Originally Posted by browser
Duh... nearly everyone is working from home. Cannon Street was absolutely dead yesterday, despite Boris telling people otherwise. In a building of 5k Iím one of 50 who goes in and only then, twice a week. Everyone at Salesforce tower which is 48 floors is WFH till January at a minimum, same at most of the banks. Those bike lanes will have saved countless lives on daily pre-pandemic commutes and they will be even busier when people actually are back to the office as many more in zones 1-3 will refuse to use the tubes. Try cycling through Uber drivers, bus drivers, cabbies, white Vans and Lorries without them.
I've done it on bicycle and on a scooter for 4 years for up to 6 hours a day studying roads. So nobody can tell me anything about the roads, i've done the lot.
Everyone working from home yet they still decide to carve up the roads, install ridiculous cycle lanes on major arterial routes used by business related traffic, all with no consultation, no planning, no forethought.
Marylebone road is gridlocked, chelsea embankment gridlocked, park lane an absolute mess all to accommodate poorly planned, hastily installed cycle lanes that have no cyclists in them... and traffic levels are at about half the levels they usually would be this time of year.
But that's TfL's mantra - shut road space, funnel traffic, create bottlenecks and jams then complain about them.
As usual as it all boils down to in London it's the elite/upper classes inflicting their will on the poor/working classes.
Oliver and Beatrice quite like to cycle into the office 2-3 times a week from Muswell Hill don't you know so we're going to have to annex a whole lane on the approach to the two busiest train stations in the country. All you oiks in your vans doing a days work can go swivel and sit in traffic jams.