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Waltham Forest's policy is to get their bit of the work done on their own schedule, then let the people who move bus stops (and the people who move lampposts) turn up later, otherwise they'd never make any progress. In this case proceedings have been delayed somewhat due to external events - the bulk of the works were finished in the first or second week of March.

The shared footway on the next section really isn't great, given the amount of road space available. Perhaps they're waiting to see what happens with the Spitalfields site once the market moves before doing anything here, or maybe it would require collaboration with Hackney (who seem less keen on segregated cycle infrastructure).
Its even worse on the other side of the road. Since its inception the cycle lane has come over the bridge and then forced cyclist into the bus queue as it shares the pavement with pedestrians until it reaches the A12 junction. There is no segregation at all )not even a white line). I thought this woud be rectified with the works but no, an even faster slope up the pavement and into the queues. As you say the central reseravtion is so wide that it would have been easy to provide a floating bus stop and keep every one safe and happy.
I noticed that last time I was back around that way, there's loads of space for the bus shelter to be moved forward, and closer to the road means people waiting at it get less wet on a rainy day to/from the bus. Bizarre bit of planning that's also so visibly poor and unnecessary too!
"Straight across" pedestrian crossings are an aspiration in their own right in TfL's junction upgrade schemes, regardless of the presence of cycle infrastructure.
According to TfL, "straight across" pedestrian crossings...

• reduce the crossing distance
• create more space for people walking
• reduce "gap seeking behaviours"
• simplify traffic movements

..which'll be why we're seeing more of the damned things.
This is the sort of wonderful design that appeared on the Facility of the Month. Unfortunately, although the site is still live with many such photos, no-has updated it for ages...
As Martin notes, the people responsible for building the cycle lane (Waltham Forest) are not the same people responsible for moving the bus shelter (TfL), or the lampposts (UKPN).

Experience has shown that waiting for TfL and UKPN to sign off and then move their bits of kit could lead to delays of years to the construction of cycle infrastructure.

It's for this reason that Waltham Forest just build the lane and get it open, for the other parties to come along later and do their bit. It gets the lane open, plus it creates a bit of leverage with TfL and UKPN.
The remaining slither of footpath looks too narrow for a parent to walk with a couple of children.

They shouldn't be wasting money like this.
Next job is to narrow the traffic lanes so that straight-across crossings mean having to only cross two standard width lanes!
It's probably just me who thinks that everyone else must now give way to cyclists.

This would be more tolerable if some cyclists had better road behaviour and obeyed the rules. Their argument that it's safer for them to run me over than for them to be run over is pure self.

Victoria Park is open but banned to adult cyclists, although kids accompanied by parents on foot are ok. When challenged, either by the Park wardens or us 'exercisers', the response is often abuse, threats and/or defiance. "Oh yeah? Who's going to stop me? You?" I clearly heard that yesterday (Sat), and they may cause the Park to be closed again.

Reduction of pedestrian crossing ability by removing traffic islands (TfL can be assertively pro-cyclist, so others come a poor second) mean we have to wait longer in passing pollution. Cycling may be green but its turning my air blue.

Well said Joel. Cyclists are becoming the menace on our streets and particularly our pavements.
I admit to being let down too many times by tricky cyclists.
I'm not sure that they're statistically anymore self-important/absorbed than we lesser mortals on our Shanks's Ponies. It's just that their speed means that they're suddenlyinyourface, shoutingandswerving, then pedallingoff;
the bad ones, the ones that we remember, I mean.
Perhaps a solution where they're vomited up onto the pavement via speedy ramps would be to have some gradation that allowed swift alighting (in case they're in danger of being squashed) and then translation to nearer pavement speed by means of those "grasscrete" blocks.
If nothing else, the bumps and grass would remind them that we pedestrians are doing our bit for the planet at our own speed and that they should respect us too.

Anyone with a fixed negative view of cyclists needs to improve their perspective.
Cyclists are just people, some are good people some are d*cks. Bad cyclists also break the law as drivers and are annoying pedestrians.

Putting a whole group in the same category for the behaviour of a minority shows narrow mindedness.

I don't have a fixed view of all cyclists being 'bad' but of enough to become a representative sample.

This non-positive view has developed after now-uncountable times of being nearly run down when I was legitimately on a pedestrian crossing, meeting one coming the wrong way up a one-way street, or one (or more) ignoring a red traffic signal.

I've watched cyclists arguing passionately (other terms are available) with police at Shoreditch Church, also at Waterloo (by the Old Vic) junctions when nicked for jumping lights, and the Law not being persuaded.

I've been sworn at, threatened and almost attacked by selfish (other terms are available) cyclists; these people colour my view of the rest.

It's the same for me with careless drivers (eg first ten seconds of red don't count) where self or a pressing timetable comes before others. Nothing against good road behaviour from anyone - that includes pedestrians too, as we're not perfect either.

Bravo Joel, sir and others passim. There's a whiff of the old pre-virus world of I'm right and you're wrong even if you're right wafting about here.

I imagine that cycling in the stinky traffic was a battle of nerve and wits and wouldn't engender love for your fellow man. Kindness is innate so cyclists please have a care for those stepping into the road to avoid someone on the pavement (cripes! Might be someone on a bike forcing them into the gutter as equally as another pedestrian) and thank you for the vast silent caring majority who ride with care. And drive. And walk

Ah good old old Britain eh! Our ability to badly design things and then cock everything up continues to be world leader...
Re the negative views about cyclists (I'm not one myself) this needs to be in perspective. I'm sure the majority of cyclists are no problem at all.

If only those people complaining about them would focus their attention on shit drivers of whom there are a hell of a lot more than cyclists and who are far more of a danger.

I noticed yesterday that there's now some yellow paint on the pavement marking the intended position of the relocated bus stop - I think the People Who Move Bus Stops may finally be getting round to this one.
I'm told that the bus shelter movers have now moved the bus shelter - we now await the reappearance of the resurfacing team to fill in the gaps.

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