Sunday, 29 July 2007

Addiscombe Road - eastbound

Inspired by The Sharp Side's overgrown cycle track post, here's a less dramatic case of overgrowth on a cycle lane.

This cycle lane runs alongside tram tracks, so it's primary purpose is to signify to the bike rider where you can cycle outside of the sweep of the tram.

Strangely it is also probably Croydon's longest stretch of mandatory cycle lane - but that's another story.

As you can see from the images the foliage is growing out from the side to push the bike rider out into the path of trams in some places.

It is also worth noting that there is a solid stone wall, and not a pavement, so you have no escape.

The lane ends as the road widens, but then comes the biggest problem, a tram stop.

Here the bike rider has no choice but to cross into the tram track and into the path of the tram. This, thankfully, is not as dangerous as it might be because all trams stop at all of the stations, so are traveling slowly at this point.

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Saturday, 14 July 2007

St James's Park Road - LCN Route 5

Our first video contribution to the site:

There was a long fight to get this contraflow cycle lane, but the way in which parking bays were left in the cycle route created a problem at the junction with Windmill Road where most drivers turn in and cut the corner.

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P.S. Filming whilst cycling is not recommended.


Friday, 13 July 2007

Press Coverage

A letter from Shasha Khan to the local papers included a link to this blog. This resulted in a phone call from the Croydon Advertiser and a request for a photo.

The story covers the whole of page three. They've used a straightforward photo of me riding the bike, approached the council for a comment and finished it off with some great photos from the Warrington Cycle Campaign.

Online version - Crodyon cyclists face a 'tour de farce'

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Tuesday, 10 July 2007

High Street - Surrey Street & Mint Walk

This is the junction between High Street and Surrey street where a cycle lane suddenly pops into existence outside the front door of the Green Dragon pub and continues north along High Street where it is always used for parking.

Anyone trying to use this cycle lane is likely to get cut up by motor vehicles turning left. Most people cycle well out into the road to avoid the parked cars.

Opposite is the entrance to Mint Walk where the cycle cut through is often blocked.

Notice how, even on a closed road, the cycle lane is far too narrow.

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