London Cycling Campaign encourages all Londoners to comment on Westminster Council's inadequate cycling strategy

We're urging our supporters to respond to Westminster Council's consultation on its Cycling Strategy before the deadline on Monday 20 January.

At present, the strategy fails to provide a blueprint for improving the borough's inadequate cycling provision, so it's vital you respond calling for the council to prioritise cycling.

This strategy could shape the council's decisions on cycling provision for the next decade, affecting the journeys of hundreds of thousands of Londoners who cycle in the borough.

Below are our comments, and we urge you to respond to either the cycling@westminster.gov.uk email address or fill in the short Westminster Council survey (takes <5 mins).

You can read the comments from our local Westminster Cycling Campaign group here, and from Dr Rachel Aldred, chair of the LCC Policy Forum, here:

Responding to the consultation

- Westminster Council needs to start recognising that cycling is a solution to congested streets, not as part of the problem. Its policy to prioritise of private motor traffic when nearly two-thirds of its borough households don't own a car makes no sense, and stifles latent demand for cyciing.

- It's vital Westminster focuses on getting its core cycling network right, which means providing protected space on main roads and at major junctions, and removing through motor traffic and reducing traffic speeds on smaller roads.

- There must be a commitment to the borough's cycling provision meeting Transport for London's 2014 London Cycling Design Standards, defined in terms of coherence, directness, comfort, safety, attractiveness and adaptability.

- Westminster Council needs to move away from its policy of putting 'cycling last', and an attitude that cycling is something to facilitate only "where feasible". It must recognise there are solutions for all types of street, and that claiming central London is too "narrow" or "medieval" for good cycling provision isn't at all convincing when evidence from similar cities like Amsterdam shows that high-quality cycling provision is possible, even where space is limited.

- The delivery of 'quick wins' needs to be accelerated, such as making the many one-way streets in Westminster two-way for cycling. 

- Westminster Council should define how it will measure the extent to which it becomes a "national leader" in cycling provision and reach a target of 7% cycing journeys, as proposed in its cycling strategy.

Replies

We need to encourage cycling in Westminster and all of London.  We are the answer to the problem of congestion.  We need to be able to cycle on pavements responsibly if we feel it is unsafe to cycle on the road, without being criminalised.  We need 2 way access down 1 way streets and we need more places where we can securely lock up our bicycles,

Regards

Tony Ash

42 Tylney Road,

Forest Gate,

London.

E7 0LR

Agreed cycling is good BUT not on the pavements - how about getting the speed limit dropped to 20 mph, it's an easy win. People walking or crossing have more time, drivers know that they can't go faster, so less pressure and more time to react and cyclists travel at the same speed as the cars - win win for every one.

Regards

Friedel Schroder

at Bugbugs Media Ltd - a rickshaw company for London

  • By radii8 at 6:52pm 19 January 2014

It's not just congestion that is a problem. Westminster has a massive problem with air pollution.  And noise pollution.  Obesity is a national problem.  Cycling addresses all of these.  As a westminster resident I would say the worst of these is air pollution which is getting worse year on year and instesad of spending lots of money sticking particulate matter to the pavement on the Marylebone Road, Boris and Westminster need to consider how to reduce the traffic burden in the first place so the ONLY vehicles making regular journeys through side streets are delivering goods and emergency vehicles with full access.  Motor parking should be underground and not on the street.

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