One of the facilities I use every day is a erfect illustration of why off road cycle infrastructure in this country is held with such contempt (I can't argue with the route, just how it's been implemented) - bare in mind that this route was improved about six months ago as part of the Clifton commuter cycle route, so lets have a look at what we have
I also use this every day as it is the main connection between the station (as can be seen in your photos) and pretty much all points south & south-west of the city.
Although I have become blind/indifferent to the specific problems you've noted, eg the narrow lane across the vast expanse of paving is just dumb, there is one far bigger problem that eclipses everything else. That is the route is mostly road, ie the two unconnected (for motor traffic) parts of Queens Bridge Road. This means at least twice a week a lorry just sits right in the way to make deliveries/pickups from the brewery. From the driver's point of view, they're in the turning head of a cul-de-sac; no big deal. From a cyclist's point of view, you have to cut down the side of him with no sightlines and hope the bloody peds are actually on the footwalk.
Actually this whole stretch of route is pretty sound (mostly because it's over in about 20 seconds): the Toucan at Waterway Street West actually syncs up with the lights at Carrington Street once you learn it. What is just brain-dead is the underpass under Robin Hood Way
. It is properly split ped/cycle route purposefully laid out so as not to be encumbered by vehicles in any way (like the MK Redways
) but there are pointless baffler railings across the cycle path in the underpass tunnel and, if you look carefully, cycles are directed up the ramp, across the road
, and back down again. I can't think of a way in which anyone could make this more frustrating and dangerous and what's worse is that they've actively and purposefully undone the whole point of the underpass in the first place. I don't know about you, but an advertised cycle route that requires the negotiation of baffler railings, bollards, and other "calming" measures can scarely qualify as one. I'd rather take the road, thanks (again, thus defeating the point of the off-road route in the first place).
Pics to follow.