Sunday, 9 March 2014

Space to make Kennington and Oval junctions child cycle friendly, part 2

On Friday 28th February, just after the water main had burst causing Clapham Road to be shut, I blogged with photos showing the traffic from Elephant and Castle in the morning.

A week on, with the closure still in place, Lambeth's Cycle Programme Manager took these photos, observing,
I took this sequence of photos this morning between 0835 and 0838. They show Brixton Road North bound looking towards the junction with  Camberwell New Road, 7 days into the closure of the A3 between Stockwell and Oval. Whilst busier than normal, the junction was not backed up and cleared completely or almost completely every time. When the A3 was first closed last week this junction was blocked and backed up, but we can see from evidence this morning that traffic is already evaporating just one week on.

 Putting in place cycle facilities to Dutch standards, that children can use safely, will require a little change at the junctions here, but nothing like the scale of the closure of Clapham Road. The forced closure of Clapham Road shows that there is no reason for TfL to compromise on making this area really cycling friendly for all.