Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Saturday afternoon on the South Bank

Outside the former Aquarium and the Eye, clearly too congested at this time to cycle, so people with bikes will get off and push them. Pass under Westminster Bridge so you're opposite Parliament and the situation at the same time on a Saturday afternoon is entirely different
Plenty of room for people to pootle on their Boris Bikes - a perfect Londoner and tourist use of the Thames Path that local politicians and employers aim to ban. (Catch up on Thames Path blog posts here)
The powers don't talk of providing an alternative traffic-free cycle route along the Thames with views of Parliament, yet this road in St Thomas' Hospital grounds is clearly perfect for that role. You can follow it around to the entrance of St Thomas' and then straight across the Toucan to Belvedere Road.
The joy about pootling along the Thames on a bike is that a few quiet minutes later you're halfway to Battersea, able to look back where you came from.
Finally, an iconic view of Westminster Bridge and Parliament, with the obligatory two ice cream vans trading while parked on the red route, bus lane and cycle lane. (Catch up on the Ice Cream war here)

1 comment:

Paul M said...

Having ploughed through the Waterloo/South Bank Cycle strategy document prepared by the Eye-guy, I could see that they were aiming to enforce a ban around the Coin St/London Eye section (Blackfriars - Westminster bridges) but I couldn't really make out what they intended beyond there. There was plenty of worthy intention expressed about improvements to surface and brick tables on the Belvedere Rd/Upper Ground section of NCN 4, which is pretty horrible if you ride small wheels, but it failed to address the nastiest aspect of this section in my view - cabbie or white-van-man overtaking closely and then slamming on the anchors in front of you as he approaches a speed table.

I don't actually recall anything at all about addressing the Lambeth Rd section of NCN 4, which I am pleased to say I have not yet found necessary to experience.

I wrote to Kate Hoey as a concerned, middle-aged city slicker who would like to be able to continue to use the embankment in a responsible and considerate way. Got a polite, but fairly non-committal, response, but I can't see it would hurt for as many people as possible to write her too, just to drive the point home?