At the Council: July & August 2018

An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case it is of use to others. Links to this year’s earlier posts:

 

August 2018

A quiet month, proving that life carries quite happily without with assistance of our elected betters.

Department for Transport

  • 30 August, published the 2017 walking & cycling statistics: women make fewer cycling trips to men (ratio 9:24), with 69% of women saying “it is too dangerous to cycle on roads”. 48% of all cyclists make the same observation.   Imagine what our elected leaders would do if other forms of road transport – such as buses – were considered dangerous by 69% of potential users.

Kensington & Chelsea

Merton

  • Overview & Scrutiny Ctte, 30 August (overseeing money) has a paper on 2018/19 Q1 spend. This confirms that £480,000 is budgeted for cycling schemes in 2018/19 (pdf page 32). The majority of this (£300k+) was spent on the Beddington Lane pavement, and the council has not published anything to explain what the rest is assigned to (Merton’s practice is to surprise us).

Transport for London

Transport for London, Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

 

July 2018

City of London

Croydon Council

  • Full council on 9 July: transport paper (5mb pdf) notes Croydon is considering dockless hire bikes and talking to neighbouring boroughs to understand their positions. (I can imagine that Sutton and Merton have very different views to Bromley and Bexley).  Paper also lists the six sites receiving the borough’s first CycleHoop on-street bike hangers, plus new Sheffield stands in local parks.
  • Scrutiny Ctte on 10 July: has lots of finance papers. Capital budget has £1.3m for the walking and cycling strategy in 2018/19 and, currently, £750k in 2019/20. There’s also £2.4m plus £2m of TfL LIP funds which should be useful too.
  • Traffic Ctte on 12 July: has recommendations to make the schools pedestrianised area experimental scheme permanent.

Hammersmith & Fulham

Highways England (Surrey County Council)

Kensington & Chelsea

Kingston Council

London Assembly

Merton Council

Sutton Council

Transport for London

  • 12 July published the results of the Tooting Bec consultation. This proposes semi-segregation with plastic wands for people cycling beside the common. Report PDF.  The submission by local councillor and London assembly member Leonie Cooper is remarkable: she both complains about pedestrian vs cyclist conflict at the existing shared crossing *and* welcomes new shared-use pavements.
  • Board meeting 25 July:
    • The Commissioner’s Report cites (slow) progress on major cycle routes – CS11 will complete in 2020, pending the injunction & judicial review from Westminster City Council. Mentions the #CS3Count and #CS6Count totals, with 1.2 million people being counted since February.  Of the 73 junctions identified in April 2017 as requiring safety improvements, 13 have been studied, and feasibility design work will happen in 2018/19 – this doesn’t sound like urgency.  Progress continues on Rotherhithe – Canary Wharf crossing with an opening bridge as the preferred option.
    • 2017/18 Annual finance report includes lots of detail on the year’s operational performance before it gets to the financial results. It notes that Santander cycle hires were down slightly (10.5m to 10.4m YoY), but that may be due to December’s biblical rain. 94% of TfL’s surface transport injuries involve buses, with 10 fatalities. There’s a rose-tinted summary of progress on healthy streets and active travel initiatives.
    • Q1 operational performance report: has the Jan to March 2018 cycling figures (pdf page 14). Congestion Charge Zone volumes were 460k daily km, about 150k journeys, and hindered by March’s snowy spell.
    • The minutes of the Sustainability Ctte meeting on 20 June noted the work on cycling safety.
  • 27 July, published Cycle Infrastructure Monitoring Report, which looks at all road users’ experiences of new cycling infrastructure being installed in London, such as two-stage right turns, early-release traffic lights and – most interestingly – bus stop bypasses. All get positive appraisals, with lots (and lots) of detailed evidence.  It will be interesting to see what commentators (especially naysayers) say about TfL’s evidence-rich findings.

Transport for London – Freedom of Information requests

Wandsworth Council

  • Announced 1st August that it will now build a zebra crossing outside Beatrix Potter primary school on Magdalen Road, the route of Quietway Q4. The zebras were one of several street features dropped in late 2017.  There was a campaign by local Conservative activists who complained that the street furniture was not in keeping with the “character of the road”.  There have been a lot of complaints about the resulting build from residents, pedestrians, cyclists and local Labour councillors.  There have been road safety audit(s) and operations by Met Police.  Result is backtracking by the council and a zebra will be built.

Westminster Council

  • Cabinet on 9 July has a proposal for a replacement Oxford Street project, after the council rejected the Mayor of London/ TfL’s pedestrianisation plan. Safety works are needed urgently in the next five months before Crossrail opens in December 2018.  The project is funded, in part, with £400,000 of TfL’s LIP funds.

 

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