|Moor Lane - viewed today. Pretty ugly. But not bad to |
cycle in. Not too dreadful to walk either.
"The Barbican Area Streets & Walkways Enhancement Strategy was approved on 16th October 2008 by the Court of Common Council after a public consultation exercise carried out in February 2008. Two hundred and forty-two responses were received as part of the 2008 consultation. Feedback was predominantly positive, with an emphasis on adding trees and greenery, and public access to more green space. Proposals in the Strategy were updated to incorporate this feedback."The Barbican area strategy is one of the 'major schemes' that the City of London will be spending its transport money on. The major schemes make up nearly 26% of the money budgeting in the City local implementation plan. As such, they're hugely important to cycling as they represent the largest bulk of City spending on new streetscapes.
|Moor Lane - the future. Lots of pedestrian space. Good. |
Lots of trees. Good. Nowhere to cycle? Bad.
The plan is to spend rather a lot of money making this street (and others around the Barbican to follow) look like a nicer place that has plants, trees and bat boxes.
And a massively narrowed road space.
Which will mean that cycling along here could become one of two things:
a) much more pleasant because motor vehicles won't use it as much and will travel more slowly
b) pretty horrific as vans driving to the phone exchange or taxis using the road as a rat run get even more impatient with people on bicycles blocking 'their' road space and preventing them from getting past. The net effect is that if you're on here on your bicycle, you become a living, breathing and moving speed hump.
|How Germany does it. Lots of space for|
walking. Good. Lots of trees. Good. AND
plenty of space for cycling. Good.
Very different to the City.