I read with interest your article 'Thames-side deck a winner for car- free London' (aj 7.1.99).
The proposal by Peter Fink and Igor Marko for a suspended cycle and pedestrian deck along the south bank of the Thames from Greenwich to Battersea appears to miss the point of the competition for two key reasons. First, if we wish to achieve a car-free London, should we not be reclaiming road space, not river space, for cyclists and pedestrians? Second, while it is important to extend and enhance the existing Thames Path, the river is itself an open space, providing an ecological, recreational and navigational resource for London. Encroachment such as that proposed might jeopardise this value.