I refer to Clarissa Dorner’s letter in London Cyclist (June/July) but have found that parts of the London Cycle Network are dangerous. Some of these routes are very busy, fast or narrow, with large parked cars on both sides. Wide vehicles aren’t banned along these narrow streets. Then of course, they take you into areas where there is high lorry use such as along roads leading into the Olympic sites.
Often along the Network there are no marked cycle paths and not a lot of it is off road. In parts of the East London I can find numerous London Cycle Network ‘horrors’. Where possible I either walk along the pavement if the London Cycle Network is too dangerous or I find smaller roads that are quiet and often deserted. The smaller roads the better as cars find them really awkward to get round unlike some of the London Cycle Network routes, where polluting 18t lorry convoys are positively encouraged.