Andrew Gilligan recently agreed with Steve McNamara (the LTDA leader) about the need to get cycling measures in ‘quick & dirty’ – and expressed regret for not having done more of this.
As fantastic as the finished CS bits are, I would argue for a rough but comprehensive grid (to include Quiteways) to the short sections of incomplete CS routes (which has provided easy ammunition for opposing voices – possibly leading to some of the mayoral candidates reluctance to show willingness to take up the baton?
The recent DfT change in law where mandatory bike lanes – (marked with a solid white line) – can now be introduced without councils applying for a special Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) from the DfT…
will help massively with this.
Phil Jones (the traffic engineer) says councils will now have no excuse for not installing these bike lanes, which offer legal protection to cyclists against motor vehicles entering in the lane, rather than advisory cycle lanes, marked with a dashed line, which offer no such protection.
Hopefully our own Phil Jones (Camden cabinet minister) will see this as an opportunity to further Camden’s role as a progressive cycling borough and create more provision that neighbouring boroughs would seek to emulate
Changes to the TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions), which take effect on 22 April, were finally approved six years after the signage review began.
From the Wired article –
Today, more Americans are interested in traveling by bike or foot. That requires a more iterative process, Marshall says, one that nimbly constructs—and sometimes kills—experimental bike projects.
New York in the late aughts was a great place to see this approach. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg and transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, the city used colorful paint and not-your-mother’s planter boxes to speedily delineate bike lanes.
Less than a year later, one could gaze down at the street from the Manhattan Bridge and see newly-created bike lanes, buffered from car traffic by plastic bollards and planters…
Cyclists loved it. Ridership along the path increased 43 percent for northbound traffic, and 23 percent for southbound. Collisions between cars and bikes dropped 35 percent. The city was so happy it made the changes permanent, creating a concrete buffer for the bike lane and installing hardier outdoor furniture. The whole project, from proposal to pilot to bike lane, took just about three years.
On 20 Apr 2016, at 21:24, ‘dhschwab’ dhschwab [CamdenCyclingCampaign] <CamdenCyclingCampaign> wrote:
I notice an article in Wired on cycle campaigning, which may be of interest to members….
How to do the unthinkable: fast-track an infrastructure project in your city
Bye for now