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What can be done to prevent lethal macho man Mercedes drivers from killing someone on Wightman Road?

For some time now Wightman Road has been used as a thoroughfare for angry macho men driving at high speed in Mercedes Benz, BMWs, Audis and sometimes transit vans.

They can frequently be observed speeding, overtaking vehicles, dangerously overtaking cyclists, tailgating and throwing fast food packaging out of the window. They exhibit very poor driving skills (as if they have never had a driving lesson, let alone passed any kind of driving test).

They have terrible judgement, cutting in front of other road users before traffic islands and accelerating to 50mph with 10m of clear road in front of them. Many of them are unaware of basic road etiquette, for example, the fact that it is socially backwards and aggressive to beep at cyclists.

I can often cycle through the entire city of London without incident, only to have two near death experiences on Wightman Road at the hands of these egg heads. Wightman Road is unfortunately swarming with them at all hours of the day.

Existing traffic calming measures are not adequate and are regarded as human rights infringements by drivers of clapped out Mercedes Benz vehicles.

Unfortunately our Councillors and borough council have consistently failed to push for drastic traffic calming measures to tame the lethal actions of these Kouros aftershave wearing neanderthals.

Some time soon someone is going to get killed by one of them and the blood is going to be on the hands of Haringey Council and the Councillors who failed to push for this menace to be addressed.  

Better traffic calming measures are urgently needed on Wightman Road before lives are lost.    

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Is that legal?

Car drivers seem to think they own the road. No you don't!! 

FIltering is legal see Highway Code, Rules 88 and 160.

You'd absolutely clean up if you setup a police blitz on GL outside Baldwins in the arvo as all the psycho mopeds go flying down the inside of busses or down the wrong side of the road, and another at Colina Road as the blokes with V8's floor it towards the kebab strip trying to get peoples attention. 

If only they would wear protective headgear like dear old David Hodo 


My dear Osbawn, I share your frustrations about traffic on Green Lanes, but there are some fundamental flaws in your argument for the cause of this dire traffic situation. 

Lets start with our understand of ‘traffic’. What’s the source of discontent in Green Lanes being “gridlocked”? Is it the life-shortening fumes released by cars? Or perhaps the noise pollution caused by said petrol/diesel powered vehicles? 

Do we want a Green Lanes for pedestrians - shop owners, customers, residents - or a Green Lanes for people to travel through by car? I know which I’d prefer.

Your suggestion that bicycles and mopeds cause congestion - of cars - is a fantasy. It’s completely illogical. I suspect your source of discontent lies with either the unwanted polluting effects of cars, or that you’re a car user yourself, frustrated by poor traffic flow. I’m here to tell you this: I have a magic solution! A tonic for your ills!

Can I suggest that either situation may be remedied by abandoning cars, and immediate uptake of transport by bicycle? 

ie, on yer bike mate.  

I rarely drive but observe the daily chaos from the footpath as a pedestrian. There are too many motor vehicles and this is what causes the traffic. It would be great if Grim Lanes was purely for cycles and buses and therefore worthy of its  original name. But that's not going to happen anytime soon if at all which means motor vehicle traffic is a fact of life. 

Gridlock is another thing altogether. I do think this is primarily caused by mopeds and cycles creating lanes that don't exist and weaving in and out of traffic. The other main reason for the gridlock in evening peak hours is the fact that cars are allowed to park. This slows the traffic even more as parking drivers enter and exit the flow. There are other factors that contibute to the gridlock including businesses loading and unloading goods during peak hours and pedestrians crossing randomly rather than at the designated crossings.

Of course all of these behaviours are legal perhaps with the exception of moped drivers (and some cyclists) who ride without due care and attention and some idiot drivers who are just simply ignorant or oblivious to how they endanger people by texting and driving aggressively.

Only short term solutions i can see are banning parking in both directions during peak hours (even businesses uploading) and a regular police blitz on mopeds. 

What would the police be doing a blitz on? The mopeds are not breaking the law?

They're driving without due care and attention. They're driving on the wrong side into oncoming traffic (overtaking unsafely). They're driving through red lights.  They're undertaking on a single lane road.

Yes, cars do the same but to a lesser extent because they can't fit.

That's filtering, and it is legal (see Davis v Schrogin 27/06/2006). Red light jumping is not however.



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