Monday 9 September 2013 6.27pm
OK here we go again but after my experience this evening I'm in full rant mode about this.
This otherwise pleasant area is plagued by large numbers of people on two wheels behaving irresponsibly and they are ruining it for everyone else. I've just tried to point out to yet another cycling fascist this evening that - actually - no it's not safe (!) to ride through Hays Galleria and then through the walkway by the Horniman in between all the people and the poor bar staff that are trying to get through to the tables by the river to serve drinks. That's because it's a pedestrian shopping area with lots of people eating and drinking and serving, Doh! He didn't get this needless to say. He's not on his own - I walk through there twice a day and regularly get passed, often at high speed, by stupid people doing exactly the same thing. Respect? They've never heard of the word.
The same crackpot tried to claim that the no cycling signs in the More London area don't exist. Of course there are several - although in the wider open spaces by City Hall
(for instance) cycling ought to be safe if it is conducted responsibiy. It isn't by a large number of people who do this. I lost count of the number of occasions during the summer, a period when the area was packed with tourists, when I saw madheads on two wheels going through there at high speed, frequently missing small children by tiny margins and terrifying little old ladies.
There's a similar issue with the small area of the Thames Path that starts at Mill Street
and ends by Brown's bar once you've crossed the little bridge over the Neckinger. The walkway is barely wide enough for one person, contains a number of tight bends, has a little dark tunnel which ends in a blind corner and the bridge itself is manifestly not suitable for cyclists. Hordes of them pedal through this area - often at high speed and this activity is obviously dangerous to pedestrians. And rude and inconsiderate and stupid and ridiculous ....
I could go on. At least half the cyclists that use the Tower Bridge Road
and Tooley Street
junction never observe the traffic lights. Consequently crossing the junction at the pedestrian crossings is frequently hazardous even when the signals are in your favour. Ditto for every pedestrian crossing in the area.
It's about time someone stood up for the pedestrians in Southwark and reclaimed some of these areas from the people that are making them dangerous. Here endeth the sermon!!!