August 18 2017
London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has strongly criticised Transport for London (TfL) proposals for Nine Elms and Battersea Park Road, saying they fall some way short of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s ambition to make London a ‘byword for cycling around the world’. In response, the capital’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, has encouraged cyclists to have their say before designs are finalised.
“For something that was billed as being ‘better than Amsterdam’ for cycling, the new proposals for Nine Elms and Battersea Park Road are woeful,” writes LCC on its website.
“Instead of having a safe, physically separate, cycle lane along this wide road, cyclists will have to make do with a part-time bus lane and painted cycle lanes. The major junctions will still offer cyclists and pedestrians no protection from ‘left hooks’, where vehicles can turn across people heading straight on – incredibly risky given the high number of large lorries in the area.
“This is far below the standard needed to encourage large numbers of people to cycle, and doesn’t match the Mayor’s ambition to make London a ‘byword for cycling around the world’.”
The campaign group says it has seen a number of recent schemes that prioritise motor traffic badged as ‘Healthy Streets’ – which is supposedly the term for a long-term plan to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle.
“What message does this send from Sadiq, his Walking & Cycling Commissioner Will Norman and TfL to the rest of London?” it asks. “We think it means anti-cycling boroughs will think any old rubbish they want to bring forward will get funding; that putting some ASLs and a bus lane in will mean the scheme ticks the boxes for cycling.”
Norman subsequently got in touch with the group to say: “We are committed to improving cycling right across London and I want to assure you that we will only take forward projects that will bring real benefits.