London Cycle Network Plus (LCN+)
The LCN+ aims to provide a 900 kilometre network of cycle routes throughout Greater London to be completed by 2009/10. It is funded by Transport for London and managed by the LCN+ Project Team at Camden borough council.
In 2001 LCN+ replaced the earlier London Cycle Network project with the aim to produce a smaller but higher quality network.
The LCN+ includes provision at junctions, measures on main roads, signed routes on back streets, contra-flows in one-way streets, cycle tracks and routes through parks.
The aim is to make it easier and safer to cycle between home and work, to shops, to school or college; to commute, refresh or socialise. It aims to give cyclists priority where possible.
LCC wishes to see many existing facilities improved as well as a speedy completion of the whole network. Its members provide advice to ensure new cycle routes serve cyclists needs; are safe and practical.
The process can be frustratingly slow as LCN+ collaborates with TfL, local authorities and local stakeholders. The significant innovation in the process is the Cycle Route Implementation Stakeholder Plan or CRISP which allows LCC’s local groups to contribute to the design process before, rather than after, the JCBs and tarmac laying machines get going.
Once a route has been identified, a cycle route inspection meeting (CRIM) is organised. Some LCC groups have organised pre-CRIM social rides to check routes out. The CRIM itself is an on-road audit of the proposed route attended by TfL and LCN representatives, the local authority cycling officer or engineer, a consultant, an LCC volunteer and sometimes other stakeholders.
If you would like to help provide input to the LCN+ design process, then click on the link on the right to find out how to get involved with your local LCC group.
In 2005/6 at total of £11.47 million was spent by London Boroughs and Transport for London on LCN+ projects.
The Asset Management Initiative focussed on systematically improving the existing condition of the network spent £1.48 million and surveys were undertaken in a further 18 boroughs. A total of 92 CRISP studies were commissioned and 27 were finalised representing 340km of the network. Cycle infrastructure was introduced on, or conditions for cycling improved, across 29km of network.
Follow the link on the right to visit LCN’s official website.