by Natalie Bennett
It was a little dark for good photos, so you’re going to have to take my word (with others’) for the fact that some 2,500 cyclists turned out on Thursday night for a “flashride” to protest against TfL’s effort to pretend that the northern end of Blackfriars Bridge is a country motorway. (Among them the Green Party’s London mayoral candidate Jenny Jones.)
For many Camden cyclists crossing the river Blackfriars is a logical route to and from South London, but the plans are truly terrifying – try crossing a 30mph stream of traffic when you simply want to move from the cycle lane to the “straight-ahead” lane.
There’s no adequately safe cycle crossing of the river (and pedestrians around the busy train station here also have good cause to be concerned). An alternative plan for Blackfriars has been set out – and we need to continue to fight for this or something similar.