Security barriers have been installed overnight on London’s Blackfriars Bridge to prevent terrorists from using the North-South Cycle Superhighway to drive onto the footway and attack the public. But while cyclists appreciate the extra protection they afford when riding across the bridge, there are concerns that the position of ones at each end may cause bottlenecks during rush hour on what has become a hugely popular cycle route since it opened last year.
Since Saturday evening’s attack which claimed eight lives and left dozens injured as three terrorists – later shot dead by police – crashed a van into people walking on London Bridge then stabbed other victims in nearby Borough Market, security barriers have been rushed into place on several bridges across the Thames.
> Concern among London cyclists as anti-terrorism barriers on bridges take space from cycle lanes
In some places, barriers running the length of the bridge, have been placed on cycle lanes and campaign groups say that while they understand the need to protect pedestrians in the wake of the London Bridge attack and a similar one on Westminster Bridge in March, it should not be at the expense of rider safety.
The issue at Blackfriars Bridge is different, however. The concrete and steel barriers run between the main carriageway and the Cycle Superhighway – and therefore afford cyclists more protection than previously.