Games lanes showed how space could be painlessly reallocated from motor traffic
Games lanes showed how space could be painlessly reallocated from motor traffic

London Assembly demands better cycle infrastructure

The London Assembly Transport Committee is calling on the Mayor to provide much better facilities for cycling, hugely increase the budget, and set a higher target for cycle use.

At a time when cycle safety in London is deteriorating, even though cycling levels are increasing, the Committee's report has focused attention on improving the standard of design of facilities for cyclists, reducing the speed of traffic, and rolling out new cycle lanes along Go Dutch principles on London's busiest streets.

The report draws unfavourable comparisons with New York, where reallocation of road space has provided high quality cycling facilities. Cycle use has subsequently boomed while the risk of cycling has continued to fall.

The report has also pointed out that the space reallocated for the Games Lanes during the 2012 Olympics could quite easily be transferred to provide space for cycling facilities, and urged that innovative new infrastructure be provided along similar lines.

The Mayor has recently released proposals for a 'cycle super corridor' through central London, linking up several 'Cycle Superhighways'. If implemented to high standards, this might go some way to answering the demands of the Committee.

The Mayor's 'Cycling Revolution' has stagnated and needs to get radical, but this report makes an excellent set of recommendations to help reboot London's faltering cycling infrastructure plans. It's time that the Mayor takes on board this advice and fully commits to making London safe for everyone to cycle. "

Chris Peck, CTC Policy Coordinator

According to the Committee the Mayor should introduce a 'Cycling Tsar' to push through improvements, as well as setting a much more ambitious targets for increasing cycle use - 10% by 2020 (representing a quintupling of cycling's share in 8 years) and measuring the perception of the safety of cycling. 

They've also called for an enhanced budget for cycling, pointing out that the £10 per head spent in London (far more than elsewhere in the country) is still just half of what is spent in Amsterdam or Copenhagen. 

Existing 20 mph schemes should be enforced more thoroughly and dangerous driving tackled properly, suggests the Committee, while the Mayor should continue to lobby central Government to improve the standards of lorry design and reduce red tape that holds back innovative cycle infrastructure design.

The Transport Committee of the London Assembly has been investigating cycling in London for several months. CTC gave oral evidence to the Committee in July, alongside LCC, Sustrans, British Cycling and the London Borough Cycling Officers' Group.

Chris Peck