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.
City of London
- Policy & Resources 6 June: has a paper initiating a project for the Smithfields area based on healthy street objectives, ahead of Crossrail and Museum of London changes to the area.
- Planning & Transport Ctte 18 June: there’s a motion submitted by the Aldermen (cllrs) from Farringdon Ward (north of Blackfriars station) complaining about cycle-tour groups,
- Cycle Forum 4 June: LIP, Lime bikes and schools included on the agenda.
- Transport Forum 18 June: no papers, but trams, buses and trains on the agenda.
Hammersmith & Fulham
Kensington & Chelsea
- North-south cycleway, Kensington High Street to Notting Hill, closes 12 June. It’s not very good (blog post), even if it claims to satisfy TfL’s new cycle route quality criteria.
- TfL’s east-west cycleway, across Holland Park into west London, closes 16 June. Before the consultation closed, the council pulled the rug and said it would oppose the scheme. Transport Cllr’s statement, and RBKC’s official submission to TfL.
- 7 June: decision on the Pembroke Square to Meanwhile Gardens quietway scheme, funded by £240k TfL funds. Usual objections, including confusion about segregated cycle lanes, but the council does say that “providing for cycling unlikely to lead to poor air quality” … which is odd, given its statements about the west London/ Holland Park route.
- Council’s press office re west London cycleway: position statement, and Cllr Thessalites’s statement, opposing TfL’s plans.
- Public Realm Ctte 17 June: The Environment lead’s report notes that the council has received £1.3m for air quality projects, focussing on clean walking routes. The Transport lead’s report includes a work about on-going safety plans for Exhibition Road, a Kensington High Street regeneration project, the council’s approach to commenting on TfL’s proposed west London cycleway (ie wait until residents complain at the open meeting on 13 June), and confusion from some residents about the council’s proposed north-south KHS to Notting Hill quietway scheme and the east-west TfL one.
- Full Council on 26 June, has a petition signed by 6,500 people regarding “save the Holland Park trees”, and the council’s statement rejecting TfL’s west London cycleway proposal.
- Kingston Town Ctte 4 June: has papers on the Gloucester Road / Cambridge Road junction proposal (recommendation to drop), and response to a petition from Manorgate residents asking for the street to be made access only.
- Enviro & Transport Ctte 25 June: focuses on air quality, with local reports and a hug-a-polar-bear motion from the Conservatives.
- GLA Budget Ctte 12 June: has the Q4 (Jan to March 2019) TfL report, giving the same data as went to the TfL Board last month. Cycling numbers are reported a quarter behind, so the report gives calendar 2018 data with an increase of 13.5% YoY in the congestion charge zone.
- Mayors Question Time 20 June: pdf file with questions.
- Selection of Mayor’s Questions & Answers from May:
- Melanie Cooper complaining about “speeding cyclists” on Battersea riverside, which TfL interpret as Nine Elms.
- Lots about Hammersmith Bridge.
- Possible improvements to CS1 ..
- West London cycleway consultation …
- Request to shift the protective barriers on London Bridge to provide more space for buses and cyclists – being discussed.
- Health Ctte 25 June: health and well being strategies for Merton.
- Sustainable Communities 27 June: one substantive paper about car parking charges.
Mitcham Common Conservators (Merton)
- Quarterly Conservators Meeting 12 June: has the minutes of the previous meeting in March with two items of note:
- Ongoing problem with drivers parking vehicles on Croydon Road’s shared-use pavement outside the Ravensbury public house – Merton Council is aware and (thus far) failed to stop it;
- Cryptic note about the proposed signalised crossing in the middle of the common at the junction of Croydon Road, Beddington Lane and Windmill Road. Merton Council proposes to join the shared-use pavements with pedestrian-only crossings. The minutes note “Merton [Council] had agreed in principle but to date a licence agreement had not been produced”. Merton Council’s LIP3 submission to TfL described this as a “pedestrian crossing” i.e. people cycling will be expected to dismount when attempting to cross between the sections of shared-use pavement.
- Consultation on dockless hire bikes closes 7 June.
- Consultation on movement strategy (e.g. what access motorised vehicles should have), closes 14 July. PDF paper explains.
- 11 June, Beddington & Wallington Local Ctte: has the 2019/20 LIP paper listing five projects, but not detail as they “have not been investigated fully”.
- 13 June, Sutton South Local Ctte, has the 2019/20 LIP paper listing two projects, including the words “encourage cycling”.
- 25 June, Carshalton Local ctte, also has a 2019/20 LIP paper with four projects (3x pedx, 1x 20mph).
- 27 June, Worcester Park local ctte, which – surprise – has a 2019/20 LIP paper with 3 projects (to “encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport”)
Transport for London – Consultations
- Consultation on 20 mph on red routes in central London. Closes 10 July.
- Five safer junction consultations, all close 25 July:
- Closed 21 June: Hackney to Isle of Dogs cycleway.
- Closed 16 June: west London cycleway, from Holland Park through Shephards Bush and Wood Lane. Now opposed by RBKC.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information Requests
- Roger Stocker has asked for the minutes of the Healthy Streets Portfolio Board meetings –answer due by 24 June.
- 23 May – info about number of Santander hire bike stations , now 785 but no new ones are planned.
- 29 May – types of road traffic surveys and related data for roads in Wandsworth.
- 31 May – out of station interchange (OSI) numbers for transfers between Underground stations.
- 31 May – info about London’s bus lanes – CSV file has narrative info about each, but no OS/GPS location data.
- 4 June – post-consultation concept designs for Cycleway CS9
- 13 June – TfL’s quietway funding for each London borough for 2019/20 (as at 25 May). I see £350,000 is going to Kensington & Chelsea for dabs of paint. Wandsworth BC has £60k for the works on Roe’ High Street and Danebury Avenue (so nothing to finish QW4 and QW5) , Richmond Council gets c£260k for what looks like Richmond Park to the Thames, and Merton to finish its ends of the New Malden to Raynes Park greenway. Nothing for Merton & Sutton to progress the Colliers Wood – Morden – St. Helier proposal.
- Transport Ctte 11 June:
- substantive paper proposing pilots of school streets at five primary schools and highways investigations at three others, including Burntwood Lane.
- The KPIs paper says that “TfL has cancelled the quietways programme” and that the Wandsworth to Teddington quietway QW21 “does not fall in the cycleways programme”. Only other cycling-related note is about the contraflows, saying that the residents of Twilley & Furmage are petitioning against the (very poorly implemented) contraflow.
- The petitions paper says the request for a bikehanger in Fernside Road was rejected as it didn’t have signatures from 51% of residents (that’s a high bar to achieve!).
- Unless the agenda is updated, this means the committee again makes no decision about finishing quietways Q4 and Q5, Priory Lane (results of the 2018 consultation), nor on-street bikehangers.
- Communities & Open Spaces 27 June: petition about trees on Garratt Lane. The council will plant more trees. I don’t think the petition was signed by 51% of the residents.
- 24 June, announces that a cycle contraflow will be re-installed in Twilley & Furmage Streets, giving another route between Garratt Lane and Kimber Road. This will be an experimental trial for six months. It was poorly installed in July 2018, with mispositioned road markings which were reported as dangerous. Overall, the contraflow comes five-and-half years after it was first proposed (blogpost) using TfL LIP funds.
- City Mngt Ctte 12 June: the transport report notes that 13 of the 19 bike hangers which went to consultation earlier this year will be installed, and other sites (will? may?) found for remaining six. Also, quietway routes continue to be under review as part of “rationalising the forward capital programme”. This phrasing is odd, as cycling quietway schemes are funded by TfL.
Centre for London
Uber’s traffic speed data
- Playable map, that gives average speeds, and lets you pick times of day/ days of week for spans of up to 3 months.
City of London
- 2 May, Policy & Resources Ctte: has the City’s final version of its Transport Strategy for approval, following consultation over the winter. Consultation reports went to Planning & Transport Ctte on 30 April.
- 17 May, Local Plans, Projects Sub-Ctte: focusses on the draft Local Plan and the feedback from recent consultation. Transport themes are similar to the Transport Strategy above.
- Commons Ctte 17 May– has more papers on designating Coulsdon, Nappy Valley and other south London commons as National Nature Reserves (item 10). (Also – way beyond my parish – item 16 is recommending a new “Pegasus crossing” within Epping Forest. You don’t see many of those!).
- 24 May, Planning & Transport Ctte: main item is a presentation by TfL about Ludgate Circus and vision zero. No papers attached, tho. There’s also a really nerdy paper about the maintenance costs and replacement of the St. Paul’s Inclinometer/funicular thing by the Millennium Bridge.
- 28 May, Streets Sub-Ctte: main topic is the City’s updated sports and physical activity strategy (thru to 2023), which pleasingly has more emphasis on physical activity for people with any ability, rather than just sport.
- 2 May, Streets Scrutiny Ctte: after the usual arguments about new and amended parking zones, item 10 is a proposal to introduce 8 additional school streets – ctte paper plus appendix. The proposal must have been approved, as the traffic order was issued on 23 May.
Crown Estates Paving Commission
- CEPC is responsible for the gates around Regents Park. Paul Gannon submitted an FOI request in February 2018 seeking all papers relating to the cycle route CS11. The Commissioners (mainly residents) appear to have been consistently – if politely – opposed to the scheme.
Department for Transport
- 14 May, DfT published a set of reports with 2018 traffic estimates. Main report (pdf) and cycling report (pdf).
- Report via tweet from a local councillor that HE have deferred a decision on its proposed A23 Hooley road widening project until July. After a consultation last year, HE made very minor tweeks to a very poor scheme in terms of active travel.
- Local Conservatives have started yet another anti-CS9/CW9 petition demanding Hounslow Council reject TfL’s plans. It’s getting quite tedious.
Kensington & Chelsea
- 1 May: New consultation open on plans for a north-south quietway/cycle way from Kensington High Street to Notting Hill (web page, with several PDFs). Not a lot of intervention other than a few speed bumps and bits of shared use pavement. The consultation survey closes 12 June 4 days before TfL’s west London cycleway consultation.
- 1 May, Leadership Team – interesting paper about CCTV enforcement of traffic offences, explaining the legal framework and the offences (mainly road signs) which can be enforced under civil powers. Focus is outside schools – 33 have complained about driver behaviour.
- 7 May, Public Realm Ctte, transport report includes:
- update on a 10 April workshop for the “Revitalising Kensington High Street” project – which has its own website. The webpage includes proposals for two parklets, but “Parklets normally take a parking space but we are proposing to put them on the pavement“. Same old RBKC – mustn’t upset motorists.
- Proposal for another quietway, going north from Kensington High Street. Details should be available from 1st May – see bullets above.
- The Healthy City Living Report has a piece on kids walking to school, which includes an informal hands-up survey with mode-share for school journeys.
- Scheduled decision with results of the proposed Pembridge Square to Meanwhile Gardens Cycleway “not before 5 June”.
- Scheduled decision on safety changes to Exhibition Road – not before 21 May, updated “not before 18 June” so now deferred from May, April and March … But in related news, the Department for Transport has (2nd May) authorised a non-standard traffic sign so that RBKC can denote parking spaces on Exhibition Road with metal studs on the carriageway. Why not just use paint?
- 15 May, Transport Ctte, focusses on tram and bus safety with interviewees from TfL.
- 16 May, Mayor’s Questions: listed Qs, most will get written answers. Qs about ASL enforcement, Hammersmith Bridge (lots), Camden-Tot’ham cycle route, ped crossing waiting times, active travel metrics (or not, they’re dropped), diversion of roads police to other duties, costs of the Rotherhithe – Isle of Dogs crossing, September’s clean air day, Swiss Cottage gyratory, request for improved CS1, … and a lot of virtue signalling about topics that the Mayor has no responsibility for.
- 21 May, GLA Budget and Performance Ctte, asks TfL about capital projects delivery. Will it ask about more than Crossrail?
- 22 May, Environment Ctte, kicks off a study looking at green spaces across London.
- 16 April: request for granular STATS19-like data for incidents involving cycle couriers.
- 16 April: answer (or rather not) regarding tickets to pavement-cyclists who are disabled. Met can’t answer question without manually checking each ticket’s record, but the answer does say 258 tickets were issued in 2018 across London for pavement cycling.
- 20 May: Enviro & Other Stuff Ctte, has one item – a very high level paper on how it might spend carbon offset levies, without stating much at all.
- Consultation about dockless bikes, closes 7 June.
- 20 March: decision “to encourage e-bike use” following committee papers earlier this year.
- 20 March: Local Implementation Plan (LIP) settlement with TfL for transport funding thru to 2022. Includes £800k for Beddington Lane, which leads to …
- 21 March: Decision/ Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire small parcels of land in Beddington Lane, to support the Beddington scheme.
- Wandle & Other Places Ctte, 2 May: the recommendations paper mentions tweaks to the cycle lane at Budge Lane (by the Goat Lane/ Middleton Road bridge over the River Wandle), but says the proposed redesign was consulted during Feb/March 2019 (seems it was by letter to local residents only). Local crew found the drawings – which show the new cycle & ped path will give way to motorists crossing the bridge – minor opportunity wasted.
Transport for London
- 1 May: consultation opens on new cycle route in West London east-west across RBKC and LBHF from Bayswater towards Old Oak Common. Lots of good bits. Closes 15 June.
- 2 May: report following consultation to changes to the A205 South Circular junction at Dulwich Common and Lordship Lane. While most respondees were supportive, the issues-raised report suggests that the design will be changed to reflect feedback regarding poor, proposed ped crossings.
- 9 May: consultation opens on (most of the) Hackney to (not quite) Isle of Dogs cycleway. Closes 21 June.
- 15 May, Programmes & Investment Ctte, with single pdf file with all papers. Main topic is contractual framework for ULEZ zone cameras/ enforcement from 2021.
- 22 May, TfL Board, everything is in a 7mb pdf file.
- Commissioner’s report refers to 120km of “constructed” quietway-type routes (although we know from earlier this year that constructed does not mean completed). Lots of works-in-progress updates.
- TfL’s budget/ops report states that TfL underspent the cycling infrastructure budget by £14m in 2018/19, reportedly due to CS11 and Oxford Street challenges. Cycling volumes in central London in 2018 were up by 13.5% over 2017.
- Mayor’s Transport Strategy (MTS) scorecard has the usual Soviet-style statistics about junctions improved, crossing built, km-cycleways constructed.
- TfL’s webpage with lots of environmental reports such as air quality data.
Transport for London – Freedom of Information Requests
- 18 April – £11.6m has been spent to date on the Rotherhithe – Canary Wharf crossing, but a consultant’s environmental report won’t be available until the summer. Similar request answered in March’19 with more granular expenditure.
- London’s Vision Zero campaign team report that HMG Judiciary has recently published TfL’s response to the coroner’s report after the death of Lucia Ciccioli, who died cycling along Lavender Hill on 24 October 2016 at the junction outside the police station/ magistrates court. (Links to coroner’s file with original “report to prevent future deaths”).
- 24 May – Conservative administration has reshuffled Wandsworth’s Executive. Cllr Paul Ellis takes over strategic planning and transport. (Jon Cook is now deputy leader).