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Zoe
Saturday 7 May 2016 12.36am
This discussion feels like a maths question, how much pollution would be created if 7 cars sat in a traffic jam in a road of 300 metres for 9 minutes. I met a scientist at a south bank forum a couple of years ago who specialised in pollution and I bet he could answer it!

London has a massive pollution problem and it's not being caused by the bike lane on St Georges Road (would be good if it was though as then the problem could be easily fixed). I love driving my car but we have to accept that car usage in the city, particularly diesel cars, are creating an unacceptable level of pollution and bike lanes are one of many ways to wean people away from car driving, which will help create a safer city.
Saturday 7 May 2016 7.27am
I walked all around the area last night between 8pm and 9pm and hardly saw a single person.. No cyclists no traffic no nothing. Extremely grateful as it appeared all were on the riverside. From the junction
Southbank Central. 1 Southbank Tower Stamford /Southwark Street... New pedestrians crossings most welcome at this formerly hazardous junction
..
Down Blackfriars Road to The Cut quiet again. Beautiful clean wide pavements etc...

Boris legacy? . Dubious cycle lane scheme but pedestrians fairly good but have to keep extra wits about you when crossing this area. Miserable for buses n taxis etc
Saturday 7 May 2016 7.29am
Zoe, by asking the following question I am not trying to score points or present an anti-cyclist argument. In recognising that diesel engines are the biggest polluters on our roads and the thousands of black cabs are the biggest collective of diesel vehicles in London I now suffer excessive breathing problems whilst walking along The Cut because it seems to have become a main route for black cabs, at times there can be upwards of two dozen cabs belching out their cancerous fumes along with commercial vehicles doing the same whilst they are all held in a continuous queue of traffic.

The question is: What has caused the change in The Cut from an ordinary street with relatively low levels of traffic to what we now suffer?

The side streets now suffer too because vehicles try to steal a march on the queues by using Cornwall Road/Wooton Street and Greet Street as a bypass. The three street are residential as are the others used in the same way, namely, Short Street/ Mitre Road/Ufford Street/Webber Street

It does seem to me that the problems above have only occurred in the time-frame of cycle lanes being thought of and created along Blackfriars Road'.
Perhaps there are more complicated causes than those I can think of.
Zoe
Saturday 7 May 2016 10.42am
It's interesting as it seemed to me that the problem started when the work began at E&C, I noted it as the traffic suddenly got bad all of a sudden. I have even been in contact with Southwark about getting some 'keep clear' signs and at that time I said to them it seems to have been caused by the E&C works, which happened before the bike lane work (though it feels like they lasted about 12 years). I specified that there was a particular problem with taxis who are using The Cut to avoid E&C. It's interesting how two people who live over the road from each other can have such a different perspective about the same problem!
Saturday 7 May 2016 10.58am
Perhaps Tom Pepper can advise from the 'knowledge' what routes taxi drivers have been displaced from that has led to congestion on The Cut?
Saturday 7 May 2016 6.59pm
I know its not all about 'me' but I live in Bermondsey and work on Farringdon Road and the super highway has massively improved my quality of life. Cycling has gone from an ordeal to a treat. I use the Q1 from Lynton Road through Trinity Square and then join with the hordes of cyclists heading north. Reverse in the evening. There are many many cyclists at peak time.

I cannot get on buses or tube to get to my workplace as they are so overcrowded at the peak of 8:15 to 8:45 and nobody gets off to make space for us to get on. So cycling is really the only option.

I cycle feeling immensely grateful - to be on good infrastructure and to be healthy enough to cycle.

ps. I also drive (at the weekends) and walk...
Monday 9 May 2016 4.48pm
JimG wrote:
I know its not all about 'me' but I live in Bermondsey and work on Farringdon Road and the super highway has massively improved my quality of life. Cycling has gone from an ordeal to a treat. I use the Q1 from Lynton Road through Trinity Square and then join with the hordes of cyclists heading north. Reverse in the evening. There are many many cyclists at peak time.
I cannot get on buses or tube to get to my workplace as they are so overcrowded at the peak of 8:15 to 8:45 and nobody gets off to make space for us to get on. So cycling is really the only option.

I cycle feeling immensely grateful - to be on good infrastructure and to be healthy enough to cycle.

ps. I also drive (at the weekends) and walk...

I live in Blackfriars rd and work in Farringdon rd, I'm getting a bike!

Saw it again this morning, (think it was this thread) lone cyclist travelling southbound AM having to stop and let the oncoming rush (of which I will soon be one) pass, he was squeezed up against the pavement.
Monday 9 May 2016 6.16pm
boroughonian wrote:
I live in Blackfriars rd and work in Farringdon rd, I'm getting a bike!

Good for you Boroughonian, that makes excellent sense :-)

Since I adopted cycling as my commuting method a few years ago the positive effects on my physical fitness and state of mind have been immense. I'm sure you'll soon start to feel the benefits too.

May I take the liberty of recommending that you take advantage of the free one to one tuition available here? You just have to give up a couple of hours of your free time and you can choose the time and place to suit you - well worthwhile. I thought of myself as an already experienced cycle commuter when I did the training, but I still learned some very useful lessons.
Monday 9 May 2016 6.27pm
I Cycle quite a bit, I still find that the elephant to the city via southwark bridge is the busy route, Not sure why they did not enhance this instead.
Monday 9 May 2016 6.38pm
TFL don't control Newington Causeway, so much harder to get agreement.
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