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  • Luke Evans
    Here are the latest cycling answers from the Mayor of London. and a very interesting answer by Mr Johnson to Valerie Shawcross s question about the Oval
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      Here are the latest cycling answers from the Mayor of London.

      and a very interesting answer by Mr Johnson to Valerie Shawcross's question
      about the Oval junction - "Overall, conditions for cyclists at this junction
      are a lot safer following the introduction of Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route

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      Cycling answers from the London Mayor - Feb 2011

      Latest set of answers from Mayor of London. Good luck to everyone campaigning
      for a cycling and pedestrian friendly design of Blackfriars Bridge. Good to see
      both Jenny and Val on the case with that one.

      Funding the Biking Boroughs
      Question No: 672 / 2011
      Jenny Jones
      Having given Biking Boroughs £25k to draw up extra plans, will you look again at

      giving them an additional multi-million pound ringfenced budget so they can take

      those ideas forward and contribute to your strategic targets?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      I am delighted to be able to advise that despite the financial pressures within
      TfL, it has been possible to identify a dedicated budget of £4m over the next
      three years to accelerate delivery of the Biking Boroughs programmes. This
      investment, alongside the London Implementation Plans support and relevant
      boroughs’ own policies and projects, will support a step-change in provision for

      cycling in line with my objectives for a cycling revolution. TfL has now issued

      the bidding guidance to the Biking Boroughs and expects to formally confirm the
      allocations on 1 May 2011. Further details can be found in TfL’s Press Release
      of 17 February 2011.

      Cycle parking at Crossrail stations
      Question No: 673 / 2011
      Jenny Jones
      Can you provide a full update on the increases in cycle parking expected as a
      result of Crossrail’s redesign of stations and associated facilities?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

      Cycle Superhighways
      Question No: 750 / 2011
      Richard Tracey
      When the initial 12 cycle superhighways are complete, has any thought been given

      to extending them further or introducing more routes?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      There are currently no plans to introduce any new routes other than the 12
      already announced. Funding would be needed for any further routes.
      That said, TfL remains keen to work with the London Borough of Newham to explore

      possibilities for extending Route 2 to Ilford after the 2012 Olympic Games.
      Other than this, there are currently no plans and no funding allocated for any
      extensions to the 12 planned routes.

      Cycle problems at Oval
      Question No: 434 / 2011
      Valerie Shawcross
      I have received a large number of complaints from cyclists using the Cycle
      Superhighway at Oval that they are in conflict with other traffic at this
      junction. What is being done to improve the situation?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      Overall, conditions for cyclists at this junction are a lot safer following the
      introduction of Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 7.

      TfL has removed a major conflict point by taking out a southbound filter lane
      for general traffic on the A3 at the junction of Kennington Park Road and
      Brixton Road. The filter lane meant that cyclists travelling straight on had to
      move from the bus lane across two lanes of fast-moving traffic. Now that the
      filter lane has been removed, cyclists only need to cross one lane of general
      traffic, which has been significantly calmed by the introduction of a signalised

      left-hand turning.

      Other improvements to cyclist safety at Oval include blue surfacing across the
      junctions and trixi mirrors, both of which help make cyclists more visible to

      Gants Hill Roundabout
      Question No: 439 / 2011
      Valerie Shawcross
      Why was funding for access improvements to the bus stop by Gants Hill roundabout

      not included in the major refurbishment works at this location?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      The Gants Hill project was originally conceived as a carriageway refurbishment
      scheme. The scope was later widened to include improvements to footways,
      lighting and landscaping.

      TfL has an ongoing programme to improve accessibility at bus stops in London.
      Works are prioritised where accessibility can be improved at comparatively low
      cost in order to improve as many stops as possible. At this stop however there
      are difficult constraints which will require a more complex solution, at a much
      greater cost.

      Kerbs at bus stops should allow for an accessible angle on a bus wheelchair ramp

      when it is deployed. The footpath at this location is narrow and there is
      insufficient width available for the kerb to be raised higher as this would
      create a drainage problem for the adjacent properties. Providing a drain within

      the footway in order to raise the kerb was considered, but this would have
      resulted in an angle between the kerb edge and the drain, effectively steepening

      the angle towards the ramp.

      The potential for undertaking access improvement works at this stop will be kept

      under review. Any workable solution identified will need to be prioritised in
      relation to the benefits and costs of other improvement works on the Transport
      for London Road network.

      * The first May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 30 April to Monday 2 May) for

      Network Rail works between Queen’s Park and Harrow & Wealdstone
      * Sunday 8 May for Network Rail works between Queen’s Park and Harrow &
      * Sunday 29 May for LU and Network Rail works between Paddington and Harrow


      The calendar of upcoming closures is available on the TfL website at

      Segregated Cycle Tracks
      Question No: 491 / 2011
      John Biggs
      A recent TfL press release (11/1/2011) states “that cycle journeys have shot up
      to 100% during peak times on the first two Cycle Superhighways”. The A13 route
      from Barking is mainly segregated, saw an increase in the number of cyclists of
      over 100% when it became Cycle Superhighway 3, as compared to 50% for CS7 from
      Merton which is not segregated. Do you agree that these facts demonstrate that
      segregated cycle tracks are safer and more popular and will you, therefore, be
      prioritising segregated facilities on future highway routes?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      It is worth noting that needs vary significantly between cyclists. Some will
      feel safe and be more attracted to cycling through segregated and dedicated
      routes, whilst others will have their needs met through improvements in
      conditions on the highway.

      We must also be realistic. In many places, the existing layout of roads and
      buildings means that there is simply not enough space to provide segregated
      cycle lanes without adversely impacting other users. As a highway authority TfL

      has to consider the needs of all road users, as well as nearby residents and
      businesses. Segregated cycle provision is also less flexible to fluctuations in

      demand for road space from cyclists and other road users.

      Elimination of blind spots around lorries
      Question No: 502 / 2011
      Jennette Arnold
      One of my constituents from Clapton died earlier this month after being hit by a

      lorry whilst cycling. You wrote to me on the 11 January 2010, and said you had
      written to Lord Adonis on the issue of legislation regarding the retro fitting
      of safety equipment, including mirrors, to all HGVs. What talks have you had
      with the current Secretary of State about this most important issue?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      I was very sorry to hear about the death of one of your constituents earlier
      this month. Cycle safety is very important to me and my number one priority, as
      identified in the Cycle Safety Action Plan (published in March 2010), is to
      reduce cycle fatalities which involve lorries.

      Since writing to the Secretary of State last year, TfL has been working closely
      with the Department for Transport who are represented on TfL’s Cycle Safety
      Working Group. The group oversee delivery of the Cycle Safety Action Plan, which

      includes identifying improvements to lorry operation and design. In April 2011,
      TfL understand that the Department will be publishing research on how lorry
      drivers’ direct and indirect vision from vehicles can be improved (including
      recommendations for any legislative changes).

      Following the completion of this research, TfL will work with freight operators
      in London to implement the recommendations of this study. TfL and I will also
      work with the DfT to review whether any legislation needs to be addressed in
      terms of retrofitting of safety equipment.

      Elimination of blind spots around lorries
      Question No: 503 / 2011
      Jennette Arnold
      In your letter to me about the Commercial Vehicle Education Unit of 11 January
      2010, you said you were “keen to look at all kinds of innovative solutions that
      will help improve safety for cyclists.” One of my constituents has suggested the

      installation of sensors and cameras on lorries as this measure is now more
      affordable and should be widely applied. Have you discussed the introduction of
      such equipment with the Secretary of State for Transport?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      My Cycle Safety Action Plan was launched in March 2010. The Plan can be viewed
      at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/projectsandschemes/15480.aspx. One of the
      actions within the Plan is to identify the most appropriate safety devices for
      freight operators. TfL has been in communication with the Department for
      Transport on this matter and understands that Department for Transport will be
      completing a piece of research in April 2011 which will advise on how lorry
      drivers’ direct and indirect vision from vehicles may be improved.

      In parallel, TfL is running a technology trial for lorries to evaluate the most
      effective motion sensors and cameras currently on the market for detecting
      cyclists. Following the trial, TfL and I will consider whether it would be
      appropriate for further representations to be made to the Secretary of State
      regarding the introduction of such equipment.

      20mph zone in Kingsland Road
      Question No: 507 / 2011
      Jennette Arnold
      Will you support Hackney cyclists who argue that the work to improve Kingsland
      High Street aimed to encourage the use of walking and cycling offers a great
      opportunity to introduce a 20mph zone on this red route similar to the trial
      zone on Camden High Street?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      The proposal for Kingsland High Street involves narrowing the carriageway and
      widening the footway. Reallocating road space is another way of reducing
      vehicle speed, although at present when this road is busy traffic does not
      generally travel above 20 mph. TfL has no plans to introduce a 20mph limit at
      all times.

      The outcome of the trial zone on Camden High Street is still being evaluated.

      Cycle parking on Kingsland Road
      Question No: 508 / 2011
      Jennette Arnold
      Brand new cycle stands were recently installed on the footways of Kingsland Road

      even though the old ones were only 1-2 years old. Will you please provide me
      with the costs involved in replacing the existing bicycle stands?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      The new cycle stands were installed as part of a developer funded footway paving

      scheme, where it was agreed to provide three cycle stands in place of the
      existing two stands. There was therefore no cost to TfL and the removed cycle
      stands will be recycled. As part of these works, the bollards were also removed

      to improve the street scene which is consistent with my Better Streets

      Impact of cycle parking on Kingsland Road
      Question No: 509 / 2011
      Jennette Arnold
      The newly installed cycle stands on Kingsland Road have been placed in clusters
      on the footway and are now taking up more footway space than before. Was the
      negative impact on the pedestrian flow along this busy road taken into
      consideration during the planning process?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      New cycle stands have been provided along Kingsland Road where the removal of
      bollards has freed up footway space. Unfortunately, the stands were installed
      incorrectly. The contractor will be making the necessary changes at no cost to
      TfL by the end of February.

      Cycling in Walthamstow Central
      Question No: 512 / 2011
      Jennette Arnold
      Thank you for your answer to question 282 / 2011. I was pleased to hear that the

      work at the Hoe Street/Selborne Road has finally been finished. Following from
      your answer, my constituent would like to know:

      Why it took 18 months for the signs and traffic lights for cyclists to be sorted

      out at this junction?

      Why there was a lack of information to cyclists provided on site or via Waltham
      Forest Cycling group?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      Due to a safety problem identified on site when modernising the traffic signals,

      a partial redesign was required to activate the cycle facilities, which
      introduced delay into the scheme. This technical issue was not resolved as
      quickly and proactively as it should have been by all involved, and protracted
      delays occurred which affected the resolution time.
      The circumstances and delays have been part of a ‘lessons learned’ discussion
      with the London Borough of Waltham Forest in order to improve collective

      Although the junction of Hoe Street and Selbourne Road is not part of the
      Transport for London Road Network, TfL recognises the value of information for
      all road users. TfL will also discuss with Waltham Forest how the provision of
      information can be improved in future schemes.

      Bicycles on DLR
      Question No: 561 / 2011
      Len Duvall
      What are the barriers to bringing bicycles on to the DLR?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      Many DLR stations are elevated and there are particular safety issues in
      transporting bikes to and from the platforms as well as to other passengers on
      stairs and in trains. DLR lifts are small and will not accommodate bikes in a
      satisfactory manner and cycles are not permitted to be carried on escalators.
      Also, unlike many other light rail systems, the DLR has tunnel sections where
      bicycles in evacuation situations are a particular concern. DLR trains are not
      designed to carry bikes and many DLR platforms have constraints on space and
      don’t have capacity for both bikes and passengers.

      Considerable investment has been made on delivering secure and well lit cycle
      facilities at stations, and DLR has received awards in recognition of this work
      to integrate and improve cycling facilities. The majority of stations have
      received new or improved cycle parking and the remaining stations will be
      covered shortly (subject to funding still being available).

      The DLR system is very busy - currently carrying approximately 70 million
      passengers per annum (estimated to increase to 100 million by 2013/14). To
      provide for this capacity, DLR has had to invest heavily in providing trains for

      passenger use and develop its infrastructure.

      Cycling on pavements and cyclists going through red lights
      Question No: 577 / 2011
      Caroline Pidgeon
      During 2010 there appeared to be a huge variation in the number of Fixed Penalty

      Notices awarded to cyclists who ride on the pavement or cycle through red
      lights. Do you think this evidence reveals that the Metropolitan Police are not
      consistently enforcing the legislation in this area? Do you think more measures
      should be taken to protect pedestrians from the small minority of adult cyclists

      who blatantly break the law?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      The issue of safety for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists is an

      integral part of the objective to reduce the number of people killed or
      seriously injured (KSI) on London’s roads. The establishment last year of the
      MPS Cycle Task Force and the commencement of the trial of a cyclist improvement
      scheme "Capital Cycle Safe”, are delivering a more consistent approach to
      tackling offences committed by cyclists across London.

      Cycle Hire docking stations not in use
      Question No: 579 / 2011
      Caroline Pidgeon
      Please provide a list of cycle hire docking stations which are currently not in
      use, along with the reasons.

      Written answer from the Mayor
      The number of docking stations not in service on a particular day is variable,
      depending on the activities of highway authorities, utility suppliers and
      property owners, along with any faults which may occur with the station itself.

      As of 15 February 2011, four stations were not in service:
      * Cheapside, Bank: This docking station has been suspended, pending

      to a nearby site at the request of the City of London. The new site is expected

      to be available by the end of July 2011.
      * Pall Mall, St James: This docking station has been temporarily suspended

      preparation for two-way traffic on this road. Westminster City Council installed

      a pedestrian island which has narrowed the carriageway near the docking
      station. As a result, Transport for London wishes to address safety concerns by

      redesigning the station. The station is expected to reopen later this year.
      * South Kensington Station, Thurloe Street, Kensington: This station is
      currently suspended to allow scaffolding and building works to take place. This

      station is expected to return to service by the end of February.
      * Old Brompton Road, South Kensington: This station is currently suspended

      to gas main replacement work in conjunction with The Royal Borough of Kensington

      and Chelsea road resurfacing. This station is also due to be reinstated by the
      end of February.

      Bikes on Crossrail trains
      Question No: 590 / 2011
      Caroline Pidgeon
      Will bicycles be allowed on the new Crossrail trains?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      No decision has been taken regarding the carriage of bicycles on Crossrail
      trains. This will be a decision taken by the future operator of Crossrail
      services. It is likely there will be restrictions on the carriage of bicycles
      through Crossrail tunnelled sections, but further consideration will need to be
      given to the carriage of bicycles on above-ground sections of the route.

      20’s Plenty Campaign
      Question No: 591 / 2011
      Caroline Pidgeon
      Will you be supporting the “20’s Plenty” campaign for London?

      Written answer from the Mayor
      20mph zones are primarily instigated in residential areas, especially those
      including schools or children’s play areas and where cycling and walking are
      actively encouraged. The establishment of 20mph zones is the responsibility of
      the boroughs. TfL works with the boroughs to ensure any new zones are targeted
      appropriately so that they will be effective in making the areas safer for
      vulnerable road users. As such, while TfL’s approach cannot be construed as
      actively supporting the 20’s Plenty campaign (which is calling for a blanket
      20mph zone to be introduced across London), it does indicate support for the
      implementation of 20mph zones where these are appropriate and have strong local

      Cycle Hire
      Question No: 608 / 2011
      Caroline Pidgeon
      Why, between and including the 5th February to the 9th February, did the
      Barclays Cycle Hire website say, “Sorry, the Barclays Cycle Hire website is
      currently unavailable. Please try again later or call our contact centre on 0845

      026 3630 referencing Support ID?”

      Written answer from the Mayor
      The Barclays Cycle Hire website was working normally on these days, with over
      12,000 hits, and more than 800 successful membership applications received
      between 5 and 9 February.

      However, the message was inadvertently displayed due to a temporary glitch with
      the website. TfL has instructed Serco to ensure this error is not repeated. If a

      customer has a specific issue then TfL will be glad to assist.

      Cycle Superhighways (2)
      Question No: 753 / 2011
      Richard Tracey
      Please provide a chart/map of the two Cycle Superhighways delivered, which shows

      the increase since opening of cycling along each section.

      Written answer from the Mayor
      Please find a chart attached as Appendix H showing average 12 hour,
      two-directional flows in August and October 2009 (blue bars) against August and
      October 2010 (red bars).

      The latest figures showan overall increase of 70 per cent in cycle journeys
      across the two pilot routes,with increases of 100 per cent or more seen on some
      sections during peak hours.

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