London cycle commuters slam TfL Blackfriars Bridge plans
Removal of cycle lane represents unfair allocation of space, claim
Transport for London is generally regarded as having a reasonably enlightened attitude towards cyclists but not, it seems, where Blackfriars Bridge is concerned.
Cycle commuters who regularly cross the Thames at this point are suggesting the authority is undoing much of its good work with ill-considered changes to the current traffic system which will disadvantage those on two wheels.
The authority is planning to remove a well-used and highly appreciated cycle lane on Blackfriars Bridge to create a second traffic lane while squeezing cyclists onto a mixed use path.
Regular users have suggested that the proposal will endanger cyclists who at rush hour can form the majority of traffic.
The Cyclists in the City blog sums up the ojections to TfL’s plans thus: “It adds extra traffic lanes which means cars will almost certainly travel much faster through the junction than they do at present. Whether or not there's a tiny bit less traffic is utterly irrelevant.
“If there's enough motor traffic here and it has multiple nice wide clear lanes in front of it, it will become like Vauxhall gyratory - a car-dominated race track.”
The blog continues: “But cyclists aren't getting a fair deal. think that there are enough of us cycling over this bridge to demand we get a fair allocation of space on this junction.”
Cyclists in the City suggests there is still time to influence TfL's thinking on the matter and explains how here.