Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Cycle Superhighways after the snow

The central London part of Cycling Superhighway 7 I used around 8.45 this morning was generally good with a slightly tricky bit on the off-main-road section around the Elephant and Castle bypass.

I'm guessing that the heavy motor vehicles using the CS7 mash the snow out of existence...or is it that these roads are better gritted?

Cycling Superhighway 3 was a different situation. Clearly some grit had been dumped on the CS at Cable Street:

But generally it seemed pretty treacherous compared with the road (except I was travelling in the opposite direction to the one-way traffic!)
Further on, past East India Dock and it looked like this (CS3 is on the pavement at this point!!):
I moved to the snow and ice free dual-carriageway A13 and mixed it with the fast lorries and cars instead.

Should we expect the Cycle Superhighways to be functional after a little snow? Should clearly signed diversionary routes be put in place on main road, maybe with temporary speed restrictions imposed, if they're not meant to be useable? Or should we not find a different way to commute when it's snowed - maybe taking the car?


Paul M said...

Maybe the answer is that someone has to come off their bike skidding on the ice. They must wear a lid, so that can't be thrown back at them, and then they must sue for damages or injury.

TfL also needs to have been made aware of the problem so that their failure to address it can be shown to be negligent - I guess they don't have strict liability.

Surely if TfL offers and promotes the routes as safe, convenient cycle routes, they have a duty of care to ensure that they are what they are claimed to be? If pedestrians can claim for tripping on broken paving slabs, and cyclists for unrepaired potholes, there is a basis for claim here?

Perhaps LCC would fund a claim, or a contingent fee lawyer would take it up?

ibikelondon said...

The situation here really should be better. However, I suspect that TFL would tell you that clearing the CS is the duty of local borough Councils where the paths are off road (which for CS3 is much of it)

It's a shame they don't put walking and cycling first, and then concentrate on clearing the roads...