Tuesday, 28 September 2010

City's main bike routes about to get worse?

Queen Street southern side - plans
 Various City reports out last week show how cycling simply won't be featuring in new road layouts at St. Paul's and around the Barbican. Also, how the Queen Street junction north of Southwark Bridge is about to get even more confusing for cycling.

This news follows on from what had seemed like a fairly productive meeting with the City last week when there was talk aplenty about positive cycling news. A full report on that meeting coming soon. But in the meantime, if you want some really depressing news, take a look at these.

Key gripes - Queen Street looks like it will be even more confusing than it is now. Barbican gets no cycle facilities at the junction with Beech Street and Aldersgate despite the fact that even the City knows it's a problem junction. The City attempted to secure funds from TfL but with that avenue exhausted it seems the City would rather spend its own money on paving slabs than providing a safer way for cyclists to travel west out of Beech Street tunnel. The list continues and a full review of these reports will be online soon but in the meantime, if you're interested, you can download the originals here.

St Paul's Churchyard report

Queen Street (north end of Southwark Bridge) report

Barbican area plans


  1. I think the Queen Street link should be to http://www.minutes.org.uk/cgi-bin/C5.exe?REP20003624 (4 on the end, not 3).

  2. Thanks. You're right. I've amended it.