03 March 2010
Beyond our ken on Clerkenwell Rd
This splendid new cycle lane was recently installed at the crossroads of Clerkenwell Road and Farringdon Road. So why isn't this cyclist using it? Perhaps he is a smug environmentalist, or likes flouting the rules, or is just a troublemaker?
Er, no. You're simply safer sticking to the road here. Take the cycle lane, and when the lights change you realise there are no signs saying you can go straight on along the footpath - and to do so illegally would risk slaughtering thousands of innocent pedestrians in cold blood - so your only option is to dodge back into the fast-moving traffic. Another example of London cycling's junk DNA.