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Cycling in Darlington

Darlington is unique in being the only UK town to combine Cycle Demonstration Town with Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town status. In fact, in the 1980s it was one of the few places to appoint a Cycling Officer, but his reign was short-lived as car-centric policies made the job more and more marginal. So Darlington started its Demonstration Town work in 2004 at a national modal split low of just 1% for cycling. This has been lifted to 3% after 5 years of work.

The main group campaigning for cycling in the town is Darlington Cycling Campaign. It was instrumental in persuading the local authority to allow cycling in the newly pedestrianised town centre. It also helped support the making of the documentary film Beauty and the Bike, which has since been screened by cycling advocates around the world. As a result, the Cycling Campaign strategy is two-fold. It is arguing for good quality, safe cycle paths - or at worst lanes - along all main urban roads via a reduction in road space for motorised vehicles. At the same time it is calling for a blanket 20mph limit in all residential streets, and supports initiatives like Home Zones and Sustrans' Quality Streets.

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Latest photos of the area

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Closeup of sign in #71076. I'd better not go any further!

The cycle track around the roundabout ends onto Feethams. Closeup of the sign in #71078.

Toucan crossing across St Cuthbert's Way.

The Morton Park cycle route uses this back lane until the first turning on the right.

A route sign directing cyclists up a flight of stairs at Darlington station!

Notice advising where to wait for the cycle storage coach on Virgin Trains.

Kissing gate and barrier exclude disabled cyclists and people using cycle trailers.

Kissing gate and barrier excludes disabled cyclists and those who use cycle trailers.

Kissing gate and barrier excludes disabled cyclists and people who use cycle trailers.

Kissing gate and obstruction excludes disabled people who cycle and those who use cycle trailers.

Road narrowing to enforce no entry without bike bypass. This forces people who cycle to either, ride wrong way on the road, ride on the pavement, dismount and push or take a diversion.

Cycle infrastructure discriminates against disabled people who cycle and those who cycle with child trailers.

A new cycle path on McMullen Road, 2 years old, now blocked for many users by newly installed barriers. The reason? A quiet, private, cul-de-sac with just a few houses. It seems the occupants are unable to look out for cyclists as they driv ... [more]

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