Unfortunately, despite this being a very wide road by London standards, not content with declaring war on the motorist, they've also banned cycling. Which is a bit of a shame because this forms part of a continuous segregated cycle path that runs from Kensington nearly all the way to Admiralty Arch.
I guess the powers that be must have thought: with all the disruption to motoring and public transport, why should cyclists get off scot free? Let them share the pain. And there were a lot of unhappy cyclists when I visited.
There's no other obvious reason to ban cycling. Below you can see there's not shortage of space, so much of it in fact that there's a VIP lane for privileged cars:
It can't be security or safety either. Lots of pedestrians milling around, with bags capable of holding as much ordnance as a cyclist could.
Below you can see the VIP "site access" lane on Constitution Hill. There's clearly plenty of room to move the VIP lane 2 metres to one side to provide a cycle lane.
It's not even as if anything much was going on the two days I visited - certainly not enough to justify excluding cyclists.
Luckily, this won't be lasting long because Boris and TfL has declared war on crap roadworks:
"The standards state that all roadworks sites should:
- Be tidy and safe for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users
- Have clear and consistent signage explaining what's happening including any diversions
- Be worked on or have an explanation as to why not (eg if concrete is drying)
- Take up as little road/pavement space as possible
The Mayor said: 'We are now putting in place better ways to empower Londoners to name and shame those who blight our city with disruptive or badly managed roadworks.
'These reports will be followed-up with swift action by the relevant authority to help unclog roads suffering from unnecessary delays."
You can make a report at this website just in case they don't get the message.