Photo by Rob Cole via the Camden New Journal
In the letter Rob Cole says he has "been saddened to see how quickly motor vehicles have ruined this new lay-out."
He has documented:-
- 10 plant pots affected by vehicle collisions, eight squashed / pushed over, one missing (mounting plate still in road), one empty of contents (looks like a contractor replaced a damaged container, but not the contents and it has no safety, reflective, tape unlike all the other pots);
- Two plant pots with rubber edging strips peeled off, exposing sharp metal edge to oncoming cyclists;
- Three armadillos affected by vehicle collisions – two missing (mountings still embedded in road), one twisted on mounts.
- Numerous vehicles were parked into the cycle lane on the southbound lane, ignoring the white paint and armadillos, including a Camden Council van. Refuse bags were piled against the plant pots on the southbound lane.
So, neither the armadillos nor the planters have lasted 6 months without damage. Vehicles can clearly breach the line of armadillos and block the cycle lane, so they offer limited protection against motor vehicles.
Clearly neither planters nor armadillos are suitable for a major, permanent scheme like Oxford Road.
Meantime lots of people are making excuses...