My office overlooks the junction with Webber Street. When the lane opened this morning, the weather was poor - and a lorry as well as a number of vans, taxis and cars turned from Webber street into the new cycle lane.
As the weather has improved, it's been less of a problem as the visibility is so much better. A number of cars are still having to make last minute corrections. Hopefully, TfL will sort out some better signage on Webber Street as it needs to be safe - particularly in poor visibility!
All that aside, I got my bike out at lunchtime and did the ride from Southwark tube to Elephant and back and it really was fantastic! I'm looking forward to cycling a lot more.
At the end I did the "two stage" right turn from Blackfriars Road into Webber Street and it was easier than I thought and felt fairly safe. An extra green light lets you know when it's safe to go.
I have just had a look at the temporary bus stop outside the PO. It will be interesting to see the interaction between cyclists and pedestrians as the latter run for a bus across a cycle lane. I am sure people waiting for a bus will spill over onto the cycle track. I made this comment in the original consultation. Will there be zebra crossings or some such?
If a bit more thought had been used in the planning stages TfL could have used the same tarmac as used on The Mall for the cycle lanes but , now, it would appear to differentiate between the cycle lanes and motor vehicle lanes paint is going to be necessary.
I would have thought paint in the rain is a dangerous surface for cyclists and worn out paint in patches even more so
I used the new bit on the north along the embankment, as you go left off Blackfriars bridge. I turned right just before Waterloo bridge and there was proper crossing for bikes that made it incredibly easy. I was rather impressed.
Disappointed to see that after months of disruption along Blackfriars road to make it safer for cyclists that they continue to flout the new traffic layout and endanger pedestrians. This morning I was crossing Blackfriars road at the junction with Union St when a cyclist decided to ignore traffic signals, cut across the central reservation to the wrong side of the road to turn right into Union St, crossing over two pedestrian crossings in the process whilst people were on the road with no regards for anyone but themselves.