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:
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
- 6 August, FOI response to say the borough does not have an up-to-date cycle map, but may produce something with the quietway routes (dabs of paint) later in 2018.
- 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
- 7 August, updated the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing’s project page, with a ‘responses to issues raised’ document. Looks like a bridge on either the northern or central alignments will be the preferred options.
- 30 August, updated the Edith Grove and Ashburnham Road junctions with King’s Road consultation page. The webpage reports that the proposals were slated by 78% of respondents and that TfL will think again – provision for pedestrians and cyclists was dire, and the Healthy Streets scores hardly shifted. Consultation report. However, the responses to issues raised document suggest it will go ahead as planned. A revised responses to issues raised document has been published saying TfL will go ahead initially with new pedestrian crossing and do publish further proposals to improve cycling infrastructure in a later phase.
Transport for London, Freedom of Information requests
- 10 May, reply to Nick Kocharhook re bids and outputs from the old borough cycling programme for 2013-2014.
- 2 August, Roger Stocker asks for LIP outputs for 2017/18 for each London borough. Answer due by 31 August.
- 30 August, reply to Robert Skedgell who asked if TfL’s proposed changes to traffic lights (presumed ‘green man’ for pedestrians, unless vehicles are approaching) will detect bicycles. Tech is being developed, so the answer is that they should. Of the two examples given of pedestrian crossings already using the ‘green man authority’ in favour of pedestrians, the one at the exit of Morden bus station detects heavy buses …
- 18 June, FOI response to Jon Irwin to say the council complied with the London Cycling Design Standards when building Quietway 4 on Magdalen Road, and the design was signed-off by TfL’s Quietways project board.
- 24 July, FOI response to David Knight, to say £433,000 has been spent on Magdalen Road so far.
City of London
- Streets sub-ctte on 3 July starts the process of making the Bank junction safety improvements permanent. The committee paper explains how the success criteria have been achieved and there are eleven appendices with detailed data.
- Transport Ctte on 10 July: has the same Bank project papers. The minutes of the previous meeting on 21 May report that the committee was lukewarm about dockless bikes and want more evidence about obstructions – decision to continue authorisation of the scheme was deferred.
- Planning & Transport Ctte 26 July:
- Papers proposing tweaks to the Temple area’s roads between Fleet Street and the Embankment, just off New Bridge Street. The appendix notes that cycle traffic is about 8% of the volumes.
- 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
- Cabinet on 9 July has the budget outturn papers for 2017/18. H&F underspent on transport capital (pdf page 12) with significant sums slipped into 2018/19 on both TfL and council funded projects.
Highways England (Surrey County Council)
- HE has published its planned to widen the A23 through Hooley, which runs between the north end of the M23 motorway and the south side of Coulsdon. (Project web page, scheme overview, plus drawings). There’s a partial shared-use pavement for people walking and cycling, but ignores IAN195/16 with “cyclists need to dismount and rejoin carriageway” failures. This scheme is not out for formal consultation, but feedback is being sought. Budget is about £3.5m and digging starts in summer 2019. My blogpost commenting on the shortcomings of the scheme. Twitter reaction to my post suggests that both Surrey’s councillors and Croydon’s councillors are not impressed with the scheme.
Kensington & Chelsea
- Public Realm Ctte on 5 July: nothing of note but included here to stop me looking for it.
- Updated the New Malden to Raynes Park project page to say that construction works start in August 2018, and will run for 12 months. Unsurprisingly, Merton Council has not updated its cycling quietway pages with any info.
- Transport Ctte on 11 July. Papers include TfL’s response to ctte’s work on future transport (dockless bikes, autonomous vehicles, car clubs, drones etc.)
- GLA Budget Monitoring Ctte on 11 July has the TfL quarterly performance report for FY Q4 2017/18. This includes the 2017 calendar cycling numbers (which are always a quarter behind). 2017 cycling volumes in the congestion charge zone were 6.7% up over 2016, but below TfL’s target (10%?). In Q4, Oct to Dec 17, there were 466k km cycled each day, across 152k journeys.
- Another committee, the Budget & Performance Ctte on 12 July has a guest panel to discuss TfL’s worsening finances.
- Mayor’s question time, 19 July: Selected Q&As:
- Tony Devenish (AM and Westminster Cllr) asks if the Embankment CS3 cycle route will be reviewed, because of complaints from unnamed businesses. Mayor gives polite response. (Note: London Ambulance presented to Westminster Council in Autumn 2017 and denied the CSHs had impacted their response times).
- Oral Q&A with Melanie Cooper (AM, Wandsworth) about proposed car free day, 22 Sept.
- Both Keith Prince and Caroline Pidgeon ask questions about the data underpinning the recent TfL report on improving cyclist safety. Mayor cites “disproportionate involvement of buses and coaches in pedestrian and cyclist injury”
- Mayor responds to Qs from Caroline Russell (here) and (here) about delivery of segregated cycle routes, and the six new routes, to say he intends to publish a Cycling Delivery Plan this autumn.
- Tom Copley asks five related questions about the Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf crossing, which get much the same answer – no new info since the consultation report and TfL board papers.
- Question from Joanne McCartney about children using active travel to get to school safely.
- Full council on 4 July: cabinet member for transport, Martin Whelton, replies to question about cycling infrastructure (pdf pg 5) to list stuff delivered in recent years (some good, like the Wandle Quietway Q4 route; some questionable, like Beddington Lane; and some awful, like the Ravensbury roundabout). For 2018/19, lists proposed projects which – 3 months into the year – have made no useful progress: Wimbledon to Raynes Park quietway, Colliers Wood to Morden quietway, plus other small tweaks. In response to public question about installing ASL boxes outside South Wimbledon underground station (pdf pg3), limp response is that TfL have previously refused but council will ask again in forthcoming project.
- Cabinet on 30 July:
- Paper on the LIP3 planning process which will conclude in Spring 2019, plus an appendix on Merton’s “trajectory” towards the Mayor’s 2041 Transport Strategy objectives. Seems LIP3 asks for a plan through to 2041, with detailed plans and funding requirements & commitments for the next 3 years.
- There’s also a May budget paper which starts the annual kicking-the-can-down-the-road as transport projects get rescheduled (delayed).
- Two papers on health inequality across Merton e.g. 28% of Year 6 kids in Pollards Hill ward are obese, compared to 7% in (Wimbledon) Village.
- Wandle Valley Neighbourhood Ctte on 12 July: progress report confirms that an anti-moped barrier was installed on Watermead Lane which hosts a stretch of national cycle route NCN20. No apology for the impact is has on disabled cyclists and other using non-standard bicycles. Other papers include LIP project proposals for the area with vacuous promises about encouraging cycling.
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
- Pip Moss asks TfL for the data cited in a recent PR based on the CS3 and CS6 cycle counters.
- K McYarnington asks about cycle infrastructure to be installed on the north carriageway of Hyde Park. Mrs Y has asked several related questions of the Royal Parks agency and Westminster Council about cycling infrastructure across the borough.
- Answer 12 July with stats on the Santander bike hire scheme, including bikes cost £1051, are usually hired twice per day, with 11,084 bikes and 313k registered users.
- Question from Amanda Borg asking for accident data relating to Santander cycles, including head injuries. Answer due by mid-August.
- Question from Robert Skedgell asking how TfL’s vehicle detecting pedestrian crossing will detect bicycles. Answer due by end-August.
- Question from D. Davis asking for the pantone specifications for blue superhighway surface paint and purple signage. Answer due by late-August.
- 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.
- 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.
Links to this year’s earlier posts: