Cycling home this evening up Mile End Road, I came across TfL and police officers issuing advice to people on bikes…
TfL’s rep informed me that something a little different had opened…
Brilliant news! Well done TfL. Much safer and more pleasant (and now operating in both directions).
Two acute problems with the route, obvious from the start (see my consultation response on CS2) now rear their ugly heads again.
Why aren’t people using it already? Answer, because the preceding track isn’t there yet. But unfortunately, it never will be. This is the part of the route where TfL caved in to traders’ objections (led by the then mayor, but that’s another story). So people on bikes will be rounding buses at that stop and dodging the various kerbside activities conducted along the road – loading, unloading, rubbish clearing – all in the usual company of taxis, buses and motorbikes. There will be more casualties in this stretch of road until TfL sort it out.
My earlier picture showed a person on a bike turning north up Cambridge Heath Road. Having two good east/west cycle routes in Tower Hamlets makes the complete absence of safe north/south routes (except Regent’s Canal Towpath) even more noticeable. This is Cambridge Heath Road, two hundred metres north of the other pictures. Four lanes wide (five further north), and lacking any space for cycling.
TfL is doing great work on CS2. But a safe, attractive journey runs door-to-door. Finally making CS2 safe begs huge questions about the dismal, dangerous roads which surround it.