A newly installed piece of street furniture in Greenwich Peninsula has caused controversy with claims it impedes access to the Thames path for cyclists, wheelchair users, parents with buggies and those in mobility scooters.
Greenwich Council have installed barriers in a somewhat isolated spot beside the gold range off Tunnel Avenue in an attempt to stop mopeds accessing the Thames Path.
There is a long standing issue in the area which many residents have complained about, calling for greater police enforcement.
The barrier is an attempt to halt access, though in the process blocks other street users.
It’s claimed that people can still access the Thames Path at other points, though that does beg the question that surely moped riders can too, thus negating any benefit.
It’s the latest in a long line of street barriers in Greenwich and beyond installed by the council.
Another recent addition can be seen above. Upon enquiries Greenwich Council stated they had no paper record of why it was installed but that it was based upon a visual inspection alone.
Met Police apparently requested measures at Tunnel Avenue, though is this just a lazy act that fails to address the root cause and merely moves the issue along to the next access point?
The Met do often suggest measures that punish the majority for the actions of a minority rather than acting against small numbers committing offences.
It is afterall easier for them to insist funds are used to block access rather than act.
And what of funding? Time and again we hear there’s no money for improved crossings or streetscapes for pedestrians, yet when it come to barriers Greenwich immediately find the cash.
It remains to be seen whether anyone takes legal action and attempts to determine this action is discriminatory.
In some way this does appear to be an act that intends to show that “something is being done”, whether that achieves much is another matter.
Given numerous access points across the area it leaves two options: either block them all in as an attempt to stop mopeds or actually enforce against those riding mopeds along the Thames path.
The latter method takes more time and effort, though doesn’t block access to every street user.