Around every station Crossrail's urban design team, working with the local authority, will work to create new and improved public spaces that integrate with existing transport services.
The new Crossrail stations offer great opportunities to improve public areas at street-level - whether it is by bus, cycle or foot."
|Happy hi-viz cyclist heading towards Smithfield|
So, let's take a look at some nice improved cycle infrastructure proposed for the City of London at the new Farringdon station.
Here's a view by the new Crossrail staton at Farringdon's Smithfield exit. Happy cyclist heading west towards the market:
|Oh dear. The cyclist gets squashed.|
Images like this from Crossrail really get on my nerves. Because they make politicians and transport planners think that the lovely new streetscape will be a harmonious place where cars, pedestrians and cycles will all mingle with plenty of space for everyone.
But that's never going to happen. That car on the right is somewhat fraudulently placed way over into the corner of the image, creating an illusion of space, and a sense that there will be plenty of room for cars heading west to pass that hi-viz cyclist. But that's clearly never going to happen.