Cyclists blast new 'unsafe' anti-terror barriers on London bridges

Cyclists claim security barriers on bridges in London are unsafe

Barriers were installed on Waterloo bridge (Stock image)

Monday, June 5, 2017

A number of cyclists have complained about the security barriers which have been installed on London bridges, saying they are unsafe.

The reinforced fences have been put up in cycle lanes in the hope of protecting people walking along the bridges, according to the Evening Standard.

Barriers were installed at Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth after the terror attack on London Bridge on Saturday (June 3), where a van drove into pedestrians. Earlier today, it was reported that a perimeter had also been installed on London Bridge itself.

However, cycling author and journalist Peter Walker tweeted: “The high concrete barriers on Westminster (and one side of Lambeth) bridge make sense for security, but could be perilous for cyclists.

“Again, not to necessarily say barriers should never be used, but I fear these haven't been thought out 100% for safety.”

Cyclist and blogger Mark Treasure also said: “I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by the total lack of consideration for the safety of any human being cycling here, but hey ho.”

He believes those cycling along the bridge will be "totally unprotected” and said the barrier should be in place between the roads and cycle lanes instead.

Matt Winfield, deputy director from charity Sustrans in London, also called for change by saying: "Being able to walk and cycle safely is crucial to London’s vitality.

"A small change to the barriers so that they protect people on bikes as well as pedestrians would ensure the roads are safer for cycling too."