Obstacles making life harder for pedestrians and the disabled again in Greenwich
Yet more examples of obstacles installed on pavements are being installed by Greenwich Council making life harder for the disabled and parents with pushchairs.
I can hear the reasoning already. “It’s to stop mopeds”.
Well it wont, and anyway you don’t penalise disabled people and parents on the off chance a moped may come this way.
It’s not too far from this in Greenwich:
There’s ample space at both locations for mopeds to speed through anyway, so what’s the point in this clutter? Are they going to block off every single path? Well, we shouldn’t give them any ideas.
The example at the top of the page is Horn Lane in Greenwich. This is a road where for years there wasn’t even a dropped kerb at the junction with Bugsby’s Way.
The whole area is extremely poor design. Pedestrians are forced away from obvious, legible routes when heading to Ikea or the Peninsula from east Greenwich and Westcombe Park station (and the other way). Pedestrians are pushed away from Peartree Way into a cluttered, badly designed area with no clue where it goes.
Making life harder for pedestrians is a surefire way to encourage active living.
Street furniture here is equally pointless.
None of the £1.7 million in transport income received by Greenwich Council from Ikea solved the mess. It seems to have only added more clutter.
What they want pedestrians to do is cross over at the awful junction near the Angerstein roundabout before reaching Horn Lane. A couple of problems there:
- Many people arriving in the area won’t know that’s a good option
- It ignores human nature – and no amount of clutter and obstacles alleviates that
The obsession with clutter and waste remains in the borough.
Even at new builds in Greenwich pointless railings are going in:
Funny how in a time of cuts the authority never has trouble finding money for this isn’t it?