Wandsworth: oBikes, obstructed pavements and following the money

Wandsworth borough council, in London, has attracted a lot of attention in the last few days after its decision to impound over 100 hire bicycles from the oBike scheme.  It published a news article on the council’s website entitled “Yellow bike plague being tackled on the streets of Wandsworth”. There’s been lots of commentary on … Continue reading Wandsworth: oBikes, obstructed pavements and following the money

Wandsworth’s proposed cycling infrastructure that never gets delivered

While I was digging through council committee papers as a follow-up to posts about the Wandsworth Riverside, I kept finding references to some simple bits of cycling infrastructure proposed in September 2013: a set of contraflow cycle lanes in one-way streets, and “through-ways” in street junctions which are currently blocked.  On my meanderings around Wandsworth, … Continue reading Wandsworth’s proposed cycling infrastructure that never gets delivered

Pedestrians, pavement cyclists and the ways people die in accidents

[This post was updated on 1 August 2017 to include additional section with casualty statistics for 2015] I see there are lots of commentators on social media complaining that people riding bicycles on the pavement are a risk to pedestrians, with claims that dozens of pedestrians are being killed and injured each year.  Equally, cycling … Continue reading Pedestrians, pavement cyclists and the ways people die in accidents

Wandsworth Riverside, Wandsworth Bridge to Battersea Heliport: part 1 – highways, obstructions and cycling

There’s been some controversy on social media in the last few days, following Councillor Melanie Hampton's claims that the riverside between Wandsworth Bridge and Battersea Heliport is a footpath, not a cycling lane, not a designated cycling area, designed only for pedestrians, and that cyclists are not officially banned .   The residents of Plantation Wharf … Continue reading Wandsworth Riverside, Wandsworth Bridge to Battersea Heliport: part 1 – highways, obstructions and cycling

Wandsworth Riverside, Wandsworth Bridge to Battersea Heliport: part 2 – planning agreements and public access

There’s a separate post discussing issues with public access to the riverside.  This post digs into the planning details for the riverside developments and the agreements which together create a public highway. From Wandsworth Bridge, going South-West to North-East up to the heliport, there are five major developments: Battersea Reach Mendip & Sherwood Wharves Plantation … Continue reading Wandsworth Riverside, Wandsworth Bridge to Battersea Heliport: part 2 – planning agreements and public access

Bromley Council improves bus journeys past Aldi, by making it easier for motorists to go shopping

Bromley Council has approved a plan to spend £300k of the borough's Local Implementation Plan (LIP) fund and Transport for London Bus congestion reduction funding to improve journeys past an Aldi supermarket east of Croydon. Motorists driving to Aldi from west to east along the A213 Croydon Road, and across the junction of Elmers End … Continue reading Bromley Council improves bus journeys past Aldi, by making it easier for motorists to go shopping

Transport Select Committee, 29 March 2017 “Urban Congestion”

On 29 March 2017, the Transport Select Committee of the House of Commons held its last meeting to get oral evidence on ‘urban congestion’.  Giving evidence, and answering questions, was Andrew Jones MP, the Minister for Transport.  The minister was accompanied by a civil servant: Anthony Ferguson, (Deputy Director, Traffic and Technology, Department for Transport).  … Continue reading Transport Select Committee, 29 March 2017 “Urban Congestion”

Kids, a horror story about the primary school in Kingston that wanted a cycle path

I have a friend who works in one of Kingston’s primary schools.  She shared a story about a nearby primary school, and its attempt to get Kingston Council (“the Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames”) to build a shared-use foot and cycle path to the school. All good stories begin: once upon a time … … Continue reading Kids, a horror story about the primary school in Kingston that wanted a cycle path