With the change to a Labour administration in Westminster, we think it is time to revisit the issue of both north-south and east-west cycle routes through the Swiss Cottage area. We’re putting together a working group to consider what we might reasonably campaign for and how to do this, noting the current lack of funding but hoping that at least a joint plan can be developed. For the wider plan, see below.
Joining the York Way and Gray’s Inn Road cycle routes
The York Way cycle route runs about 1.75 km roughly north-south between Camden Road and Wharfedale Road, while the Gray’s Inn Road (GIR) cycle route runs about 1.25 km roughly north-south between Harrison Street and High Holborn. Read more about the campaign here.
Using the routes gathered at Think&Do on 7th December 2019 and those sent to us in response to a request by email, we have created a map that shows the schools and the routes people use to travel to school from their homes. We have also marked ‘barriers’ and shown the roads with too much traffic. See the map showing barriers to routes to schools.
In autumn 2013, Camden officers said that they would like to receive prioritised list of suggestions for (very) minor improvements throughout the borough that will make cyclists feel better catered for. The list went in to Camden at the end of November. A second batch was made a year late. After initial good progress, the scheme was put on hold in 2016. See the list and progress report.
For cyclists, permeability is about being able to ride through a network of streets in the most direct manner. Unfortunately, routes are often made longer by one way streets, forbidden turns and road closures. Road changes to increase permeability might include: making an exception for cycle traffic in a traffic order, e.g. ‘no right turn except cycles’; contraflow cycle lanes; a dropped kerb opposite an entrance to a park as well as cycle gaps through road closures and two-way cycling in one-way streets. Read more about the campaign.
Swiss Cottage Gyratory
A campaign started in July 2007. A bypass route was signed via Winchester Road following a CRISP study in 2007. We want the gyratory to revert to two-way working. Opportunities appeared from inspections for LCN+ and CSH routes that pass that way. In February 2014 there were hints of a possibility of change because the junction is one of those under review by TfL. CCC position on CS11 and Swiss Cottage, January 2014; CCC evaluation of five options July 2014. Consultation published as part of CS 11 Spring 2016 and in Autumn 2016, TfL decided to go ahead with a major change….Read more about the details of this campaign