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22 Ridiculous London Cycle Lanes That Hate Cyclists

Most of London is badly designed for cycling, but these bike routes stand out as being utterly horrible to ride. Or just plain ridiculous.

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1. If you cycle in London, you'll know the capital's bike lanes can leave a lot to be desired.

Had to laugh at this baffling bit of cycle infrastructure in Romford (via: http://t.co/iWzdIPRMDj )

londoncyclist@londoncyclist

Had to laugh at this baffling bit of cycle infrastructure in Romford (via: http://t.co/iWzdIPRMDj )

11:45 AM - 1 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. This one will take you from the bonnet of that Renault to the back door of that postman's van.

Google Streetview

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.

Yesterday's Cycle Superhighway Canal...and....

aviewoflondon@sw19cam

Yesterday's Cycle Superhighway Canal...and....

05:59 PM - 21 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. In London, bike lanes can also double has a handy parking space for cars.

I'm unsure why Waterloo Bridge turns in to a car park on Sundays but it's good to hear it may soon be a thing of past

londoncyclist@londoncyclist

I'm unsure why Waterloo Bridge turns in to a car park on Sundays but it's good to hear it may soon be a thing of past

07:30 AM - 11 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. Camden managed to design a lane that orders cyclists to crash into each other.

Google Streetview

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.

Why 'segregation-lite' should only really be a temporary step towards 'segregation proper' pic by @Adh1907

Mark Treasure@AsEasyAsRiding

Why 'segregation-lite' should only really be a temporary step towards 'segregation proper' pic by @Adh1907

09:19 PM - 11 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. When those designers aren't actively putting things in your way, that is.

Here's the dreadful addition to @lambeth_council bike route 3 at 6:15 this morning. Imagine this at rush hour. Mad

cyclistsinthecity@citycyclists

Here's the dreadful addition to @lambeth_council bike route 3 at 6:15 this morning. Imagine this at rush hour. Mad

07:00 AM - 5 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. ...often for apparently no reason.

Embarrassing cycle infrastructure @BikemindedRBKC Could you sort this out please? https://t.co/J7dyVXxknk

Two Wheels Good blog@TwoWheelsGoodUK

Embarrassing cycle infrastructure @BikemindedRBKC Could you sort this out please? https://t.co/J7dyVXxknk

06:29 PM - 13 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

10. They give with one hand, and take away with the other.

1/2 Cycling in Lynton Road, Haringey today I spotted this dangerous looking cycle farcility

KenningtonPplOnBikes@KenningtonPOB

1/2 Cycling in Lynton Road, Haringey today I spotted this dangerous looking cycle farcility

08:35 PM - 8 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

11. The guys who do the signs need to talk to the guys who do the bike lanes. I’m looking at you, Stratford.

Tom Bogdanowicz, London Cycling Campaign / Via lcc.org.uk

Fittingly, this was built for the Olympics.

13. Everything has to make way for car parking.

Google Streetview

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.

Google Streetview

These coaches are parked on Prince Albert Road in Camden every day, honest. Even the Google Streetview van caught them.

16. And sometimes you really wish they hadn't bothered.

It's like they've actually tried to make cycling in the Olympic Park as shit as possible

Hackney Cyclist@Hackneycyclist

It's like they've actually tried to make cycling in the Olympic Park as shit as possible

06:41 PM - 1 Aug 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

19. It often feels like the people designing these things have never ridden a bike before.

Your LSTF money, hard at work, giving farcical infrastructure a fresh coat of paint

Mark Treasure@AsEasyAsRiding

Your LSTF money, hard at work, giving farcical infrastructure a fresh coat of paint

03:01 PM - 5 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

20. And in a few cases? It seems like they've never SEEN a bike.

Cycle route, UK-style. I'd say this has been well and truly cycle-proofed:

Schr཭inger's Cat@AlternativeDfT

Cycle route, UK-style. I'd say this has been well and truly cycle-proofed:

01:03 PM - 14 Oct 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

21. Some lanes are so baffling you need an instruction booklet to make sense of them.

Spotted this earlier. Left, left, left and left again to turn right. Interesting

cyclistsinthecity@citycyclists

Spotted this earlier. Left, left, left and left again to turn right. Interesting

10:36 PM - 15 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

22. But full marks to this one in Bethnal Green, which is filled with lampposts and parking ticket machines.

Stephen Moray / Via youtube.com

Rumour has it that it was built solely to provide patients for the local A&E.

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