So Khan came into office promising to treble segregated lanes and implement further cycle friendly promises. After a year we have Five major schemes announced, CS6 extension to Kings Cross, Westminster Bridge to get segregated lanes, Lambeth Bridge North and South, Waterloo Roundabout peninsularisation and today Nine Elms.
None of these schemes are very inspiring, Westminster Bridge seemed reasonable but that's off the radar now with the recent terror attacks.
A constant theme in the three new schemes, Lambeth, Waterloo and Nine Elms is the significant prioritisation of bus traffic. In itself this is obviously no bad thing. The buses do and can shift a lot more people than cycles can. The problem with Khan is that he has taken this as a political statement and feels he must give all decisions in favour of the Buses.
This manifests in the new designs as shared bus lanes, a lack of bus stop bypasses and a not a single four way junction allowing cycles to make an isolated turn right in one move.
The details in these plans all imply you need to be bold and brave to take them on in the new guise. These plans do not allow for 8-80 cycling, these plans utterly fail to learn the lessons of the previous segregated lanes. As such these plans will create massive disruption for current cyclists and do nothing to encourage new cyclists.
Will Norman is just a political face to deflect blame from Khan when these plans end up in the bin or worse when they start digging up the roads. ...
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