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    Drivers turn to GUERILLA tactics in Sadiq’s war on cars: How motorists are secretly taking down cycle-friendly bollards and sharing their methods online

    • A social media user tweeted out a photograph of Cleveland Road in London
    • The photograph showed a space in the road where a bollard should have stood
    • Comments underneath revealed drivers were tampering with cycle lanes 
    • Drivers have been accused of deliberately tampering with the bollards

    Drivers were today accused of turning to guerilla tactics after some were caught plotting online to remove road bollards put in place to turn London roads into cycle-ways.

    A social media user, with the handle @BobfromAccounts, tweeted out a photograph of Cleveland Road in London earlier this week.

    Tweeting Islington Council, they wrote: ‘Someone appears to have commandeered your centre bollard on Cleveland Rd. Cue drivers reading the signs but ignoring them.’

    A photograph showed the central bollard – in place to stop motor vehicles using the road – had been removed from its socket to leave a space wide enough for a car to pass through.

    In other cycle-friendly London news: 

    • Wooden seats and cycle bays called ‘Parklets’ quietly replaced parking spaces as authorities continue to exploit the Covid-19 crisis in their war against motorists; 
    • The Euston Road bike lane, brought in to try to ease congestion, was removed after less than six months because it had completely the opposite effect; 
    • Footage showed a fire engine stuck in a cycle-lane road block in Ferndale, south London, forcing firefighters to walk to the nearby incident; 
    • The AA criticised Hammersmith and Fulham council for slapping motorists who drove down five residential roads with £130 fines unless they had a permit.

    A photograph taken on Cleveland Road, Islington, showed the central bollard – in place to stop motor vehicles using the road – had been removed from its socket to leave a space wide enough for a car to pass through

    A social media user, with the handle @BobfromAccounts, tweeted out a photograph of Cleveland Road in London earlier this week

    A social media user, with the handle @BobfromAccounts, tweeted out a photograph of Cleveland Road in London earlier this week

    A red sign next to the bollards read: ‘Road closed except cycles.’

    Another social media user, Talia Hussein, posted comments she had seen in a Facebook group underneath the original post. The group appeared to be used by drivers to plot against London’s cycle-friendly roads.

    Barry Zudagos wrote: ‘All the keys are available at your local locksmith. Open the gates, lock them open, and then superglue and small washers in the key holes.

    ‘In the removable post holes put concrete from your local building merchants (sets in 15 minutes).’

    Others shared how keys for the bollards’ locks could be bought online for £8.99. One asked if they would have to pay for postage, while another added they had used Amazon Prime – which meant free next day delivery.

    Barry Zudagos revealed keys for the bollards were available at locksmiths. He advised others to superglue the gates open and fill the hole with cement

    Barry Zudagos revealed keys for the bollards were available at locksmiths. He advised others to superglue the gates open and fill the hole with cement

    Others revealed a full set of keys could be bought on Amazon for £8.99. Someone else asked if they would have to pay postage

    Others revealed a full set of keys could be bought on Amazon for £8.99. Someone else asked if they would have to pay postage

    Another social media user, Talia Hussein, posted comments she had seen in a Facebook group underneath the original post. The group appeared to be used by drivers to plot against London's cycle-friendly roads

    Another social media user, Talia Hussein, posted comments she had seen in a Facebook group underneath the original post. The group appeared to be used by drivers to plot against London’s cycle-friendly roads

    MailOnline has tracked down photographs from across the capital showing empty spaces where bollards once stood.

    It appears drivers have taken it upon themselves to remove the blockades using keys available at locksmiths and online.

    The tactics come as Sadiq Khan was criticised for his plan to make London more cycle-friendly amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

    Some 1,400 miles of new cycle lane have been introduced since the pandemic began, but many have gone unused and brought gridlock to towns and cities where private car use has remained high.

    But opposition is growing against emergency active travel schemes featuring pop-up bike lanes and low traffic neighbourhoods.

    A bollard for a cycle way on the Hoskins Street and Maze Hill junction had been torn down by vandals along the Thames Path

    A bollard for a cycle way on the Hoskins Street and Maze Hill junction had been torn down by vandals along the Thames Path

    Now people have been accused of taking matters into their own hands, by removing bollards put in place to turn roads into cycle lanes

    Now people have been accused of taking matters into their own hands, by removing bollards put in place to turn roads into cycle lanes

    A Twitter account called Ealing One posted a video showing a worker kicking down a bollard in order to get his van through

    A Twitter account called Ealing One posted a video showing a worker kicking down a bollard in order to get his van through

    One Twitter account wrote: 'No matter how many times local residents put this bollard back in place until the lock is replaced every time it is stolen this won't be a working school street'. Pictured, the bollard was cast aside on the Greenwich street

    One Twitter account wrote: ‘No matter how many times local residents put this bollard back in place until the lock is replaced every time it is stolen this won’t be a working school street’. Pictured, the bollard was cast aside on the Greenwich street

    Some councils have removed or reduced the projects following accusations they were causing congestion.

    And now people have been accused of taking matters into their own hands, by removing bollards put in place to turn roads into cycle lanes.

    One Twitter account wrote: ‘No matter how many times local residents put this bollard back in place until the lock is replaced every time it is stolen this won’t be a working school street.’

    Another, posting another image of a missing bollard at a different location, said: ‘Hi @hackneycouncil. I noticed a bollard has been removed from Duncan Road leading into Broadway Market.’ 

    Ron Horn said: ‘@hackneycouncil again the bollards at Frampton Park Road and Loddgies road have been vandalised.’ 

    Carol Hartfree tweeted a photograph of cyclists and an ambulance at Richmond Park on November 8. She wrote: 'I'm generally in favour of the road closures in #richmondpark but this need thinking through more'

    Carol Hartfree tweeted a photograph of cyclists and an ambulance at Richmond Park on November 8. She wrote: ‘I’m generally in favour of the road closures in #richmondpark but this need thinking through more’

    Ron Horn said: '@hackneycouncil again the bollards at Frampton Park Road and Loddgies road have been vandalised'

    Ron Horn said: ‘@hackneycouncil again the bollards at Frampton Park Road and Loddgies road have been vandalised’

    Others have complained the bollards are dangerous because they prevent emergency service vehicles such as fire engines and ambulances getting through cities quickly.

    Carol Hartfree tweeted a photograph of cyclists and an ambulance at Richmond Park on November 8. She wrote: ‘I’m generally in favour of the road closures in #richmondpark but this need thinking through more. People had to kick out bollards to let the @Ldn_Ambulance through to the cyclist injured down on Broomfield Hill.’

    A Twitter account called Ealing One posted a video showing a worker kicking down a bollard in order to get his van through. 

    The account wrote: ‘After 10 weeks, @ealingcouncil we still have significant safety incidents with LTNs (a potential near miss). Surely this has to be the last chance. – a fire engine cannot fit between planters (this morning, this truck couldn’t pass at Midhurst/S) – bollards & locks are stuck.’

    MailOnline has approached Islington and Hackney councils for comment.  

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