Long strips of the forthcoming Cycle Superhighway 7, between Merton and the City following the A24 and A3, have been painted in on the stretch between Kennington and Clapham. Some are many hundreds of metres. So yesterday we cycled along, to see what a difference it's making.
The Superficial Cycleways are touted as being 'safe, direct and continuous'. Continuous they certainly aren't; they stop at bus stops and junctions and only follow existing priorities...
...and this isn't what we'd understand by 'cycle superhighway'; it's what we'd understand by 'car park'.
Safe? Nope. The cars, lorries and buses we saw yesterday were treating the blue paint as just that, giving cyclists no extra room or courtesy.
Still, it's not all bad news. They're direct, so that's one out of three.
And we're pleased to report that the 'CS7' signs and bicycle logos have been very well crafted, and the blue surface itself looks very blue.
Except for the portions painted a couple of months ago, that is, which are fading fast.
As, we fear, is the idea of Superficial Cycleways itself.