Reallocation of Road Space

Most London roads cater primarily for private motor traffic, with buses and cycles made to take second place. Pedestrians are squeezed onto narrow, cluttered pavements so as to leave more room for motor traffic. Road space can be reallocated following the principle of a hierarchy of road-users: priority to pedestrians, buses and cyclists over private motor traffic. The aim is to make journeys for high priority transport modes as quick, convenient and safe as possible. Low priority modes may find their journeys correspondingly slower and less convenient.

Road space reallocation can take many forms, and we are gradually seeing more and more evidence of it in London. Cyclists have benefited from cycle lanes, segregated cycle tracks and advance stop lines at junctions.

Such measures help make the alternatives to driving more attractive. And as more people choose alternatives to driving, a virtuous circle is created in which the alternatives to driving become even more attractive.