Was leafletting this evening outside Kentish Town Tube, and when we’d pretty much saturated that with leafletters I moved up to the bus-stop near the Y-intersection of Kentish Town Road, Highgate Road and Fortress Road.
So I got a close up and personal (some car passengers were so keen to get a leaflet they were calling me over, which was a bit of a challenge) view of traffic flows on the corner, and they really are a dangerous mess.
The busy bus stop just before the corner is for services not just going up Highgate Road, but also Fortess, which requires them to basically pull straight across the traffic the second they pull out from the kerb.
Since the bus stop is so busy cars heading up Highgate Road are going around them, then swerving in, pretty well most of the time.
Put into this lots of cyclists trying to get from the left to right hand lane – with many drivers trying to catch the green light while dogding past a bus, and I saw a couple of near-misses just in the 40 minutes or so I was there.
Oh and adding to the confusion there are lots and lots of joggers making their way through or around the bus stop queue (why are there so many joggers here?)
Still a special prize has to go to the one who came up behind me, grabbed a leaflet very neatly without slowing down, and was gone in a flash – definitely the leaflet take of the day.
It’s not easy to see how you could fix this intersection, but certainly something needs to be done.
(And thanks to all the leafletters who were out this evening at KT and Mornington Crescent – it was an excellent showing!)