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Friday 25 June 2010 1.18pm
Some solid lines have been added further north on SBR:



Of course, as I paused to take the snap, a bus drove right across the cycle lane...

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Friday 25 June 2010 1.28pm
Presumably the cycle lane is broken at bus stops and parking places. Is the broken section long enough to allow a bus to pull in without crossing the blue lane?.
Friday 25 June 2010 5.38pm
I'd hoped they would find a more contemporary icon for the bike symbol. Has always amused me to see the varied attempts of drawing a complete bike by different road maintenance crews.
Saturday 26 June 2010 8.42am
Just went for an early morning ride to work up an appetite for breakfast. The unavoidable drawback with all the cycle lanes is the constant breaks. Every bus stop, pedestrian crossing, unloading bay breaks the flow. The only solution is an aerial bicycle superhighway suspended from lamposts with exits at strategic points so you can cycle across London N-S-E-W without having to stop. It's the future.
I was surprised to see the penny farthing safe cycling symbol for older people on Southwark Bridge. Hope they don't think it's condescending.
Saturday 26 June 2010 9.46am
I thought penny farthings were so you could see over the top of the 4x4s.

...if you press it, they will come.
Tuesday 29 June 2010 2.27pm
I'm now totally confused - the solid line indicates it is legally enforceable (24/7 unless future signage says otherwise).

BUT the single yellow means you can park in it after 7pm and on Sundays...

Also, where the Lane crosses Great Suffolk Street there isn't room for a car to pass on the remaining width.

This is ridiculous...

In lighter news, I spotted them 'ironing on' the lane last night http://londonist.com/2010/06/the_iron-on_cycle_super_highway.php?gallery0Pic=3#gallery
Tuesday 29 June 2010 2.55pm
Where I live along the route, SBR has been used for a long time for resident/visitor parking at the weekend. There are alternative places to park, but residents haven't been told whether they need to park anywhere else.

The confusion ia added to by the removal of double yellow lines along some parts of SBR. Maybe this was a mistake on the part of the work crews?

I agree it isn't clear what the lines mean - at the moment the cycle lane is still being used for parking.
There is the bay the costcutter uses for deliveries and the post office uses for collection of mail on SBR that will have to remain open for unloading/loading even if it is a solid line - maybe it will all become clear if the rules are enforced:

Barclays Cycle Superhighways - Will there be measures to prevent conflicts with Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), buses and other large vehicles?

4. Stepping up enforcement for all road users on the Barclays Cycle Superhighways, specifically in areas where more cyclists and other road users are coming in to conflict.

https://custserv.tfl.gov.uk/icss_csip/GetDetailInformation.do?entityNum=00000000000000000000000000000000000000000000005468&kbname=SDB&newTabtext=Cycling


This isn't an issue for most of the route. I cycled down to Clapham over the weekend along the route. Most of the cyclelane is simply half a bus lane - cars could not drive in it before, and buses will continue to drive in it now.
Tuesday 29 June 2010 3.23pm
ssimps01 wrote:
I cycled down to Clapham over the weekend along the route. Most of the cyclelane is simply half a bus lane - cars could not drive in it before, and buses will continue to drive in it now.

Yes. I also saw that this weekend. I can't for the life of me see how this improves the lot of cyclists at all.

...if you press it, they will come.
Wednesday 30 June 2010 5.59pm
I've just cycled through the west end, the city and Southwark. In the west end and the city drivers get into trouble and at least told off for disregarding the laws and rules of the road. What if... hmmm they just try that in Southwark?
Monday 5 July 2010 8.50am
One trouble is that any 'rules' for drivers keeping out of the blue lanes have not been widely publicised - nor have the lanes any notices about any restrictions as to whether drivers can ever drive on them. For instance, with a blue lane within an existing bus lane, if it is legal for drivers to be in the bus lane at certain times - does this mean they can also be on a blue lane?
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