RE: [greenwichcyclists] Deptford Creek bridge, and the Thames Path
Has Greenwich Cyclists submitted any comments on the proposed bridge? This is a difficult one to call. We’ve been waiting for a bridge over the Creek for years and this could be our best chance. Apart from funding issues the main problem has been the PLA’s objection to any swing or opening structure. This has necessitated a fixed structure with sufficient draft clearance. To comply with DDA requirements lifts have been provided on each bank to reach the deck. I presume for cost, aesthetic and space reasons this solution was preferred to providing ramps. Maybe this is a question that needs to be asked because we all know from experience that automatic lifts in public facilities are not the most reliable! The space inside the lifts is not very generous and could result in delays at busy times – as no doubt the bridge could make the Thames path at this location much more attractive.
I suggest we welcome the proposal but express our regret that lifts and stairs rather than ramps have been used.
I would personally like to see an explicit reference to cycling made, even it it's "cycles are allowed in the lifts, but must be pushed over the bridge". One could do nothing and expect it to be no problem once the bridge is built, but experiences at other points on the Thames Path and elsewhere have dented my natural optimism.
On 19 May 2012, at 12:31, Bob Walkden wrote:
Opposing it on those grounds seems dog-in-the-mangerish to me. They should be strongly encouraged to include cycling provision, but to oppose it if they don't would benefit nobody.