Thursday 9 October 2014 2.47pm
James Hatts wrote:
is part of one of the Mayor of London's proposed Quietway back-street cycle routes, and the issue is that while the current layout of the gate successfully prevents motorbikes from getting past, it's not particularly easy to cycle through either (especially for those with bike trailers, tricycles etc).
So the idea is to widen the gap for bikes to pass through - but the fear of some residents is that this will lead to motorbikes using the route too.
Southwark Council is now handling the implementation of the section of the Greenwich to Waterloo Quietway on streets within the borough, but this is a project driven by City Hall
rather than something spontaneously initiated by the council.
The idea is to make the street more cycle-friendly, not less.
Drawings etc here:
James - you're right about the original Quietway proposal - just to widen the offset in the gate by an extra 3 cm 'to comply with current cycling design guidelines'. (With the present gap only the nimblest pizza delivery mopeds manage to wriggle through - although at least it slows them down!)
However, the Council have now come up with a plan (discussed at a local Community Council meeting on 29 September) to replace the gate by a single row of bollards. This would continue to halt cars of course, but would certainly not stop motorcycles. There is a fear that this would encourage the revival of the old rat run by which motorcyclists (and formerly motorists) would use Trinity Street
to avoid the junction at Great Dover Street
/Borough High Street
(hardly the point of a cycle 'quietway'). (It must be admitted that any motorcyclists trying this can only get into Trinity Street
from Great Dover Street
by riding across the pavement at the top of Falmouth Road
Personally I'd welcome a slight widening of the offset in the existing gates - I can never manage to steer my own bike through smoothly without putting one or both feet on the ground!