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NCN76 goes from Park Road into Zetland Park.

Bo'ness Road in Grangemouth oil refinery. The footway has resumed, but the cycleway (see #102751) has yet to start.

The National Speed Limit applies on Bo'ness Road towards Grangemouth oil refinery. The footway ceases shortly, and only resumes at the refinery some distance past the narrow River Avon bridge.

The old road under the old railway bridge has been closed to motor vehicles, but remains open to cycling and walking into the Kinneil Estate.

An abandoned section of old road at Kinneil, with no connecting path to the footway on the new road, although it is not too difficult to walk across the grass.

The John Muir Way leaving a car park at the Kinneil end of the Bo'ness waterfront section.

The John Muir Way in Bo'ness has been resurfaced with smooth asphalt, and solar LED catseyes for lighting. However, the level crossing kissing gates remain.

The John Muir Way in Bo'ness has been resurfaced with smooth asphalt, and solar LED catseyes for lighting.

The John Muir Way path on the waterfront at Bo'ness has been resurfaced in smooth asphalt with solar LED catseyes for lighting.

A Commonwealth Games Legacy Glasgow 2014 cycle parking stand at the Bo'ness railway station.

Boyd Street, looking towards Laurieston Cross mini-roundabout.

Surely the 'End of Cycle Route' sign should be on the far side of the toucan crossing at Old Redding Road?

This crossing across the A9 took a while to cross. I wouldn't want this to be my route to and from work.

The path into the Kinneil Estate starts off narrow and twisty, but later widens out into more of a track.

NCN76 goes up this flight of steps to the Kinneil Estate. Smooth earth next to the steps acts as a sort of wheeling ramp. A single sign - easy to miss on this downhill section of road. I don't know why the path at the top of the steps co ... [more]

The hilly road to Bo'ness.

You couldn't make it up! The A905/A904 road to Bo'ness is as flat as a pancake but NCN76 takes a hilly route via Inveravon and Kinneil Estate.

Falkirk Council has installed dozens of these End of Cycle Route signs around its patch, and like many of the others, this one is also not at the end of a cycle route.

NCN76 turns right here towards Bo'ness while the Inchyra Road route carries on towards Grangemouth oil refinery (although this is not signed).

A sign with its posts blocking part of the width of the shared-use footway along Inchyra Road. The path clearly predates the sign. If someone is coming the other way, one of you will have to slow down to let the other go first.

A road sign straddling the shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road, with the posts more or less at the edges of the path, unlike the next sign.

NCN76 joins the shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road, but has several barriers across it.

The exit from Rannoch Park, a path from Rannoch Road, and their connection to the shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road.

The shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road. The person with the bike had ridden through Rannoch Park but dismounted at the awkward bit linking the park to the main road (see #102853).

While the John Muir Way signs give correct direction information, the HArTT cycle route signs tell people to cycle over a continuous crash barrier and down a steep embankment. The signs haven't been twisted around - they are bolted together ... [more]

The shared-use footway alongside Inchyra Road. I'm sure there is room for the mobile phone mast to have been positioned further back and out of the way of the cycleway.

A path to Rannoch Park at the end of the Inchyra Road shared-use footway.

The uncontrolled pedestrian crossing across the A905 leads to the Inchyra Road shared-use footway. Presumably anyone cycling over that painted 'END' has to turn left with the traffic, onto the carriageway leading back to Inchyra Road.

A triple uncontrolled crossing across the A905 carriageways for pedestrians at Cadgers Brae Roundabout, across to the Inchyra Road shared use footway which runs between Rannoch Park and Grangemouth oil refinery.

A poor uncontrolled pedestrian crossing across the M9 on-ramp at the Cadgers Brae Roundabout. A gap in the cycle network between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The A9 approaching the Cadgers Brae Roundabout. A gap in the cycle network between Falkirk and Grangemouth. A shared-use path commences just after the roundabout.

A footway alongside the A9 at Beancross. A gap in the cycle network between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The HArTT cycle route turns left here at Beancross to go to the Helix park, but to the right is a glaringly obvious gap in the cycle network, through the Cadgers Brae Roundabout to Grangemouth.

The HArTT cycle route goes through the underpass beneath the A9 at Beancross.

Yet another 'End of Cycle Route' sign! The HArTT cycle route continues through the underpass beneath the A9 and then on to the Helix park.

A good surface but could do with a sweep.

Mumrills Road is now a well surfaced path between Sandy Loan and the A9 underpass at Beancross.

Helix signage with a HArTT badge at Mumrills Road.

The NCN76 turn from Bo'ness Road into Park Road is quickly blocked by traffic queuing at the Abbots Road traffic signals. No signage for the route to Grangemouth oil refinery to the right.

The painted cycle lanes on Bo'ness Road end here, and a jug-handle is provided to cross to the parallel access road to the right.

The painted cycle lanes continue from here into Grangemouth town centre.

The Grangemouth cycle route leaves the relative calm of the access roads to join painted cycle lanes on the main A904 carriageway.

The Grangemouth cycle route links between sections of access road alongside the main Bo'ness Road carriageway, with a short cycle track to wait on before making the turn across potential motor traffic to and from the A904 roundabout.

The Grangemouth cycle route links from one section of access road alongside Bo'ness Road to another.

The Grangemouth cycle route crosses Inchyra Road, next to the roundabout with Bo'ness Road, linking from the access road alongside the main A904 carriageway.

The Grangemouth cycle route crosses Inchyra Road, next to the roundabout with Bo'ness Road.

The start of the cycle route alongside Bo'ness Road in Grangemouth. The cycle side appears to be on the right rather than the left side of the line as the sign suggests.

A barrier on the track up to the Union Canal.

Surface dressing at the Carradale Avenue junction on Glenfuir Road.

Another barrier in Summerford Park.

I'm not sure who is welcome to Summerford Park. I had to turn my handlebars sideways and lift the front wheel to get through this.

Filtered permeability on Summerford Road.

On the way to the park at Summerford, but there's no dropped kerb to join the path.

A short length of path near the Forth & Clyde Canal. If only it went further.

The towpath on the Forth & Clyde Canal merges into the footway of the adjacent road at Lock 16. Signage includes directions to the Union Canal, although the route is just along the main road.

The path on the other side of the Forth & Clyde Canal from the main towpath. I assume the 'Cyclists Dismount' sign up ahead means that cycling is allowed along this path.

The path on the other side of the Forth & Clyde Canal. The main towpath is across the water.

If the footway is narrow, of course the roadworks will block the full width.

The Westburn Avenue shared-use footway crosses Westburn Avenue to get to the signalled crossing on Glenfuir Road and the bridge over the canal to the main towpath. The footway widening doesn't quite make it to the end of the shared footway.

The Westburn Avenue shared footway crossing Blinkbonny Road.

The Westburn Avenue shared-use footway passes a caged pedestrian crossing.

A cycle workstand opposite a cycle shop in Falkirk High Street.

An area map and the Falkirk Active Travel Hub in the High Street.

I initially thought this was some kind of time-restricted 'No Entry' but on closer inspection the plate underneath is for loading restrictions.

A major junction in Falkirk town centre. The road ahead on the left is restricted for motor vehicles to local buses and loading (see #101534).

End of the cycle lane and part-time bus lane on Camelon Road, and start of Falkirk town centre's one-way system.

In theory the bus lane should help separate the cycle lane from the traffic in the general traffic lane, but almost all of the car drivers were choosing to drive in the bus lane outside of operational hours.

The start of a narrow painted cycle lane on Camelon Road, just after a collapsing gully at a bus stop.

The main road around Falkirk town centre doesn't look very cycle-friendly.

Kirk Wynd looking towards the High Street, with a taxi parked across the courtesy crossing.

Bus priority in Falkirk doesn't extend as far as traffic signal detection.

Lint Riggs is part of the pedestrianised area in Falkirk town centre, and connects Upper Newmarket Street to the High Street.

Upper Newmarket Street is restricted for motor vehicles to loading and local bus services.

No Cycling in the High Street, 11am to 4pm. Not strictly observed.

'Cyclists Dismount' for going under the bridge with poor sightlines at Camelon Road. Why not just 'go slowly'?

'Cyclists Dismount' for going under the bridge with poor sightlines at Camelon Road. Why not just 'go slowly'?

The way to avoid the steps at #101523 is to take the A9 road bridge across the railway, and the HArTT cycle route appears to do just that. However, there is no evidence that the narrow footway is legal for shared use, and the provision ... [more]

As with #101515 the railway blocks progress along the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath, and a flight of steps provides the connection to the adjacent A9 road bridge.

The view the opposite way to #101520, and the end of an unspecified cycle route. The HArTT cycle route comes through here too, but is without a sign.

A newly resurfaced path to Camelon at the Sunnyside playing fields. Plenty of gradients.

Various signs but no mention of the HArTT cycle route which comes through here and along the path to Bainsford according to the council's map. See also #101522.

An uncontrolled crossing of the A9 in Falkirk. See also #101518.

A path leading to an uncontrolled crossing of the A9 (see #101519) and the Sunnyside playing fields. Although the HArTT cycle route goes past either end of this path, it uses a signalled crossing of the A9 further to the north.

On the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath approaching the railway and steps at #101515.

The immediate way around the blockage in #101515 is to use this flight of steps up to the A9 bridge to cross the railway. The alternative is to use the road approach to the bridge to avoid the steps.

The railway crosses the canal here and blocks the towpath. There are steps up to an adjacent road bridge to the right (see #101516).

The Forth & Clyde Canal towpath has LED catseyes on this section in Falkirk.

A short section on-road at Bankside to avoid the steps in #101138.

Cycle parking outside the shopping mall.

The A9 shared-use footway/cycleway turns a corner into Mungalend and just ends. The A9 itself continues without any cycle provision. The car parked on the footway across the junction has 'for sale' notices in the window. Buy from a pavem ... [more]

A poorly filled trench across the shared-use footway/cycleway alongside the A9, and a 'Cyclists Dismount' sign at the pedestrian crossing. The shared footway continues (for a short distance) beyond the crossing.

Posts for the huge motorist sign have been kept (almost) out of the way of the cycleway.

Unlike the provision for crossing to Abbotsford Business Park, where left and right turns are catered for instead of forced right-angled turns, the path to Hayfield is made difficult to use with a chicane barrier.

Left and right turns catered for at the Abbotsford Business Park junction on the A9 shared footway/cycleway, instead of the usual forced right-angled turn.

Low hanging branches above the A9 shared-use footway.

The shared-use footway alongside the A9 crosses sides for some reason.

The shared-use footway alongside the A9 crosses sides for some reason, as well as crossing the side roads to industrial estates.

The shared-use footway alongside the A9 crosses sides for some reason, although there appears to be room for it to stay on the same side. There's even a signalled crossing in about half a mile or so.

The shared-use footway alongside the A9 crosses sides for some reason, although there's a choice of going clockwise or anti-clockwise around the roundabout. But someone going to Abbotsford Business Park has to cross the A9 twice.

The shared footway alongside the A9, with a warning for drivers of the crossing up ahead.

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