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Increase Bicycle Signs on Either Side of Kew Bridge

Reported via desktop in the Pavement Overcrowding category anonymously at 18:43, Monday 4 October 2021

Sent to TfL less than a minute later. TfL ref: FMS3041737.

Hello, I am writing to ask if something can be done to make clearer the fact that the bicycles are allowed (same as pedestrians) on the pavement of Kew Bridge. I cycle there every day in order to reach my work place and more than once I have received troubles and complains by the pedestrian, who are not happy to let me through. Therefore I am asking to reinforce the vertical signs (which are non-existent on the right hand side going towards Richmond) or create a cycle lanes, anything to make the life of cyclists easier. Thank you

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  • I am a cyclist so have sympathy with the above comment. It is entirely unclear that this is a ‘shared space’ as a result however cyclists really do need to be mindful of their speed and respect the fact it is dangerous to cycle at speed on the pavement when people are walking alongside - not least when they have children walking too. It is a matter of time before we see a really nasty accident if a cycle lane is not clearly marked on the pavement over Kew bridge. Cyclists please slow down and be considerate of others too

    Posted anonymously at 10:23, Wednesday 13 October 2021

  • There is a fundamental - and dangerous - misunderstanding here. TFL's own published plans for widening the roadway on Kew Bridge, and reducing the width of the west side (towards Richmond) footway, explicitly stated ‘Western footway narrowed and converted to pedestrian-only’ and ‘Existing shared-use footway for cyclist and pedestrians maintained on eastern footway’. It is therefore no surprise that the original poster has had issues with pedestrians when he/she is using the pavement on his/her way to Richmond: it is NOT a shared-use pavement and he/she is not meant to be there. Installing 'No-cycling' signs on the west-side pavement, so as to reflect and enforce the new rules, would of course remove confusion and reduce confrontation.

    Posted anonymously at 13:08, Monday

  • This is a significant issue. The Brentford side of Kew Bridge is NOT a cycle Lane. TFL need to put signs up to say this is pedestrian only. The SOTG side is a dual pavement and cycle Lane. Cyclists (including ludicrously in my view electric bikes) shoot across the bridge on both pavements and many (not all) seem to believe they have a right over pedestrians/ runners. As a runner I spend most of my time in the road to avoid the cyclists which is just daft. Simple signage on the Brentford side of the bridge (the narrow pavement side) to say no cyclists could resolve this issue immediately.

    Posted anonymously at 13:27, Monday

  • I am very concerned to read the posts that clarify the position as clearly cyclists are not aware and continue to feel they have /right of way'. Thank you for the clarification and I would urgently call for TFL to make this clear before an accident happens. My children were nearly knocked over by a woman (in the Richmond direction) insisting she was entitled to cycle (at speed) pointing to a very small blue sign - if this is not correct then it must be amended as a matter of urgency - if only so we can all adjust our expectations accordingly

    Posted anonymously at 13:22, Thursday

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