London cyclists protest against potential South Bank cycling ban

photo KenningtonPOB St Thomas' Hospital Trust says cyclists should use this route, not the South Bank



London's cyclists are mobilising to allow the continuing use of bikes on one of the world's greatest public spaces, the South Bank.

The move comes as many landowners, including the National Theatre, are supporting a blanket ban on cycling along the riverbank between Albert
Embankment and the Oxo Tower.


They're being supported by St Thomas and Guy's Hospital Trust and Vauxhall MP Kate Hoey.

Those in favour of a ban claim that anti-social cycling is a major problem and an outright ban is the only solution.

Cyclists have responded that anti-social cyclists will ignore the ban while the vulnerable, such as youngsters and the elderly, who obey the rules will be expected to cycle on a major A-road or stop cycling along this popular route.

Local LCC group Lambeth Cyclists is supporting council officials who want to promote considerate cycling, reminding cyclists that pedestrians have priority, with enforcement action targeted at reckless cyclists.

Charlie Holland of Lambeth Cyclists said: "There seems to be a shortfall of ambition from many politicians and planners to see London have a child-friendly cycle route, free of motor-traffic, linking the tourist attractions springing up all along the river.

"Some of the proposed replacement routes around the South Bank are totally unsuitable for novice cyclists. We'll be opposing this ban every inch."