Monday 18 July 2011 4.05pm
In my mind the money spent on the recently completed paint job on Tower Bridge could have been better spent on improving conditions for the hundreds of cyclists which cross it daily. Though there is a 20 mile an hour limit on the bridge both lanes are narrow, and on the southern approach traffic merges from 2 lanes to 1 and cyclists often weave in and out between cars both on approach and whilst crossing. Vehicles often travel too near the kerb forcing cyclists to overtake on the outside, for example.
I have commuted to work by bicycle across Tower Bridge for a number of years, and over the last 2 years in particular have witnessed a sizeable increase in volume of pedal powered traffic using it, and adding dedicated cycle lanes would be of benefit to all. There is plenty of scope for the pedestrian walkways to be narrowed to provide room for the dedicated lanes, and at the same time the nasty railings - which for some reason escaped the paint refurb - could be replaced. The cycle lane on the southern side needs to start on approach so as to enforce lane discipline on vehicles merging to the single lane from Tower Bridge Road
Transport For London, are you listening?