not sure exactly where you are cycling with all this spare pavement! As I bomb down bishopsgate, the danger to cyclists mainly comes from pedestrians who are spilling off the pavement. It doesn't help that the pedestrians AND cyclists are trying to weave thoguh stationary vehicles.
The way to fix all of this though is just to rejig the roads so traffic can come in for deliveries before and after rush hour only and ban private vehicles all together..
And the buses - don't get me started - what exactly is the point in sitting on a bus in london when walking is clearly faster.