Support the bold City of London Transport Strategy

Please take just five minutes to support the City of London’s draft Transport Strategy, out now for public consultation. 

It’s a major win for cycling, and you can read it in full here

This is a visionary strategy that clearly prioritises walking, cycling and public transport until 2044, to both keep the City moving and also keep it globally competitive, as cities strive to attract the best talent by increasing the quality of urban spaces. 

Support the strategy:

Unsurprisingly, this strategy is encountering opposition to its proposals to significantly reduce motor traffic in the square mile from organisations like "Unblock the Embankment". So please do show your support for it.

  1. Go here: www.citystreets.london and click "get started"
  2. Browse proposals - just the key ones or by topic, clicking cycling and any other topics you want (we suggest stuff like "traffic reduction", "walking" etc.) and indicate you support the proposals with the buttons. Make sure you support all the key topics and all the cycling topics please, as a minimum!

Ideally add in comments in your own words - below you can find our potted highlights of the strategy and some suggested issues to raise.

Issues to raise:

  • The strategy only proposes to double cycling levels in the City by 2044, whereas the Mayor reckons we'll see far more growth in cycling across London by then - so the target should be higher, particularly given how bold the strategy is.
  • Cycle access should be maintained as much as possible - and pedestrian-only streets and rows of pedestrian priority traffic lights should be carefully planned so as to not overly disrupt those cycling, including those who can't easily dismount etc.
  • Ensuring all cycle tracks and low-traffic streets are high-quality will enable a wider range of people to cycle for a wider range of reasons.

The key highlights:

The image above is the proposed core cycle network that, when complete, will be either on streets with less than 150 motor vehicle movements in its peak hour (which is broadly in line with LCC’s policy on motor traffic volumes of less than 2,000 Passenger Car equivalent Units or PCUs daily), or with 2 metre wide protected cycle tracks (with a minimum “effective width” of 1.5m) per direction of travel.

Nearly every door in the City will be within 250m of the core network. The other streets in the City, i.e. those not on the core cycle network will by 2040 (one year before the key targets in the current Mayor’s Transport Strategy) have fewer than 150 motor vehicles per hour.

Half of all streets – the side streets mostly, not the core cycling network – will be “pedestrian priority” – these will limit access to motor vehicles, likely removing through vehicle access. Any cycle bans will be on a case by case basis, where pedestrian footfall is expected to be huge, and widths are too narrow.

By 2024, the entire City will be subject to a 15mph speed limit. And motor traffic is expected to be reduced 25% by 2030 and 50% by 2044. Motorised freight traffic will be cut by 30% by 2044, and likely facing peak-time bans – it’ll be replaced by consolidation centres and last mile walking and cycling deliveries.

The City also proposes extensive safety measures, including a hit list of its worst junctions to achieve “Vision Zero” – no fatalities or serious injuries on its roads – by 2040.

The City also intends to push government and the Mayor of London on commitments for issues beyond its control. It offers support for British Cycling’s “Turning the Corner” campaign for national legislation to require all traffic to “give way at turn” on our roads. This would vastly simplify the design of most junctions to be better for walking and cycling.

Regarding the Mayor, the City expects commitments in the next election manifesto for both a central London Zero Emissions Zone and smart road-user pricing as a successor to the congestion charge. If the Mayor doesn’t deliver in the next term, the City is going to implement both without him.