CSH#8 is now approaching completion so I thought it was time to shine the Cycalogical spotlight on TfL's handiwork.
Let's take a look at the journey home (southbound) over Chelsea Bridge. This is one of the more difficult junctions to get right for cyclists, but it would not be impossible given a bit of imagination.
Here's the approach along Grosvenor Road:
So far, so crap. OK, so what would I have done?
First of all, an advance stop box with no means of approach is useless, and it can't be approached on the right unless you're not intending to make a left turn. There's not a lot of foot traffic along Grosvenor Road, so it would have been possible to narrow the pavement somewhat and/or narrow the general traffic lanes to provide some sort of approach lane to the advance stop box. The layout as it is can only be described as very dangerous. The other useful thing would be to provide a left-turn bypass so that cyclists can avoid waiting at the junction to make the left-turn. There's room enough to provide such a facility, and this would reduce the conflict between cyclists and motor vehicles at the junction.
Why have TfL not provided a cycle lane on the bridge? The situation they've created gives the worst of all worlds. The wide general traffic lane will encourage speeding when the traffic is light, but when the traffic is congested, the lack of enforced lane discipline will cause problems for cyclists and motorcyclists trying to filter on the left southbound, and on the right in both directions. Finally, there needs to be a proper turn into Battersea Park. Currently, you either have to get into the right and hope the crossing lights change in your favour before you get rear-ended, or make the manoeuvre onto the pavement, across the crossing then double back on yourself. The sensible thing to have done would be to put a proper junction between Queenstown Road and Carriage Drive North so that it's possible to make the right-turn, and the lights should have been organized so you don't have to wait for a pedestrian to activate the crossing.
In short, TfL have failed to tackle any of the obvious problems in this section of CSH#8. All they've done is put cycle lanes in where the road was wide enough to accomodate them to start with. That's a pretty damning indictment of infrastructure that aspires to be the best in London, and hardly likely to create any kind of cycling revolution (except maybe the kind that gets rid of Boris Johnson).