Islington Council create new improved death trap
Islington Council have radically altered what was previously, a 'safe' section of road close to Drayton Park station, and have created a potential death trap. It's a long wide road round the back of The Arsenal, with a shallow sweeping bend by the station. All was well before on the bend – traffic moved freely and cyclists had there own generous lanes with curbs to shelter in. Now the Council have placed a bus only red zone in the middle of the road where the motorists went previously on the bend, forcing them to use the cycle lanes on either side. The new red zone only occurs on the bend and at no other point along the road. There's no bus route along here, accept for the occasional coach once in a blue moon may be visiting Arsenal – most fans get there by tube or train anyway. What happens now: the unnecessary red zone forces cars, vans and trucks fearful of a ticket by CCTV to swerve violently out into the cycle lanes whilst occupied by cyclists. I've been forced onto the curb off the cycle lane, I've seen other cyclists suffer similarly, and last week I saw a small hatchback impale itself and dangle on a bollard marking the entrance to one of the cycle lanes. Local Police don't understand the logic of this new road layout and are waiting for the inevitable to happen. Well done Islington and TFL.
Is there anyone else out there aware of this new crazy road layout?