Saturday, 26 January 2008

Today's inconsiderate contractor

I was cycling along Grove Green Road E11 this morning when I encountered THIS. At the best of times I hate Grove Green Road. The traffic goes far too fast, and the small cheap rubber speed cushions don't help (they fail to slow the traffic and drivers swerve erratically to straddle them). The cycle lane is far too narrow and runs alongside parked cars, with the ever present danger of 'dooring'. And vehicles overtake far too closely for comfort. Which is why if motorists can get prosecuted for dangerous parking, then contractors should be heavily fined for dangerous obstruction of a cycle lane. But of course they aren't. Until this and so much else changes, cycling is always rightly going to be regarded as a very risky travel mode in this country.