Local urban growth, biking in outer boroughs, removing one-way systems, permeability and direct journeys

Local urban growth

We support the long-term goal of developing local centres, rather than concentrating on expanding central London, with the intention that economic activity becomes spread over a wider area.

This reduces congestion as it allows more people to make shorter trips for work, leisure and shopping.

This approach increases the quality of local neighbourhoods, making them more attractive, as well as pedestrian and bike-friendly.

The aim is more vibrant local economies, including more local jobs, and improved community cohesion and more sustainable transport.

Biking in outer boroughs

'Biking boroughs' is a term for a mayoral funding programme whereby outer London boroughs bid for central money to improve cycling in their areas.

The impetus behind this is the recognition that cycling in outer boroughs has huge potential for growth, not least because current levels are astonishingly low, frequently less than 2% of journeys in some areas.

The Biking boroughs programme is important in areas where more short trips are undertaken by car than in inner London, trips that could easily be cycled.

Progress on Biking Boroughs has so far been slow, and the pot of money small, spread very thinly. We will campaign strongly to expand this programme in importance and impact.

Removing one-way systems

One-way systems, or gyratories, are dinosaurs of urban planning. Huge lumbering beasts that have wrecked communities by encouraging fast-moving traffic, pumping noise and air pollution into streets where people are supposed to feel comfortable walking and cycling.

Motorway-style junctions and multi-lane one-way systems have no place in areas where we live, shop and work.

Some transport planners have come around to this way of thinking, but progress is slow, and many schemes that replace one-way systems are still thoroughly car-centric.  Planning methods which prioritise motor vehicle capacity are not fit for purpose in urban areas. There is a need to reduce capacity in order to encourage cycling and walking as quickest, moste efficent and sustainable ways of moving people around the city.

Permeability and direct journeys

As well as creating multiple lanes of fast-moving traffic, one-way systems block direct routes for cyclists.

An essential catalyst for promoting cycling is the complete opposite, making journeys by bike advantageous over those by car.

We support ‘filtered permeability’ in local areas by means of installing ‘modal filters’, points that cyclists and pedestrians can pass, but not people in cars.

People’s fear of road danger starts on their doorsteps, and we want people to be able to feel safe in their own areas.

We support also support returning all roundabouts to proper crossroads, and local one-way systems to two-way, or at the least to have cycle contraflows.