The Ranty Highwayman)
TUESDAY, 8 AUGUST 2017
I’ve ummed and ahhed over the investigation by Caroline Russell AM into walking and cycling at Outer London junctions for the Greater London Authority Transport Committee.
One the one hand, I think it could almost end up in stating the bleedin’ obvious. On the other hand, it’s fantastic that someone is finally talking about my part of the city when the central area seems to get most coverage. We know there is huge potential for cycling and in places walking has great growth potential if it wasn’t for barriers.
The difficulty for me is that I could go through a selected number of junctions and point out what’s good or bad about them, but I’m not sure that’s helpful. So, I’ll answer the specific questions being posed by the investigation and also, to remind you that if you wish to submit evidence, then you’ve got until the 11th of August.
I’ll try and stick to junctions, but there also needs to be thought about the approaches and indeed, if the links are terrible, then even the best junction scheme may not help. However, junctions are the right place to start because that is where risk to people walking and cycling is highest and where physical barriers can be most significant. My thoughts are a bit rough and ready, but I’ve a lot on at the moment, so I’m just putting them out there!
PREVIOUS JUNCTION IMPROVEMENTS
1. What lessons can be learned from previous junction improvements, either in London or in other cities?
“Improvement” is a loaded word and is often taken as shorthand as increasing capacity for motor traffic, rather than something which will also properly take walking and cycling into account. The greatest lesson should be recognising this and thinking about walking and cycling as modes which need proper consideration and integration in junction schemes.
2. How successful have recent junction improvements been in improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists?
There are certainly some great examples being implemented as part of the Waltham Forest and Enfield Mini-Holland schemes which have properly considered cycling. But there have also been schemes which have not considered cycling at all; and walking remains a mode to be fitted in around capacity for motor traffic capacity. Where walking and cycling is properly thought about, then people can move through junctions in experienced and actual safety terms.
Ruckholt Road. Cycling is designed for.