Greenwich Council remove segregated cycle lane measures weeks after installation
Greenwich Council have removed measures installed on Trafalgar Road in Greenwich to provide a light form of segregation for cyclists.
The work was installed as part of a “Low Emission Neighborhood” scheme in east Greenwich – and is now gone weeks after installation.
@Royal_Greenwich any idea why the segregated safe bicycle lane on trafalgar road has just disappeared? This was a god send for progressive policy and encouragement of cycling. Made me feel safe cycling this bit. pic.twitter.com/vcZZziCES9
— Jim (@jimhead) October 3, 2019
The authority states they were removed due to pedestrians finding them a trip hazard. You could say cars are a death hazard but they havn’t gone. There is no confirmed word on what, if anything, will replace them.
Some cyclists had criticised the bumps as being dangerous if hit – which was a danger in an area notorious for illegal parking and poor enforcement. Others had praised them for reducing poor parking and vehicles straying into cycle lanes.
Would so-called “wands” work better? In places they did exist though still attached to raised sections on the road.
If nothing is installed to replace those removed it makes a mockery of the low emission scheme. Beyond the scope of this project lies atrocious streets for those on foot and cycling as it is. Removing very modest changes reduces benefits to near zero.
It’s the latest mistake on a project that has seen errors from a council Highway Department often seen as operating with dated working methods and anti-pedestrian and cycling policies.
Raised surfaces were installed at junctions but no tactile paving installed which saw criticisism from some partially-sighted pedestrians. Paving was ripped up and relaid weeks after installation.
Design mistakes have been so prevalent the authority allocated £75,000 in March this year for staff training – though there are already modern design manuals available for the authority such as TfL’s Manual for Streets.
For years the authority has ignored modern design guides. One example was in Woolwich where a green central reservation (that was never cleaned) was removed after a year and guardrail installed.
The Plumstead to Woolwich road upgrade just to the east also ended up looking like a motorway dumped in an urban area.
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There’s also the question of who is footing the bill for rectifying basic errors in design.
It’s a shame these issues are arising as a recent look at changes in east Greenwich revealed a street that is much better than the dated and cluttered area it was before.
One of the best parts was removing some railings at the major junction near the Greenwich Centre – though I fear further changes will remove a new-found feel of openness as more clutter is installed to pen pedestrians in.