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Lambeth Council in U-turn on South Bank cycling ban

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The controversial "no cycling" signs on the South Bank between Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge are to be replaced by new signs that say "Pedestrian Priority: Considerate Cycling Welcomed"

Lambeth Council in U-turn on South Bank cycling ban
These "advisory" signs - on the section of the Thames Path opposite the Houses of Parliament - are to be replaced by new notices that make it clear that considerate cycling is welcome

At the end of December we revealed that the signs – installed by Lambeth Council in late November – were purely advisory and the ban on cycling was not enforceable.

Now, in response to an enquiry from a cycling campaigner, a Lambeth Council transport and highways officer has confirmed that the "no cycling" signs will be removed in the next few weeks and replaced with "Pedestrian Priority: Considerate Cycling Welcomed" signs.

Answering a separate freedom of information request from Ian McPherson whose Spoke 'n Motion cycle tours regularly use the riverside path, the council said that the cost of manufacturing and installing the 'no cycling' signs was 2,600.

The council says that it will continue to tackle "aggressive cycling" on the Thames Path and police community support officers will continue to stop cyclists they feel are riding too fast.

Last week the London Cycling Campaign reported that the charity Wheels For Wellbeing had complained to Lambeth Council after a lady with a disability was reprimanded by a PCSO for riding her mobility tricycle on the riverside near Lambeth Bridge.

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