Safety issues at junction of The Strand and Wellington Street
I have serious concerns about the safety of both cyclists and pedestrians at the junction of the "The Strand" and "Wellington Street" when riding in both directions
Coming south from the Covent Garden area onto Waterloo Bridge, and also coming north from Waterloo Bridge up into Wellington Street
Presently, there is a feintly marked "cycle lane" on the pavement of the Strand where Wellington Street intersects. But no bollards, flashing lights or warnings to pedestrians that this is a cycle lane, and no indications to cyclists that pedestrians may be crossing without paying attention to the cycle lane.
There is also a set of traffic lights controlling cycle movement across this junction, when heading South onto either the Strand or Waterloo Bridge; these lights are phased during rush hour and also have a push button activation control on a pole next to the cycle lane
During 5+ years of commuting through this junction I have seen too many near misses between cyclists and pedestrians, and cyclists and motor vehicles.
It is not uncommon to see motor vehicles (private cars, taxis and buses) continuing to drive through the Strand even when the traffic light controlling access from Wellington Street onto the Strand are "green" in the cyclists favour - this is a fatal accident waiting to happen!
During this period of commuting I have also seen collisions, and even fist fights between cyclists and pedestrians using this junction in either direction, as cyclists are using this junction going South with approval from the green traffic light
And are coming off the Waterloo Bridge across the Strand up into Wellington Street with no chance to slow down, due to high levels of fast movign traffic following them through this junction, which pushes them across the pavement into the path of pedestrians who do not realise this is a live cycle lane.
I have raised this issue with TFL and the local authority who have blamed each other (or the Mayor!) and on numerous occasions with staff from the local authority (undertaking "research") or Police officers and Community Support Police Officers whenever I have seen them in this location - they have promised to "report" my information but nothing is being done.
Apart from excuses over who is actually responsible for upgrading the safety of this junction, I have been told some interesting stories by these staff, that "we cannot repaint the pavement cycle lane markings" or "we cannot install bollards" from local authority staff.
Any ideas how to get some momentum building on improving this junction? I use it every day, as I am sure many other London cyclists do, and it seems insane to have such a poorly designed interface leading onto a key river crossing.
This post was edited by hampsteadbandit at 1:08pm 28 November 2012.