"A City For All Londoners" lays out Mayor's vision
- By SimonM on at 2:01pm 30 November 2016
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: london assembly, mayor, gla, London Plan
Our full response will be published soon. In the meantime below are the headlines of what we will be sending to the Mayor, and we encourage you to adopt some or all of them in your own responses.
- #signforcycling The Mayor must honour all of his #signforcycling pledges - tripling Cycle Superhighway mileage of protected space, finishing the Better Junctions programme, providing mini-Holland funding for every London borough and bringing in Direct Vision lorries as standard (the latter already underway). These will enable a far wider range of Londoners than ever before to cycle when and where they want to.
- Road space reallocation We welcome the commitment to tackle "hard choices" on road space allocation - but note that the current prioritisation within TfL of both bus schemes and "network assurance" ensures those choices don't favour cycling and walking at present. Only 3% of TfL's core network features tracks. The proportion of cycle tracks across London's road network as a whole is vanishingly tiny.
- Commitments We welcome the: ambition for London to be zero carbon by 2050; commitment to “Healthy Streets”; commitment to reduce car “dependency"; plans for new walking/cycling and DLR river crossings; commitment to tackle air pollution and inequality of pollution; Toxicity Charge and extended ULEZ (the latter should cover all of London); commitment to Central London Cycling Grid, Quietways and Cycle Superhighways; commitment to "Vision Zero" approach on road danger reduction, including 20mph and safer lorries.
- A high-quality cycle network Flagship schemes such as the proposed Canary Wharf - Rotherhithe bridge or removal of motor traffic from Oxford Street are welcome, but they need to form part of a planned network of cycling and walking routes. And that network means developing a set of tools to ensure consistency of approach, getting all boroughs to improve their elements and truly embrace cycling and walking and setting a quality bar for funding.
- Mini-Hollands Town centres, large developments and "inclusive neighbourhoods" etc. should be designed along the Dutch model of creating safe routes for cycling and walking to transport interchanges and amenities within suitable radii to facilitate "mixed mode" journeys. They should also be designed to reduce traffic on residential streets, to create quieter neighbourhoods to maximise community benefits and cycling and walking. Motor vehicle traffic across London should be routed primarily through high capacity distributor roads for longer journeys, for shorter journeys the priority should be cycling, walking and public transport.
- Healthy London "Local Air Quality Management" plans should be linked to Healthy Streets and the Mayor should use all his powers (as Chair of the London Health Watch Board etc.) to bring the "Healthy Streets" initiative and promotion of cycling and walking to all health providers, boroughs and other stakeholders in London.
- Cycle parking The London Plan should promote higher, and user-friendly, cycle parking standards at all developments - taking into account residents, visitors to residents and visitors to amenities, shops etc. also. And also promote the reduction of motor vehicle parking provision to provide space for housing, cycling, walking and public transport wherever possible.
- Enforcement Making the "criminal justice system work for Londoners” should include focus on road traffic justice to tackle the barriers aggressive driving puts up to more people cycling and walking.
- Traffic reduction The Mayor should not only seek to reduce private motor vehicle traffic, but also private hire/taxi motor vehicle traffic, construction and delivery traffic across London using mechanisms such as consolidation and delivery to specfic locations (such as local shops). To avoid inducing more motor vehicle journey demand, new river crossings should be for "active travel" modes, not motor vehicles. The Silvertown Tunnel as currently proposed risks inducing huge amounts of motor vehicle traffic into east London particularly. And the Mayor should investigate other forms of "smart" congestion charging to further reduce car usage and induce modal shift.
- End Lorry Danger The Mayor must press ahead with plans to ensure that operators replace lorries with poor driver vision with the latest designs that all-but eliminate so called 'blind spots.' Lorries that are Zero Rated for direct vision by TfL must, as the Mayor has proposed, be taken off London roads as soon as possible.
- Cycle theft High levels of cycle theft continue to undermine growth in cycle use. The Mayor must set targets to reduce levels of cycle theft and ensure the Police Cycle Task Force cracks down on both organised cycle theft and internet sales of stolen cycles. Information for cycle users on security techniques and security marking must be more readily available also.