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Cycle servicing station just outside Ayr on NCN7. Who'd have thought it. Pump, tools, seating - all it needs is a canopy from the rain! https://t.co/EWwKwJjYK2

Lochs and Glens South - 18 Location: , Ayr (Scotland, United Kingdom)

The River Ayr Walk near Ayr Cemetery

The River Ayr Walk, next to Holmston Road.

The River Ayr Walk, showing surface.

Steps down to the River Ayr Walk at Holmston Road - see also #86456.

Steps at entrance to riverside walkway, but cycle emblems regardless - see also #86457.

Plenty of clutter around the Hansel footbridge and bus stop.

This photo is included not so much for the shared-use footway, as for the drainage on the main carriageway, where the kerbline has been taken in for a couple of gullies so they are not in the way of motorists.

A very messy cycleway.

No connection from stopped up side road onto A77 cycleway.

The crossing point for the A77 cycleway on Symington Road South.

The cycleway right up against the A77 carriageway, with risk of spray and grit being thrown over users. Cycling By Design Table 6.3 says "The Desirable Minimum clearance distance between a cycleway and carriageway with a speed limit in e ... [more]

The cycleway right up against the A77 carriageway, with risk of spray and grit being thrown over users. Cycling By Design Table 6.3 says "The Desirable Minimum clearance distance between a cycleway and carriageway with a speed limit in e ... [more]

Good separation from the carriageway, not so good separation from the vegetation.

While not exactly designed for bikes, it shouldn't present too much of a problem for anyone joining the A77 shared-use cycleway/footway from Symington Road North.

A section of the A77 shared-use footway in need of resurfacing.

A section of the A77 cycleway being resurfaced and widened. Several bike tyre tracks can be seen.

A section of the A77 cycleway that is being resurfaced, and has been left open for use in the meantime. Off to the left one of the crossing points can just be seen, where the dual carriageway can be crossed to access properties on the op ... [more]

An extremely narrow footway at this junction for a house that fronts directly onto the A77.

A very narrow footway at this junction for a residential property that fronts directly onto the A77.

A narrow bit at the bus stop. Hopefully this is still to be improved.

A section of the A77 cycleway being upgraded. Unfortunately the newly installed lighting columns now obstruct the path. With some forward planning, they could have been placed nearer the fence, out of the way of the cycleway.

An upgraded section of the A77 cycleway. Unfortunately the newly installed lighting columns now obstruct the path. With some forward planning, they could have been placed nearer the fence, out of the way of the cycleway.

A user of the A77 cycleway.

If only the person positioning this sign had thought about where the cycleway would be.

Signpost highlighted with white-lining. Quite a lot of grit seems to gets thrown onto the cycleway by passing motor traffic on the A77.

The dropped kerbs at the Tarbolton Road crossing aren't up to much, particularly the one nearer the camera.

Nice shiny crash barrier. Pity about the path.

The A77 shared-use footway looking towards Kilmarnock. Very little separation from the motor traffic.

Flooded cycle lane and footway. Looks like sand may have blocked drains.

Cycle bypass to mini-roundabout and traffic-calming for those going straight ahead, while NCN 7 is signed to the right for the Low Green path. The footway is also signed as shared-use. Take your pick.

Cycle bypass to traffic-calming, but vulnerable to blockage by car parking.

The path on Low Green comes away from the seafront, only for cyclists to be directed back to the Esplanade.

Is this an appropriate surface for a cycleway, especially at a turning point?

Poor drainage on the Low Green path.

The cycle route is signed via this path on Low Green rather than along the Esplanade.

Broken glass on the cycle path on Low Green.

Apparently cyclists can't be trusted to cycle down this ramp without something untoward happening. Also, unnecessary pole clutter.

NCN 7 leaves the Esplanade for a path across Low Green, only to return to the Esplanade further along.

Some mandatory cycle lanes on the Esplanade that fill up with parked cars in summer. A continuous segregated lane right the way along the Esplanade, such as there is in Southend, may be more appropriate.

Cycle provision on the Esplanade at Ayr switches randomly between mandatory cycle lanes, onto shared-use footway, then back to mandatory cycle lanes, without any proper transition.

Cycle parking at the bus station in Ayr.

The A70 looking towards the Holmston Roundabout and Ayr. I was unsure whether the shared-use footway extended this far. The garden centre is just off to the right.

Shared-use footway alongside A77 Ayr Bypass trunk road, with a jogger approaching in the distance.

The opposite side of the unsignalled A77 crossing seen in #86098.

Destination signs on A77 shared-use footway at Holmston Roundabout. Unsignalled crossing to traffic island on fast and busy trunk road. See also #86099.

Start of shared-use footway, but no dropped kerb to access it from carriageway. Warning of pedestrians crossing, with location specified.

Warning of Cycles Crossing. Where, I'm not sure. Start of shared-use footway visible in background, but no dropped kerb to access it from carriageway.

No cycle facilities on this section of Holmston Road.

The full length of the westbound cycle lane on Holmston Road is visible. Maybe it's work in progress, I don't know. The bus stop has a bag over the sign, but was still in use.

The sign for the commencement of the westbound cycle lane on Holmston Road. Note how the lanes suddenly jump to the right at the pedestrian crossing.

This bus stop has been deemed important enough for road markings. There is a large secondary school off to the left.

Leaves taking over the full width of the cycle lane.

Intensifying leaves. Again, the position of the short-lived segregated cycle lane is clear from the marks on the carriageway. The current end of the westbound cycle lane is visible on the right.

I thought current practice was to continue cycle lanes across junctions. (See also #84490 for what was here previously.)

No longer any need for bus passengers to 'Look Both Ways' (see #84491) before boarding bus, since the bus stops in the cycle lane.

The only person on a bike I'd seen since the town centre passed while I was photographing this pile of leaves.

More leaves in the Holmston Road cycle lane, and another convoy of cars approaching.

The Holmston Road cycle lane at the summit of the hill. The ghost island near the cemetery entrance near the bus stop hasn't (so far) been restored.

The Holmston Road cycle lane at a bus stop opposite the cemetery, with another convoy of cars in a variety of road positions in the wide eastbound lane.

Car parked in Holmston Road cycle lane at entrance to riverside walkway.

On the climb to the top of the hill one is rewarded with leaves and regular car parking in the cycle lane.

End of the resurfaced section of Holmston Road, and it is clear how little the segregated cycle lane impeded motor traffic.

Only the eastbound cycle lane has been restored (so far). Some parts have be resurfaced, others have not. Note the milestone still in place on the right.

The parking bays opposite the cemetery entrance on Holmston Road. When the segregated cycle lane was put in, the bays were moved to roughly in front of where the car with headlights on is. The marks are still visible on the road surface.

Although the parking bays are slightly wider than is the case with similar door-zone cycle lanes in Glasgow, the cycle lane is still where car doors will open into.

The start of the Holmston Road replacement cycle lane. The two-way segregated lane was removed after pro-car councillors went in a huff.

The Holmston Road cycle lane commences around the bend (sign just visible in #85995).

First sign of the Holmston Road cycle lane (behind the branches).

Narrow road past school with lots of motor traffic. But excess motor traffic is a problem right across Ayr.

Cycling in Ayr appears to be only for the brave. This busy double roundabout is at the start of Holmston Road. Note how the visibility of the school 20mph sign on Holmston Road is obstructed.

Covered cycle parking in Burns Statue Square, Ayr town centre.

Cycle parking on the platform at Ayr station, within the safely of the area protected by the ticket barriers.

Blind corner caused by bus shelter on NCN 7 shared-use footway at Prestwick Airport.

NCN 7 shared-use footway alongside the A79 at Prestwick Airport. Just a buffer strip of coloured surfacing between the cycleway and the 40mph carriageway.

"Please do not obstruct" - oh, the irony! See also #85962.

NCN 7 shared-use footway at the Prestwick Airport bus stop. See also #85965.

Decrepit cycle parking shelter (for permit holders only seemingly) at Prestwick Airport.

Great new cycle lane on busy i#Ayr road now open well done @AyrshireRoads @SustransScot go and use @VisitSWScotland https://t.co/EOKVGr33AL

Well done South Ayrshire! Fantastic cycle track on Holmston Road. Let's hope that others follow your example. https://t.co/lBpPu0ovke

No vehicles allowed on this section of NCN 7

Wheel-twister cycle parking at Troon railway station, southbound platform

South Ayrshire council and Sustrans have gone to some efforts to promote cycling in the area. Pity there is no policing!

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