Westfield Stratford fast earning reputation for having the worst cycle lanes in London
Not content with erecting road signs in the middle of bike lanes outside its new shopping centre in (see photo below), Westfield Stratford now has a track with cobbles dotted along its entire length (above).
The concrete cobbles in Westfield Avenue extend from under-tree paving into a whole lane of the new cycle track.
Uneven surfaces can be dangerous to cyclists, especially those carrying shopping or children, and in wet weather.
There are also questions as to how the surface will be maintained when the tree roots grow and dislodge cobbles.
Lack of continuity
Another new lane in Mountfitchet Road makes cyclists stop for a minor access road and has a series of road signs and other obstructions placed in the middle of the lane. An extension of that lane leaves cycle users stranded in the middle of a roundabout.
The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, next door to Westfield’s, is expected to be a showcase of sustainable development.
If any of the provision for cyclists matches the embarrassingly poor standards evident outside Westfield, a huge opportunity to create a Dutch-style cycling and walking environment will have been lost.
The obstructed lanes in Stratford have made a laughing stock of local planners, and have attracted the attention of London Assembly members and the media.
Local authorities and the Olympic Delivery Authority need to take urgent action to remedy the basic design errors and ensure all future cycle provision in the area is radically improved as the development moves forward.
Go Dutch principles
We recently published our Go Dutch campaign principles, which stress the importance of continuity and good surfacing for bike lanes.
Our principles are based on best practice from Europe's most successful cycling nation, the Netherlands.