Active Travel Now)
March 20, 2018
CLoS was supposed to ensure high quality schemes
TFL describe CLoS in Chapter 2 of the London Cycle Design Standards:
A Cycling Level of Service (CLoS) assessment has been developed in order to set a common standard for the performance of cycling infrastructure for routes and schemes, and for individual junctions.
CLoS is based on the six design outcomes of safety, directness, coherence, comfort, attractiveness and adaptability
When it was announced the London Cycling Campaign welcomed it as “a crucial tool both for planners and activists” – it drew a lot from their Love London-Go Dutch campaign.
CLoS was supposed to ensure TFL funded routes met a minimum quality threshold: “a scheme that registers as ‘critical’ on any one indicator has not met the required standard for programmes and projects funded under the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling”. TFL funded scheme should therefore have no “critical fails” and consistently scoring “good” or “highest” if they were going to deliver against TFL’s targets for increasing cycling.
We expected TFL and Local Authorities to have carried out CLoS on key interventions along Quietways and Central Grid routes and for there to be clear evidence that CLoS had informed the route design. These schemes represent a significant investment from TFL so we think it’s reasonable to expect quality assurance over the use of public funds.
Have the boroughs and TFL been using CLoS?
Using What Do They Know we wrote to each local authority that had a section of Quietway listed on the TFL Quietways page. At the time of writing this included Quietways : 1 South, 1 North, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14 and 15. For central London boroughs and TFL we also asked about Central Grid routes.
The table shows the results of our enquiries so far. “Delayed” signifies that the organisation has failed to respond within the statutory response time allowed by the FOI act.