Wednesday 13 May 2009 1.51pm
As a person who tends to support all things "green" and isn't a fan of cars I find it rather odd that I feel sufficiently cross about this to start a new topic. I live just off Albert Embankment
near Lambeth Bridge
and work at London Bridge. I've already desisted from taking the pleasant walk directly to work along the Thames Path each morning because it is, frankly, too dangerous. The reason is the behaviour of a substantial proportion of the cyclists who use the same route. Part of it is not for cyclists because it is not suitable. Despite this nearly all pedal past the signs. A good number cycle too fast and "buzz" pedestrians as if they were some sort of wartime air fighter strafing its prey. Some months ago I decided that I preferred to avoid getting a broken limb and most days I take the "less nice" route via Lambeth Road
because it's a lot safer.
However there are some days when I have to get the bus. Crossing Albert Embankment
at about 8am each day is interesting. A large number of cyclists use the road to get to work and most ignore all the traffic signals. Think once think twice think bike takes on a new meaning when trying traverse the pedestrian crossing on green. Otherwise you may well get mown down! And then there is the issue of the pavements. The pavements on Albert Embankment
are clearly suitable only for pedestrians and are not in any case designated for cyclists particularly as the bus lane on both sides of the road is also a cycle lane. However this is often ignored two and I've witnessed countless incidents where people trying to get to work by using the bus stop at that time of day have had to leap out of the way of the two wheeled idiots that insist on using the pavement.
I think it's time to reclaim the Thames Path and the Albert Embankment
pavements for pedestrians. Thoughts?