Show your support for London Assembly motion to keep Blackfriars 20mph
- By London Cycling Campaign on at 09:40pm 26 May 2011
- Posted in: Blog, City of London, Southwark
- Tagged with: blackfriars, london assembly, bridges, 20mph
- Boroughs: City of London, Southwark
Add to our photo petition:
"Boris, give us the freedom to walk or ride: Blackfriars must stay 20mph"
Campaign Update June 24
There was outrage amongst London cyclists and many politicians that the motion to the London Assembly that we asked you all to support was never debated. The Conservative members of the Assembly walked out before the vote was taken.
The Tory walk out is a regular protest tactic, not aimed against cyclists but against the way other parties are taking control of the Assembly committees. On this occasion the tactic backfired, leaving several Tory members embarrassed and expressing support for a re-think of priorities on the Mayor's streets.
Now you can add your photo message to the photo petition asking the Mayor to re-consider keeping the 20mph limit and make streets for people not motor traffic.
The motion not voted upon says...
"This Assembly regrets the Mayor's failure to retain the temporary 20mph speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge in the permanent new scheme for the bridge.
We note the recommendation for a 20 mph speed limit on four London bridges in a 2008 Transport for London report, and the recent decision of the Corporation of London to ask officers to bring forward plans for the whole of the City of London to become a 20mph zone, including TfL roads.
We ask the Mayor to reconsider his rejection of a 20mph limit on Blackfriars Bridge, in the interests of the safety of all its users."
London Assembly members from Labour, the Liberal-Democrats and the Greens say they'll support the motion, and we've yet to hear the Conservative position on the matter.
Even without Conservative support, the motion could easily be passed, 14 votes to 11, if all assembly members vote as predicted.
The mayor is under no obligation to follow to the motion, even if it is passed, but there would be pressure on him to do so.
The motion follows formal objections from us, as well as hundreds of emails from cyclists prompted to complain to Transport for London by ourselves and bloggers such as Cyclists in the City and iBikeLondon.
A 'flashride' organised last Friday (20 May) encouraged several hundreds cyclists to stage a slow-ride across the bridge during the morning rush hour.
Cyclists are objecting to the series of flawed designs for the northern junction of the bridge and to the plan to raise the speed limit from 20mph to 30mph.
The current speed limit was introduced during roadworks, and Transport for London has proposed scrapping it for a series of highly unconvincing technical reasons [LINK].
You can add weight to those of us calling for the 20mph speed limit to be retained by emaling your Assembly member before the vote, and expressing.
Please sign below to show your support for the motion
We, the undersigned, support the motion in the London Assembly asking the Mayor to reconsider his rejection of a 20 mph limit on Blackfriars Bridge, in the interest of the safety of all road users.
You can also write to your Assembly Member directly asking them to support the motion.