London’s Cycling Wasteland (II): Lloyd Baker Street (Clerkenwell)

Cycling Wasteland No. 2 is dealing with a major obstacle for cyclists in Central London. This one annoys me particularly because it has been built  on purpose and it is utterly unnecessary. It’s not only a missed opportunity but a man made nuisance for cyclists.

I’m ranting against the fact that Lloyd Baker Street is a one way street.

Probably you’ve never heard about this street. It’s a small and quiet road in Clerkenwell crossing Amwell Street. It’s an important street  for cyclists who  want to go  from Angel towards Tottenham Court Road.


Lloyd Baker Street

As you can see on the map the most direct route on quite roads from Angel towards the West leads through this tiny street. Lloyd Baker Street connects the cycle path on Tavistock Torrington with Myddelton Square  and the triangle St. John Street / Goswell Road / City Road.

Again, as with Bath Street, I’m only talking about 50 meters of road. After having entered Lloyd Baker Street one can turn right on Lloyd Street and then left on Lloyd Square / Wharton Street.

However, a law abiding cyclist coming from Myddelton Square who wants to get to Ampton Street (which leads to the Tavistock-Torrington cycle path) would have to  make a significant  detour.  I suspect that a  lot of cyclists just stick to busy main roads.

As you can see on the second picture there is a nasty barrier which currently blocks westbound traffic. However there is absolutely enough room to build  a contraflow system.

A closer view. In front of the second traffic signs we're making a right turn.

The only sensible argument opening Lloyd Baker Street for westbound cyclists  could be that the next junction (Wharton Street / King’s Cross Road) is a little bit difficult to cross. It is a little bit hard to see the traffic on King’s Cross Road while standing on Wharton Street. If this was a concern, it could easily be addressed: just install traffic lights at this junction.


7 thoughts on “London’s Cycling Wasteland (II): Lloyd Baker Street (Clerkenwell)

  1. Rob Smith

    I Know what you mean on this one, its annoyed me several times. The thing that seems natural would be come out of Myddleton Square go straight across Amwell St and whizz down the hill, Kings Cross in no time, but instead you have to go left, then a right turn in a busy road. Any idea who we should petition to get it changed?

  2. DJC

    “It is a little bit hard to see the traffic on King’s Cross Road while standing on Wharton Street”

    I would suggest going a little north and joining Kings Cross Rd at Gt Percy St. There is usually a gap in traffic created by the mix of lights and one way system, and a pedestrian crossing.So emerging from Gt Percy St and getting on the righthand side for a turn into Frederick Str is easy.

    1. Well, according to Google Maps the lower part of Gt Percy St (the part between King’s Cross Rd. and Percy Circus) is a one way street as well. If Google is right this suggestion doesn’t (legally) work either…

      1. Daniel Lewis

        The lower part is actually a two way street, but there is a no entry sign off Percy Circus. You can easily ignore this on a bike (or walk your bike past it if you are really worried).

        Now you can legally add an “except cycles” to a no entry sign it’s about time they updated it.

        There are also a bunch of Boris Bike docking stations on this section of street.

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