One-way systems create unnecessary danger to pedestrians and cyclists

Campaign

Unwind

Target

Replace London's 10 worst one-way systems with cycle-friendly junctions within the next mayoralty

Problem

One-way systems, or gyratories as they're also called, were the brainchild of 1960s and 1970s urban planners.

They're designed to transport large volumes of motor traffic around urban areas at the greatest possible speed, but with no regard for the impact these road systems have on people on foot or on bikes.

These road systems are noisy, polluted and unpleasant places to cycle or walk, whether you live, work, study or shop near one.

They've created a vicious circle where people feel compelled to drive because low impact modes of transport such as cycling and walking are perceived to be too dangerous, unpleasant or just plain old-fashioned.

The end result is that gyratories - and bad junctions in general - are one of the main reasons people feel it's too dangerous to cycle.

Solution

Returning one-way systems to two-way has a beneficial effect on communities, not least by reducing the road danger caused by multiple lanes of fast-moving motor vehicles.

Making local journeys shorter and safer immediately attracts new people to cycling on these routes, helping reunite neighbourhoods divided by fast-moving traffic.

Higher levels of cycling on key routes will not only reduce road danger but give higher visibility to cycling and hence promote it more widely among the public.

Safe passage through what are now gyratories is critical in encouraging less experienced cyclists, including children and their parents, to ride more often.

Unwinding London's worst gyratories will make it easier for people to cycle and inspire city planners to think about how to re-engineer London around the needs of its communities, not just to shift vehicles around at high speed.

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