...Yep. There it is. Manchester's finest achievement in cycle infrastructure of 2010/11. The invention of the cycle patch.
The basis for the cycle patch is that they could be installed at 8m intervals (in reality double that*) without having to apply for the TRO (Traffic Regulation Order) that would be required for a normal (shitty) cycle lane.
In other words - they are the lowest of the low.
A token piece of cheap shit that can be put there with the least bother to themselves.
Box ticked. Move along.
They even come in a dashing urban camouflage green. Which quickly chameleons itself into road dirt grey and thus vanishes from sight.
As if they were even particulary visible in the first place.
The saying goes 'Buy cheap, buy twice'.
Well this cheap shit has worn away quicker than a taxi drivers patience.
*or not at all in Hyde Rd's case.