2/6/03 & 27/6/03:
A new 20mph zone planned for the area south of Belsize Road, west of Avenue Road and east of Kilburn High Road. Key components of the scheme are:
Speed humps along residential roads and raised junction entry treatments at junctions and entry points of the 20mph zone
where deemed necessary.
Additional physical measures to discourage motorists from disobeying the
No entry on Kilburn Priory.
One way section of Kilburn Priory between Belsize Rd and Langtry Rd.
A new pedestrian crossing on Kilburn Priory.
At any time waiting restrictions around the pedestrian island on Kilburn Priory close to the junction with Kilburn High Road.
CCC supported the 20mph zone in principal, but we expressed concern that the proposed scheme does not achieve this goal in the most practical and economical way and does not take into consideration cyclists.
We strongly opposed the formalisation of the One Way on Kilburn Priory (north section). This is an important shortcut for cyclists that want to avoid stretches of Kilburn High and Belsize Road. Cyclists rarely go over the 20mph limit and with their presence increase the security of residential areas.
We suggested that rather than introducing 14 speed bumps, road closures should be used as the main instrument of achieving low speed and low traffic levels. One possibility would be to allow entry of cars only at Kilburn Priory (from Kilburn High Road) and exit only at Greville Road..All other entry points should be for pedestrians, cyclists and emergency vehicles (ie with a barrier). Additionally some road narrowing could be introduced in Greville road and Mortimer place to restrain residents from speeding on this stretches of road. We believe this scheme would be more economical and more pleasant for the resident because it would remove any through motor traffic, maintaining full accessibility to pedestrians and cyclists.