Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Kate Hoey's "Excellent Cycling Route"

At 9.48am today the Thames Path by St Thomas' Hospital wasn't busy (above). Plenty of room to pootle along on a bike except that our local policitians, such as MP Kate Hoey, and organisations such as the hospital, have clubbed together in advance of the publication of the South Bank and Waterloo Cycling Strategy to ban cycling here.

At 10.17 the Thames Path wasn't busy either (below)

Not being allowed to cycle along here any more, I was obliged to take the route our MP, Kate Hoey, recommends  "There is of course an excellent cycling route on the main road along past Lambeth Palace and the hospital."

Thus it was that at 10.22 I was sat stationary, breathing in diesel particulates, in the bumper-to-exhaust motor traffic, stuck behind the bus that was stuck behind other traffic in the advisory cycle lane. Excellent? Pah.


Dave said...

Given that the route south of the river was never that good; wouldn't it be great to have a wide pedestrian and bike boulevard on the North bank of the Thames? Divert all the vehicles at the Vauxhall Bridge junction and you could create a fantastic riverside park from the Tate Gallery to Parliament square. Closing Millbank, Lambeth bridge and Abingdon street to motor vehicles frees up an enormous new open space and has room for revenue raising cafes etc by the river and a full sized bike boulevard. And stops the Tate being isolated by a horrible dual carriageway in front of it.

Charlie Holland said...

While it would be splendid to have that space, and it would force some traffic off the road altogether, it would also be likely to result in a lot of traffic shifting south of the river along the Albert Embankment etc. There needs to be a riverside masterplan.