As a cyclist delighted with the recent improvement to cycling infrastructure in London, I don’t want to be churlish, but I have a few problems with this particular cycle lane. The non-cyclists among you may think it looks like an excellent cycle lane, but let me tell you, it’s not.
Firstly, it’s hidden away in a pedestrian area. You’d have to know it was there and then walk to it with your bike if you wanted to use it.
Secondly, it’s not very long. You would need to dismount no sooner had you started on it. Walking with your bike on such a short stretch would be quicker.
Thirdly, there’s a fucking lamp-post in the middle. If a road builder encountered a pylon in their way, they would go around it. They wouldn’t build a road with a pylon stuck in the middle.
What has clearly happened here is that Wandsworth Council has been told to provide a cycle lane. And they have. That it’s useless and not fit for purpose is neither here nor there.
They’ll do it again if you don’t stamp on things like this immediately.
Here’s another bicycle lane in Wandsworth.
It’s beginning to look like someone in County Hall (someone with a vendetta against cyclists) is taking the piss.