Friday, March 5, 2010

Piccadilly Circus Revamp

Westminster Council are spending £14M digging up the world-famous landmark junction, and re-engineering the surrounding streets to make them more pedestrian-friendly.

With that amount being spent on de-congestion, you would think there would be some arrangements to improve the sorry state of cycling in the area. Well, I've not found any mention of it, which isn't that surprising given Westminster's usual anti-cycling stance and opposition to road-safety measures such as 20MPH speed limits. Given that TfL are being asked to stump up £7M of the cost, you would think they would weigh in with some preconditions, especially as Piccadilly Circus is exactly the kind of place tourists will cycle to on their hire bikes. If and when (God forbid) a few of them get run down I'll claim my 'I told you so' card. Hopefully it's still early enough for sense to prevail...

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