11 July 2010

More thin stuff on CS7

Final preparations for the launch of the first two Superficial Cycleways, CS3 and CS7, are moving on apace. And it's good to see forward-looking, pro-bicycle facilities such as this, on Keyworth St at the back of the Elephant.

The mandatory cycle lane - which drivers are not allowed to enter - has taken up most of the space here, leaving only 60cm for motor vehicles. Perhaps it was laid out with the pencil-thin electric solo transport vehicles of the future in mind.

Meanwhile, luckily, no driver of a conventional width vehicle is going to ignore that by, say, swooping into it when forced to do so by a car coming the other way.


  1. Just goes to show, those designing the CS, not only aren't they regular cyclists, they don't know the rules of the road.

    Hopefully all the negative feedback they are recieving will mean real improvements in the next ones.

  2. Also the double yellow lines running through the bright Barclaly's Blue means that you will find motorists parked along the curb in no time. :(

  3. It's difficult to think of anything more lethal than combining cyclists with left turning motorists at junctions, yet that is what this design does.

  4. I cycle that way quite regularly, and to be fair, it's a fairly car-free street and feels safer than that picture looks. But yes, that is a bit rubbish really.

  5. I too use this route regularly; funnily enough it was the subject of my 1st report to Stop SMIDSY:- Wednesday, 18 November 2009, 7:10pm I was cycling South in Keyworth St SE1 towards the junction with Ontario Street. The other driver aprroached the junction from the west and failed to give way at the give way lines. He turned right into Keyworth St across my path causing me to brake he then approached the further junction with me still braking along side him. He then turned left at the give way line across my path as I was travelling straight on causing me to stop and dismount.

    In addition I use the junction to turn right towwards Borough High St. The idiot council have realigned the route of the cycle lane to steer cyclists left making my right turn really awkward.

    What a bl**dy dogs dinner.

  6. All this needs now is some police fining motorist who cross the solid line into the cycle path. Now that would be something.
    (Not that most drivers seem to know about the solid white line rule).

  7. In case anyone was in any doubt (I was as wtf are cars meant to do), it is definitely illegal for anyone to drive in this lane.

    Cycle lanes. These are shown by road markings and signs. You MUST NOT drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a solid white line during its times of operation. Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable. You MUST NOT park in any cycle lane whilst waiting restrictions apply.
    [Law RTRA sects 5 & 8]

    From the Highway Code, Rule 140: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_070308

  8. About mandatory cycle lanes have a look at that: