Wednesday 28 October 2009


Waltham Forest council is against binge drinking, and pro-walking and pro-cycling. That's why it agreed to rent out pavement space for this attractive and unobstructive advertising panel, which regularly advertises booze. Forest Road, going east, approaching the junction with Hale End Road.

Look carefully and in the background you can see where the lovely pink cycle lane fizzles out, some thirty metres short of the signalled junction. There just isn't room for a cycle lane further on, where priority has to be given to two lanes of motor traffic. And the junction doesn't have an Advanced Stop Line, even though this is a major A road with a dangerous left-turn. If a cyclist gets crushed to death here by a lorry, she'll only have herself to blame for getting in the driver's 'blind spot.'

And now I think I need a drink.