London Cyclists were once again out in force tonight to protest against the changes to Blackfriars Bridge that will be detrimental to cyclists and pedestrians. TfL has decided in favour of cramming as much motorised traffic over the bridge as humanly possible in an effort to be as green and as popular as possible. It’s not all doom and gloom of course and one person even took the opportunity to cycle with a cone on their head, as you can see in the picture above.
While I was there I even managed to grab a snap of Mark of iBikeLondon fame, who, as you can see, was travelling so fast, not even my high tech camera could capture him.
So where do things currently stand with Blackfriars?
Work is going ahead with TfL’s largely unchanged original plans. The LCC has put forward a proposal for a more efficient use of the space that takes into consideration all of the users of Blackfriars and doesn’t provide unequal weighting to vehicle traffic. However, as things are already in motion it’s unlikely we can have an impact on “our” streets and it would seem cyclists and pedestrians have been brushed aside.
If you are feeling a little down about it all, then perhaps you can take conciliation as I did pedalling home, by overtaking rows upon rows of stationary cars stuck in traffic.
London’s transportation challenges continue..