Cyclists campaign for fair deal at Blackfriars

South East London cyclists who use Blackfriars Bridge are being urged to support a campaign to secure a better deal for bikes in TfL's development plans for the important river crossing.

Website ibikelondon is organising a "flash ride" tomorrow to protest against revised plans, which the campaigners believe still fall short of providing a safe and convenient route for bikes:

Following a storm of protest over proposals by Transport for London to strip cycle lanes out of the northern junction of Blackfriars Bridge and to increase the road lanes from two to three for cars, TfL yesterday set out their new proposals for the bridge after they were sent back to the drawing board by cycling campaigners...

The new plans are better, but still pretty crap, and will just about help to manage the existing cyclist traffic flow, who will still be expected to battle for space at junctions with buses, taxis and HGVs... but where in these plans is provision for the future? Isn't Boris Johnson's London supposed to be becoming a cyclised city?

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9 comments:

Pete said...

I'll be there (mostly because I'd be crossing the bridge at that time anyway). The bridge is a nightmare to cross and frankly given the huge number of cyclists using the bridge every day we ought to be given more priority over cars.

Humphry said...

Far too many of our roads are beinbg surrendered to cyclists! Just look at the cycle lane--going the opposite direction--at Ashby Road. It gives me immense pleasure to see residents now parking their cars on it at night. Perfectly acceptable in my opinion.

Lep Recorn said...

Got a 9am meeting so I will have to be at work by 8:30ish - bit I would be there otherwise.

The need making roads safer for cyclists is shown on this map http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=de&msa=0&msid=207305429162328382245.00049de451f464602f536&z=11

Although it does not show the deaths on Adelaide Avenue and outside the Toad's Mouth Too which were in the time scale.

Lep Recorn said...

whoops try again :

try this

Anonymous said...

@ Humphry Some of us drive AND cycle, you know. It's not 'them and us'.

Pete said...

Humphry, we're talking about a road leading into the City. Driving to work there is a real niche activity with the vast majority on public transport, walking, or cycling.

I drive too btw but would never dream of driving into central london in rush hour. It's just stupid.

Headhunter said...

I saw this but couldn't stop as I was late for work! It's frankly ridiculous that TFL was planning on closing the cycle lane in favour of an extra lane for motorists when the vast majority of road users at peak times on Blackfriars Bridge are cyclists and pedestrians and with the reopening of the new stationm the number of peds will increase massively! 2 cyclists were killed on BB a few years back almost within a year of each other before they relocated the north bound cycle lane.

I am happy that they have reversed their decision to scrap the cycle lane. This flash demo seems to be to try to force them to retain the 20mph limit at the north end of the bridge which to be honest I find pointless as no one drives at 20mph there anyway and the police don't enforce it...

Humphry - What a ridiculous statement. Roads are designed by and large to cater for motorists with very little concession anywhere for cyclists or pedestrians. Cyclist do not need complex flyovers and junctions which cost millions of pounds, traffic lights or massive roundabouts like the one in Lewisham. These are all designed for and created at great taxpayer expense for the motorist! What gave motorists the right to dominate the road anyway? I pay council tax which pays for the tarmac I ride on and I have as much right to cycle along it as any motorist.

Anyway as Anon 23:55 points out, most people cycle, drive and walk, we are not 3 mutually exclusive species!

Humphry said...

Fair point to some of you, but I cannot let headhunter get away with some of his statements unchallenged.

"Roads are designed by and large to cater for motorists with very little concession anywhere for cyclists or pedestrians."

Yes... agree, they are - so cyclists stop undertaking.

"Cyclist do not need complex flyovers and junctions which cost millions of pounds, traffic lights or massive roundabouts like the one in Lewisham. These are all designed for and created at great taxpayer expense for the motorist!"

Agree again. Because motorists are taxpayers several times over through choosing to use a motorised vehicle instead of peddle power. (A cyclist, unless he isn't also a car owner, does not get taxed for his bike does he?Or fined for speeding (usually), or for parking unlawfully, or get congestion charge when the buggers gatehr on mass, and all of the other charges. Did I mention the MOT? The driving lessons? The driving test? The petrol? The insurance? Tax! Tax! Tax!

Neither do many cyclists use their vehicles to deliver people (other than themselves) or goods, or children (not often), or pay those fines that DO ensure that the roads are in fact built for them - which is why they are elevated above cyclists! A sad truth I know!

"What gave motorists the right to dominate the road anyway?"

Answered above I believe, but with my left turn indicator going I also feel that I have the right of way on a left turn. Not so, at least not where the cyclist is concerned.

"I pay council tax which pays for the tarmac I ride on and I have as much right to cycle along it as any motorist."

I would be very surprised if the council tax you pay stretches very far in Lewisham after the police have had their slice! of course you do have a right to cycle on the road i pay forit, but it's a right that the motorist gives you. I subside your travel.

"Anyway as Anon 23:55 points out, most people cycle, drive and walk, we are not 3 mutually exclusive species!"

Does that mean that cyclists who do not drive and walk ARE a mutually exclusive (and moaning) species? Surely though, Head, you must agree--however much it hurts to admit--that the cycle path in Ashby Road should be used for residents parking and not an exclusive track for the ODD cyclist.

The last time I was on a bike I was three.

Headhunter said...

Humphry - Cyclists do not "undertake" they filter through traffic jams. Cyclists and motorcyclists are legally allowed to do this. If you can't stand seeing cyclists moving through traffic more quickly than you whilst you sit steaming in yuor car then get out and use the train/walk or cycle yourself...

I do not care that cyclists are taxpayers several times over. "Road tax" is in fact VED and is based on a vehicle's rate of emmission and pollution. If you wish to pollute the very air that we all breathe then pay up. Why should cyclists VED ("road tax") when drivers of GWhizz and VW Blue Motions (electric cars) do not?! Cars and other motor vehicles (be they electric or oil driven) cause much more wear and tear to road surfaces, damage to health (at cost to the NHS), damage to buildings and national monuments through pollution than cyclists every could. You pay tax, tax, tax because as a car driver you cost, cost, cost the taxpayer.

As for council tax, whether you like it or not, roads in London are paid for by it and not by "road tax". I, as a non car owning cyclist pay as much towards the roads as anyone living in a property in the same council tax band, car owner or not. "Road tax" as a fund for roads was abolished by Winston Churchill when he was Chancellor in 1937. In fact in 1996 a survey was done which claimed that in fact, every taxpayer in the UK, driver or not subsidises the motorist as the overall cost of motoring if health issues, pollution damage and cost of roads is totted up, all that tax you pay, doesn't cover it. I can provide a link if you like!

Yes, people do purposely park in the cycle lane on Ashby Rd to obstruct cyclists. Perhaps they won't mind when I "accidentally" clip their wing mirrors causing slight damage... Hmm?

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