Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Making soft flesh and heavy metal mix on a race-track

This was the scene an hour or so after a bus and a cyclist collided on Kennington Park Road, Cycling Superhighway 7 towards Clapham/Brixton, at the bottom of Kennington Road this morning
 and this was how the bike shed looked at the nearby Lilian Baylis Technology (secondary) School on a sunny school day last week
 and here is the Lambeth Cycle Conference held on Saturday with lots of cyclists, three Lambeth Cabinet Members and a fourth Councillor, and staff from Lambeth and one from TfL but no head teachers, public health officials, police officers, town centre managers, or commercial driver representatives, discussing 'How to make Lambeth a place where 8-80 year olds choose to cycle.'
and here is the poster that was put on a bus stop by Made in Lambeth, who spent the weekend asking how we go about 'Creating the street of the future', for people to write on
and here is what a bus driver wrote
and this is what a person tweeted this morning
Just had to try to lift the 333 off a cyclist they'd hit on Kennington Road. Blood running cold.

and this is what a person asked on a forum
What colour bike Ed? I cannot get the Mrs to answer her phone.

and this is what they do in the Netherlands at a T-junction, like the one where the cyclist was in a collision today, so cyclists aged 8-80 aren't in the same place as buses or lorries or cars
and yes, there is enough space here to do as the Dutch do
and I hope both the cyclist and the driver, and the people who helped, recover from the collision soon, but above all, I hope that our politicians and engineers will look at what the Dutch have achieved and ask ourselves why we are not doing here what works so well there - and that TfL make changes bloody soon because EVERYONE WHO CYCLES HERE KNOWS JUST HOW SHIT THIS URBAN RACE-WAY SECTION OF ROAD IS AND HAVE BEEN SAYING SO FOR YEARS.

(and in the meantime, I'd like to know whether all 333 bus drivers have undertaken Transport for London's Safe Urban Driving Course that includes on-road cycle training, and if not, why not.)


Invisible Man said...

When I lived in London, I used to ride that section of road home every night towards Brixton. It was not a good section.

Equally to the point, I once had a bus driver assault me on Kennington Road a little short of that point because I'd tried to photograph how he'd pulled dangerously into the ASL area. There are serious deficiencies in bus driver training for cyclists.

There are many things about cycling in New York City, where I live now, that are worse than London. But my cycle routes no longer tend to go that much on bus routes and I don't miss tangling with London double-deckers.


Charlie said...

A profoundly moving post. I cycle this every day. It's an absolutely HORRIBLE stretch.

This kind of accident would be much less likely with better infrastructure. I wish there was something more we could do to make Lambeth Council take this more seriously.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes British traffic engineering at it's very best. "Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

liz said...

This is an absolutely horrible bit of road; in order to avoid left hooks you have to basically ride a very strong primary position and look out for drivers changing lane suddenly and without warning, which can be pretty intimidating for anyone other than the fit and confident.

I can't imagine my mum wanting to cycle in these conditions, and when I have a family I can't imagine riding these roads with a child seat on the back or letting my kids cycle here.

I've seen lots of people comment that campaigns for more cycle paths and segregated infrastructure will mean cyclists 'lose their right to the road', but how can we say we have that right now if roads like this scare most people off cycling?