Mayor Sadiq Khan reaffirms commitment to Sign for Cycling

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The Mayor has today reaffirmed in a Press Release, his commitment to make cycling safer and easier for every Londoner as he begins scrutinising major plans for new cycle superhighways and the transformation of key junctions in the heart of the capital.

The press release states: "The Mayor signed the LCC Sign for Cycling campaign before the election, setting out his intention to triple the current superhighway provision, with a focus on segregated lanes, promoting safer, cleaner lorries, and ensuring boroughs can enjoy the benefits of improved cycling provision by offering Mini-Holland style schemes."

Sadiq Khan vowed to learn from previous schemes when he runs the rule over the results of major public consultations on three new cycle superhighways and the transformation of two key junctions in the heart of the capital.  He said he is committed to learning from previous schemes and improving the consultation process as he creates schemes that benefit pedestrian safety and improve public space, as well as protecting and encouraging cyclists.

Simon Munk, Infrastructure Campaigner at LCC said:

“We’re looking forward to supporting our new Mayor Sadiq Khan in making London a byword for cycling. And we’ll obviously be holding him to account on his #signforcycling pledges and commitment to increase spending on cycling. We’re also looking forward to working with him on his review of current consulted schemes and ensuring they’re the best options to the highest quality possible.”

According to the Mayor's press relase the first completed consultations that the he will be considering are:

  • North South Superhighway Phase 2 – a 1.5 mile extension from Stonecutter Street to Kings Cross that would complete a continuous cycle route from Elephant and Castle to Kings Cross
  • East West Superhighway Phase 2 – a 4.5 mile extension from Paddington to Acton, via the Westway, that would create a continuous segregated cycle route from Barking to Acton, through the heart of central London
  • CS11 - From Swiss Cottage to West End (Portland Place) - a 2.5 mile route from Swiss Cottage to Portland Place, providing a continuous, safe route through Regents Park to the West End
  • Hammersmith gyratory better junction – creating a safer and more direct cycle route through Hammersmith town centre
  • Highbury Corner better junction – removing the one-way system to create a more pleasant and accessible area for all users, with improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“I want to make London a byword for cycling by making it an easier and safer choice for more Londoners.  Although a great deal of progress has been made, we need to increase the pace of change and make cycling to work the obvious, affordable and safe choice for thousands more Londoners. 

“Getting more people cycling in London is going to be central to achieving a greener, more modern and more affordable transport network.  I’ve got an inbox full of cycling schemes to consider and I am determined to learn the lessons from previous projects as I increase TfL’s spend on cycling safety, triple the current superhighway provision, roll out new town-centre cycling improvement plans, and promote safer, cleaner lorries.”

On the 10th May, LCC sent Sadiq Khan this Open Letter. We urged him to proceed straight away towards meeting our three-point Sign for Cycling agenda by tripling the length of protected space for cycling by ensuring there is no slowdown in TfL’s Cycle Superhighway programme. 

We also called on him to make an immediate start on his promise to create a framework for every borough to access funding for  ‘Mini-Holland’ style schemes, delivering investment in cycling and walking to town centres, high streets or other areas of economic-social activity.

Thirdly, we asked that he commission work immediately to fulfil his promise on “Direct Vision” lorries – i.e. making them the norm on London’s streets. 

LCC will be holding Sadiq Khan to account for his Sign for Cycling committments and will look forward to working with him to make cycling in London safe and enjoyable.