Monday 13 April 2015 12.52pm
I see from the article about work starting on the Elephant & Castle roundabout
that they're going to be improving the northern cycle bypass route. About time too, because almost every bit of this needs a lot of work to make it more cycle friendly.
From the east:
Newington Causeway Junction:
Because there's no yellow box on Newington Causeway
, this junction is frequently blocked by traffic.
People take no notice of the pedestrian lights on the crossing over Rockingham Street
(partly because they're red almost all the time because cycles might turn right from Newington Causeway
There's still a big puddle right by the cycle stop line on Rochingham Street when it rains, though not as big as it used to be.
At least this junction has a push button for cyclists to press to work the lights
Here you have to dodge the students in the middle of the road (even though it's a 'cycle superhighway') and the delivery lorries for LSBU/Skipton House
Cyclists are then squeezed onto a very thin strip of cycle lane, which isn't really big enough for two-way traffic (otherwise it's the cobbles.... no thanks!)
Also the cycle superhighway passes immediately next to the Boris bike stands, so people taking out/putting in bikes there can cause chaos with the flow of cycles if the London Road
junction is green
London Road Junction
This seems to be a radar-operated cycle junction. It works OK during the day, but at night you can be waiting minutes for the lights to change. The temptation for cyclists to jump the red lights after waiting 2mins plus is significant and dangerous
St George's Road Junction
Another radar-operated junction. Again, not so bad during the day, but very very very slow at night - tempting cyclists to jump into the traffic accelerating away from the Elephant
In general, it'd be good to see the whole section marked on the roadway to show it's a main cycle route - perhaps the superhighway blue would be good for this.
I've not done the section to and from the New Kent Road
via Meadow Row
, so I'll leave others to comment.
TfL/Southwark - this is your great opportunity to sort this out. Please make sure it gets done, and gets done effectively and appropriately!