I like it more than I like Forest Road (I was heading South at the time) fast but far too many blind turnings being addressed with gusto from all directions, Wood Street is far from perfect but it's much slower and peaceful, relatively, and it takes me onto the better roads thereafterI know the road quite well, and avoid it if I can. Not only are there cars parked in bays and illegally, the cycle "lane" is utterly pathetic and plain dangerous. Everytime Waltham Forest spout eco-crap about cycling I want to send them a picture of this debacle of a road.
Did you catch up with him at the Forest Road junction? The irony of wood street in this direction is that everyone who overtakes is invariably caught in traffic waiting for these lights, and so the whole dangerous close pass is normally completely pointless. I have seen one moron overtake a cyclist by going the wrong side of one of the refuges in Wood Street whilst a pedestrian was in it trying to cross. If I ruled the world I would have snipers posted on the rooftop to educate these cretins.
Unfortunately, when you put a cycle lane through a pinch point it can give the impression that a car and a bike can negotiate it simultaneously (if you're prepared to ride to the extreme left and you don't mind a foot or so of passing distance - you can), in reality, it creates conflict and danger.On fresh looks at this pinch point it's very narrow indeed and clearly there's absolutely no room for a car to fit through safely with a bike, which is why I've ever had any bother there, I've been doing primary at it this week and everytime the following car has been way back waiting, this van driver was clearly a maniac