Local cycle routes news
- This month we have several bits of good news.
Dave Moorhouse, the Greenwich Cycling Officer, sent us encouraging
answers to various questions we put regarding cycle routes. We are also
in regular touch with Sustrans developing the river route.
Dave has managed to organise some surface improvements on Creek Road.
He also reported that a bus lane is being considered for Creek Road
going towards London on the Deptford side of the creek. This would help
the many cyclists commuting into London. He also reported that
consideration is being given to moving traffic lanes close to the
junction between Creek Road and Norman Road. This may allow extra road
space to be made available so that a cycle lane can be installed over
Deptford Creek Bridge. We are particularly concerned about the safety
of cyclists along Creek Road as this is an important cycle commuter
route. We hope to develop a more detailed proposal for the whole road
to put to the Council shortly.
Isobel Stoddart of Sustrans had a meeting this month with the London
Development Agency who are developing the site. We understand that an
interim route will be opened next month along the river, with the full
route opened next Spring (by the Queen). We therefore hope that
cyclists will be able to ride from the Woolwich Waterfront to Thamesmead
along the river from early November. This is great news as this route
has been delayed by well over a year. Greenwich Cyclists are hoping to
organise a launch ride.
PEAR TREE LANE:
Dave Moorhouse reported that the Council are going ahead with the Pear
Tree Lane cycle route linking Greenwich Yacht Club with the new
Sainsburys on Greenwich Peninsula and Woolwich Road. This is a scheme
that was supported by Greenwich Cyclists at a Council committee hearing
earlier this year. Dave is now organising the works to be carried out.
We have raised the issue of installing a controlled pedestrian / cycle
crossing over Bugsby's Road along the route with Dave. He is aware of
the lack of such a crossing which makes it difficult to cross this dual
carriage-way, and we understand the Council will be looking at
installing a safer crossing. We look forward to reporting further
Dave reported that cycle lanes will be reinstalled around the new UCI
cinema being built on Greenwich peninsula. We have also asked that
dropped kerbs and a safe cycle route be installed across the roads
leading to Homebase and Sainsburys so that cyclists can safely travel
from the new footbridge over the A102M Blackwall Tunnel road to the
cinema and then on to the new Millennium Village and the riverside cycle
route. We hope that this linking work cn be done as the cinema is
Dave has arranged for cycle lanes on Woolwich Road to be extended around
the junction with Charlton.
Sustrans are working to develop a temporary route linking Woolwich
Dockyard to Woolwich Waterfront to get round the undeveloped site on the
river dividing the two. We hope that an off road or pavement route
could be created so that cyclists can avoid Woolwich Road. That would
then just leave the link between the Flood Barrier and Warspite Road to
solve in order for a complete off-road route linking the whole borough
riverfront. We hope that this can be sorted out before next spring's
Many thanks to Dave for answering the questions and we look forward to
working on further developments. Also to Isobel who is supporting
Next meeting Wednesday 1 November at The forum, Trafalgar Road, E