We spotted two LBRUT consultations affecting cyclists that have come out this month.
Barnes Consultation – Deadline 26 November
This affects the junction of Castelnau, Rocks Lane, Elm Grove Road, Church Road and Queen Elizabeth Walk in Barnes (Map Link)
The main physical changes are:
- Make Elm Grove Road one way in the southbound direction
- Remove the existing banned left turn from Elm Grove Road to Ranelagh Avenue
There is no mention of cycling in any of the documentation, another missed opportunity as we receive frequent emails from local cyclists who are fearful of this busy junction. The main objective of the proposals is to smooth motorised traffic, but this will just shift it to the two following junctions in Rocks Lane ((i) with Mill Hill Road and (ii) with the Upper Richmond Road. This is key junction, used by many cycling towards Hammersmith Bridge or going to visit Barnes Wetland Centre and it is also part of Sustrans National Cycle Network Route 4, again not mentioned in the consultation documentation.
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the tick box online consultation, even if just to say “please improve junction for cyclists” - http://is.gd/F2bYF7
Whitton Town Centre – Deadline 30 November
The main physical changes are:
- Replacement the pavements on both sides of Whitton High Street and resurfacing the road
- Provide kerb build-outs for on-street parking bays
- Raised road at existing pedestrian crossings
- Raised entries at the side road junctions off the High Street
- Reduce the width of the road at and upgrade existing pedestrian crossings
- Possible gateway features could be placed at each end of the High Street
- Reduce the amount of street furniture and signs and planting new trees
The words cycling, cyclist or bicycle are not mentioned once in the document – similar to what we found 2 years ago at the start of the Twickenham consultation. Introduction of 20mph limits, consideration of cycle routes, cycle parking, increased risk from pinch points for cyclists at pedestrian crossings – none of these things are mentioned. As pointed out in the comments below, it looks like cycle parking is actually being taken out!
As with Twickenham, this is a real missed opportunity to attract more business to the town by encouraging people to come by bike to shop (as many studies have shown the financial benefits of this – here and here). As this site shows, a lot could be achieved in the space available. It should also be noted that Whitton High Street forms part of the London Cycle Network Route 174 (have a look on this map), the main route from Twickenham to Hounslow, again something the consultation does not mention.
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the tick box online consultation even if just to say “please take into account cycling in redesign“ - http://is.gd/Bz1iZA
“Pedestrians and cyclists should be considered before other user groups in the design process [not] as an afterthought” - Recent NICE Guidelines
Businesses overestimate how important car parking is – Sustrans