The City of London Corporation has made a six-month experimental traffic order to introduce contra-flow cycling to Coleman Street and Rood Lane.
The order came into place on October 10 2016 and signs and paint indicating contra flow cycling are now visible on Google street view.
Please see links below for full details of the traffic order and the plans.
This sort of thing is great and more one way streets could definitely be opened up to allow contra-flow cycling.
I do have reservations though about contra-flow cycling on roads where there are pinch points such as on Coleman Street where there is insufficient space for cyclists and cars to pass safely between the junctions with Great Swan Alley and Great Bell Alley due to the positioning of two parking bays there.
On Rood Lane there is a raised pavement with kerb along the road at the Southern end which could be removed (as it has been at the North end of the lane). Given the small size of the lane if access only signs were added to prohibit use by for vehicles as a through route, this could minimise rat running between Fenchurch Street and Lower Thames Street and may perhaps further improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.
The City of London is asking for responses to this to be submitted to them at the following address.
Department of the Built Environment
City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ
Quote reference: DBE/CT/TMO-GL