I absolutely applaud the speed with which the bridges have been closed to marauding terrorists. But I gather cyclists have been complaining about restricted space on Westminster Bridge and, northbound on Blackfriars the bus lane has been restricted so busses cannot pass if there is a large lorry on the other lane even though, as James photos show there is a dividing pavement they could have been placed on.
So above all. applause, but over time could this be rectified?
The 31 people killed on the pavement last year were all killed by drivers. You are forty times more likely to be injured by a driver than a cyclist on the pavement. Drivers routinely hurt and kill people on pavements, so it seems strange to restrict the safest road user.
I cycled South-bound over Blackfriars last week using the cycle lane. Yes, the barrier at the north side did slow me down a little and police were directing us around it however I don't see this as a bad thing necessarily.
There's no harm in forcing any road user to take a speed check from time to time is there?
As for putting the barriers o the other side of the cycle lane, well then what happens when a nutter in a van decides to mow down a load of cyclists? I'd rather be protected from that kind of thing when on my bike if possible.
I cycle over Westminster Bridge every day and was wondering if the redesign of the bridge will now take place or if plans will now incorporate new terrorist barriers.
At least I am happy that these barriers stop tourists and runners from stepping off the pavement onto the cycle lane and also prevent tuk tuk and black cabs using the cycle lane as a parking.
Yes they are inconvenient, maybe they should restore normal railings that were ubiquitous in London streets. I really hope this is just a temporary solution and inconvenience for cyclists. They're dead ugly and take way too much needed road space.