After statements a few weeks ago on measures to improve streets for cyclists and pedestrians barriers were installed in Greenwich town centre.
They’ve divided opinion and were due as part of a package of measures. Since then no other measures have commenced on major roads.
Streets are now far busier with traffic than just one month ago and some children are due to return to school next week. Buses and trains have extremely limited capacity with reductions of 90 per cent in place for social distancing.
If we don’t want parents driving kids on short trips to school then walking and cycling measures are essential. Lockdown is now nine weeks old and measures in many places havn’t moved an inch. One area that appears extremely cheap and easy to improve are certain cycle lanes.
Woolwich to Greenwich is a prime example. Spots like Angerstein roundabout are not easy, but plenty can still be done. Schools sit directly on this stretch. In future a multi-million pound scheme is planned – but that’s years away. In the here and now vehicles are parking on lanes day after day.
EDIT: Since writing another vehicle has parked. Same spot. It’s constant. Greenwich have been told hundreds of times about this over the years by numerous people.
EDIT 2: Five minutes later and now a van has parked up. And now another car. All this in just 20 minutes.
Protecting the lane encourages usage. Blindingly obvious I know. But not obvious enough for measures to be taken it would appear.
If we are to prevent gridlock, measures are needed now to provide options for those making short journeys and in turn free up public transport and road space for those who cannot walk or cycle.
Maybe work will start tomorrow? Who knows – there’s absolutely no information out there or engagement on council websites.