Swindon Borough Council, in their wisdom, have made 'amendments' to the bike lane in King William Street, Old Town. Prior to the changes, the bike lane was one of the better ones in Swindon, as it was an example of 'filtered permeability' - this is where the favoured form of transport (in this case bikes) is allowed to travel where the discouraged form of transport (cars) cannot. On King William Street, bikes can go in both directions while cars can only travel one way. Or at least they could before the street was vandalised by the Borough.
Here's a video showing how a cyclist is now forced to negotiate the bike lane:
Here are some still pictures that show just how absurd it is.
In this picture, the victim, sorry, the cyclist has just negotiated his way around two cars that are parked in the new parking spaces which have been placed squarely in the bike lane. If a third car had been parked in the remaining space, the rider would not have been able to get in to the bike lane without riding over the kerb.
He negotiates the blind corner, safely in the bike lane that is protected from the one way traffic by a kerb...
...and cycles straight in to a parked car. There is no exit from the bike lane without going over the kerb or on to the pavement (or over the car).
In this picture you can see what happens if the cyclist veers out around the cars that are parked in the bike lane and meets a car driving in the opposite direction, around the blind bend.
Fortunately on this occasion there was no collision and the cyclist didn't need to instruct his lawyers to contact the Borough.