Friday, 21 March 2008

Don't worry, it's only a cycle lane

Wood Street, E17. As you can see from the photo below, the pavement is very wide here and since it is already obstructed by a scaffolding tower it would have been perfectly feasible to put part of this storage container on the footway without additionally inconveniencing pedestrians, leaving the cycle lane clear. But that, of course, would have required someone to show a scrap of awareness of what it is like to ride a bicycle on a street like Wood Street.

So, instead, artificial road danger has been created by forcing cyclists out in front of drivers. Which, given the very large numbers of local drivers who still can be seen chatting on hand-held mobile phones, is not a good idea.