Main roads are often the most direct routes to get people to where they want to go by bike. But most main roads and junctions force cyclists to mix with heavy and/or fast moving motor traffic, which put many people off cycling. We want London’s next Mayor to provide high quality, protected space for cycling on main roads and at junctions to help people of all ages and abilities access to the road network by bike.
There will be a total of 38 miles of segregated Cycle Superhighways in London complete by the start of the next Mayor's term (counting both directions of travel separately). And nine of TfL's Better Junctions programme will be complete, with another 13 at detailed design/public consultation stage or in construction.
This represents significant progress on some of London's worst issues for cycling. But there are still far too many main roads where cycling is only for the fit, fast and confident; and far too many junctions that are a significant barrier to the uptake of cycling and real safety concern for current cyclists. The new Mayor must, therefore, be prepared to accelerate TfL's pace of work.
What does London's next Mayor need to do?
- We want London’s next Mayor to make significant progress on all 33 of London's most dangerous junctions in the TfL Better Junctions programme, and continue to deliver protected space for cycling on London's main roads via the Superhighways programme.
- The number of completed miles of protected space for cycling (or those under construction) in the Cycle Superhighway programme should be tripled by the end the first term (counting miles in each direction).
- All of the remaining junctions in the TfL Better Junctions programme should be brought to public consultation stage with detailed designs at the least by the end of the first term.
- Schemes should be delivered with a minimum Cycling Level of Service score of at least 70% without any critical fails.
- All such infrastructure must be built to the highest quality (Dutch) standards, in particular, protected space for cycling must minimise junction conflicts without creating a time penalty for cyclists.
- Londoners should be able to negotiate all junctions safely and conveniently whether cycling or walking.
- Cyclists should not need to cross lanes of fast moving motor traffic to make a turn
- The movement of cyclists and pedestrians should be given priority and separation in space and time.
- Where necessary and cyclists will be filtered through traffic signals where it is safe to do so.
- Design measures should encourage motor vehicles to give way to cyclists and pedestrians wherever they interact without formal signals.
Why is this so important?
Most main roads make cyclists mix with heavy and/or fast moving motor traffic, which most people find scary. Dedicated space for cycling on main roads gives people of all ages and abilities access to the whole road network by bicycle with ‘separation,’ i.e. cycle-only tracks that are physically separated from main carriageway, as well as physically ‘protected’ lanes on the road itself.
The Department for Transport's recent study on its Value for Money Assessment for Cycling Grants found recent cycling schemes have a benefit-to-cost ratio of 5.5:1, very high for transport infrastructure. In other words, highways infrastructure that designs in protected space for cycling from the start, works.
Addressing dangerous main roads and junctions is so important not only to improve the current safety record for cyclists in our city, but to dramatically boost total numbers of cyclists (therefore cutting congestion, pollution and boosting health outcomes).
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