Telling people to use busy main roads is hardly a solution - they would use them if they were safe, but they aren’t. Also, while you can lose your bike in an attack, you are more likely to be injured in a collision, which is always worse (bikes are ultimately replaceable).
That isn't what @Oliver Schick said.
On another note, three times in my twenty years in London I've been attacked with people wielding knives. It isn't pleasant, I would recommend using the roads any day of the week rather than roll through a known mugging hotspot.
I wasn’t replying to him specifically just the general sentiment. The towpath is pretty crap for cycling in general. People use it only due to the lack of cars.
There’s no real safe alternative. The other North South routes are the A10 and CS1- both dangerous.
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