Greenwich Foot Tunnel: night-time closure, April
- A few thoughts:
If the tunnel is recognised as a significant cycle corridor (it is,
surely?) then surely Greenwich & TH councils are at least morally
obliged to provide an alternative.
I really can't see a problem with bikes on the DLR off-peak. It was
built with wheelchair access to all stations, so if anything is easier
to get a bike on than those Underground that do allow bikes. I
sometimes use a Brompton on DLR, but I don't fold until I'm out of the
lift & on the platform There's more lobby space to stand with bike on a
DLR unit than say a Piccadilly tube train (on which bikes are allowed
W of Hammersmith). I think DLR used its pre-GLA unaccountability (used
to come under an overworked civil servant in the Private Finance
Initiative unit of Dept for Trade & Industry!) to avoid inconvenient
changes to its conditions of carriage.
So my suggestions are:
challenge LBG & LBTH to provide a reasonable alternative, as they'd
normally have to with a road closure. Incidentally, what do pedestrian
tunnel-users have to say about suddenly having to pay DLR a quid each
way across the river? Alliance opportunity?
Pull in Mayor Ken, TfL, Cycling Centre of Excellence & GLA members (use
Green group if local GLAM doesn't bite?). Take individual complaints to
Transport Users Cttee: it's been OK to me in the past.
If you feel some sort of direct action is called for, try taking
life-size cardboard cut-outs of bikes aboard rather than real ones.
Good for publicity: LCC &/or Scottish cyclists used it before.
One way forward: press DLR to vary the bike-banning by-law & permit
bikes between (say) Greenwich & Canary Wharf after 8pm with prior
permission of train supervisor. Only for period of tunnel closure.
If you take the matter to urbancyclist (topica.com) or lcc-issues
(yahoogroups.com) I'm sure you'll get more useful ideas.
Excuse length: hope this helps. Responses welcome but PLEASE TRIM YOUR