Some Tower Hamlets residents are getting more than a little fed up with being locked-in by sporting events and then having to walk in the roads because the cyclists are riding on the pavements.
The Isle of Dogs, Limehouse and Wapping are worst affected with roads in Wapping closed at 4am this morning. Why 4am?
Just to add potential injury to insult many Prudential Ride London decided to take over the pavements (as photographed above at St. Katharine’s Dock yesterday afternoon) when it suited them.
Able-bodied people might be able to get out of the way in time but the less mobile and infirm are not so nimble or families out with children in buggies have to keep their wits about them.
LW realises we are breaking the unwritten rule that it is not politically correct to criticise cyclists but (a) we just don’t care and (b) er… we just don’t care.
Cycling is a great form of transport (insert more insincere platitudes about how wonderful cycling is just to keep some people happy here before publication, Ed.) but quite a few of those who have no interest in two wheels, pedestrians, would like to be treated with a little more consideration.
Perhaps one way would be for us all to dress as cyclists as we walk along the pavements and carry a bicycle wheel so we are treated as members of the cycling fraternity?
Although the vast majority of cyclists are well mannered there are too many – usually men who like to think they are ‘alpha males’ – who treat pedestrians as an irritant.
We have witnessed a cyclist racing along the canal who deliberately rode at two elderly ladies at speed in an attempt to scare the life out of them because they had the temerity to be walking. They achieved their aim. This was not a yob on a bike but a probably well-educated City worker who should have known better.
LW was also verbally abused by a cyclist only a few weeks ago because, well, we don’t know. We might have been doing the walking thing.
Last weekend we fell into a conversation with an elderly lady in Wapping Woods. After the usual discussion about the weather her next comment was, as a convoy of cyclists zoomed past, how fast the cyclists were as they sped through the Woods from Shadwell Basin and that one day someone would be injured.
Speed bumps for thugs in cars is generally accepted as being a good thing. Let’s hope that we do not have to start adding speed bumps for cyclists on our pavements.
Now that would annoy some people, wouldn’t it?