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Wall of Death: FOI Questions and Replies

Questions:

Each of these questions was asked by Will Nickell through Freedom of Information requests sent to every London borough. All figures are taken directly from their responses.

Q1. What percentage of your borough’s total road kilometres consists of fully, hard-segregated cycle routes?

Q2. How many total kilometres of fully, hard-segregated cycle routes does this equate to?

Q3. Since the 6th of May 2010, how much money in pounds sterling has been spent from your borough’s transport budget on creating further,  fully, hard-segregated cycle routes?

Q4. In relation to the above question, what percentage of your total transport spend within your borough for the named period did this constitute?

Q5. For the period between the 1st of April 2014 and the 31st of March 2015,  how much total money in pounds sterling from your borough’s transport budget has been, or will be, allocated to creating further,  fully, hard-segregated cycle routes?

Q6. For the period mentioned in Q5, what percentage of your borough’s transport budget does this constitute?

Q7. What percentage of road kilometres under your sole control are 20mph roads?

Answers:

Click on each borough’s name to see the actual FOI request and the response received (links to the ‘What do they know?’ website).

Authority

Q1 (%)

Q2 (km)

Q3 (£)

Q4 (%)

Q5 (£)

Q6 (%)

Q7 (%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barking

1

4.5

0

0

750,000

34

15

Barnet

0

0

0

0

400,000

11

3

Bexley

0

0

0

0

///

///

7.25

Brent

1

1

///

///

///

///

28.38

Bromley

0

0

0

0

0

0

4.9

Camden

1.63

4.2

320,000

3.1

0

0

100

Croydon

///

///

0

0

///

///

///

Ealing

<1

1

400,000

2

///

///

50

Enfield

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

Greenwich

1.2

6.5

0

0

0

0

39

Hackney

0.2

0.5

0

0

0

0

87.9

Hammersmith
(updated)

1.9

4.2

0

0

///

///

28.1

Haringey

0

0

0

0

///

///

42.8

Harrow
(updated)

1.4

6.5

0

0

0

0

15

Havering

0

0

0

0

0

0

///

Hillingdon

<1

3

0

0

0

0

///

Hounslow

0

0

0

0

200,000

9

25

Islington

0.5

1

0

0

///

///

100

Kensington

0

0.1

0

0

0

0

0

Kingston-Upon-Thames
(updated)

0.53

1.744

80,000

0.6

///

///

40

Lambeth

0

0

0

0

0

0

67

Lewisham

0.05

0.25

0

0

///

///

64

City of London

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

Merton

1

1.5

0

0

///

///

20

Newham
(updated)

0.98

4.12

380,000

1.89

///

///

35.5

Redbridge

0.38

2

0

0

0

0

18

Richmond-Upon-Thames

0

0

0

0

///

///

DIY

Southwark

///

///

///

///

///

///

DIY

Sutton

0

0.5

0

0

0

0

10

Tower Hamlets

0

0

0

0

0

0

85

Waltham Forest

1.79

8.79

75,000

3

320,000

14.9

33

Wandsworth

0

0

0

0

0

0

DIY

Westminster

0.05

0.178

0

0

///

///

0.13

Aside: FOI request also sent to Transport for London and is included here for reference…

Transport for London

///

///

6,800,000
(CS2 extension)

DIY
(0.07)

107,000,000

2

0.6

Legend

/// = Answer not provided.
DIY = Council provided some data, but stated maths should be done by us.

UPDATES:

  • 5 September 2014:
  • 17 May 2014:
    • A separate set of FOI queries were put to governments in Hampshire and the answers reveal that no hard segregated cycle paths were installed there. See WALL OF DEATH – HAMPSHIRE
  • 13 May 2014:
    • Hammersmith and Fulham borough council responded on 13 May.
  • 28 April 2014:
    • Newham borough council responded on 27th March
    • Kingston-Upon-Thames borough council responded on 2nd April
    • Harrow did not re-supply the information as requested; but a way was found to get at the original data that they had provided

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Appendix

Major National Event Announced

Oxford St flyer_revision

Timed to fall the weekend of the World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims, Stop Killing Cyclists and Stop The Killing, together with campaigners from across the country, will hold a funeral procession along Oxford Street, which is often known as the nation’s high street.

It will be in keeping with the creative, respectful protests we are becoming known for and draw on the experiences of pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, as well as those more widely affected by air pollution and climate crisis caused by vehicle emissions.

Watch our launch video.

Facebook Event page

Event press release, which includes our list of demands.

Details to follow on our DIRECT ACTION page.

Launch Announcement: National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence

press release header

When: Saturday November 15th, 2014

Where: Oxford Street, London

What:

Grassroots activists from Stop Killing Cyclists and Stop The Killing are organising the first ever massive, peaceful, dignified National Funeral for the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence, to be held along Oxford Street to Marble Arch, to symbolically mark all those who have lost their lives, or had them destroyed on Britain’s roads from:

  • Traffic Violence
  • Air-pollution
  • Obesity, through fear of walking or cycling
  • Worldwide effects of climate change.

The direct action is timed to fall on the weekend of the World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims.

Launch video for the National Funeral on YouTube: http://goo.gl/v3KRtz
Facebook Event page: http://goo.gl/DX2l13
Stop Killing Cyclists website: www.StopKillingCyclists.org
Stop The Killing website: www.StopTheKilling.org.uk

Stop The Killing Co-Founder Steve Routley said:

“We need to end the culture of acceptance that surrounds traffic violence and bring together road users of all kinds from across the country to demand real change in the way roads are perceived as public spaces.”

Stop The Killing Co-Founder Donnachadh McCarthy also said:

“The staggering number of deaths and injuries resulting from motorised traffic over the last decade stands at 2,400,000 people. This horrifically equates to the combined populations of Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Cardiff! This National Funeral of the Unknown Victim of Traffic Violence is a clarion call to people across the UK to unite to bring this carnage and environmental destruction to an urgent end.”

The National Funeral Protest will present 10 Demands calling for urgent action from local and national government.

RSVP: contact@3acorns.co.uk or 07947 884299

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Notes for 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 the lack of safety investment in London.

2. Stop The Killing is the associated group of pedestrian, cycling and environmental grassroot activists who want to eliminate traffic violence.

3. Some of the statistics which the National Funeral wishes to highlight:-

Over the last decade (2003-12) the following “Pyramid of Death” resulted from traffic violence:

UK Cyclists Killed: 1,233 (DoT)
UK Pedestrians Killed: 5,787 (DoT)
UK Motorists Killed: 19,293 (DoT)
UK Patients Killed by Transport Pollution: 50,000 (NHS)
UK residents killed through physical inactivity due to lack of cycling infrastructure (estimated): 400,000 (Prof. Garfield)
Ten Year Total Killings: 476,313
Thus the number of people whose deaths can be attributed to traffic violence over the last decade is the equivalent of the population of Manchester.

Global Deaths due to Climate Crisis (ten years): 4,000,000 (UN)
Total UK Cyclists killed seriously injured or injured: 198,000
Total UK Pedestrians killed, seriously injured or injured: 298,300
Total UK Motorists killed, seriously injured or injured: 1,913,502
Total killed, seriously injured or injured on UK Roads over ten years: 2, 409,802.
This is the equivalent of the entire populations of Birmingham (1.1 million), Glasgow (0.6), Cardiff (0.3) and Manchester (0.5) combined.

4. The National Funeral protest’s 10 Demands are:

  1. Stop the Killing of Children – set up national, multi-billion pound programme to convert residential communities across Britain into living-street Home Zones to abolish dangerous rat-runs.
  2. Stop the Killing of Pedestrians – establish a national programme to fund pedestrianisation of our city and town centres, including the nation’s high-street, Oxford Street.
  3. Stop the Killing of Pensioners from excessive speed – introduce and enforce speed limit of 20 mph on all urban roads, 40 mph on rural roads/lanes and 60 mph on all other trunk roads.
  4. Stop the Killing of Cyclists – invest £15 billion in a National Segregated Cycle Network over the next 5 years.
  5. Stop the Killing by HGVs – ban trucks with blind spots by making safety equipment mandatory and strictly enforce current truck-safety regulations, to reduce levels of illegally dangerous trucks down from estimated 30% to less than 1%.
  6. Stop the Killing without liability – introduce a presumed civil liability law on behalf of vehicular traffic when they kill or seriously injure vulnerable road-users, where there is no evidence blaming the victim.
  7. Stop the Killing from Lung, Heart and other Diseases caused by vehicular pollutants – make it mandatory for particulate filters that meet latest EU emission standards to be fitted to all existing buses, lorries and taxis.
  8. Stop the Killing at Junctions – introduce pedestrian crossing times long enough for elderly disabled to cross. Legalise filtered junction crossings by cyclists with strict legal priority for pedestrians and carry out urgent programme of physically protected left-hand turns for cyclists.
  9. Stop the Killing from Climate Crisis caused by CO2 emissions – all transport fuels to be from environmentally-sustainable, renewable sources within 10 years.
  10. Focus on Life! Transport governance must make safety and quality of life the top priority. Reform all council transport departments, the Department of Transport and Transport for London into Cycling, Walking and Transport Departments with formal pedestrian and cyclist representation.

Vigil Protest to Mark 1st London Cycling Death of 2014

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When: 6-6.30 pm Tuesday 11th February.

Where: Redbridge Town Hall, 128-142 High Road, Ilford, IG1 1DD

Feeder Ride: Leaves from front of Kings Cross Station at 4.30pm

Trains from Central London: Liverpool Street Station

Please bring candles and placards.


What:
A peaceful candlelit vigil to mark the first tragic killing of a cyclist in 2014.

Redbridge Council has so far refused to introduce a borough-wide 20mph speed limit. Traffic at 20mph kills up to 42% less pedestrians and cyclists than at 30 mph.

Redbridge Council has set derisory targets of 1.5% of journeys to be undertaken by bike by 2015 and 4% by 2025. In comparison many modern European cities have already achieved between 20 to 50% of journeys undertaken by bike. Currently only 1.2% of journeys in the borough are taken by bike.


Stop Killing Cyclists Co-founder Donnachadh McCarthy said “
Redbridge Council needs to immediately protect its pedestrians and cyclists by introducing a safe, borough wide 20mph zone and to invest with the Mayor in London in a comprehensive borough wide segregated cycle network within 5 years.“

He added: Last year 93 people’s lives were destroyed with 4 killed and 89 seriously injured on Redbridge’s streets, with hundreds more dying of transport pollution associated lung and heart diseases, and countless more from obesity related illnesses from lack of exercise due to fear of cycling. We want an end to the killing and maiming on Redbridge’s streets. “

RSVP: contact@3acorns.co.uk or 07947 884299

End.

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 the 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 large arterial routes.

Press Release – ACPO and Responsible Pavement Cycling

SkC Press Release


17
th January 2014

ACPO sends Minister’s Endorsement of Responsible Pavement Cycling by Vulnerable Cyclists if Roads are Too Dangerous, to all Local Police Forces.

The cycling campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists today welcomed ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) sending the newly re-issued Ministerial Guidance on Pavement Cycling by the Minister for Cycling Robert Goodwill, to all local police forces, following yesterday’s request by Stop Killing Cyclists that they do so.

ACPO’s 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. “1


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.”

Stop Killing Cyclists believe this is exactly the right approach to take.

Cyclists should be fined for riding on the pavement if they are dangerous or in any way disrespectful to those on foot. Similarly, police should penalise red-light jumpers if they are irresponsible and put other road users at risk.

Yesterday we wrote to the President of ACPO, Sir Hugh Orde to support the re-issued ministerial guidance in how they apply the law on pavement cycling.


A Stop Killing Cyclists spokesperson today said:

We are delighted that ACPO have acted so speedily in circulating the newly re-issued guidance on pavement cycling to all local police forces.

Implemented properly this advice will save the lives of vulnerable road-users at dangerous junctions, until such time as safe cycling infrastructure is installed.

The Metropolitan Police Operation Safeway as currently operated is, in our opinion, endangering lives as it forces responsible cyclists off empty pavements and back into the path of lethal HGVs and busy traffic.

Stop Killing Cyclists Spokesperson Donnachadh McCarthy added :
“Fining vulnerable cyclists for cycling responsibly on the pavement at extremely dangerous junctions like Vauxhall Cross, is a bedroom tax on two-wheels as there is no safe alternative for them to cycle on.”

 

Ends.

 

Attachments: Letter from Minister for Cycling to Stop Killing Cyclists

Letter from Stop Killing Cyclist to ACPO President Sir Hugh Orde

 

Notes to editors:

Note 1 : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/10577958/Let-cyclists-go-on-pavements-if-roads-are-dangerous-minister-tells-police.html

Stop Killing Cyclists is the direct-action protest group set up after the recent spate of 6 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.

Operation Safeway penalised cyclists at a rate 35 times higher than their comparable mileage and numbers deserves when compared to motorised vehicles.

A recent action by the police found over 70% of trucks to be in a dangerous condition.

The Metropolitan Police should be targeting substantial resources to reducing the number of illegally dangerous trucks on our streets to below 1%, instead of penalising cyclists disproportionately.

The APCO media release is HERE.