by Laura Laker February 11 2016
Nearly all of London’s Quietways will fail to meet the Mayor’s criteria to be quiet, direct and suitable for a range of ages and abilities to cycle on, according to campaigners.
When he set out his Cycling Vision in March 2013, London Mayor Boris Johnson said there would be “a network of direct back-street Quietways, with segregation and junction improvements over the hard parts”, as well as cycle superhighways on main roads. However, unlike the cycle superhighways on Transport for London roads, Quietways are on roads controlled by London boroughs.
A raft of Quietway consultations(link is external)
recently released by London Boroughs show some quietways using busy main roads, without any protection for cyclists, or narrow one way streets in Central London made two way for cyclists with only raised junctions and bike logos painted on the floor.
The LCC’s infrastructure campaigner, Simon Munk, told road.cc there is a “failure of ambition”, and a lack of clarity over where responsibility for the failure lies, and says the original vision is “compromised”.
“There’s a failure of ambition in the Quietways,” he says.
“We agreed with the principal that they should be direct and suitable for a wide range of people and that they protect cyclists at junctions, and that hasn’t been happening in nearly all the Quietways. What is happening is the Quietways often aren’t quiet enough.
He adds: “They are setting a dangerous precedent, that the Quietways will become like the old LCN+ [London Cycle Network] so politicians can say: ‘Look what we are doing for cycling’ when what they are doing doesn’t have an impact”.
Munk says the problem is notable on Central London Quietways.
a supposed “shared space” street with thousands of motor vehicles using it per day, the only improvement for cyclists is additional road signage.