10 June 2010

Bloody Tower traffic signs: Anyone understand this?

Sometimes it's not clear when a cycle track ends, and no signage means you can end up unwittingly cycling on a pavement - possibly getting fined. (The north-east exit of Hyde Park, to Marble Arch, is an example that has caught out many who've made an honest and understandable mistake.)

So it's always good to have unambiguous signs telling you your position. Such as here, on Byward St, just north of the Tower.

It's a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists, without a physical separator. On which cyclists are not allowed. With a physical separator between the path for pedestrians and cyclists.

Well, that all seems perfectly clear.


  1. Is this at the right-turn from Byward Street into Great Tower Street?

    This should be a straightforward right turn (after all, the number 15 bus does it every few minutes), albeit across a very busy road. But cyclists are expected to stop on the left, mount the pavement at exactly the place where hundreds of tousists are waiting to cross, and the wait for the pedestrian lights.

    To compound matters, the entrance to Great Tower Street is blocked with a lifting barrier that only buses can activate. So cyclists are expected to ride on the pavement to get past it.

  2. Yes, it's exactly there.

    We were quite intrigued by the lifting barrier. I'm quite a fan of lifting bollards myself - maybe it reminds me of my happy youth playing Super Mario - but evidently the barrier was the preferred option here.

  3. Also worth searching for "Balardos" on you tube for my favorite video of all time. Cars (including 4x4 and white van man) coming a cropper in Manchester when trying to sneak through behind buses.

  4. Sorry try "bollardos"