An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case its of use to others. With London council elections in May 2018, and the purdah period kicking in for April, this quarter should start with a quiet month.
City of London
- Transport & Planning Ctte on 8 May, has the same Bank Junction papers circulated to other City committees in March. The trial is making good progress – the public like the changes (with the exception of taxi drivers), and 150 City businesses and property owners support it too.
- Transport & Planning Sub-Ctte on 9 May, has a paper on the results of the public survey (back in February) about the City’s proposed 25-year transport strategy. The people want more space for walking & cycling, and healthier streets. This data is being used to underpin the City’s draft LIP submission for the next few years.
City of London
- Police Ctte on 12 April, has a report from the City Police – notes Section 35 action taken against groups of youths riding bicycles (apparently, that’s anti-social behaviour), and action against a range of commercial vehicles and their drivers. 24% of taxis and PHVs (and/or drivers) are non-compliant, 2/3rd of commercial vehicles (and drivers) stopped are found to be non-compliant, often with multiple offences.
- Hampstead Heath Consultative Ctte on 16 April – minutes of 21st Feb mtg confirm that any proposals for new cycle paths (or shared use paths) won’t be considered before 2023/24. Existing shared use paths may be resurfaced (super’s report, and appendix).
- Police Performance Ctte on 26 April: Reflects on March’s crime figures (performance report), Monday is the worst day for bicycle thefts, and most 50% of bicycle thefts are between 1600-2000 across weekdays. There’s KSI stats in the report too, plus justification of the Section 35 notices used to disperse groups of kids riding bicycles in the City during March.
- Development (planning) committee, 19th April, reviews the detailed planning application for the New Malden to Raynes Park cycle & walkway scheme. Committee approved the proposals.
- Planning application for the New Malden to Raynes Park/ Wimbledon cycle and walkway scheme, with an extended deadline of 23 April for comments. The police crime prevention advice seems to be written by a well-cultured art critic. This is the Merton’s section of the scheme, counterpart to Kingston’s above. Note that the planning application was submitted by Kingston Council early in 2018, and Merton Council made no effort to publicise it on its cycling pages.
- The roundabout beside Mitcham Eastfields Station has been replaced by a sequence of stop-line junctions, to give priority to buses (and any other traffic) across the level crossing to/from Tamworth Lane. Typical for Merton, there was no consultation, and the notice sent to local residents about the works contains no details. (The decisions register has nothing about this scheme either). The installed scheme does include a small, 3m section of protected cycle lane for people cycling from Tamworth Lane into Grove Road, plus some advisory lane space for cyclists queueing to cross the level crossing from the ex-roundabout into Locks Lane.
- These two examples reinforce my perception that Merton Council tries to keep anything cycling-related in near secrecy.
Metropolitan Police – Freedom of Information Requests
- 18 April – last time anyone was fined or cautioned for an offence in the Greenwich Foot Tunnel was August 2014.
- 13 April – location of 20mph speed cameras – they’re in Hackney, Islington and Southwark. I didn’t know that fixed speed cameras had been installed.
- 15 March – no data on the number of illegal brakeless fixie bikes (or too expensive to uncover answer).
Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests
- FOI request with ages of London’s black taxis, published 11 April – 40% are 10 years old or older.
- This requestor’s having little luck extracting LIP information from TfL, 29 April.
- .. and has another request asking for 2018/19 quietway funding, answer due by 8 May.
- .. as is this requestor regarding borough cycling funds, who’s discovered a working week in TfL seems to have more than 5 days (i.e. still unanswered) …
- TfL doesn’t – yet – have online access to the CS3 Embankment and CS6 Blackfriars Road cycle counters, published 26 April .
- Request for drawings about the Rotherhithe – Canary Wharf crossing isn’t making much progress, 13 April
- TfL will answer a query at a future date about support from Chiswick’s residents for CS9, 19 April.
- Request for the different designs for cycle lanes on Waterloo Bridge/ IMAX roundabout – answer due by mid-May.
- TfL’s policy (or lack of) regarding de-icing of the cycle highways, published 14 March. But it does specify the treatments to be used – potassium acetate, although it is the most expensive solution, and did de-ice 21km of CSH routes during ‘Beast From The East’ at start of March 2018.
- Request for the factors which influenced design of North-South CSH extension, published 27 March.
- Planning & Transport Ctte 12 April: Cabinet member’s report includes cycling update – bike hanger trial is due to conclude this spring, claim to be awaiting CS11 CSH proposals (from whom, TfL?), and lists several quietway schemes being finished, in progress, or “aspirations”.
- Two-and-a-half years after the Autumn 2015 consultation, cabinet approval (with the consultation reports) for the Edgware Road to Fiztrovia quietway.
- James’ Palace forecourt public realm improvements received cabinet member approval on 9 April.
- Hanover Square public realm improvements received cabinet member approval on 20 April.