Tuesday 3 November 2015 2.26pm
In the evening, I have found that Westminster bridge Road between Morley College
and St George's circus has become atrocious for bikes. It used to be very quick and easy for all vehicles and now the queue comes all the way to Morley college. It is not easy to negotiate for bikes and I feel really unsafe joining this mess. Also the circus is really small so you have to compete with cars and buses.
Absolutely agree with you there, connie. The astonishing three sets of consecutive traffic lights in the space of about 20 yards, guarding the approach to the circus from the direction of Morley must have been dreamt up by someone very special, and plays a huge role in slowing everything down.
If you watch a bus or lorry try to get round the circus, it's painfully slow and sometimes it's potentially dangerous.
It seems to me that a lot of the new road remodelling in the area has chosen to make junctions a lot sharper, with the result that vehicles take a lot more time getting through them, slowing the flow even further and sometimes resulting in some wacky manoeuvres as frustrations rise.
I'm all in favour of giving priority to cyclists and pedestrians, but we've also got to keep the other traffic flowing in what space is left to it, and imho this is not happening at all.
In many cases (including St Georges Circus), lanes have been taken from the regular carriageway in order to give extra, space to cyclists (A Good Thing, imho), but then there's also lots of additional space that's been taken from the carriageway which is just useless* paving (A Bad Thing, imho).
*When I say "useless", I mean useless to pedestrians and of no value in improving the general streetscape.
...if you press it, they will come.