Plans have been submitted to install cycle parking beneath the Blackwall approach flyover at Angerstein roundabout.
If approved a spot at the north edge of the roundabout beneath the flyover would see three secure cycle shelters with five parking spaces in each.
The site sees a dedicated cycle lane running east-west beneath the A102 but a far more ambitious plan was dropped.
Despite thousands of new homes built and planned within a short radius – in addition to existing homes – little effort has so far ever been made by Transport for London or Greenwich Council to improve the area and reduce severance between new and existing communities.
The question is who would use such a hostile spot to park a bike? Is this box ticking or will subsequent improvements follow for the public realm?
The application states: “A lack of appropriate cycle parking facilities is often cited as a barrier to cycling and cycle ownership and use, and could be a constraint on the future growth of cycling” but without further improvements in this area it will remain a grim place to pass through or park a bike.
It’s also a pretty dismal area for pedestrians with poor lighting, broken street furniture and sees little maintenance. Everything is filthy.
It wouldn’t break the bank to improve lighting to give the area a lift (Uplighting? Coloured LEDs?) alongside removing some street clutter or at least a lick of paint on what is there. Murals/artwork could help lift the area.
In advance of substantive changes, the bleak space beneath the flyover in Greenwich alongside equally poor approaches could be improved relatively cheaply.
It’s not the only abysmal environment for those on foot despite the changing environment seen across Greenwich with thousands of new homes.
Whether a concerted effort to improve both locations for those on foot and cycle would not only benefit residents but local business. Whether that follows remains to be seen.
There’s no shortage of incoming funds from various developments to assist.