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London Cycling Campaign slams 3-month CS3 closure

Roadworks on Cycle Superhighway fall short of recommendations, says group

Transport for London and Tower Hamlets Council are ignoring safety guidance on managing cycling around roadworks with a three month closure of Cycle Superhighway 3 (CS3), says the London Cycling Campaign.

The group says: “For years the CS3 Cable Street route has been notorious for random closures for all sorts of street works.

“Sections of it seem to be dug up every other month.”

Now, thanks to works to improve pedestrian crossings of the road and cycle lane, the lane is entirely blocked, and the remaining road is one-way only, causing chaos for riders who are not signposted onto the road or pavement.

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LCC says this could be the moment to experiment with making the road traffic-free altogether.

“There is a great opportunity to trial the effects of filtering out through traffic on this route during construction.

“Motor traffic can be diverted via Pinchin St.

“Filtering out motor traffic to provide adequate space for cycling has been proposed by LCC and is being considered by Tower Hamlets council.”

Last year Transport for London published draft guidance for managing cyclists at roadworks as part of the London Cycling Design Standards. The guidance says  :

  •     there should be adequate warning notices for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians
  •     priority should be given to maintaining access during the works
  •     when cyclists and motor vehicles share use of narrow roads there need to be 20mph limits and signs saying 'Narrow Lanes - Do not overtake cyclists'
  •     a diversion for motorists should be considered before sending cyclists on a long poor quality diversion
  •     providing a diversion for cyclists is the last option - it must be clearly signposted and the signs maintained throughout the work period
  •     simply placing  'Cyclist Dismount' signs at the end of the works is not acceptable.

The group says: “These are all welcome improvements but fall far short of the Mayor's commitment to the LCC Love London Go Dutch campaign to ensure that the Cycle Superhighways are completed to the best practice design standard.”

Earlier this year we reported how a cyclist with a helmet camera captured the moment a man riding one of London’s Santander Cycles hire bikes was apparently targeted in an attempted bike-jacking – with fellow riders helping fend off his attackers as a fight developed.

The footage of the incident, which happened on Cycle Superhighway 3 on Cable Street, east London at around 4.30pm on the afternoon of 1 June, was posted to YouTube by user Dark Shadow.

With several cyclists stopped at a red traffic light, a man who had been standing nearby seems to try and grab the hire bicycle, saying, “This is my bike,” with the rider pushed to the ground.

Other riders then intervened, causing the apparent mugger and his companion to leave the scene.

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a.jumper | 8 years ago

The new battle of Cable Street! Poor show, Tower Hamlets.

VeloPeo | 8 years ago

And after Cabel Street it feeds into that really narrow bit in the small park/bridge through to the Limehouse section. Really poorly executed route in places

VeloPeo | 8 years ago

They've got a point on making Cable Street entirely traffic free. It's just a rat run at the moment and it runs parallel to The Highway and Commercial Street, both of which are far more suited to through traffic.

Ironically I used to use Commercial Street on my commute every day - it has nice fat bus lanes with very few buses in, and was far quicker and more pleasant than using the poorly designed CS3.

ron611087 replied to VeloPeo | 8 years ago
VeloPeo wrote:

Ironically I used to use Commercial Street on my commute every day - it has nice fat bus lanes with very few buses in, and was far quicker and more pleasant than using the poorly designed CS3.


My problem with CS3 on Cable street is that there's inconsistent cycling prioritisation at the junctions not controlled by traffic lights. Cyclists have priority at some side roads but not others. If either motorist or cyclist makes a mistake the cyclist always loses.

UglyBug | 8 years ago

That closure is a nightmare. They have done exactly what it says above they shouldn't: Just shoved a cyclists dismount sign in.

brooksby | 8 years ago

Happens in Bristol all the time (Bristol & bath railway path, anyone?)

EddyBerckx | 8 years ago

They'd never pull this sort of crap on a main road so why do we have to put up with it? I got caught out the other day by this. The only legal way round would be for me to go half a mile out of my way...not ideal when they give zero warning leading up to this

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