About the Policy Forum's projects

We have a number of different projects at various stages. We'll be putting up information about these from time to time, including how to contribute to projects. If you have an interest or expertise in a particular topic, do contact us - we welcome input.

Love London Go Dutch Matrix - a matrix we developed to assist assessment of schemes against the Love London Go Dutch principles - find out more here. The matrix influenced the new Cycling Level of Service (CLOS) and Junction Assessment Tools included in TfL's recently published London Cycling Design Standards. LCC is pushing for wider use of CLOS to assess existing streets and proposed schemes, including holding training sessions. One is upcoming on 19th October 2015, while a presentation on CLOS given by Brian Deegan to LCC activists in Summer 2015 can be downloaded here (pdf). You can download a blank CLOS sheet (Excel file) here.

When cyclists need protected space - outlining the 'trigger points' at which motor vehicle speeds and volumes make protected space for cycling necessary. Rachel led on this project and following several rounds of discussion and editing, you can now view the policy guidance note here. A related motion was passed at the 2013 AGM supporting the policy: in sum -

  • No-one should be expected to cycle among motor traffic travelling above 20mph;
  • No-one should have to cycle in motor traffic volumes above 2000 passenger car units (PCUs) per day.

One-Way Systems - after several rounds of discussion the Forum agreed to issue a guidance note, which represents our general view that one-way working for motor traffic should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis depending primarily on the outcomes for cycling: we do not in principle always support or always oppose one-way working for motors. We would expect that gyratory removal would involve the provision of protected space for cycling, and in principle one-way working for motors could be supported if it creates space for cycling. Read the guidance note here.

Buses and Bikes - our attempt to outline how the 'protected space' policy applies to buses, and what we think about sharing with buses and potential conflicts with them. This policy was discussed at March and June 2014 meetings, and by email between January and June 2014. A final version is now available here and a related motion was passed at the 2014 AGM confirming that where the core cycle network coincides with a bus route, usually the 'protected space' test will mean we need to separate bicycles from buses, at route level or at street level.

Campaign themes - the Forum held a dedicated seminar on priority themes for LCC's space4cycling campaigning in the 2014 elections and worked up the six campaign asks. These were as follows, with links leading to the drafts that the Forum produced for discussion in workshops at October's LCC AGM -

  1. Safe Routes to Schools
  2. Quiet Zones
  3. Dedicated Space on Main Roads
  4. Greenways
  5. 20mph speed limits
  6. Liveable high streets

Inclusive Cycling - developing LCC's policy on all ability cycling. Brenda and Kevin are leading on this project which has also fed into the LCDS. We have held two workshops on this theme and continue to work in this area in alliance with Wheels for Wellbeing. We produced a guidance note on inclusive policy for LCC to encourage the organisation to explicitly support inclusive cycling in all responses to consultations and other work.

Other projects we have started include work on transport modelling, with our January 2014 seminar on cycling and transport modelling, and the enforcement of motor vehicle offences.