Tim posted this great site in the comments. It shows monthly examples of poorly designed Cycle lanes, cycle paths and cycle routes. Amusing, but beware, you can waste a bit of time looking at them all. I should know.
I have to say I’m not sure whether cycle lanes are a good idea. The roads here in Essex generally feel very unsafe for cycling because of the traffic, but I’m not sure that cycle lanes are the answer. One useful thing that could be done is to slow cars down a bit. The speed limit is 30mph around Rayleigh, but I rarely* see anyone going less than 40. I have never seen any police checking speeds in Essex as far as I can recall. I think speed limits in urban areas should generally be reduced to 20mph and transgressors should undergo some sort of embarrasing forfeit, but I haven’t decided what exactly. I am serious about the 20mph though.
I haven’t got time to tell you about my bicycle as it is nearly lunchtime, but I will soon.