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Sunday 7 August 2011 10.08pm
Donnachadh the news in your post is shocking. What if anything can we do to object to this?
Sunday 7 August 2011 10.24pm
Donnachadh McCarthy wrote:
People may be interested to know that despite having one of London's highest cycle accident rates and highest levels of child obesity, Southwark Council has decided two weeks ago to OPPOSE ALL new cycle paths, except in exceptional circumstances.

It has also decided to REMOVE all existing cycle paths,as it introduces 20mph zones, when relaying surfacing.

The official Southwark Council line is they want to mix children, pensioners, vulnerable and adult cyclists with Articulated Trucks, cars, double-decker buses etc in order to slow the traffic down!!!!!!!!!!
(The official speak refers to "more interactions between cyclists and cars".)

Could you please provide a source to this info? Thanks!
Sunday 7 August 2011 11.29pm
@edward, this article has the actual quote from the response donnachadh received to his original comments on the transport plan
http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1484:safe-cycling-in-southwark&Itemid=2

human shield, the sequel, has a bit more info http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1492:no-cycling-network-for-southwark&Itemid=2

finally, we've compiled four original comments & council's responses to them, which you can download from here http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1483:council-transport-plan-final&Itemid=2

hope that helps a bit - southwark news have been writing about this too x
Sunday 7 August 2011 11.31pm
@edward, this article has the actual quote from the response donnachadh received to his original comments on the transport plan
http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1484:safe-cycling-in-southwark&Itemid=2

human shield, the sequel, has a bit more info http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1492:no-cycling-network-for-southwark&Itemid=2

finally, we've compiled four original comments & council's responses to them, which you can download from council's transport plan ready for approval article http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1483:council-transport-plan-final&Itemid=2

hope that helps a bit - southwark news have been writing about this too x
Monday 8 August 2011 12.13am
pros wrote:
@edward, this article has the actual quote from the response donnachadh received to his original comments on the transport plan
http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1484:safe-cycling-in-southwark&Itemid=2

human shield, the sequel, has a bit more info http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1492:no-cycling-network-for-southwark&Itemid=2

finally, we've compiled four original comments & council's responses to them, which you can download from council's transport plan ready for approval article http://www.peoplesrepublicofsouthwark.co.uk/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=1483:council-transport-plan-final&Itemid=2

hope that helps a bit - southwark news have been writing about this too x

Thanks!
Monday 8 August 2011 8.00am
Monday 8 August 2011 8.14am
Very sad.
Monday 8 August 2011 11.59am
Blog piece with photos on cycle lanes losses at Elephant here and here. Love them or hate them, pushing cyclists into the path of lorries (blog 1) is dangerous for cyclists, and pushing cyclists into the path of pedestrians (blog 2) is dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians.
Monday 8 August 2011 12.29pm
Cyclists are not being 'pushed' into peddling the 'wrong' way down Borough High Street at the moment, but they do. Pedestrians need eyes in their backdsides to cross safely, and are also at risk on the lovely smooth cycle lanes - sorry, pavements being created, from cyclists who ignore the signs advising them to dismount.

This may well be interpreted by some as another anti-cyclist rant, but it's more of an anti-inconsiderate-road users rant!
Monday 8 August 2011 12.47pm
Thanks Graham, as we've discussed before, the Elephant south junction design is something of a mystery. I've had the safety audit from TFL and it suggested providing lanes at this site, not shared use. Ignored as usual. I don't think this was a council decision though (and the useless lane ends at the top of Walworth Rd as that's where TfL's remit ends.

"inconsiderate-road users rant" - and taken as such Jane (by me at least). I have this argument frequently, if we want citizens like yourself to support the changes we need to encourage mass cycling we need to act a bit more neighbourly. I'm not claiming to be perfect but I do try very hard.

There's a question to ask as to why not provide a cycle contraflow on BHS during the work, if there is room? I think it could be done.
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