Since January, I’ve commuted, in part, down Cycle Superhighway 3. I have been meaning to write for ages about some of the spectacularly dangerous and inept junction designs on the route. But before I’ve even had time, TfL have done something so colossally stupid, I have to cover it first.
Now, I know there are fairly limited (but not unwelcome) improvements planned to CS3 (I don’t know if this is related to that, and when I tweeted TfL asking what they were up to, I didn’t get an answer. Clearly something significant is happening, and the scale of the work means the cycle track has had to change.
In the process however, TfL have taken the only safe, segregated route out of the centre of London to the east, and closed it. And provided:
The bizarre thing – the thing that shows TfL, or at least large parts of it, still don’t get cycling, or don’t consider it as a worthwhile mode of transport, is that they’ve kept the road open next to it. It’s a vile little rat-run full of commercial vehicles.
Let’s recap. TfL have blocked the only safe east-west route in Tower Hamlets, when they could have closed the road and let cyclists still have a safe route – and instead, they’ve left open a rat-run to drivers instead.
There’s no warning further up the route – even if there were an alternative. So what do you think every single person on a bike did?
TfL – making CS3 less safe, and less pleasant, for everyone.
But don’t fear – there’s still space right next to where all the other pictures were taken for pavement parking.
As ever, I’m trying to be balanced. TfL are doing some great stuff on CS2, that I blogged about today. But this is so spectacularly clueless, I still wonder what’s going on inside the organisation. Sort it out – the works are due to last until November.