‘Quick Wins’ – minor cycling infrastructure improvements in Camden
Since 2013 Camden has been running a Quick Wins programme aimed at getting small changes made to the roads that make people on bikes feel more comfortable and better catered for.
Suggestions for items to be included in the programme come from members and supporters of Camden Cycling Campaign. Please send your suggestions or queries about the Quick Wins programme to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently collecting and reviewing suggestions for further Quick Wins. Examples of changes that can be considered include:
- dropped kerbs
- unnecessary obstructive barriers (e.g. anti-motor cycle barriers)
- no-entry signs that could realistically have ‘Except Cycles’ attached without requiring the installation of a separate contra-flow cycle lane
- stretches of very poor road surface (such that you have to slow down on a Brompton or weave around holes)
- Feeders into ASLs that are too short or non-mandatory
Changes that shouldn’t be suggested for this initiative include:
- anything that would require a consultation
- anything that involves changes to parking provision
- individual pot-holes. Those should be reported using Camden’s problem reporting page or the very convenient FixMyStreet web page and phone app, which has proven equally effective.
In autumn 2013, Camden officers indicated 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.
We asked CCC members to submit suggestions for improvements that fall within the relevant constraints.
Phase 1: The response from members was enthusiastic and some 33 suggestions were received from which we selected 17 submission to Camden in late November 2013. They are identified with References such as p1-xx/Nov13 in the tables below.
Camden were responsive. They managed to complete 7 of the Phase 1 requests within 12 months. A total of 10 Phase 1 requests have now been completed. All of the requested changes were investigated and explanations supplied for those that were not pursued.
(A news report was written and posted in November 2014 highlighting the completed items)
Phase 2: Encouraged by this success we asked members for further suggestions. This resulted the further set of suggestions submitted in November 2014. They are listed in the tables with with References such as p2-xx/Nov14. To date only one has been implemented. Several of the Phase 2 requests were subsequently dropped and some of those were incorporated into ongoing schemes for eventual implementation.
Phase 3: Camden had to suspend work on the Quick Wins initiative for a couple of years due to lack of resources. The list of uncompleted suggestions was nevertheless maintained and referred to in the context of several related development schemes. In April 2017, the Quick Wins scheme was reactivated and we were once more invited to submit requests. During 2017 we submitted 8 requests, identified with references such as p3-xx/May17.
All of the requests submitted to Camden since 2014 are listed with details of their current status in two tables below:
Requests that have been completed or dropped
Requests that are awaiting review/implementation
You can view the tables as Google Sheets here and attach comments.