‘Quick Wins’ – minor cycling infrastructure improvements in Camden
Since 2013 Camden has been running a Quick Wins programme aimed at making small changes to the roads that make people on bikes feel more comfortable and better catered for. The history of the programme is described briefly below and the status of the 34 suggested improvements is recorded in the two tables below.
Suggestions for items to be included in the programme come from members and supporters of the Camden Cycling Campaign.
In 2015 Camden indicated that they lacked the capacity to consider any more suggestions beyond the original 31, although they have continued to work on the original set. Recently (summer 2017) Camden said that they hope to have more capacity next year and can now consider additional suggestions for funding and implementation in 2018.
We are therefore currently (summer 2017) collecting and reviewing suggestions for new Quick Wins. Please send your suggestions or queries aimed at arriving at a suggestion to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examples of changes that can be considered include:
- dropped kerbs
- unnecessary obstructive barriers (e.g. anti-motor cycle barriers)
- no-entry signs that could realistically have ‘Except Cycles’ attached without requiring the installation of a separate contra-flow cycle lane
- stretches of very poor road surface (such that you have to slow down on a Brompton or weave around holes)
- Feeders into ASLs that are too short or non-mandatory
Changes that shouldn’t be suggested for this initiative include:
- anything that would require a consultation
- anything that involves changes to parking provision
- individual pot-holes (which should be reported using Camden’s problem reporting page or the very convenient FixMyStreet web page and phone app (which has proven equally effective).
In autumn 2013, Camden officers indicated that they would like to receive prioritised list of suggestions for (very) minor improvements throughout the borough that will make cyclists feel better catered for.
We asked CCC members to submit suggestions for improvements that fall within the relevant constraints.
The response from members was enthusiastic and some 33 suggestions were received from which we selected the 17 shown under Phase 1 in the following table for submission to Camden in late November 2013.
Camden were responsive. They managed to complete 7 of the Phase 1 requests within 12 months and one other has been completed more recently. All of the requested changes were investigated and explanations supplied for those that were not pursued.
(A news report was written and posted in November 2014 highlighting the completed items)
Encouraged by this success we asked members for further suggestions. This resulted the further set of suggestions for Quick Wins listed under Phase 2 above.
Unfortunately, Camden had to suspend work on the Quick Wins initiative for a couple of years due to lack of resources. The list of uncompleted suggestions was nevertheless maintained and referred to in the context of several related development schemes. Several of the suggestions have been adopted into other schemes as noted above.[You can view an earlier version of this page here.]