Friday, 15 October 2010

TfL's invitation to die

There is a cycle lane (above) along the Albert Embankment on the approach to Lambeth Bridge. Although well below the recommended width, it's inviting to cyclists - after all it's been designed for their benefit and has a solid white line along the edge meaning motor vehicles aren't allowed in it. A further inducement to use it is that the criminally narrow cycle lane (that motor vehicles aren't allowed in) conveniently continues over Lambeth Bridge towards Westminster (below, looking towards Lambeth).

Here's a cyclist using the cycle lane, with a van in its lane, going around the corner together. Ahh, bless them.

Now, to be pernickety, the lane isn't really continuous (just like a Cycling Superhighway really). There's a tiny section, just a few feet long, where the cycle lane disappears. It's here, where the potholes are and the high edge kerbing.

Funny, I didn't think cycles had enough weight over the axles to cause potholes. Now, what could cause potholes here, where the cyclist's flow line is, in this incy-wincy distance between mandatory cycle lanes?

Maybe one of these going round that corner could cause a little bit of damage?

So, either TfL could seriously attempt to help cyclists at this crucial point (eg having a segregated lane), or they could ignore the issue save an attempt to limit their legal liability by carefully not painting a white line for a few feet. Here it's clearly the latter.


Andy W said...

You left out the worst bit: that the gaps in the bridge to let it expand in the summer heat are exactly the width of a bicycle tyre and are positioned in the middle of the bike lane!

One of the worst bridges in London for cyclists.

Cyclists in the City said...

It's an even worse approach from Waterloo to this roundabout. You get pushed into a really tiny lane and cut up by lorries/busses or you use the utterly insane offroad bit that puts you on the pavement

Mark said...

You're absolutely right, it's a disgrace. Take the lane, take the lane, take the lane!