Behold: The Awesome Power of the Cycle Superhighway



Here are some early shots of Boris' much-hyped cycle superhighway, aimed at reclaiming the streets of London for the cyclist. The superhighway is the blue bit.

Thanks to Get Down for the photos.

34 comments:

Marmoset said...

Wow, it's a magic blue carpet! It flies over box junctions.

Anonymous said...

Seems like a good moment to link to the sublime http://www.warringtoncyclecampaign.co.uk/facility-of-the-month

Anonymous said...

more visual garbage

Brockley Nick said...

Anon, that is fantastic. Thank you. Those lycra clad terrorists always get their way.

TheWalker said...

Will he be painting the pavements green so only pedestrians can go on there.

osh said...

I think you're missing the point there anon!

osh said...

Whoops "the walker" sorry

TheWalker said...

Why, I'm fed up dodging cyclists on the pavements.

The other Brockley nick said...

That will definitely stop motor vehicles from squishing cyclists. It's just the sort of thing that will encourage nervous first time cyclists to take to the road, what with it being right in the middle of the road used by all motor vehicles.

Another Walker said...

So does the blue bit mean that cyclists can enter box junctions even if their exit is not clear? Surely that is against the Highway Code?
Or do they just assume that cyclists will do what they bloody well like anyway: they certainly don't seem to recognise red traffic lights.

Brockley Nick said...

@Another Walker - I doubt it, I think it just means that's where cyclists are supposed to cycle.

The Cat Man said...

Looks scary...

Anonymous said...

Is it blue to represent the Tories? Can we expect more of these stingy 'improvements' if Cameron becomes PM?

Crofton Parker said...

Arrrghhhhh! I had completely the wrong idea about cycle superhighways. I had been looking forward to them - didn't seem too much to ask that London would finally have a meagre handful of proper cycle paths. Should have known. The amount of paint that gets used for totally pointless purposes, unless the purpose is to bring everyone down... just like those dog stencils, only stupider. God.

John said...

Is this actually part of the cycle superhighway scheme or just somebody claiming that it is? Nick, have you checked with the local authority? Or is this post just supposed to be a joke?

Brockley Nick said...

No john, not a joke. Or at least, boris', not mine

Sue said...

No joke. Good idea in theory, but a rather thin blue cycle lane is not what I was expecting from a 'superhighway'. Details on TfL site here.

BTW, I see that a new round of funding from the 'Community Cycling Fund for London' has just opened, with grants of £5k and £10k available to improve cycling in your neighbourhood. Any suggestions on how it could be spent round here? Details on the London Cycling Campaign website. Deadline to get bids in is 26th March.

Sue said...

Meant to add that the cycling officer told me the other week they are going to do smthg to sort out the permeability of the cycle route at Vulcan Road/Shardeloes Rd bus stop area. The cycle route abruptly stops there/you're expected to do a wheelie up a kerb. It's on the works programme anyway, along with a bike rack for outside Ladywell Tavern!

Anonymous said...

That why I keep being cut up by busses, pulled out/in on from junctions and stepped out in front of, No Blue Lane !

Anonymous said...

Instead giving free Oyster cards to kids, they should give them the option of a car OR bike and cycling equipment.

Marmoset said...

I've decided that they are a perfect reflection of how joined up transport policy thinking is.

Headhunter said...

Never really expected much from this. Just looks like what was previously green is now blue. Cars will still park on them, motorcyclists and moped riders will still block them, pedestrians will still walk out in front of you onto them. Pointless waste of money and paint.

Anonymous said...

accompanied by signs saying 'it is illegal to drive on the blue bits if you are a car, van OR MOPED' (possibly in fewer words... maybe a nice cartoon) with some threatening 'superhighway cameras to spot naughty cars- £80 fine' signs, this could be a good step forward. Not perfect, but better.

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Tom said...

the blue areas are perfectly legal to drive in for cars etc. they are advisory only.

obviously this is completely rubbish but my problem with it is the opportunity cost: a huge amount of time and money (two routes: £22m, whole scheme: £120m) for something that is either irrelevant or actively dangerous, depending on your take on it.

this is in addition to various other meaningless cycling projects, such as the hire bike scheme (only great for tourists, at a cost of £80m+) and "saving" cyclists from bendy buses (£10m-15m plus at least).

All the while, cyclists continue to get killed by HGVs. Two this week in London. Absolute scandal and a complete disgrace. (But it is what happens when policy is led by morons.)

Anonymous said...

complete waste of paint will probably cause more confusion than exists already.

Anonymous said...

Inadvertently, I think the first Walker above got it spot on. Why do we need blue lines to mark where cyclists are "allowed" to cycle? If drivers learnt that they shared the road with other users, including cyclists, motorcycles, buses and other cars, rather than owning it, then we could get rid of all the pointless graffiti on the tarmac.

Tom - I disagree that the hire bike scheme is only good for tourists. If comprehensively implemented then it'd actually be much more useful for commuters/residents popping into town.

Robert said...

I've been banging about the idea of creating cycle lanes alongside existing railway lines into the centre of London.

Is this feasible? No one, thus far, has told me I'm an idiot - though I am not counting it out.

TM said...

Robert you are an idiot......only joking HOWEVER in most locations ie cuttings, tunnels, stations on viaducts, it is simply not feasible as there is not enough spare space.

The presence of a high voltage live rail might cause a few problems as well.

Fried cyclist anyone?

Anonymous said...

I have previously seen proposals for hanging cycle lanes of the side of the raised DLR lines - that would be cool (and v expensive probably)

Anonymous said...

I kind of thought a Cycle Superhighway would be a separate path, maybe with railing on each side, just for cyclists. That combined with a secure cycle park and maybe shower and locker rental facilities near to the Central London anthills.

Only if cycling can deliver commuters to their place of work in the same state as other forms of commuting will it take off.

Sadly, there a few organisations, either public or private, that go anywhere near providing a place to lock the bike, never mind a shower and the roads operate a strict pecking order with cyclists at the bottom of the pile.

Both the public and private sector need to be led, chivvied, cajouled and generally persuaded. The sort of thing Mayors are supposed to do.

I was rather hoping Bicycling Boris might have pulled something rather more impressive out of the bag than this.

A cunning plan to daub paint all over the road seems like a rather inadequate figleaf rather than the full monty that was promised.

We have been short changed. Sold a pup. A dogs dinner. A dollop of Eton mess.

Sam@JamCircus said...

nice one Boris, cant wait for 2012

Hugh said...

All very well chatting about peak oil (thanks, I won't capitalise it). We'll know there's been a genuine change in transport policy when runners, walkers and cyclists get cashback on their tax returns for miles clocked up under their own steam.

How would this work? Presumably by giving out free microchips that would allow individual journeys to be traced and recorded. Someone would have to work out how to avoid people getting on buses and claiming for miles cycled, of course, but I'm sure that is soluble.

prj45 said...

Oh dear, I figure that makes that particular box junction unenforcable then?

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