[P1010903] Cycle lane - EXTREME EDITION!

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    Someone at the council got a little bit crazy with the cycle lane planning on Tavistock Place. This is looking east towards the junction with Judd Street.

    It *kind* of makes sense. West of here, the cycle lane is a segregated two-way thing on the north side of the road (as at the foot of this picture). At the junction with Judd St, there's a bike box which puts eastbound bikes ahead of the cars in the main lane. You want to feed bikes from the lane to the box. However, you also want to keep the westbound bike lane on the north side of the road. Thus, the eastbound lane has to cross over the westbound one. That's a topological necessity.

    What i don't really understand is why the westbound lane has to stay on the north side. I can't remember what it does to the east of the junction. I don't think the route is segregated at that point, but i could be wrong.

    Whatever the logic behind all this, the upshot is that two lanes of traffic on what is supposed to be one of London's bike arteries have to cross over each other face to face. GREAT WORK COUNCIL GUY!!

    The right conclusion to draw from this is that segregated cycle lanes of this kind are a bad idea. There are already plenty of serious studies showing just how bad an idea, for various reasons; this photo can be added lightly to the pile.

    it's at about 51.525981, -0.12424. I tried geotagging it, but it didn't work.

    Eva-Marie Neumann, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. greenwood100 79 months ago | reply

      Is this the Chelsea cycle chicane designed to benefit those driving in Chelsea tractors?
      (thats SUVs to many Flickr friends)

    2. Tom Anderson 79 months ago | reply

      This is the Tavistock Tango. I don't know who it was designed to benefit. It's near a teaching hospital, so trainee A&E doctors, perhaps?

    3. The Guardian on Flickr 65 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The world's worst cycle lanes, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. 10tentacles 65 months ago | reply

      This used to be on my commute to work - I know it well.... Believe it or not I once saw a taxi decide to use the lane as a short cut. The section just before this oddity (travelling east) is also regularly blocked by deliveries. On what I suspect may be London's busiest section of cycle route (a main artery connecting Hackney and Islington to the west end).

    5. adjaughan 65 months ago | reply

      I personally hate this lane - nearly had two accidents here because of other cyclists.

      Was coming from the direction the photograph was taken. The problem is that cyclists who don't obey or understand road markings - coming the other way - just don't stop when the line is. They then ride straight into you as your lane flows to the right.

      Bloody awful.

    6. eye books 65 months ago | reply

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    7. applez 65 months ago | reply

      Yep, in the US, where such facilities exist, the counterflow option may be used. As it is, I've become annoyed with counterflow riders irrespective of the facilities anyway.

    8. mintea 65 months ago | reply

      I go through this lane every day on my way to work, coming west only (going east I have a different route) and no one understands that you need to yield when coming west.

    9. mintea 65 months ago | reply

      Actually, can someone could point out why the west going lane needs to yield? There is something missing in this photo, there is a sign that you cannot read when going west, I assume its just an arrow, but it could be a stop/yield sign. Which is why people won't stop if they assume the yeild is from the other direction. Its very unclear. The lane markings with the arrow show direction only, they dont tell you to stop.

    10. lextra 65 months ago | reply

      mintea: the inverted triangle marking and the double dashed lines next to it are indicating you should yield. There is no backwards arrow/dotted line on the lane which doesn't need to yield. wikipedia says "The mandatory road marking accompanying the sign consists of a large inverted triangle painted just before the place to give way." (it's basically the same as road markings minus the sign)

    11. Price Engines 58 months ago | reply

      Hi Tom - one of those pictures you just have to look at a few times!

      I used your picture to illustrate a blog post on encouraging people to commute via cycling.

      Here's a link to your photo in situ:
      solarpanelquoter.blogspot.com/2010/05/giving-cyclists-mor...

      Cheers - Jonathan

    12. Tom Anderson 58 months ago | reply

      Jonathan - not sure whether this picture is going to help encourage cycling; more likely to scare people away! I do like that bike lane on the bridge, though. You'd never get a council here devoting that much roadspace to bikes, though, not in a month of sundays.

    13. Price Engines 58 months ago | reply

      Hi Tom - Yesss - I see your point.

      As an aside, i was amazed the other week (when the sun was shining) how many people took to bikes .... and how few of them actually rode in the cycle lanes down the side of the road.

      Instead they all seemed to prefer the smoother (and who can blame them) road surface.

      It's a crazy world - I'd be on the pavement if I had my way.
      Cheers - Jonathan

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