Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Problems with maps and routes
The new cycle lane crossing London created by Transport for London (TFL) called the Barclays Cycle Superhighway was officially launched this week. It has opened but it appears that a number of the routes have not been completed. The one that I could use taking me from Woolwich to London Bridge is not due to be completed until 2015! From what I can see it appears to be just like the other cycle lane road markings which are currently green but this route is blue. It suffers from all the current problems that we have with current cycle lanes, namely other vehicles parking in the lane. Personally I am a bit disappointed with the highway, but maybe I will feel differently in five years when the route from Woolwich is open. I don’t think calling it a ‘super highway’ helped as it raised my expectations.
Transport for London is not in my good books this week. I went to the revamped map gadget on the cycling web page today, put in the relevant post code for a route from Highgate to Hornsey and after a minute I as was given a route in South West London to Uxbridge. I was not happy and I have sent them an email. In the mean time I have gone back to the other TFL journey planner which can also give you a cycle route as well as the a list of bus and train routes.
One cycle path I would like TFL to provide is a joined up route right along the Thames on both sides of the river. Two days ago I went cycling to the shops and took the long way round along the river, taking photos on the way, and cycled from the Thames Barrier to the Greenwich Peninsular. This is a beautiful route which goes all the way to the Dome but then stops. Such a shame.
The fuzzy quirky colour photos are done on purpose and come from my low-tech digital Harinezumi 2 camera.