Signage of cycle routes in London is a mess – there’s now a mix of Sustrans National Cycle Network signs, London Cycle Network, the original Cycle Superhighway/Quietway and the new Cycleway signage. London now has LCN5, CS5, Q5 and C5. Quietway route 5 was partly rebranded C5, and Q5 replaced some bits of the old LCN route (but the old signage and paint wasn’t removed where it remains, in weird disconnected sections). What does a 5 painted on the road mean? Answers on a postcard, please. And does anyone understand the point of un-numbered bits of Q or C signage that appear without destinations? So there’s a bit of good cycle route there but it’s up to you to work out if it takes you anywhere useful. Great.
Right now London has both a lot of new cycle infrastructure (and quieter streets for cycling in Low Traffic Neighbourhoods) and a big growth in new cyclists trying to find their way around the post-COVID city with its restricted public transport.
Campaigners ask authors of two reviews of TfL finances to look again at scheme
Matthew TaylorWed 19 Aug 2020 09.41 BST
Plans to build a four-lane road tunnel under the Thames in London should be dropped as part of an overhaul of transport spending in the capital, campaigners say.
Opponents of the proposed £1.2bn Silvertown tunnel scheme have written to the authors of two separate reviews of Transport for London finances, asking them to look again at the project.
Cycling to work versus driving has been shown to reduce the risk of premature death by 20%, death by cardiovascular complications by 24% and cancer by 16%, a National Institute for Health Research study of Census data has found.
Carlton Reid 09:32am | Aug 18, 2020. Keeping the pop-up “corona cycleways” installed on many main roads in European cities would result in health benefits of $3 billion a year, claims a new study from German climate-change researchers.
The Government should provide funding for segregated cycle paths alongside all A roads. This should allow for safe cycling alongside the road with a barrier or verge between cars, lorrys etc and cyclists, making cycling safer and a useable means to commute and keep healthy.
Laura Laker Thu 13 Aug 2020
Instead of spending £27bn on new roads, let’s make existing ones better for the two-thirds of people too scared to cycle
Two-thirds of people in England feel “it is too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads”, according to the latest National Travel Attitudes Survey. That’s two-thirds of people who feel too intimidated to take to two wheels as part of everyday trips, or for leisure – and it’s up from 61% the previous year. Astonishingly, 57% of people who already cycle agreed with the sentiment.
So last week, I wrote about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and how it was my opinion that we needed a little honesty from those objecting to them as to why they are objecting to them.
The post had a few comments (I’ve published all received) and unfortunately a few have kind of reinforced the point I was making. There were people projecting onto others with the usual tropes of why nobody is thinking of elderly people, disabled people and NHS workers (home visits). There was a comment about the schemes pushing traffic from where wealthy car owners live onto the main roads where less well-off people live. There was also a comment about going the extra mile (yes I smiled) to listen to concerns which I cannot disagree with.
Mark Sutton14 August, 2020
City planners across the globe have been gifted a once in a lifetime opportunity to trial a new way to move on decongested streets. In the UK, results have been mixed, but our Parisian neighbours have led Europe at seizing the opportunity. Mark Cramer of Freewheeling France shares his report of progress.