Do the Brockley Squeeze

The Guardian is collecting examples of lamentable London cycle provision. Today's entry is called the Brockley Squeeze and stars a pathetic scrap of cycle lane on Mantle Road:

Less than zero use
Never mind the building works creating a bottle-neck, these sorts of lanes are worse than useless. No cyclist would bother with it and no pedestrian would be careful when straying across it. It's just an excuse to put a line on a map at TfL.

7 comments:

Chris Wheal said...

When they first designed and built Lewisham station I wrote to the council asking how they had designed it so that cyclists leaving the station to go right, towards Brockley, had to go left and then round the three-lane roundabout 360 degrees.

They wrote back suggesting I illegally ride on the pavement to the superstores and cross the road there. But there has never been a cycle path.

So much for the integrated transport system we hear so much about.

anon said...

What's going on with that development? It started but now it's sat idle since January ...

jim said...

I hate to come across as cynical and sarcastic, but really we could say the whole of Lewisham is one big example of lamentable cycle provision. Deptford Broadway anyone? 7 car lanes. No cycle lane. But then London just doesn't have enough space apparently....

maisie_moo said...

It's not just the Guardian featuring Brockley today: apparently there's a 3/4 page piece in the Times (Bricks and Mortar section). My dad just phoned and read some of it out to me, sounds like lots of local businesses get a mention.

Thomas Hardy said...

The rain made them run away a few months ago. Heard some noise from there a couple of weeks' ago, but nothing seems to be moving. Perhaps they could take down the fences and leave it as a Brutalist sculpture park?

Headhunter said...

Lets try again... For some reason whenever I put a comment here these days which contains a link, it gets blocked... Any reason for this?

Anyway, I was trying to provide a link to another website which highlights the deplorable state of cycle lanes across the UK

My impression is that central government sets targets for local authorities to hit in terms of miles of cycle lanes to create without any actual thought to the quality and usability. Most cycle lanes in London consist of a green strip in the gutter or across the pavement which generally ends abruptly where it's needed - at a pinch point or at a complex junction

I generally ignore cycle lanes in London as they are mostly an utter waste of time. Even the Cycle "Superhighways" are just a bits of blue paint in the gutter which legally speaking are "advisory" meaning that motorists have as much right to drive in them as cyclists have to ride there. Also they generally come to an immediate and abrupt end in parking spots and bus stops

SamB_UK said...

You could just wheel your bike over the pedestrian crossing in front of the DLR station?

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