Take action: take 2 minutes to save “Go Dutch”
- By SimonM on at 4:13pm 9 August 2017
- Posted in: News and blogs, Wandsworth
- Tagged with: tfl, cycle superhighways, mayor of london, Sadiq Khan, Healthy Streets, Walking & Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman
- Boroughs: Wandsworth
Good news: the flood gates have opened, and we’re seeing finally seeing a lot of major cycling and walking schemes coming forward under the Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Bad news: while a couple are excellent, the majority are nowhere near good enough. That needs to stop. Now.
The Mayor wants 70% of Londoners to have access to a high quality cycle route within 400 metres of their homes by 2040. But we’re seeing proposals reminiscent of the start of Boris’s term, where cycling is all but squeezed out of schemes. These kinds of proposals don’t enable large numbers of people to cycle in London, and risk sending the Mayor’s ambition way off target.
To top it all off, they are being badged as “Healthy Streets”. To fit that name, schemes need to improve conditions for cycling and walking. But we are seeing schemes that still prioritise motor traffic, proudly talking about their “Healthy Streets” credentials. What message does this send from Sadiq, his Walking & Cycling Commissioner Will Norman and TfL to the rest of London?
We think it means anti-cycling boroughs will think any old rubbish they want to bring forward will get funding; that putting some ASLs and a bus lane in will mean the scheme ticks the boxes for cycling. It’s not good enough – and we need all of your voices to tell them that, loudly.
We need to draw a line in the sand. We need to stand up and say no to schemes that lower the bar, that do nothing to make London better for cycling while claiming to be a Healthy Street. We need to send a message to City Hall and TfL that they need to stand by the words and ambitions in the new Mayor’s Transport Strategy and stop doing things the old way.
If we tolerate schemes like these, far worse will be coming to your borough next.
So what is the problem with Nine Elms?
The Nine Elms and Battersea Park Road area was billed as being developed to be “better than Amsterdam”. The route is one of TfL’s 25 highest priority corridors for cycling potential. And their own analysis called for it to be “accessible to anyone with a bicycle”.
Fat chance with part-time bus lanes and painted lanes (some with parking in) instead of physically protected tracks. Fat chance with major junctions that feature little or no protection from “left hook” collisions, in an area that carries thousands of people cycling and thousands of construction tipper HGVs a day at the same time.
We want to send a message loud and clear to TfL and City Hall that we won’t stand for this here, or anywhere in London. Please spend two minutes responding to the consultation today.
We’ve provide a pre-filled in email response. Add your own words and thoughts and please tell everyone - your friends and family – to send a strong message too that we won’t stand for major schemes this poor going in anywhere.