As more cars head back onto the roads and public transport use discouraged, more vehicles are perhaps inevitably starting to park on unprotected cycle lane.
It looks like eight vehicles are parked in one spot alone on Woolwich Road.
This area is a long standing problem. This was January:
Cycle lanes between Woolwich and Greenwich were an easy win for minor, cheap interventions to offer light segregation in the form of wands such as these:
Doing so offered a rare chance to grasp the nettle as people took to cycling in recent weeks and prevent future gridlock. There’s no way roads can cope if more people turn to cars with public transport capacity reduced by 90 per cent in order to keep social distancing on trans and buses. No road space would have been lost by installing wands along this stretch in Woolwich.
— Leeds Council News (@LeedsCC_News) May 7, 2020
The route is in line for a multi-million pound project but the future is now unclear. TfL may have to scrap many possible upgrade plans. It’s reported today that could be the price to pay for any financial support as they head for collapse.
Even if it did proceed the project will be some years away. Why not use cheap measures in the interim? It made little sense not to do so even before the current situation.
You wait ages for a segregated cycle lane and then they all come at once! pic.twitter.com/i6v9V5B1lU
— Ciarán Ferrie (@ccferrie) May 8, 2020
But alas there’s been no capitalising on the situation. So far nothing has happened in any location across Greenwich borough. This rare chance to enact real change could well be snuffed out. Even if work now begins, increased traffic volumes ensure it’ll delay drivers and reinforce the us v them attitude so prevalent in the UK.
And many that attempted cycling in recent weeks will now give up.