Royal College Street Cycle Lane
Is anyone else scratching thier head over this rather quirky stretch of cycleway? I'm new to this forum so appologies in advance if I mess something up!
I use this every day and the following makes life harder than it should be:
I've been very close to being bounced off my bike a few times where Pratt Street joins Royal College Street (currently where the roadworks are) by cars or vans who just drive across the cycle lane irrespective of anyone using it. The short detour off the original track that takes you onto the main carriageway while the roadworks are in place isn't helping in this respect. Apart from anything else - there is always a big works lorry parked in it. Most cyclist are now cutting the corner completely here when turning left out of Georgiana Street and cycling the wrong way down Royal College Street untill they can join the cycle lane proper. Can't be a good plan I would suggest.
The main carriageway has those faintly ridiculous 'pillow' speed bumps that have no effect on motorcycles or any vehicle with a wide track and the cycle track is full off speed bumps that completely traverse it. Result - I get a very bumpy ride in contra-flow and I don't use the cycle lane at all when heading back towards Kentish Town from Euston. The main carriageway provides a much smoother ride. A bit bonkers surely .....
It seems to me that the installation of this very useful cycle lane should at least be cycle friendly - what's occuring?