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Photo #166603

[Newer image this issue: #169949.] [Image taken 2.4.21] The original 'all non-motor users' route which runs through Marygate car park, York. It is alongside the Scarborough-York rail line. The too-tight space is further reduced by the plants that grow through the railings. On the day I took this image I measured a typical branch at 40cm. Nearby was a briar - ie a thorny plant - one tendril of which was even longer. It is still early in the growing season. Based on previous years, the space for people will decrease noticeably. Since last summer, there has been a popup (coned off) covid-19 corridor parallel to the original and between it and the car parking. In November 2020, City of York Council took a decision that when the popup corridor was removed (date to be confirmed), the width of original route would be increased. However, there will be even more pressure on it as the number of users will increase. Some of the increase will result from the lit crossing planned for Bootham specifically to facilitate cycle-ped-hire scooter traffic. Some will follow construction of a slope to replace the existing steps on St Mary's which will mean more people can and will access the route. The reduction in width from plant growth will put even more pressure on the proposed width. (See also: #157644)

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