Laura Laker May 18 2017
The City of London plans to fill a Crossrail access shaft with 2,250m3 of concrete rather than permit a 240-space automated underground bike parking unit, claiming the area could become ‘dominated by cyclists’ and citing a 100 year old law restricting use of the surrounding park.
A City report discussing the proposal for Finsbury Circus was found to contain “a number of defects”, including an overestimation of the unit’s footprint by ten to twenty times, along with arguments described by one London Assembly Member as “deeply questionable” and biased against cyclists.
The decision to reject the proposal was made despite a 27,000 cycle parking shortfall within the Square Mile, according to one City of London (CoL) report, for the approximately 10,000 people who commute there by bike daily, plus suppressed demand and future growth. London Assembly Member, Caroline Russell, wrote to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this month about the proposal, after errors in the CoL report were repeated by the Mayor’s office.