Just a reminder that if you’re a cyclist or non-cyclist, there’s a survey on Greenwich Council’s website into what would make cycling easier in the borough, or what would help you get on two wheels.
With another hat-tip to Crap Cycling in Waltham Forest, I can quickly show an example of something which is well-intentioned but really doesn’t help, as this blog takes a rare excursion to Eltham.
Bexley Road, the main road out of Eltham towards Sidcup and Blackfen, should be pretty intimidating for the newbie cyclist – it’s an A road with some pretty fast traffic speeding down it. But it benefits from having a fairly wide cycle lane on it – I rode down one Sunday with no fear whatsoever. On Wednesday, despite heavier traffic, it was the same. It was great. Hats off to whoever at the council came up with this. But then it all comes shuddering to an end…
Oops. Beneath that line of parked cars is a cycle lane. The cars presumably belong to people working on the rebuild of Crown Woods School, a council-backed project taking place to the right of where I stood to take the photo. So where no car parking has been provided by one arm of the council is undermining the good work of another arm of the council. Is there any point in having a cycle lane that can be used as a car park?