an off road route for cycling. In Hinckley itself the slightly older bypass does have an off-road cycle route which is a bit too narrow and suffers from lack of priority at side roads - making for slow progress and lots of waiting at e.g. the entrance to a large supermarket or this mixed message.

In 2007 we discovered that many of the No Cycling signs in Hinckley have been illegally installed. I.e. the borough council had just put them in without going through the proper channels. After complaining about this one was removed, but really more should be looked at as there are some potentially useful shortcuts.

The main drag is Castle Street, which shamefully permits driving but bans cycling. This needs sorting out.

If there are any local groups that want to get in touch about taking these forward, do contact CycleStreets.

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Latest photos of the area

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Faded cycle marking on Queens Road, Hinckley.

Covered cycle parking at a new development, Hinckley.

Clarence Road, Hinckley.

Clarence Road, Hinckley.

Shared use cycleway at Queen’s Park, Hinckley.

Shared use cycleway at Queen’s Park, Hinckley.

Shared use cycleway at Queen’s Park, Hinckley.

Shared use cycleway at Queen’s Park, Hinckley.

Shared use cycleway at Queen’s Park, Hinckley.

Poor access to the shared use cycleway at Queen’s Park, Hinckley.

Hinckley Railway Station is cheered up with planters and a gardened embankment by volunteers sponsored by local businesses. https://hinckleystation.org.uk/

Hinckley Railway Station is cheered up with planters and a gardened embankment by volunteers sponsored by local businesses. https://hinckleystation.org.uk/

Covered cycle parking outside ALDI in Hinckley.

Electric vehicles charging point in Hinckley.

Bridge Road, Burbage

Burbage

Burbage

Burbage

Burbage

Burbage

Burbage

This narrow footpath appears to be lit.

Cyclist skirting the stupid chicane on Banky Meadows.

Pinch point on Sapcote Road, Burbage.

Side road off Burbage Road.

Ridiculous chicane at the Outwoods, Burbage near Hinckley.

The Outwoods, Burbage near Hinckley.

The Outwoods, Burbage near Hinckley.

The Outwoods, Burbage near Hinckley.

Stile to cross the Birmingham to Cambridge railway.

Stile to cross the Birmingham to Cambridge railway.

A public footpath skirts the edge of Hinckley Golf Club.

New development connection to public footpath by Hinckley Golf course.

New development seemingly designed with on footway motor vehicle storage.

Footpath connection off the new development.

New development on an edge of Hinckley.

Lack of a dropped kerb suggests that this is a footpath not a cycleway.

This housing development appears to have been built with cycling access, but it’s usually gated off when I go by. Signs claim that it’s private.

Roundabout sponsored by an independent firm of funeral directors.

Roundabout sponsored by an independent firm of funeral directors.

New Street, Earl Shilton

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Almey’s Lane, High Street, Earl Shilton.

Almey’s Lane, Earl Shilton. Three of them died at the battle of Waterloo.

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Welcome to Earl Shilton, please drive carefully. Then there’s a mini roundabout and cyclists are directed onto the footway.

Pinch point

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Dreadful footway shared use cycling scheme in Earl Shilton. At best the highway authority is trying to do something, but putting cyclists and pedestrians into conflict is not the answer.

Cycle Lane appears and disappears at a junction.

View of south Leicestershire from a gap in the houses at Barwell.

Shortcut, No Cycling sign, no dropped kerb.

Faded cycle symbol on the road, perhaps suggesting this is a cycle route.

Although these signs carry a negative, their main message to me is that a shortcut exists.

Shortcut

Barwell footpath

Highfields Road one way, Hinckley.

Car litter.

Reserved for my bikes!

A little bit of filtered permeability with the recent housing development. There's a bollard and a dropped kerb.

Normandy Way, a shared use cycleway at an edge of Hinckley.

Normandy Way, a shared use cycleway at an edge of Hinckley.

Work on resurfacing Dodwells Road, Hinckley shared use cycleway.

Work on resurfacing Dodwells Road, Hinckley shared use cycleway.

Work on resurfacing Dodwells Road, Hinckley shared use cycleway.

I snook through the car park to get past this temporary closure.

Hinckley, home of the pinch-point.

There’s a wooden channel on the side of these steps to help wheel bikes from Coventry Road down to the Ashby Canal towpath.

Coventry Road footway shared use path.

Coventry Road footway shared use path. The shared use comes to an unceremonious halt here and you have to cross over the busy road to continue.

Coventry Road footway shared use path.

Bridleway but curious 10.5 MPH speed limit.

Castle Street, Hinckley

Station Road, Hinckley

Station Road, Hinckley

Ford - be careful

Coventry Road shared-use cycleway or motor vehicle storage?

Yarnbombing has arrived in Hinckley.

A50 bikeway impassable again today @LeicsCountyHall One day someone is going to get killed walking or cycling in the dual carriageway here, and I will dig out every time I reported this over the last 9 years! #secondclasscitizens #stopkil ... [more]

Excellent bike shop in Hinckley.

New development along Sketchley Brook.

Cycleway ends and reverts to a footpath here.

Good stands next to the library entrance.

Shared use comes to an end, cyclists continue on the road at this junction. CYCLISTS REJOIN CARRIAGEWAY

I thought the covert CCTV warning was about cycling, but it is about dog poop.

Shame about the wheel benders, but at least the cycle parking is right next to the main entrance.

Shared use joins carriageway at a short advisory cycle-lane ahead of a pinch point.

Shared use at a school with edge of carriageway fencing.

Racks in school grounds

This strange mix of shared use and no cycling on the same pole is still here at the end of 2018. See #28576.

Normandy way with it's narrow two-way cycle lane at a crossing with a footpath.

Narrow cycleway with significant lip for the footway section. The width shown in the image is 1.33 m but when the phone camera was closer to the surface a width of 1.2 metres was shown.

Narrow shared use on Normandy Way.

Barwell Road opposite the Asda.

Barwell Road opposite the Asda.

Ashby Road pavement cycleway.

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