Is your London borough planning to spend enough money on cycling?
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 12:00am 28 January 2011
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: LIPs, transport for london
photo Decisions on whether to spend money on cycle training is now devolved to your local council
Now's the time for London cyclists to tell their borough if they think not enough of their taxes are being allocated to cycling.
Borough spending intentions for the next 3-4 years are set out in Local Implementation Plans (LIPs).
Most London councils have now published these on their websites, so you can look at them and demand spending on cycling.
The LIP is a strategic document that sets out how your local authority will help deliver the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.
It should include measures to increase cycling, to make your streets safer, and to improve cycle parking.
LCC local groups repond
Every LCC local group is already working on a response, but most boroughs have a public consultation as well, which means you can add weight to our calls for more cycle spending.
Details of where to find your local LIP and your local LCC group contacts are on LCC's LIP list.
Write to your councillor (via Write To Them) and ask for:
- Commitments to reduce speed and volume of motor vehicles (eg, 20mph default speed limit or 20mph zones)
- Cycle parking (residential, workplace and leisure) over and above London Plan guidelines and enforce a solid planning procedure to make ensure it's implemented
- Public realm improvements including money dedicated to improving cycle facilities
- Money for child and adult cycle training up to at least Bikeability Level 2
- Inclusion of permeability measures: eg, two-way streets for cyclists, cycle filters, home zones
- Membership of the best-practice organisation for lorry operators, the Freight Operators' Recognition Scheme (FORS) and the provision of on-road cycle training for lorry drivers (Find out more). The LIP list tells you if your council is a member of FORS.
Three ways to make your views known:
1. Quick and easy
Contact your local LCC group: they'll be very grateful for any input you can give, and will have an efficient way of sharing work between volunteers.
2. Do it yourself right now
Download the LIP for your borough, search for terms such as 'cycling', 'cycle training', 'sustainable transport'. Also skim the document to spot the absence of these.
Use LCC’s 'Rough Guide to LIPs' to prepare a response yourself or to feed into the response from your local LCC group.
3. Go the whole hog
Study the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, your local LIP and LCC’s 'Rough Guide to LIPs' to prepare an in-depth response to your local authority. Make sure you also present your thoughts to your local LCC group.