New report from London Assembly’s transport committee urges Sadiq Khan to fully commit to creating a true cycle infrastructure network
Carlton ReidMar 26, 2018
The term “Cycle Superhighway” suggests and promotes speed and ought to be replaced by another term, says the London Assembly in a new report. London’s Cycling Infrastructure was produced by the Assembly’s transport committee and was published on Friday. The report recommends that Londoners themselves could be asked to provide a new name for London’s kerb-protected cycleways
The report is also critical of how cycling infrastructure provision has slowed under Sadiq Khan. The London Mayor has done little to “build on the momentum” of his predecessor, says the report.
More cycle parking should also be provided, urges the report, and dockless bike schemes should be more closely monitored by Transport for London.
The committee had requested evidence on cycle infrastructure from cycle and other organisations and had also called from submissions from members of the public. High-Profile cycle champions gave evidence to the committee in person, including Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner Chris Boardman.
Boardman told the committee: “political courage [is needed] to upset the status quo … This is seen as a political issue, and it is not. Every survey that is done says the public wants [cycle infrastructure], but everybody assumes that this is going to be a political problem. That is because we just give way too much emphasis to the vociferous minority … We need to give much more weight to the quiet majority in making decisions.”
Clearly, the committee listened to Boardman for its report concluded: “Any change is disruptive, but it is our view that the benefits of new infrastructure – when properly planned and built – outweigh the costs.”