London Assembly tells Mayor to beef up cycle track design, delivery

The London Assembly’s comprehensive report on cycling tells the Mayor to make the London Cycle Design Standards a required part of the planning process in the capital. It also wants him to publish timetables for infrastructure delivery. The report was released following an inquiry that heard evidence from a range of bodies including LCC.

The existing London Cycle Design Standards (published in 2014) should become part of formal Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for the capital says the Assembly. This would give greater weight to the standards as boroughs would have to take them into account in creating their local plans and developers would have to acknowledge the official advice in their planning applications which would then be assessed by boroughs in the light of the SPG guidance.

The Assembly report also tells the Mayor to publish a timeline for the six new cycling routes announced in January 2018, produce a cycle parking plan, and question Network Rail on its lack of progress with cycle parking.

The full list of recommendations is:

  1. TfL should publish a timeline for the six new cycling routes announced by the Mayor in January 2018, setting out key design, consultation and construction milestones. We also ask TfL to set a date by which the detailed schedule for delivery of the 19 remaining routes will be published.
  2. The Mayor should change the name of Cycle Superhighways to something more inclusive. He should consider running a public engagement process to allow Londoners to choose a new name.
  3. The Mayor should develop Supplementary Planning Guidance for cycling following the publication of the final version of the new London Plan. This would turn the London Cycling Design Standards into formal guidance, so the Mayor can more effectively ensure that minimum standards are followed by boroughs and developers. This should include specific minimum requirements set for new cycle parking to ensure it is safe, secure and appropriately located. Liveable Neighbourhoods
  4. TfL should develop a framework to monitor and evaluate the Liveable Neighbourhoods programme, as well as encourage boroughs to collect and share data and establish a mechanism to allow boroughs to put forward Liveable Neighbourhoods plans on an ongoing basis.
  5. TfL should produce a cycle parking plan, setting out clear steps towards meeting the obvious demand that is currently not being met. TfL needs to set out how the demand for cycle parking will be met, which partners will play a role, and how this infrastructure will be funded. Train stations
  6. The Office of Rail and Road, as part of its periodic review (PR18) of Network Rail’s CP6 plans, should consider the need for more cycle parking at train stations and asks Network Rail to address this shortcoming in its business plan. Dockless bike hire services
  7. The Mayor’s Supplementary Planning Guidance for cycling should instruct boroughs to require that new developments have parking space for dockless bikes. He should also ask TfL to provide space in appropriate places on the TfL Road Network. We also urge the Mayor to implement our recommendation for a London-wide licensing scheme.