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Photo #192970

[Image taken 15.4.23] Bootham Stray/exit to Alder Way, New Earswick. [NOTE: No street view at this location.] I caught up with this couple as they were turning towards the cattle grid and York barrier #180736. I thought I'd check if they knew there was a radar key operated gate. (I carry a radar key.) They explained they used to walk this route regularly. The wife had an operation and now uses her new trike as a mobility aid/a way they can still enjoy being outdoors together. They said they had never noticed there was a lock in the gate. They do have a radar key but... didn't have it with them. I was able to unlock the gate so they could pass through. It is self locking so they didn't need further help. The lock is low down. This also makes it low key. I will contact the CYC walking and cycling officer and the access officer and request a sign 'radar key operated lock' for the gate. Other people might need that sign too. Ultimately, though, I hope all the barriers/barricades here will be removed. The cows haven’t been here since 2019 - the year before covid. This obstruction and the one just yards from it: #173450 mean many people cannot independently/spontaneously use the convenient motor traffic-free Bootham Stray to link New Earswick and York. And I, and others, slip on the cattle grid and get stuck on the York barrier. Other image here today: #192971. Other images today: #192972, #192973, #193043, #193044, #193045.

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