“While we welcome improved mirrors and mandatory side bars, in light of the significant danger posed by lorries to vulnerable road users more needs to be done.
It is not acceptable that lorries with ANY blind spots are driven around the streets of London – this will inevitably lead to road deaths.
Therefore we are calling for blind spots to be completely eliminated by the mandatory use of CCTV cameras, in addition to mandatory ‘turning left’ audio warnings.
Lorry drivers only be able to fulfil their responsibility to drive safely if they can see where their back wheels are going. Audio warnings would enable cyclists to know when to give lorries space and also enable them to do their bit to avoid potential accidents.”
Cycle Planning Disasters Tour
When: 2pm Saturday 8th February.
Where: Meet outside Southwark Council Offices, 160 Tooley Street, London SE1
What: Stop Killing Cyclists has invited London and Southwark Politicians, Transport for London (TfL) and the Press on a cycle-tour to show how the London Boroughs, TfL and The Mayor’s Office are frequently making London’s streets more dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians with new developments.
The tour will include huge new regeneration projects at the Elephant & Castle and Camberwell, dangerous new junctions at Tower Bridge Road, Elephant and Southampton Way and a new housing development blocking permanently the Mayor’s Cycling Superhighway near the Oval.
Whilst most of these planning disasters are being created by the London Boroughs, some are being funded by the Mayor’s Office, whilst others are along the TfL routes.
Stop Killing Cyclists Co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said,
“We hope by seeing in real life the cycle planning disasters being created in London right now by the London Boroughs’ planners and road-engineers, that those politicians responsible for over-seeing this lethal legacy will bring these disasters to an end.”
“In future all new London Developments need to have pedestrian and cyclist safety top of their agenda with safe segregated space for cyclists. We want an end to the killing and maiming on our streets. “
RSVP: email@example.com or 07947 884299
There is an adjacent Boris Bike Stand if people wish to hire a bike for the tour.
Note to editors:
1. Stop Killing Cyclists is the direct action protest group set up after the recent spate of cyclist killings in London. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists lay down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London.
2. The London Boroughs are responsible for 95% of London’s roads, whereas the London Mayor and TfL control the remaining 5% i.e. the very large arterial routes.
Donnachadh McCarthy writes…
A formal objection from the Stop Killing Cyclists group to Transport for London’s proposals for Abbey Street / Tower Bridge Road junction have now been submitted.
Additional objections from members very welcome – feel free to plagiarise as you see fit. The proposal from TfL; and contact details:
- TfL Consultation: Further safety improvements for pedestrians and cyclists at the junction of Tower Bridge Road and Abbey Street
- Map: CLICK HERE
- Email: Consultations@tfl.gov.uk
- Survey: Tower Bridge Road / Abbey Street Consultation
Here is the letter that has been sent in…
We wish to formally object to the proposals for Abbey Street Junction pedestrian cyclist safety.
Whilst welcoming your intention to make the Abbey Street/Tower Mill Road junction safer, we believe the proposals made do not adequately address the safety of pedestrians and cyclists adequately.
Whilst we welcome the left-hand ban for trucks at two corners as due to how Southwark Council designed the adjacent two new developments, these turns are too dangerous for cyclists and traffic to mix on.
But banning cyclists from using 50% of the left-hand turns at the junction is not acceptable as there are no safety reasons for doing do. The reason given by TfL for the ban is not cyclist safety but to facilitate speed for traffic through the junction.
Indeed the proposal to re-route cyclists through the adjacent graveyard increases the danger as it creates a new unregulated traffic interchange as cyclists re-emerge from the graveyard to re-join the traffic on Tower Bridge Road.
It also creates a new danger for pedestrian danger as the cyclists emerge unexpectedly from the graveyard to cross the pavement to re-join the traffic. Cyclists and pedestrians do not need such unnecessary conflict to be designed into these proposals.
Your proposal fails Go Dutch standards abysmally and leaves this junction almost as dangerous as it was when the cycling tragedy occurred.
TfL need to tear up this proposal and start from scratch with the Dutch standard layout for junctions, to address pedestrian and cyclists’ safety as the priority not speed of traffic.
This approach makes junctions safer for both pedestrians and cyclists, without banning left hand turns.
If the physical failure to design in safety by the two new building developments at the junction, means that this Dutch approach is not feasible, you should instead install dual function traffic light system, whereby the cyclists and pedestrians cross at the same time, rather than forcing cyclists to cross at same time as HGVs.
Such dual function pedestrian/cycling lights are already in place at a small number of junctions in the borough.
We strenuously also oppose Option 1 which prioritises traffic flow over pedestrian safety. It is not acceptable to have two sides of the junction to be uncontrolled for pedestrians.
The dual lane approach which fails to provide protected access to the advance stop lines on Tower Bridge Road should be deleted and replaced with a single lane approach with protected cycle-lane access to the advanced stop-lines.
pp Stop Killing Cyclists
Donnachadh McCarthy FRSA
Donnachadh McCarthy writes…
Some local south-east London young people made this short film about that amazing moving evening when Stop Killing Cyclists cyclists staged our first powerful, moving protest in front of TfL’s HQ.
It is hard to believe with all that has been happening since with the creation of Stop Killing Cyclists etc that it was less than two months ago since we organised it.
Thanks to everybody who helped make it happen and pitched in with all the actions that have resulted from it since.
Yes We Can!
Donnachadh & Icame Isawi Steve
Further information about the TfL die-in is HERE.
Date: 24th January 2014
Stop Killing Cyclists condemns the Mayor of London’s Announced Funding for Borough Cycling safety as an insult to those killed on London’s streets.
Boris Johnson made this announcement: “Mayor awards London boroughs additional £17.3m for cycling improvements”
(EDIT 09/04/14: It seems the page that linked to is no longer available, curiously…)
But the money was neither additional nor was it £17.3 million.
1/ As the funding was from the already announced Transport for London (TfL) cycling budget this money is NOT additional.
It means that the Mayor of London has failed to spend an extra penny on cycling since the recent tragedies or made a single extra junction safer.
2/ As the £17.3 million was a budget for three years, the actual spend this year will NOT be £17.3 million but will be £5.8 million.
As there are 32 boroughs, this is the equivalent of an insulting £181,000 per borough per year.
When you consider it costs up to £2 million to make a single major junction safe for pedestrians and cyclists, you realise that this is just cheap political Public Relations, at the expense of Londoners’ safety.
Transport for London currently spends about 1.2% of its annual £6,800 million budget on cycling, despite the fact that cyclists now undertake 4.3% of all journeys.
Donnachadh McCarthy, Co-founder Stop Killing Cyclists said,
“It’s time to end these political charades. Boris Johnson and the London Boroughs must provide real funding for pedestrian and cycling safety now. TfL needs to be investing £600 million per annum to make our streets safer for those aged eight to eighty to travel by bicycle safely.”
“It is a complete disgrace that over 10,000 London pedestrians and cyclists have had their lives destroyed by being either killed or seriously injured since 2008. During the same period only 3 people were killed on the entire national rail network. London’s roads are not fit for purpose“.
Note to editors:
1. Stop Killing Cyclists is the direct action protest group set up after the recent spate of cyclist killings in London. They arranged the mass Die-In at TfL HQ where 1,500 cyclists lay down in the road in protest at lack of safety investment in London.
2. The press release from Transport for London was issued on 23 January 2014 and is available online HERE.
Date: 22nd January 2014
Stop Killing Cyclists Protesters Meet with Leon Daniels (MD of Surface Transport for Transport for London) and Andrew Gilligan (Mayor Boris Johnson’s Cycling Commissioner)
Representatives of the 1,500 cyclists and pedestrians who staged the Mass Die-In at Transport for London’s HQ following the recent spate of 6 cyclist deaths met yesterday with Leon Daniels and Andrew Gilligan.
The attached letter contains the items that the Stop Killing Cyclists Deputation agreed at yesterday’s meeting with TfL.
* Andrew Gilligan agreed to ask the Mayor about introducing cycling/pedestrian representation on the TfL Board.
* Leon Daniels agreed to include cycling in the Crossrail Report being commissioned into the future of Oxford Street including its pedestrianisation.
* Andrew Gilligan agreed to consider annual survey of the London Borough’s Performance on Cycling.
* Andrew Gilligan agreed to consider process on how to ensure Superhighway routes are not blocked by Borough Planning decisions.
* Andrew Gilligan agreed to consider how TfL could provide expertise/Training to the Boroughs on Go Dutch standards of cycling infrastructure provision.
* Leon Daniels and Andrew Gilligan agreed a follow up meeting with Stop Killing Cyclists in March.
Stop Killing Cyclists Co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said,
“There are some large boulders to be removed from the route to get the safe cycling/walking London that Stop Killing Cyclists wants urgently for London’s children, pensioners and the vulnerable.
But this meeting starts the process of levering them out of the way. With 15,000 Londoner’s killed or seriously injured whilst walking or cycling or travelling on our roads since 2008, London’s transport system is clearly not fit for purpose.”
“Stop Killing Cyclists is determined to take on the hugely well-funded motorised lobby in our corridors of power and fight for safety and an end to the killing and maiming on our streets! Holding the 32 London Boroughs to account and providing representation on the Transport for London Board would be two good steps in the right direction.”
Notes for editors:
1. Stop Killing Cyclists was founded by grassroots activists following the awful spate of cycling deaths in November 2013.
2. List of Demands presented to Transport for London and Cycling Commissioner is in the briefing paper: click HERE.
3. Follow up letter from Stop Killing Cyclists to TfL: click HERE.
(this letter is referenced in Stop Killing Cyclists’ press release HERE)
22nd January 2014
To: Mr Andrew Gilligan (Cycling Commissioner and Mr Leon Daniels (CEO Transport for London)
c/o Palestra Building
From: Donnachadh McCarthy & Stephen Routley
Co-founders Stop Killing Cyclists
Dear Mr. Gilligan and Mr. Daniels,
Re: Meeting with Stop Killing Cyclists on 21st January 2014
Thank you for the time you spent with us for yesterday’s discussion – it was much appreciated.
We collectively thought it was a forthright and constructive exchange.
We appreciate that you did not have much time to review the Briefing Paper (Attachment 1) we sent you prior to the meeting and we were pleased with your engaged response. Regarding the Stop Killing Cyclists List of Demands we presented to Mr. Daniels on 29 November 2013 (also found in Attachment 1), we were pleased with your agreement to act on the following:
Cyclist & Pedestrian Representation on TfL Board
Andrew agreed to ask Mayor of London to include cyclist and pedestrian representatives on the TfL Board
The Boroughs and Cycling
Andrew agreed to consider the potential for an annual survey of cycling provision in each of London’s 32 Boroughs. This would facilitate an objective comparison of cycling provision in each Borough and provide a useful information course for safety campaigners in the individual boroughs.
Stop Killing Cyclists undertake to consult with our 1,600 members and submit some suggested criteria in time for the next meeting.
Oxford St and Crossrail
Leon agreed to include provision for cycling in the terms of reference for the study being conducted to consider changes in that street’s layout and function as a result of Crossrail’s opening in 2018.
TfL to ensure that any terms of reference for this consultant will consult with cycling and pedestrian groups as part of this study, to ensure that its consultations on the option of closing Oxford Street to vehicular traffic includes the potential for making Oxford Street a pedestrian/cycling major hub.
We would welcome if TfL could seek to provide a categoric response over which agency – it or Westminster Council- serves as the primary legal highway authority for Oxford Street, taking into account the powers vested in the Transport Management Act 2004 which gave TfL powers (a) to stop the Westminster City Council from exercising powers in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Highways Act 1980 and (b) the Secretary of State for Transport powers to designate a network of Strategic Roads in London which he exercised and included Haymarket, Oxford Street, Piccadilly, Regent Street and Strand.
New Planning Applications along Cycle Superhighway Routes
Andrew agreed that a mechanism was needed to ensure any planning applications (in addition to the major projects that are already referred to the Mayor’s Office) that are submitted along the routes of the Cycle Superhighway, do not negatively impact on current or future designated superhighways.
Ideally any planning applications along the routes would need to be referred automatically by the Boroughs to the Mayor to comment on whether they provided adequate space for the superhighways.
Stop Killing Cyclists agreed to submit such a proposal to the consultation on the new London Plan. But we would also welcome the Cycling Commissioner considering if any action can be urgently undertaken in the meantime to ensure more disastrous decisions are not taken by the boroughs along the Superhighway routes.
Junctions along Superhighways
Stop Killing Cyclists raised the important issue of how junctions along the routes of the superhighways are dealt with. We believe there appears to be very little thought currently given to the safe entry and exits from the blue lanes. We would welcome a response to how this can be remedied urgently for the already installed and planned Superhighways at the follow-up meeting.
Andrew referred to the surveys carried out into Londoners attitudes to cycling. SKC seeks to represent the interests also of the large percentage of Londoners who wish to cycle but are currently too frightened to do so.
We would welcome future surveys to ask how many people would like to cycle regularly if a safe cycle lane network was installed and other such questions asking what would be the key actions that would encourage them to cycle regularly or allow their children to cycle.
Training Provision on Dutch Standards for the Boroughs
SKC suggested that the Boroughs be offered pro-actively by TfL, training schemes for their traffic engineers/planners/lead councillors in Go Dutch Standards and philosophy which puts the expected actions of a range of road-users (from good to bad) at the heart of the design process.
We would welcome a response to this suggestion at the next meeting.
Follow Up Meeting / Cycle Planning Disasters Tour
We will send a separate invite to our Cycle Planning Disasters Tour on the 8th February.
Both AG and LD agreed to a follow up meeting to discuss the Stop Killing Cyclists Demands that were not covered at the meeting.
We are grateful for your willingness to have a results-focussed dialogue with Stop Killing Cyclists.
Please liaise with Donnachadh to agree a date.
We look forward to our next meeting within two months.
Co-founders Stop Killing Cyclists
CC: Will Nickell, Betty Farnum, Tom Kearney (Stop Killing Cyclists), Stop Killing Cyclists Membership List
(this paper referenced in Stop Killing Cyclists’ press release HERE)
21 January 2014
Briefing Paper for Stop Killing Cyclists Meeting with Transport for London’s CEO Leon Daniels and the London Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan.
Cycling is major positive contributor to London’s quality of life.
It enables people who cycle to be fitter and healthier.
It reduces the toxic pollutants contributing to 4,000 Londoners deaths per year.
It reduces road and public transport congestion. Every car-driver who chooses to cycle to work is a car off the road and every bus/tube passenger who cycles frees up a space for others.
It is one of the most cost efficient ways to reduce central London’s carbon emissions.
It eliminates transport poverty for thousands of low-waged workers who cycle to work.
Cycling is already making an enormous positive contribution to London’s economy.
It is one of the healthiest and most environmentally sustainable transport modes. It enables us to travel the kind of distances that allow us to reach most destinations within a city.
Cycling is economically sustainable with research indicating phenomenal payback for investments in cycling infrastructure when compared to investments in roads and high-speed rail with paybacks ranging from £9-£20 per pound invested.
Cycling investment has a payback period of 1-3 years, compared to over 20 years for road schemes.
The cost of cycling is low and if it was perceived to be a safe mode of transport, it would make a major contribution to reducing transport poverty for hundreds of thousands of Londoners, due to the very high cost of public transport in the city.
For someone earning the current national minimum wage of £12, 62, living in zone 4, the cost of a zone 1-4 travel card is £2,136 per year (if you pay annually, which most people can’t afford to do).
That consumes a staggering 17% of their wages on transport alone and tips them into official transport poverty.
Rent for a small studio flat (excluding bills) is likely to be £150 per week, which is £7,800 per year.
Transport + rent = £9,936 – or 79% of total annual income.
That leaves less than £51 per week for bills, food, clothing etc.
Removing the transport cost by spending a one-off payment of £100 on a bike would give such a minimum wage earner an extra £40 per week, giving an approximate £90 per week for bills and food instead.
As bikes take up far less road space than cars they are a major solution to London’s traffic congestion problems.
Congestion is estimated to cost London around £2bn every year (GLA, 2011).
Cycling having zero emissions is also a major solution to reducing the estimated 4,000 excess deaths are attributed to pollution in London each year (Miller, 2010).
In London, cycling and walking have been side-lined due to the excessive focus on motorised transport.
London does not feature in any of the lists of the world’s most liveable cities (Walker, 2013), in large part due to the hostile environment for pedestrians and cyclists. It is an ancient city not designed for the motor-car but which has had a car-culture jammed into it.
While huge amounts of money are being poured into projects like Crossrail and upgrading the Underground network, investment towards making walking and cycling safe and enjoyable are tiny in comparison.
The previous increase in the cycling modal share has stalled in the last two year and is still tiny when compared to many other European cities.
Fairness and Equality
The profile of people cycling in London is not representative of the general population: women, the elderly, children, and minorities are all under-represented.
According to the report “Understanding Walking and Cycling”, due to lack of infrastructure investment, risk perception and convenience (Pooley et al., 2011), all three of which can be tackled by addressing the demands below.
London Transport’s Pyramid of Death
Despite the advantages cycling brings to London, Stop Killing Cyclists and Stop The Killing are alarmed at the level of death and disease that Transport for London and the Borough’s transport policies are imposing on Londoners.
The staggering statistics demonstrate that these bodies as currently constituted and run are not fit for purpose. Since 2008 – under current Mayor and Borough leaders:
- Over 90 cyclists killed.
- Over 420 pedestrians killed.
- Over 3,600 cyclists seriously injured.
- Over 15,000 pedestrians and cyclists killed or seriously injured.
- Over 24,000 deaths from lung and other transport pollution caused diseases.
- Over 300,000 people died globally from CO2 emissions with transport emissions.
- Over 2,000,000 Londoners suffering from obesity and lack of fitness leading to a range of related diseases, which could be radically reduced if they felt London’s roads, were safe to cycle on.
Transport contributes 20% of climate crisis emissions, with millions more predicted to die as forecasts for the rise in global temperatures soar to between 3-6C0.
The rate of cycling deaths or serious injuries on London’s roads has increased since 2010, according to TfL figures.
The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured per million journeys was 2.37 in 2010, but rose to 3.17 by 2012, a rise of 33%!
Stop Killing Cyclists Demands:
The following are the demands made by the campaign group “Stop Killing Cyclists”. All of them are realistically achievable with the right leadership from TfL and the Boroughs, as
examples of each of them being implemented can be found around the world.
Their purpose is to enable TfL to maximise the enormous positive contribution cycling can make to London and to replace the current shocking TfL Pyramid of Death with a Zero KSI* Vision as the Mayor of New York as just adopted. (*Killed and Seriously Injured).
1) We want 10% of TfL budget spent per year on cycling until such time as we have a safe network completed. (£600 million/year).
The Dutch spend £24 per person per year on cycling infrastructure.
TfL currently spend approximately £82 million per year, which equates to £9.90 per person. The ten year cycling plan announced a budget of £913 million, which due to London’s rapidly increasing population means that spending per person will basically remain frozen.
If we spent at Dutch levels per person, the expenditure would be £200 million but the Dutch already have been investing in a safety infrastructure since the 1970s.
Thus to deliver Dutch standards across the TfL and Borough networks, investment needs to be at least triple their current budget or 10% of TfL budget.
The annual capital expenditure on cycling which is less than £82 million can be seen for the derisory amount that it is when compared to the £500 million Bank Tube station refurbishment or the equivalent of 0.5% of the £16,000 million single Crossrail project cost.
2) Cycling Organisations need 2 formal Board Members on TfL Board.
The current TfL Board composition is not fit for purpose.
The active participation of cycling and pedestrian organisation representatives in TfL board meetings would help ensure that cycling/pedestrian issues become a priority in decision-making. More informed decisions will be possible with regards to projects ranging from train station upgrades through to roadwork management, keeping cycle provision in mind at all stages.
Pedestrians likewise deserve representation.
Our analysis is that the current board composition is:
5 bankers/big business, 2 taxi reps, 2 aviation industry, 1 HGV, 3 Conservative Politicians, 1 trade unionist and 1 disabled person.
3) We need ALL Boroughs to be spending at least 10% of their Mayoral approved transport budgets spent on cycling infrastructure.
Many boroughs are actively blocking progress on safer cycling despite warm words expressed in policy and statements.
Southwark Council for example has allocated £Zero to new segregated cycle lanes in its current 3 year transport budget. Lambeth Council likewise spent Zero on segregated cycle lanes in the last 4 years.
Their planning departments are often designing in new dangerous junctions and refusing to grab the opportunities for safer cycling infrastructure which new developments provide.
The failure of TfL to actively intervene in planning applications along the proposed Superhighways means that once in a century opportunities are being lost.
4) All Borough and TfL Transport Heads to be qualified to deliver Dutch style “Sustainable Safety” or be replaced.
The Dutch have adopted five principles of “sustainable safety” which are designed to prevent crashes, or at the very least, prevent serious injury in those that do occur. This proactive approach takes into account the physical vulnerability of pedestrians and cyclists, as well as the cognitive capabilities and limitations that so often contribute toward crashes (SWOV, 2012). While some principles are already incorporated into UK road design, such as the predictability of road design, other principles are not currently accommodated for. Thus, adopting these principles could be an important step in making cycling (and walking) both safer and more appealing, thereby increasing their modal share. Table 1, reproduced from a SWOV factsheet, lists the five principles of “sustainable safety”; more information on the subject can be obtained by reading the relevant document in the reference list.
|Sustainable Safety Principle||Description|
|Functionality of roads||Mono-functionality of roads as either through-roads, distributor roads, or access roads in a hierarchically structured road network|
|Homogeneity of mass and/or speed and direction||Equality of speed, direction, and mass at moderate and high speeds|
|Predictability of road course and road user behaviour by a recognizable road design||Road environment and road user behaviour that support road user expectations through consistency and continuity of road design|
|Forgivingness of the environment and of road users||Injury limitation through a forgiving road environment and anticipation of road user behaviour|
|State awareness by the road user||Ability to assess one’s capacity to handle the driving task|
Table 1. The five principles of sustainable safety
Southwark’s Head of Transport has publicly and in policy terms opposed segregated cycle lanes and called for the use of cyclists to slow traffic instead!
Westminster’s Head of Transport is equally failing to support new segregated cycle lanes.
The City of London is opposed to segregated cycle-lanes.
TfL needs to call for an urgent cycling summit between all the Heads of Borough Transport Departments and the cycling bodies.
5) ALL dangerous junctions need to be redesigned to Dutch standards ASAP.
For signalised junctions, this includes the provision of separate signals for bicycles (on the same stage as pedestrians if in parallel), kerb protected left-hand-turns as well as the provision of segregated paths on busy roads that allow the safe bypassing of T-junctions and allowing left-on-red without ever interacting with other vehicles, thus reducing travel times as an added benefit.
There are thousands of dangerous junctions in London whose design has never taken cycle safety into account. The Mayor’s programme of dealing with just tiny 38 of the most dangerous junctions is woefully inadequate.
6) Make Oxford Street a pedestrian/cycling only street
Oxford Street is Europe’s ‘busiest shopping street’ (Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2010), yet is also the most dangerous in the London in terms of collisions (35 times higher than the average London Street according to the GLA’s “Streets Ahead” Report) resulting in, since April 2010, an average of over four vehicle-pedestrian reported collisions per month, around two of which involve buses, and a pedestrian is seriously injured about every month-and-a-half.
Since April 2010, buses have been involved in sixty percent of the collisions resulting serious injury on Oxford Street.
Other cities around the world, from New York to Paris, have been converting busy pedestrian/traffic areas into pedestrian-only zones; for example, Times Square has already been partially pedestrianized, with further improvements being started (CBS, 2013). This pedestrianizing of the area has already proved hugely popular, with increased store sales being reported (New York Times).
7) All London streets to be 20mph
TfL should immediately introduce 20 mph speed limit for its road network and for all its contracted buses on all Borough road networks.
It should also work with the 32 Boroughs to introduce a consistent 20mph speed limit across London asap.
TfL also needs to lobby ACPO for enforcement of 20 mph speed limits.
8) Require Compulsory Cycle Awareness training for all truck/bus companies operating in London
This will ensure raised awareness of bicycles and their vulnerability to drivers of HGVs and buses, especially during the interim period while better infrastructure is being constructed.
9) Increase safety for cyclists by allowing filtered left-hand-turns (i.e. changing the junctions to “Yield Right of Way” designation for cyclists, to become standard design at junctions, with top priority for pedestrians
This measure would reduce the incidence of collisions with motorised traffic and resultant fatalities.
10) End TfL’s disastrous policy of prioritising smooth flow and speed of traffic and instead adopt policy of placing safety of vulnerable road users – cyclists, pedestrians and children at the top of your transport hierarchy.
Given the huge benefits of walking and cycling in terms of reducing obesity, lessening air pollution, improving mental health, increasing social equality, reducing congestion, and even improving sales for local businesses that lie along cycle routes, the idea of continuing a traffic-engineering based approach that focuses solely on maximising hourly PCUs through an intersection, and reducing travel time for motorists, is akin to trying to put out a fire with petrol.
Priorities must be stated, and goals must be set – a transport department in a city that has its priorities focussed on the movement of motor traffic, rather than the movement of people, is one that is in dereliction of duty in adequately performing its role. The focus of enabling mobility in a city must be on active and public transport. While the latter has been achieved well in London, the former is sorely lacking.
Thus, the policy of smoothing the flow and increasing speed of traffic, which comes at the expense of those choosing to use active travel, is one that should be dropped immediately.
11) Where provision for traffic and space for safe walking and cycling are in conflict, TfL must change its current lethal policy to one of prioritising vulnerable road users
As stated above, cities are, above all, places for people. Therefore, for a city to be healthy in all respects, it must focus on the wellbeing of people. Making streets safe and friendly for pedestrians and cyclists is good for business and tourism and helps promote an atmosphere of socialising and easy mobility rather than one of fear and negative emotions where people do not want to spend time (Mehta, 2013).
12) Ban on any vehicles whose drivers cannot see adjacent road-users. Children, pensioners and inexperienced adults should not be forced to share space with HGVs.
There are two very good reasons for this statement, as well as some proven steps to prevent such interaction from occurring. The main concern is that the sharing of road space between HGVs, buses, and cyclists results in negative impacts upon both actual and perceived safety. This can be seen in London, where the rate of cycle deaths (2.2 deaths per 100 million km cycled) greatly exceeds that of the national rate in the Netherlands (1.1 deaths per 100 million km) or Germany (1.6 deaths per 100 million km) (Department of Transport UK, Buehler and Pucher, 2012).
London has the highest KSI rates (70/100 million km cycled) in the country for cyclists, with it being 35% higher than the South-West. (UK Department of Transport).
Perceived safety is very important in getting people onto bikes. Perceived risk associated with cycling on busy roads was one of the main reasons given in the UK for not using one’s bike more often (Pooley et al., 2011). Furthermore, it is exactly the groups mentioned – children, the elderly, as well as women – who are most risk averse, and this risk aversion is likely the main reason for the under-representation of these groups cycling in London (Steinbach et al., 2011; Garrard, Rose, and Lo, 2008).
HGVs and Buses are responsible for 20% percent of deaths and 25 percent of serious injuries to cyclists in London each year (RoSPA 2013).
The use of side detection technologies (cameras, radar) in the blind spot of large vehicles must become compulsory. We need also to reduce the numbers of HGVs through the use of freight distribution centres and use of cycle logistics and seeking way to reduce unnecessary transport e.g. returning waste transport to barges. It is crucial to crack down on the shocking levels of trucks being driven illegally or in an illegally dangerous condition on London’s streets. A recent Metropolitan Police action found over 70% of trucks stopped to be breaking the safety laws. The estimated total figure is about 30%. This urgently needs to be prioritised with a target of 99% found to be compliant with existing safety laws.
13) We need a FULL, integrated, safely designed, segregated cycle network in London within 5 years.
A segregated cycle network alongside major or busy roads, combined with filtered permeability on minor roads, would go a long way in increasing cycle accessibility to those currently excluded in London. It would increase both actual and perceived safety, thus eliminating one of the biggest barriers to cycling in London. This network should be integrated with public transport, and provide ample cycle parking, a combination that Pucher, Dill, and Handy (2010) say is key to ensuring the success of city cycling.
The most useful measure of all would be the implementation of Dutch quality segregated cycle paths, along with separate or advance staging for cycle traffic on these paths. While separate bicycle stage signals will require time at junctions with high saturation flows, increased cycle mode share and reduced car use would compensate for this over time.
Dutch Cycling Expenditure: click HERE (Dutch)
British Cycling Economy: click HERE
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— Drafted by David Hicks, Tom Kearney, Donnachadh McCarthy and Will Nickells.
In its first major campaign success, the Stop Killing Cyclists group welcomed the re-issuing of Ministerial Guidance on Pavement Cycling by the Minister for Cycling Robert Goodwill MP, in response to representations made by the campaign to the Minister for Transport.
STOP KILLING CYCLISTS
- Blog (background and copy of letter from MP): Cycling Minister reaffirms guidance to police regarding pavement cycling
- Press Releases:
- 14 January 2014: Minister endorses responsible pavement cycling by vulnerable cyclists if roads are too dangerous
- 14 January 2014: Letter to Sir Hugh Orde, ACPO President
- 17 January 2014: ACPO sends pavement cycling guidance to all local police forces
NEWSPAPERS – Nationals
- The Telegraph
- (front page print edition 17 January 2014): Let cyclists go on pavements if roads are dangerous, minister tells police
- Cyclists have been unfairly punished for too long
- Let cyclists go on pavements if roads are dangerous, minister tells police
- The Daily Mail: Minister for cycling: Riders should be allowed to mount pavement without punishment to avoid danger
- The Guardian:
- The Independent: Let cyclists use pavement to avoid dangerous stretches of road, says Transport Minister
- The Times: More than 13,000 motorists and cyclists fined in crackdown on road offences
NEWSPAPERS – Regionals
- Gloucestershire Echo: Minister says ‘go easy’ on pavement cyclists, but Cheltenham campaigners say the road is the best place for riding
- BBC Radio 5 Live: 5 live Drive show
- BBC Radio 5 Live: Stephen Nolan
- BBC 94.9FM London: Vanessa Feltz: Cyclists on pavements
- BBC 94.9FM London: Drive Time with Eddie Nestor
- BBC Leeds
- BBC Coventry
BLOGS AND OTHER PLACES
- Cycling Embassy of Great Britain: Cycling on pavements – our response
- London Cycling Campaign (LCC): Minister for Cycling clarifies pavement cycling advice after 1057 fines in London
- Road Hub: Roads minister tells police: Let cyclists go on footways when roads look dangerous
- Bike Biz: Media to go on offensive over minister’s ‘pavement cycling’ comment
UPDATE: for coverage in the media of this, please click HERE.
“I agree that the police should be using discretion in enforcing this law and would support Paul Boetang’s original guidance.”
Mr Goodwill continued,
“You may wish to write to Sir Hugh Orde, President of the Association of Chief Police Officers, to bring this matter to his attention too.”
The original Ministerial Guidance issued by Paul Boateng stated:
“The introduction of the fixed penalty is not aimed at responsible cyclists who sometimes feel obliged to use the pavement out of fear of the traffic, and who show consideration to other pavement users.
“Chief police officers, who are responsible for enforcement, acknowledge that many cyclists, particularly children and young people, are afraid to cycle on the road, sensitivity and careful use of police discretion is required.”
The Stop Killing Cyclists campaign group followed-up on Mr Goodwill’s suggestion and sent a letter to Sir Hugh Orde of the ACPO.
On 17 January 2014, the ACPO stated that it had sent the guidance to all local police forces; National Policing Lead for Cycling Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said:
“We welcome the re-issued guidance from the Minister for Cycling in respect of cycling on the pavement and have re-circulated this to all local forces.”
“The issue of cycling on the pavement, as in other areas of law enforcement, varies according to local circumstances. The ministerial guidance supports the importance of police discretion in taking a reasonable and proportionate approach, with safety being a guiding principle.
London’s roads present unique challenges, not least of which is the sheer number of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians who use them, therefore their approach may vary from other areas of the country.”
The news of the re-issued guidance was covered in the media – you can read about that on our dedicated page: