Friday 4 July 2014 9.33pm
I agree, the only answer is "yes".
James' news story is excellent, but I would like to see the evidence that process was followed when the toucan crossing was converted to a pelican crossing - James notes this was 10 years ago "following concerns about the reduction in capacity caused by the removal of a lane for general traffic." So now 10 years have passed, are they still "concerned"?
I would love to see any evidence of this consultation or notification of the change, irrespective of what the crossing was called, as I recall TfL admitting at the time that there had been none.
It is worth noting the pavement on the Meadow Row
side is signposted as a shared space for bikes and pedestrians between Meadow Road and the crossing which implies the justification is just intentionally misleading.
As a key part of the Elephant and Castle cycle bypass - i.e. a route that avoids London's no.1 blackspot for cycle injuries and deaths - it is beyond outrageous that TfL can change status of a crossing, get the process wrong at least once and probably twice, and then not bother to rectify the mistake for years afterwards.
The mayor's answer below that James has found is a masterpiece of jargon and obfuscation.
Answering a question from London assembly member Jenny Jones in 2012, the Mayor said: "When a bus lane was introduced on New Kent Road
approximately 10 years ago, the toucan crossing was converted to a pelican crossing following concerns about the reduction in capacity caused by the removal of a lane for general traffic.
"Since then, cyclists have continued to use the facility as if it were a toucan crossing.
"To enable construction works to take place at the major development site on the corner of Elephant Road and New Kent Road
, TfL has temporarily relocated the pelican crossing 50 metres eastward.
"However, there was no plan to install a new toucan crossing [and] an unintentional error was made in some of the consultation materials which referred to a 'relocated toucan' when in actual fact it is a 'relocated pelican'.