Friday 3 August 2007 10.08pm
Worth pointing out that the cycle lane on New Kent Road
is only on the southern lane (going towards Elephant & Castle), and even then only covers half of the road's length, if even that.
Once it stops, there is little safe alternative than to continue riding on the pavement all the way down to Bricklayers. I don't usually ride on pavements, but I do on this stretch since it is a very wide pavement and seldom used; Suvverk Caah'ncil should just make it a shared space, like the pavements surrounding the Bricklayers Arms roundabout.
I'm always mystified by really aggressive cyclists who abuse those pedestrians whose safety they themselves have endangered - I do hear about this happening an awful lot, to my embarrassment as a cyclist.
However, it would be nice if those who got so worked up about cyclists riding on pavements and going through red lights got similarly worked up about motorists using mobile phones, motorists and buses going through red lights, motorists not indicating when they turn left, motorists speeding, pedestrians jaywalking (which is also 'jumping the red lights' in a sense, is it not), pedestrians dawdling across roads without looking to see what's coming, pedestrians walking in cycle paths, utility vans blocking off cycle paths, vehicles occupying the cycles-only space in front of traffic lights, etc, etc.
Few road users are perfect. We should just deal with it.