“You can get many more people down a narrow road on bikes than you can get in a car,
so if we’re short of road space, we’re going to be making some rational decisions in the public interest.”
A repeat post (News From Elsewhere) but worth it I think for the above statement.
Val Shawcross will attend the LCC AGM next Saturday.
Register to book your place (or risk being without a sandwich!)
Laura Laker October 6 2016
She also hinted the routes, which she describes as cycle highways, rather than cycle superhighways, will be better designed.
“I think there are some standards that we can improve,” she said. “Some of the cycle superhighways have weak spots and they have to be retrofitted.”
Changes, she says, will pay “proper attention to the needs of pedestrians in London”, as well as having less impact on London’s bus network, if necessary reallocating road space from private motor vehicles to build more bus lanes.
This is part of a policy shift under Sadiq Khan, Shawcross explains.
“This whole programme does involve having a clear policy priority and that is [from the top of the hierarchy] pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and essential traffic – the freight and deliveries are really important and they’re not going to go away,” said Shawcross, adding TfL is looking into better management of deliveries and freight.
“You will find there are some areas where the road space is transferred from the private motorist to other healthier, environmentally friendlier, more efficient uses,” she said.