This is the scene on TfL’s fab new cycle way along the A316. They only finished it a little while ago, and it’s a classic of design for motor vehicles. This picture shows a break in the cycle path which is designed to allow fuel tankers to drive to Sainsbury’s.
You might think that such infrequent traffic would have to give way to the pedestrians and cyclists who enjoy breathing in the effluent of this dual carriageway, but TfL thinks differently.
According to TfL, this is ‘best practice’, because if you’re a pedestrian or cyclist, they’re only advisory stop lines, and most people would carry on normally. Which is indicative of the design of the whole cycle facility: not a single opportunity to put in these ‘give way to motor vehicle’ lines has been missed, even when a junction – such as above – so obviously serves so many more pedestrians and cyclists than fuel tankers ..