Cyclists! Welcome to London!

Were Cycle Superhighways designed to encourage 'vehicular cycling'?

Here you see one of the Mayor of London’s flagship cycling policies, known as cycle superhighways. They’re great, aren’t they? They darn well should be. The first two cost £22 million. That buys a lot of blue paint.


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8 Responses to Cyclists! Welcome to London!

  1. ian... June 9, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

    Oh dear!

    There lies a problem, which I guess from the pictures, nobody is doing anything to tackle.

    Isn’t a mandatory lane as good as a double yellow line???

  2. Jack June 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm #

    @Ian: Sure is.

    Highway Code: “You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable.”

    But then again…

    Police car showing how it's done

  3. Feral Cyclist June 10, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Blue paint is very good for hiding structural problems.

    Still, it’s more than Ken ever managed with his chauffeur-driven limo.

  4. Tejvan Pettinger June 11, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    What about the blue CS7 squares in middle of road, does that mean we can cycle in middle of road without getting beeped by impatient white van drivers

  5. James Hatts June 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Boris has promised that the mandatory cycle lanes on Southwark Bridge Road will be enforced:

  6. Wilson June 29, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Can someone – a cycling organisation, or something (I know Resonance don’t have a lot of money) – get some annoyingly large (15-20cm across) and difficult-to-remove stickers distributed, with something scathing or embarrasing printed on them?

    A friend in Lyon carries stickers like that. Any time he sees someone parked in an antisocial manner, they get one slapped in the middle of the driver’s side of their windscreen.

  7. Jack June 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

    @Wilson: Thanks for your comment. What you suggest sounds like it might be counterproductive and run the risk of breaking the law (graffiti? defacement of private property?). This is a more subtle solution that gets the point across just as well.

  8. Steve (from June 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Oh dear. This just demonstrates AGAIN how London authorities do not really see cycling as a valid and important means of transport in this overcrowded city.

    It continues to bewilder me 🙁

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