13 August 2009
Gnashing of teeth on Nine Elms Lane
I cycled out and back along Nine Elms Lane for a session at the dentist yesterday. As usual, I coped with the searing pain and helpless discomfort by seeking refuge in black humour.
I'm not talking about the dentist, but Nine Elms Lane. Its southern side has the second-worst cycle lane in London.
It's a succession of dangerous nonsenses. For instance, the lane will disappear abruptly (top right) for no clear reason; perhaps Lord Lucan used to cycle this way.
Or the lane will be blocked by a sign (right). With pleasing circularity, this one warns road users that the bus lane might have a bike in it, presumably because there's no room in the bike lane, because it's blocked by the sign.
Only one cycle lane in London is worse than Nine Elms Lane's southern side. And that's Nine Elms Lane's northern side. I blogged about it back in January, but the good news is, it seems something's being done at last. Until now the cycle lane has been blocked at regular points along its path by signs, posts, bus stops and electricity boxes. Now there's an additional blockage in the shape of a road crew (right).
Perhaps they're constructing an exciting tunnel by-pass. Or installing some sculptures to look at during your constant dismountings.
Or perhaps, at long last, they're just giving the Nine Elms bike lane a decent burial.