Joggers, running 'three abreast' are causing an obstacle to cyclists trying to use the east-west cycle superhighway along Victoria Embankment

Cyclists in London have warned of collisions between cyclists and the growing number of runners who have taken to using the segregated cycle superhighway along the Victoria Embankment.

According to the Evening Standard, bike riders are being forced to swerve to dodge joggers on the riverside stretch of the East-West superhighway, claiming it is like “riding on the pavement”.

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One cyclist took to the Cyclechat forum to ask whether the lanes were actually meant for shared use, saying some joggers were running three abreast, despite there being a pavement next to them.

“The numbers along there made me feel it was dangerous and we’re going to be seeing an increase in number of collisions between cyclist and joggers,” he wrote.

“Most had personal stereos so calling out your approach from behind/using a bell wasn’t heard.

“It made me feel like I was cyclng along the pavement. God knows what its going to be like in the summer when all the fair weather runners emerge.”

Transport for London says it cannot stop the joggers entering the cycle superhighway but hopes they will be deterred once it is fully open to riders.

“London’s cycle superhighways are dedicated routes to encourage even more people to take up cycling,” Nigel Hardy, head of road space management at TfL, told the Standard.

“The overwhelming majority of joggers stick to using the pavements.”

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He added: “We cannot ‘ban’ pedestrians from entering the cycle superhighways. And once they are fully open, the volumes of cyclists on them will mean there is little or no attraction for joggers in using them.”

  • I hope so but we’ve already had a couple of documented incidences with cars and even taxis using it for driving along.

  • almeda11

    Thanks for the info. l just hope that now it`s officially open that people have the courtesy and respect for other people to stick to where they should be, as they do on the continent, Germany in particular.

  • At the time of writing the CS wasn’t opened. It has since opened.

  • almeda11

    He SAID “should” !!!!

  • almeda11

    lsn`t open? Well the photo at the top shows very clearly a cycle lane with a picture of a bile on it — or am l seeing things !!!

  • joe

    No! Really? Thanks for enlightening us!
    Maybe it should be “”a thing”” as many pedestrians in London, at least, are feckless jaywalking scum?

  • Amedeo Félix

    Jaywalking is not a “thing” in the UK.

  • Al

    Cycled along here the other day and I completely agree with this article. TFL have simply swapped the risk from cars with the risk from joggers! What makes them think they can run down there in the first place, I don’t know, what’s wrong with the pavement?
    Additionally, pedestrians would step out into the cycle superhighway without a seconds thought and were incredibly shocked when I skimmed passed them – goodness knows how they will fair when electric cars become the norm!

  • Lopekal

    Unless it is followed by a reference to a specific piece of legislation, it is only ‘advisory’

  • Andy Waterman

    This is exactly the them-and-us argument cyclists have been using against poorly thought out cycle provision for the last decade. Why should I stop at a side-road junction every 100 meters just to be seen to be using the cycle lane when there’s a perfectly decent road I can use? Runners feel the same. Who wants to be shouting at confused groups of exchange students every 30secs, or hurdling runaway prams, when there’s a perfectly clear carriageway next to you? If you’re running at 9mph, you’re arguably closer in pace to a cyclist riding at 14mph than you are to a pedestrian doing 3mph.

  • Freecyclist

    There’s a path right there! Argh! Absolutely typical.

  • Andy Waterman

    Look how much junk there is on the pavement – trees, street signs, horse troughs, lamp posts. And that’s before you get to the lethally disoriented pedestrians. It’s not surprising runners will gravitate to the cycle lane while it’s closed to cyclists. As soon as it becomes busy they’ll retreat to the safety of the pavement – or the road.

  • rct

    “Should” not “must”.

  • dottigirl

    Totally saw this one coming. So predictable.

    Anyone who’s ever used combined pedestrian/cycle facilities knows that pedestrians naturally gravitate towards the better surface. Why navigate over lumps and bumps and around things when there’s a nice smooth track available? Especially if they’re dragging a case, or similar.

    I don’t get why anyone is surprised.

    Whether they are doing it unconsciously, on purpose to annoy, or just think they’ll move out of the way in time, is a different matter.

  • Richard Braginton

    the hornet cycle horn is the one to use that will alert people to you coming

  • Matt Hallett

    Actually, in the Highway Code ‘Rules for Pedestrians’ sentence 1 of Rule 1 says – “Pavements (including any path along the side of a road) should be used if provided.”
    We can argue whether the Highway Code is a legally binding document but, ultimately, joggers and other pedestrians should be using the pavement that’s been provided for them.

  • joe

    Indeed. And all those runners jump red lights you know. And jaywalk which cyclists are legally incapable of doing. The runners should be wearing helmets.

  • Running on the road is not illegal – maybe inconsiderate but not illegal.

  • Adam

    Not sure it’s anymore illegal to run on the road than it is to cycle though. Definitely more stupid. Hopefully a larger number of bikes will put runners off. Then they’ll start campaigning for dedicated running lanes. Soon you won’t be allowed to walk in London.

  • John ONeill

    That’s it – all joggers and pedestrians should have compulsory insurance, a license and pay road tax! 🙂

  • Matt Hallett

    Why can’t TfL stop the joggers running on the superhighway? Surely the superhighway is bound by the same rules as defined by the Highway Code. If a jogger ran along the actual road then I’m sure a friendly policeperson would politely suggest they ran on the pavement. The superhighway is still road, just segregated, no?!?

  • Is this a very late, very well-observed April Fool?

  • Considering the cycle superhighway isn’t open in that stretch yet it looks like the Evening Standard is just trying to stir things up a bit more.
    Bikesy UK

  • Alex