Do you want Blackfriars to be a 'motorway' for the next 30 years?
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 11:29pm 21 May 2011
- Posted in: Blog, City of London, Southwark
- Tagged with: blackfriars, transport for london, bridges, junctions
- Boroughs: City of London, Southwark
LCC has criticised Transport for London's latest proposals for Blackfriars Bridge, which condemn Londoners to continue cycling through a 'motorway' in order to cross the river, potentially for decades to come.
We thank LCC members, and London Assembly Members, for responding to the Blackfriars consultation in such numbers, and welcome TfL’s recognition that its initial designs were flawed.
However, we say the changes should go much further to provide conditions that are likely to encourage cycling.
TfL's proposal to increase the speed limit from 20 to 30mph at the Blackfriars junction must be condemned, and it must be pointed out that a 2008 TfL report recommended 20mph speed limits on all bridges to save lives.
LCC chief executive Ashok Sinha said, "Transport for London has made some welcome improvements, such as reinstating the southbound cycle lane, but this is still the kind of junction you'd expect on a motorway.
"The mayor says he wants a cyclised city, so he must tell TfL that this kind of lethal junction must become a relic of the past.
“One-third of vehicles using this bridge at peak times are bicycles, and the mayor says he wants this figure to grow – however, the new design from TfL will frustrate this ambition."
“LCC is demanding that the current 20mph speed limit be retained, which would massively reduce road danger if it's properly enforced.
“The choice for cyclists shouldn’t be to navigate through a dangerous junction or take a boat.”
Under the latest design, cyclists turning right still have to cross two lanes of fast-moving traffic, which is a very difficult and dangerous manoeuvre even for the most experienced cyclists.
Cyclists going straight ahead have to contend with narrow lanes and fast-moving vehicles.
LCC, along with other campaigners, put forward plans for a double-T junction, the kind of safer design that people deserve in an urban area where many people cycle and walk.
The City of London supported such a design and TfL itself looked at several versions in 2007 before dropping them and embarking on the current re-design.