The news that Oxford Street is to be free of motorised traffic couldn’t come soon enough. Research by King’s College recently found nitrogen dioxide levels on London’s Oxford Street to be the worst on Earth – a shocking revelation that is prompting new restrictions on the type of vehicles permitted to enter London. Dr David Carslaw, Environmental Research Group, was quoted in relation to air pollution levels on Oxford Street: ‘To my knowledge this [level] is the highest in the world in terms of both hourly and annual mean. NO2 concentrations [in Oxford Street] are as high as they have ever been in the long history of air pollution.’
But now for the bad news. The London Mayor and planners at TfL have decided to make no provision for cycling on the 80 ft-wide street – even though many similarly sized pedestrianised shopping streets in Europe manage to operate very successfully as a shared space.
The broader context is deadly air pollution, the fact that any proposed alternative cycling route will not free of buses and HGVs, and as strong need to send a practical and political message about shared space. It makes the decision to ban bicycles ridiculous. In response we’ve cobbled together something equally ridiculous; a bicycle that lays its own cycle lane.
If plans for Oxford Street remain unchanged, we’ll be visiting it with our contraption…
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