A London cyclist has tweeted a picture of a car that tailgated him on the North-South Cycle Superhighway in Southwark, despite the route, which is physically separated from the main carriageway, being clearly marked as only for bicycles.
Alec James, who recently left Sustrans to join the press office of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, posted the picture to Twitter yesterday evening. It was taken across the road from the Blackfriars Road headquarters of Transport for London (TfL).
Tailgated by more clowns driving in the segregated superhighway this evening. Where do these people come from?? pic.twitter.com/acNXkWcL3l
— Alec James (@AEWJ) January 17, 2016
Asked by cycling author Carlton Reid, executive editor of BikeBiz, whether he believed it was on purpose or a mistake, he said the person was “certainly driving like they knew it,” adding that you “can do pretty much what you like on the roads on Sunday evening.”
When the separated bike lane on Vauxhall Bridge opened late last year, attention from media outlets such as LBC was on cyclists who choose to ride (quite legally) on the main carriageway instead.
But there has been little about the danger posed to bike riders by motorists taking illegally to the Cycle Superhighways.
In Cambridge, metal bollards were put in place to stop drivers getting onto the cycle track running alongside the city’s guided busway – although as we reported last month, the council is now removing those on safety grounds after a cyclist crashed into one.
We have asked TfL for a comment.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.