Full response to Mayor's Transport Strategy
- By SimonM on at 10:33am 27 September 2017
- Posted in: News and blogs
- Tagged with: london, tfl, consultation, Sadiq Khan, Mayor's Transport Strategy
If you've got two minutes, please take our easy action to respond to the Mayor's Transport Strategy.
The key points and themes included in our main response are:
- The MTS is a bold document and its principles are worthy of support
- LCC supports the long term switch away from over-dependence on motor vehicles in favour of walking, cycling, public transport and access to vehicle-sharing schemes. We agree that this will keep London moving, reduce air pollution and carbon emissions, improve public health and improve the quality of public spaces.
- Borough buy-in, and indeed mechanisms to ensure boroughs play their full part, is vital to delivery of the MTS
- Dynamic road-pricing will also be vital, soon, to ensure London can continue to shift from motorised to active modes of travel. In the meantime we support pollution charging to incentivise the use of cleaner vehicles and active modes/public transport, and call for its extension London-wide
- Interim targets are needed to ensure subsequent Mayors remain on track to fulfil the long-term ambitions laid out in the strategy
- Included in those interim targets should be the Mayor's pledges as part of our "Sign for Cycling" campaign - notably to triple the mileage of protected space for cycling on main roads by the end of his (first) term
- There should also be specific, ambitious mode targets for cycling
Other major recommendations are:
- There must be a quality bar for funding for cycling schemes
- More clarity should be applied on what cycling infrastructure works - main road tracks, modal filter cells etc.
- The Mayor should support national campaigns to improve junction designs
- Bus lanes are not appropriate cycle infrastructure - but where there are no cycle tracks alongside, motorbikes and taxis in bus lanes further reduce what benefit the lanes bestow for those cycling - and should not be allowed in. Bus priority provision should not come at the expense of cycling provision.
- Cycle parking (including at transport interchanges), cycle theft prevention and police resources for dealing with crime to those cycling must be improved
- Measures to increase cycling to school must be included to encorage active travel by children
- The strategy should encompass freight consolidation, but also specific measures to support electric cycles, cargo cycles and other measures to broaden the use of an appeal of cycling as a transport mode for individuals and goods
- Safety training and systems as well as safer lorry standards should rapidly be spread through the transport industry
- All major projects should align with the strategy - those such as the Silvertown Tunnel that do not, should not move forward
- TfL should establish a cycling best practice centre to ensure boroughs and TfL and others move forward with the best schemes and the best community engagement