The decision to ban bicycles from more than 80% of London’s ‘Games Lanes’ will put cyclists’ lives at risk, according to the ETA (Environmental Transport Association).
More than eight out of 10 Games Lanes are situated on the outside of traffic queues, but cyclists will not be allowed to enter these offside Games Lanes for what has been described as ‘safety reasons’ – a policy at odds with national standards for cycle training and one labelled as potentially highly dangerous by the ETA.
Andrew Davis, director at the ETA, said: “Transport planners have wrongly assumed that the best place for bicycles on busy roads is hugging the gutter, but experienced cyclists know that the safest place to overtake slow-moving traffic is down the outside – slap bang where the Games Lanes are.”
The ETA says the problem is particularly acute because the bus lanes that offer cyclists a refuge from London’s busiest traffic are to be removed on the roads affected by Games Lanes.
Andrew Davis continued: “With no bus lane to use and the Games Lane a no-go area for bicycles, a busy stretch such as the Marylebone Road will see cyclists forced to jostle for space with cars and lorries.”
With the exception of roads that cyclists are never permitted to use, the ETA is calling for cyclists to be allowed to use all Games Lanes.
Click here to read the full ETA report.