Simon MacMichael June 5 2017
Cyclists in London have taken to social media this morning to express their concern after anti-terrorism barriers were installed overnight on several bridges across the Thames in response to Saturday evening’s terrorist attack, taking away space from cycle lanes.
Several photos posted to platforms including Twitter show that the barriers, placed next to the kerb on Lambeth, Waterloo, and Westminster bridges, have reduced the width of cycle lanes in places, leaving little or no safe space for cyclists.
Campaigners say that while the installation of the barriers is “understandable and right,” there is a risk that they will increase the danger to the thousands of cyclists who ride across London’s bridges each day.
Three terrorists used a rented van to mount a pavement on London Bridge on Saturday evening, crashing into people walking across the bridge, then abandoned the vehicle and began stabbing people enjoying an evening out in the popular Borough Market area.
Seven people were killed and dozens injured, some critically, although as yet no separate figures have been released relating to casualties sustained as a result of the van being driven into people on the bridge.
The attack comes less than three months after Khalid Masood drove a car onto the pavement at Westminster Bridge in March, killing four people and injuring around 50 more.
Here are some posts from Twitter regarding the emergency barriers that have appeared this morning.
Waterloo Bridge this morning. They have installed a barrier… Not sure if this makes me feel more or less secure.
— Jose Diaz (@jmdiazangulo)
New barriers on Westminster Bridge this morning separating pedestrians from vehicles
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS)
@BBCDanielS More proof that the people in charge have no common sense. Why not put it inside the cycle lane? Cyclists have no space now. Clueless.
— . (@Hutchins14O4)
@BBCDanielS Looks more dangerous for cyclists now
— Alexander Smotrov (@aleksmot)
— PC (@paulschristian)
@BBCDanielS Won’t they just move on to Oxford st, regent st or any busy street really? The bridges were just the start.
— sandbagger (@sandbagger8)
And every single one is half over a narrow cycle lane. Should try to repaint lanes further out or else poor design becomes v. dangerous. https://twitter.com/bbclondonnews/status/871584892873822208 …
— Alex Ingram (@nuttyxander)
Sam Jones, campaigns co-ordinator at the charity Cycling UK, told road.cc: “Given the number, scale and type of attacks in the last nine weeks, it is understandable and right that the police and Transport for London are putting in measures to protect key points of infrastructure from likely threats.”