Take action: Save two cycling schemes from cabbies in one minute

TfL's two proposed schemes on the Hackney/Islington border at City Road and at Tower Bridge Road are hardly comparable in size or controversy to CS11 and Tavistock Place. But despite that, they're apparently drawing the ire of taxi drivers - who're opposing both schemes in numbers. A single banned right turn is apparently enough to turn cabbies incandescent. So if you want these schemes to go forward, we need one minute of your time, today:

  • Please go here, fill out the Tower Bridge/Tanner Street consultation online survey at the bottom of the page and say you "support" the proposals (make sure you fill out all the pages, not just the first one). Consider adding in your own words that the new proposals add to "hook risks" for people cycling - and you want TfL to make sure the junction is as safe as possible.
  • Please then go here, fill out the City Road/Bath Street/Shepherdess Walk junction consultation online survey at the bottom of the page and say you "support" the proposals (make sure you fill out all the pages, not just the first one). Consider adding in your own words that there are hook risks retained in the junction design, that should be removed, that turns in all directions should be good for cycling, and that lights phasings shouldn't leave people cycling sitting for ages on the side streets, and that these side streets are significant cut-throughs for vehicles (including taxis, obviously) - and arguably should be "filtered" as part of an area-wide scheme. Similarly, asking for segregated tracks on City Road might be an idea.

Sadly, taxi drivers don't seem to have realised that better cycling means less private motor vehicle traffic congestion and more passengers who need taxis capable of carrying cycles for them. Until they do, we need to keep up the pressure in supporting schemes like these!