I’ve started happening across these on minor roads in London – so far I have found Tavistock Road in Bloomsbury with a bizarre bi-directional cycle lane, segregated from bi-directional traffic, with a weird little wiggle at the end to feed the westbound cycles in, and Howland St, near Goodge St Tube station. There must be more around London – do let me know if you know any!
I love them – suddenly I feel like the road was made just for me! I can hold my own on the major London roads (although I’m still terrified of Hyde Park Corner – in my car or on the bike!) but these little protective lanes are just wonderful. They’ve put down a segregated bit on the A11/A12 roundabout at Bow, and it makes me smile every time I see it. Like the Barclays Cycle Superhighways, it’s reassuring that someone spent money on cyclists. Gives a certain validation.
Bit of a downside – like cycling on the towpath beside the Regents Canal, where I am spending a lot of time at the moment, shuttling back and forth between Angel and Mile End, it is difficult to overtake a slow cyclist where the cycle lane is segregated.
A small price to pay to get away from the white van men!