1. If you cycle in London, you’ll know the capital’s bike lanes can leave a lot to be desired.
2. This one will take you from the bonnet of that Renault to the back door of that postman’s van.
So it’s not surprising that Croydon’s town planners don’t expect people to be cycling very far.
3. This lane in East London sometimes turns into a personal canal when it rains.
4. In London, bike lanes can also double has a handy parking space for cars.
5. Sometimes a taxi-rank is thrown in for good measure, too.
So you can get a taxi home when you realise how bad the infrastructure is.
6. Camden managed to design a lane that orders cyclists to crash into each other.
Cycle down to Tavistock Place if you want to weave around other oncoming cyclists.
7. It seems like whatever designers try, nothing will keep cars out of bike lanes.
8. When those designers aren’t actively putting things in your way, that is.
9. …often for apparently no reason.
10. They give with one hand, and take away with the other.
11. The guys who do the signs need to talk to the guys who do the bike lanes. I’m looking at you, Stratford.
Fittingly, this was built for the Olympics.
12. The designer of this lane at least understands that lampposts are solid objects.
Nine Elms Lane in Vauxhall, everybody.
13. Everything has to make way for car parking.
Even if it means riding into the back of cars, like on this flagship ‘Cycle Superhighway’ on Poplar High Street.
14. At least someone is enjoying this lane.
These coaches are parked on Prince Albert Road in Camden every day, honest. Even the Google Streetview van caught them.
15. Sometimes you wonder why they even bothered.
16. And sometimes you really wish they hadn’t bothered.
17. Some designers seem to think blue paint will magically keep cyclists safe.
Like this paint at Aldgate.