What should we talk to the council about?

Boris hasn’t been doing a good job of spending the cycling budget, and we’d really like to know what the council’s doing with the money that it gets allocated for cycling. So we’re proposing a few items that could be discussed at the next Cycling Liaison Group.

We’ve been heavily and justifiably critical of the Cycling Liaison Group in the past, but things seem to have really turned a corner, so these are out suggestions of things that could be considered next meeting:

  1. Where’s the money?
    The council gets money each year from Transport for London, and various other bodies. In previous years we’ve seen a breakdown of where they money’s being spent. It would be good to see as clearer breakdown of what’s happening weith this year’s budget.
  2. 20mph …
    You many have seen tha TfL is going to set up a large section of central London as 20mph, to complement the 20mph zones in Islington, Camden and thre City of London. So we’d like to know: does TfL’s plan to move to 20mph on large stretches of key routes in London have any effect on the council’s policy on 20mph?
  3. All ways green
    We heard last year about plans to trial an ‘all ways green’ junction in the borough. Is this going ahead?
  4. New planning standards for parking
    Will these be implemented in the borough? If not, why not?
  5. We also heard there are going to be updated proposals for the route near Hampton Court. Is this in progress?
  6. Why are we still not making cycling and walking the most important and safest ways to get to school?
  7. Can we have more one way streets in the borough, and can they all have cycling both ways?

As you can see from this list, fixing cycling in a borough needs lots of things to happen. It’s really important that the council is building a proper cycling strategy, but it also needs to do all the little things that can be fixed on an ongoing basis – new school builds shouldn’t be going ahead without clear plans for walking and cycling there; new developments shouldn’t be approved unless they include secure, sheltered cycle parking; And, as we’ve seen recently, bridges could do with cycle gullies – we’re delighted to see this one turn up!

Councillors and council officials are clearly thinking much harder about cycling, compared to four years ago – our goal is to help them deliver on their promises as quickly as possible, so Richmond doesn’t fall behind the fine work that’s being done in other boroughs.

The CLG meets next on April 21st – see here for details.