Amid some fanfare Boris Johnson launched the cycle superhighways on Clapham Common at the end of July including CS7 travelling through Lambeth up to Southwark Bridge. Now that we are almost two months into the scheme how have you found the new routes?
The feedback we have received has not generally been very positive with a feeling that there had been no general improvement to journey times or cycling as a result of the initiative. Concerns have been expressed about the junctions at Clapham, Stockwell, Kennington Park Road and near Oval tube station as well as a general resentment that car drivers now expected cyclists to be in the lanes rather than us being able to choose the best position in the road for the conditions. Several people felt that the roads have become more dangerous around the junctions as a result of the scheme. Other concerns related to the lack of enforability of the routes, the discontinuous nature of the lanes and the general missed opportunity to promote cycling and waste of resources. If you have any concerns/ issue with the routes please report them to TfL – email LONDONSTREETS@tfl.gov.uk. Please copy in the Lambeth Cyclicts email address as well so that we can monitor feedback and draw out any trends.
CS7 is a pilot superhighway so we are hopeful that TfL will take on board some of the criticisms and make changes to the next routes being built.