London Mayor’s Question Time – February 2012

February’s questions and answers on to the London Mayor on cycling related issues for your perusal. You can also find questions and answers from previous months:

Cycle crossing on New Kent Road

Question No: 375 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Why did you decide to replace a toucan crossing on the eastern cycle bypass at New Kent Road with a pelican crossing when the original plans were for a toucan crossing?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Cycle lane costs

Question No: 376 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Can you please provide me with a detailed breakdown of the cost of (a) a one mile stretch of Cycle Superhighway 3 along Cable Street, (b) the cost of introducing the cycle lane on the same stretch of Cable Street as part of the London Cycle Network, and (c) reconfiguring the junction at Stockwell for Cycle Superhighway 7?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Cycle Superhighway 2 (1)

Question No: 377 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Why did CS2 stop short of the junction of Wormwood Street and Liverpool Street where a cyclist died on the 3rd Feb 2012? Can you confirm that the original intention was to include this junction in the superhighway?

Written response from the Mayor

Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 2 has always been proposed to terminate at Aldgate.

The Bishopsgate / Wormwood Street junction will be considered as part of TfL’s review of cycle provision at TLRN junctions.

 

Cycle Superhighway 2 (2)

Question No: 378 / 2012

Jenny Jones

What action was taken in response to the London Cycling Campaign post implementation audit on CS2, which identified the junction of Wormwood Street and Liverpool Street as ‘very poor’ for cycling?

Written response from the Mayor

Please see my answer to MQ 377/2012.

 

Cycle superhighway safety record

Question No: 379 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Can you give me figures for cycling casualties and cycling traffic counts on the routes of both Cycling Superhighway 3 and Cycling Superhighway 7, both for their first year of operation and for the three years prior to their introduction in summer 2010?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Bow roundabout

Question No: 380 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Thank you for answering part of my question 209/2012. Can you now confirm that none of your advisers were present at any meetings which considered and rejected the recommendations flowing from the 2010 Jacobs report on the Bow Roundabout?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Dangerous junction review (1)

Question No: 381 / 2012

Jenny Jones

At the Transport for London presentation for Assembly Members on the new options for the Bow Roundabout, it was stated that options which might lead to traffic jams would be excluded from being presented to the public. Will Transport for London publish all options that they have considered during the review of junctions with full modelling data, including those which are expected to lead to traffic jams?

Written response from the Mayor

As part of the cycle safety junction review, TfL designers will present a range of potential design options to a Design Review Group, comprising technical experts from external organisations. These organisations will include groups representing cyclists and, the other main road user groups’ interests, the boroughs and the Metropolitan Police. The designs presented for consideration will include options that would impact on traffic.

It is not the case that options “which are expected to lead to traffic jams” will not be presented. TfL’s aim is to present designs which offer a significant improvement, relative to a specific location, taking account of impacts on all road users.

TfL will issue updates as the review progresses and will provide details of those junction designs it intends to take forward, once the junctions have passed through the review process.

 

Dangerous junction review (2)

Question No: 382 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Will you reinstate the road user hierarchy which gives priority to vulnerable road users including cyclists, so that this can underpin your review of challenging junctions?

Written response from the Mayor

There are no plans to reinstate a ‘road user hierarchy’ in London. In carrying out the TLRN and Barclay’s Cycle Superhighways junction review, TfL is considering each of the junctions individually, including the specific collision history and conflict points affecting each location, before developing a series of design options which will primarily seek to improve conditions for cyclists. TfL is also seeking to improve conditions for other road users as part of any identified scheme.

I am committed to improving the road safety of all road users in London. I believe that considering each junction individually in relation to its specific collision data and conflict points will lead to the development of schemes that are more likely to tackle the specific issues affecting each location and road user group including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, and drivers, occupants and passengers of vehicles.

 

London Cycle Network +

Question No: 383 / 2012

Jenny Jones

Completing the London Cycle Network+ would have seen improvements to a number of dangerous junctions in London. In light of the latest casualty figures for cycling, do you regret cancelling funding for the final parts of the network with the excuse that “the final parts of the network increasingly require expensive and unpopular traffic schemes”? Will you now consider restoring funding to this important project?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Permission for trixi mirrors

Question No: 428 / 2012

Caroline Pidgeon

Given the success of the recent trixi mirror trial and the fact that government regulations are unlikely to change until 2014, will you apply to the DfT for a permit that will allow you to fit trixi mirrors across the entire TLRN?

Written response from the Mayor

Yes. TfL has already submitted an application to the DfT for cycle safety visibility (Trixi) mirrors to be permitted for use on any signal controlled junction on the TLRN and is awaiting the department’s response.

 

Cycle docking station junction of Walworth Road and Elephant and Castle

Question No: 432 / 2012

Caroline Pidgeon

The cycle docking station at the junction of Walworth Road and Elephant and Castle has been part finished for months. When will the ‘new panel coming soon’ panels be replaced and customers provided with detailed maps and information?

Written response from the Mayor

Maps have been ordered for this docking station, and will be replaced as part of an overall mapping refresh in the spring.   A number of docking station maps need to be revised due to additional docking stations being added to the scheme or other changes.   Printing and installing all the maps at the same time is more cost effective than doing so for each individual station.

 

Review of cycle safety at junctions

Question No: 457 / 2012

Caroline Pidgeon

In your written answers to questions on January 25th you made the following statements “TfL is looking at major junctions across London”, “TfL will include the junction within its review of cycle safety at planned TLRN major junctions” and “TfL is undertaking a review of cycle safety at all junctions on the Barclays Cycle Superhighways implemented to date and at other major junctions on the TLRN where work is planned”. Given the inconsistencies between these comments could you please confirm that you are conducting a review of all the most dangerous junctions in London as agreed in the cross party assembly motion?

Written response from the Mayor

I asked TfL to review cycling provision at all 375 junctions on the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighways (Routes 2, 3, 7 and 8), as well as major junctions on the TLRN where work is planned. TfL is also reviewing a small number of additional TLRN junctions where no scheme is planned, but where it is felt that there are particular challenges for cyclists. These additional junctions will include TLRN junctions which appeared in the list published last year of those locations with the highest number of pedal cycle collisions.

 

Greenways

Question No: 492 / 2012

Mike Tuffrey

Further to your welcome commitment to increase the budget for the Greenways programme from £0.8m to £1.9m for the next two years (MQ 263 / 2012), can you confirm the division of funding between borough-promoted schemes and those from other organisations?

Written response from the Mayor

In short, I expect that the funding available for Greenways will be allocated fairly evenly between borough-promoted schemes and those promoted by other organisations. As with previous years, the programme has been heavily oversubscribed, with priority given to those schemes that will deliver the greatest benefits and offer the best value for money.

 

Transport for London earlier this month indicated to the non-borough managing authorities, i.e. Sustrans, British Waterways and The Royal Parks, which of their schemes are likely to be supported in the year ahead. It is anticipated that similar notification will be given to the boroughs before the end of the month.

 

It should also be noted that this is not the only means by which TfL is supporting Greenways – the new Local Implementation Plan funding arrangements introduced by the Mayor provide the boroughs with greater flexibility to invest in Greenways and other local priorities.

 

 

Dangerous junctions review

Question No: 522 / 2012

Valerie Shawcross

On December 14th the London Assembly unanimously agreed a motion calling

‘on the Mayor and Transport for London to: Provide a comprehensive list of dangerous road junctions across London for cyclists, to include any where a cycling fatality has happened’ and ‘Carry out a full review of each of these junctions…’ I am concerned to see that in your recently announced ‘junction review’, only three of the crossings which feature on the list of the ten most dangerous junctions (supplied to me by Transport for London via written answer 2996/2011) have been ‘prioritised’ for review at this time. Why is this the case and when will you tackle the other seven?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Cycle Safety

Question No: 572 / 2012

Nicky Gavron

Thank you for your answer to question 3534/2011. I asked, “How many projects to improve safety for cyclists on London’s roads have been delayed or cancelled since 2008?” You replied with the number of projects that you have proceeded with. How many projects to improve safety for cyclists have been delayed or cancelled?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Road Safety

Question No: 593 / 2012

Len Duvall

I have received complaints from residents about the dangers cyclist and pedestrians face at the Deals Gateway junction in Lewisham. Specifically ‘There are 8 lanes of traffic and no pedestrian signals and similarly, nothing more than a few white bike logos for anyone encountering the junction on bicycle’. Will the Mayor intervene on behalf of residents and visitors to the area to make the junction a more pedestrian and cycle-friendly environment?

Written response from the Mayor

TfL is currently investigating what cycle and pedestrian improvements could be provided at the Deals Gateway junction.

 

A Manifesto for Safer Cycling

Question No: 597 / 2012

John Biggs

Do you support, as claimed, this document launched by the Times Newspaper? If so, what concrete steps are you taking to amend your transport strategy urgently to address its recommendations?

Written response from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

 

Bow Roundabout

Question No: 598 / 2012

John Biggs

While tentatively welcoming Transport for London’s belated proposals for the roundabout, what further commitment, with timeline(s) are you prepared to make to cyclists, and pedestrians, about their future safety at and your and Transport for London’s plans for, this dangerous junction?

Written response from the Mayor

In the short term, TfL is progressing a number of urban realm upgrades at Bow roundabout, which will accompany the improvements that will be made for cyclists. This includes new lighting, new footway surfacing, and reduced street clutter.

In terms of more significant changes to the area, TfL will be setting up a meeting imminently with boroughs, local communityorganisations and landowners to discuss longer-term plans for Bow roundabout and surrounding area.

TfL plans to deliver all of the short-term improvements at the roundabout before the start of the London 2012 Games.

 

Cycling

Question No: 651 / 2012

Navin Shah

Thank you for your answer to Q. 121 / 2012. Please could you outline the ‘Look Out for Cyclists’ road safety education campaign you have been running? How was it publicized and where?

Written response from the Mayor

The ‘Look Out for Cyclists’ Campaign is aimed at motorists and aims to address the most commonly occurring collisions that kill or seriously injure cyclists including:

 

  •     Vehicles turning right across the path of a cyclist
  •     Vehicles opening car door into the path of an oncoming cyclist
  •     Vehicles not giving a cyclist sufficient space when overtaking
  •     Vehicles not giving a cyclist sufficient space at junctions

The campaign went live in June 2011, with an increase in activity in November 2011. The campaign is still live and includes posters on bus shelters and at tube stations, supported by radio advertising.

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