I thought I'd do a short traffic count to see approximately what the levels of cycling are relative to other modes. The site I chose for the survey Chelsea Bridge southbound, reasoning that a bridge is a good point to measure because all north-south journeys have to pass over a bridge at some point.
My short survey revealed that around 30% of southbound vehicles were bicycles. This was at commute time - 6:15PM - but it was on a wet, cold dark winter's evening, so it's quite likely that levels are considerably higher in summer.
TfL talk about balance between transport modes. Well surely on a road (Queenstown Road) with 30%+ cycles at peak times, you'd expect a balance in favour of that mode?
To be fair, there are worse roads for cycling. Northbound there is a segregated lane and a bus lane although both are intermittent. Southbound there is rather less; an advisory cycle lane for part of Queenstown Road. There's no treatment on the bridge itself, (there seems to be a shared-use arrangement on the footpath, but the signing is pretty ambiguous and it's unclear whether this is actually legal or not) and nothing at the junctions, including the very dangerous Queen's Circus or the junction with Battersea Park Road, where you have to queue up with the rest of the traffic or take your chances overtaking round the outside into oncoming traffic. You can rely on the ASL to be blocked with motors.
Balance? Not in any sense of the word I know. However, TfL have a chance to redeem themselves because CSH8 will come this way...watch this space.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
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