LCC Proposes Pedestrian And Cyclist Friendly Blackfriars

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LCC Proposes Pedestrian And Cyclist Friendly Blackfriars

LCC proposes replacing the gryatory with two simple T- junctions

The London Cycling Campaign has put its money where its mouth is and brought forward some impressions of how the Blackfriars gyratory could be removed to make the junction safe for cyclists and pleasant for pedestrians.

The double-T junction, based on an early TfL proposal (that was considered to be too slow for motorised vehicles) brings a dash of Den Haag to the Detroit-esque proposals. Gone are the swooping high speed slipways and elongated traffic islands – instead a pair of simple, safe and criss-crossable junctions connects the tangle of roads. You can see the full proposals on the LCC's site, complete with animated traffic movements (in far more detail than TfL have ever provided).

TfL has earned the wrath of livability, pedestrian and cycling campaigners for proceeding with a rebuild (now underway) of the junction that was rejected unanimously by the London Assembly. If you've not followed this sorry tale there are excellent summaries here on the Cyclists in the City blog.

Last week Central St Martin's student Min Joo Lee was killed on TfL roads at Kings Cross on her way to the new campus north of the station, bringing the total fatalities on London's roads to 13 this year. On Friday a cyclist was hospitalized on Blackfriars Road after a collision with a moped and today the London Air Ambulance attended a cyclist crushed by a left turning lorry in Hornsey.

The LCC is calling for all those who oppose TfL's approach to cyclists and pedestrians on its (our?) roads to join them and London Assembly Members Jenny Jones and Val Shawcross at Blackfriars this Wednesday at 17.45 to show their concern – details here.

Last Updated 10 October 2011


Just what is a 'Pedistrian'???????!


Green cycle routes are more pleasing to the eye than those horribly garish blue cycle lanes. Also we need less 'street furniture' throughout our towns and cities!

Dean Nicholas

A side note, but what is the vehicle at bottom right of the image? It looks a bit like a boxier bendy bus, but surely it can't be, as there aren't any bendys that cross Blackfriars bridge (and they're being phased out by the end of the year anyway). Could it be a tram, perhaps? They used to rattle across the bridge, as this photo shows:


I'm afraid that there will always be accidents n loss of life on the roads no matter what layout design you use to make them safe, its the 'human factor' that's not taken into account fully. People are so unpredictable in the way they use the roads.
I am sorry to hear that there has been more loss of life among cyclists in London, but I think that's a fact of life in using the roads of London to get about. It's not yourself you have to worry about, it's all the other idiots!
Sad that yet another cyclist has died as a result of a left turning lorry, despite the warnings that have been given about not cycling alongside a lorry on the nearside in case it's turning left. Seems that a lot more education and awareness of road dangers n hazards is needed.

All the latest road layouts n designs are not much good if cyclists n other road users are careless in their use of the roads :(