Westminster Quietway - make sure it's quiet! Have your say!

 Conflict with pedestrians at the north end of Waterloo Bridge would be addressed by making the cycle track the same level and colour as the carriageway

Westminster City Council are currently consulting on some important improvements to cycle routes in the borough, including on Waterloo Bridge as part of a Quietway route from the Southbank to Bloomsbury and from Edgware Road to Fitzrovia, to make them much safer for cyling. 

But the plans are at risk of being scrapped already due to some vocal opposition and a lack of positive consultation responses from those who support safer cycling.

Please join us in urgently responding to the consultation before Friday 16th October to show Westminster Council that there is wide support for the cycle-friendly designs being proposed.

Please say ‘YES’ to the changes at Waterloo Bridge here.  
Please say ‘YES’ to the changes at Marylebone here.

Find out more about the problem and what’s being proposed for each of these areas below:

Waterloo Bridge Area

Cyclist congestion would be addressed by decluttering Wellington Street and widening the cycle track to 4 metres

Cycling down Wellington Street and onto Waterloo Bridge is one of London's best used cycle routes; but, if you use this route you'll probably know that this is not down to its cycle-friendly design, which leaves much to be desired.

What’s the problem?

Cyclists waiting on Wellington Street are hemmed in by street clutter on both sides, causing long queues in the evenings.

When cyclists do get a green light, their ride onto the Strand is hampered by tourists and other pedestrians who don’t have a clue that they're walking across a cycle track. And why should they? The cycle track is the same level and colour as the pavement!

But once you've reached the cycle lanes on Waterloo Bridge it improves, doesn't it? Not if you're cycling in the evening or at weekends – Westminster City Council's northern half of the bridge has single yellow lines, so you'll find the cycle lanes blocked by parked cars!

Coming from the southern side of Waterloo Bridge, you have to squeeze past a bus stop into a terrifyingly narrow cycle lane at the approach to the Strand junction.

What changes are being proposed? 

Westminster City Council are proposing to:

•Declutter Wellington Street

•Redesign the cycle track onto the Strand so it was the same level and colour as the carriageway

•Widen the cycle track to 4 metres 

•Remove the bus stop and widen the cycle lane 

•Put double yellow line restrictions on the Waterloo Bridge cycle lanes to keep them free at all times for people on bikes

Please Click here to show your support for the proposals in the quick consultation survey

It takes less than a minute to tick some boxes and give your postcode to add your support for these changes. Think how much time you'll save because of reduced cyclist congestion on Wellington Street if you use this route, it’s win-win!

Please ask friends and family to fill it in too. The more supportive responses the council receive, the more likely it is that the changes will happen.

Westminster Cycling Campaign Co-ordinator, Colin Wing, says "We're hearing that most responses so far have been negative. This is because the thousands of cyclists who use this route to reach south London haven't yet responded, but dozens of local businesses and other road users have… and these tend to be the minority rather than the ambivalent majority. These people dominate local councillors' in trays, hence many councillors are itching to abandon these Bloomsbury to Southbank Quietway plans. Let's make sure that over 50% of questionnaire responses are positive! That said, you may find you support some sections of the route more strongly than others where even more could be done to assist cyclists."

Marylebone Area

Carburton Street would be made two-way for cycling, requiring changes to the landscaping

Marylebone Road's heavy motor traffic is never going to attract new people to cycling, or support the Mayor’s Vision of "more women cycling, more older people cycling, more black and minority ethnic Londoners cycling, more cyclists of all social backgrounds". But what if there were a parallel Quietway route along quieter roads, across Edgware Road and into Fitzrovia?

What’s the problem?

Most of the Westminster City Council’s proposed east-west Quietway route already exists: you can cycle today along Harrowby Street, Crawford Street, Paddington Street and Devonshire Street. But when you get close to the Camden borough boundary, you'll find your eastbound journey thwarted by the one-way section of Carburton Street, and when you try to return westbound you'll find that the southbound only Great Portland Street blocks your connections between streets.

What changes are being proposed?

Westminster City Council are proposing to:

  • make Carburton Street two-way for cyclists
  • They also want to Introduce a northbound contra-flow cycle lane on Great Portland Street, connecting Carburton Street to Devonshire Street

Click here to show your support for the proposals in the quick consultation survey

It takes less than a minute to tick some boxes and give your postcode. Because the consultation questionnaire is so quick, why not ask some friends and family to fill it in too?

The consultation closes on Friday 16 October 2016. Westminster Cycling Campaign Co-ordinator, Colin Wing, explains "The two key elements of the proposals are under fire from local residents and stakeholders. Most responses so far have been negative. This is because the thousands of cyclists who commute into Westminster haven't yet responded, but dozens of local residents have… and these tend to be the NIMBY minority rather than the ambivalent majority. These NIMBYs dominate local councillors' in trays, hence many councillors are itching to abandon these Edgware Road to Fitzrovia Quietway plans. Let's make sure that over 50% of questionnaire responses are positive! That said, you may find you support some sections of the route more strongly than others where more could be done to assist cycling."

 

A northbound contra-flow cycle lane would unlock a two-way cycle route between Carburton Street (near Sainsbury's) to Devonshire Street (near the camera)