Westminster City Council “ignoring cycle safety concerns”
October 24 2016
In a recent consultation on a major cycle link Westminster Council separated out cycling responses and discounted them, while ignoring ‘critical’ safety failures raised…
Westminster City Council has been accused of ignoring ‘critical failures’ over cycling safety and of ignoring hundreds of consultation responses from cyclists relating to the overhaul of a major one-way system in Central London.
The Baker Street two-way project will be a key cycling route between Oxford Street and Cycle Superhighway 11. However, the London Cycling Campaign is calling on Transport for London (TfL) not to fund the scheme because of several “critical failures” according to TfL’s own assessment criteria, including left hook risks for cyclists, on the route, and the fact the scheme is “capacity neutral” for motor traffic, meaning cycles will mix with heavy traffic on intermittent, part time bike lanes, where those exist.
By separating cycling responses, which were 28 per cent of all responses to a consultation, which ran February to March 2016, and then effectively discounting them, Westminster City Council has been able to claim a majority support for the scheme, which was opposed by between 32 and 51 per cent of respondents, and only partially supported by residents.