Crap cycling: Woodford New Road
Posted by Alan on November 2, 2010
This weekend we went for a walk through Epping Forest on the way to pick up some posh tea (Ruth and I were 8 years old this weekend!) we came across this classic Waltham Forest cycling intervention. The road here is basically wide enough for two lanes and as the cars reach the lights at the end, they often spread out ready for the junction as if they were. But apparently there isn’t enough space for cyclists, so they have to share cyclists the limited pavement space with pedestrians!
Quite what that waste of paint is meant to achieve I don’t know. The kerb isn’t dropped to allow you onto the road… and the cycle lane actually continues so it isn’t the end at all.
As you approach the junction the pavement becomes a proper shared space – probably because of the road sign with the helpful supportive pole in the middle of the path.
Is it any wonder, when cyclists are encouraged to ride on the path they do so all over the place?