Recent developments with Council and request for info from YOU
- Some good news from Greenwich Council's cycling officer, Dave Moorhouse.
And some continuing concerns......
We understand that the Council has developed 20 new cycle routes and
infrastructure works which it hopes to develop at a cost of over
£300,000. We have asked for details of the proposals so that we can
comment on them and compare the Council's plans with comments and
"shopping lists" we have received from cyclists.
I understand from Dave that several bits of cycle route are going to
developed over the next few weeks. The Pear Tree Way route linking the
river Thames and Woolwich Road near the new Sainsburys development on
Greenwich Peninsula is going ahaed and Dave is putting together the
traffic orders. This should help access from Charlton to the river. We
have stressed the importance of signalled pedestrian and cycle crossing
over Bugsby's Way and Dave is aware of the problem.
Cycle routes past the new multiplex cinema on Greenwich Peninsula have
been relaid and access from the footbridge across the A102M to the
Millennium Village site and the river Thames is now much improved. This
is something we have been requesting all last year, so it is good that
it has been installed.
Dave has informed us that he is planning a toucan crossing across
Blackwall Lane by Mauritius Road to allow easier crossing of this busy
four lane road. We have pointed out the need to link this clearly with
existing cycle routes on Blackwall Lane and Tunnel Avenue. This
crossing will help to link East Greenwich to Greenwich peninsula.
Dave is looking at the installation of pedestrian crossing lights over
Millennium Way where the existing Thames cycle route crosses that road
and the Peninsula. Currently it is a dangerous crossing for cyclists
that cuts the Thames path.
A number of Greenwich Cyclists members attended the Greenwich Council
Transport Scrutiny Committee meeting on 8 February. Strong
representations were made by Greenwich Cyclists, Transport 2000 and
other local residents and groups for better cycle lane provision. The
meeting was attended by several councillors who noted our comments. We
have received strong support from a number of Councillors including Alex
Grant, Mary Mills and Ann Hutchinson. Barry Mason has circulated notes
of the meeting to this e-group. We shall be sending a memorandum to the
Scrutiny Committee shortly. The Committee will be sending
recommendations to the Council. We are particularly concerned that
existing cycle lanes on busy roads, whilst very welcome to allow
commuter cycling, have not been protected and so do not attract many
We understand that the council has won £100,000 to fund a sustaniable
transport officer for three years. We look forward to working with that
We have sent a formal notice to Dave Moorhouse copied to local
councillors, highlighting the danger for cyclists of Creek Road and
Deptford Creek, particularly following recent road layout changes. We
hope to work with Greenwich Council to reduce the risks to cyclists by
developing a protected cycle lane along the road, which is used by
several hundred cyclists at peak times.
Greenwich Council Sports development have offered to manage our mailing
system. This should allow us to distribute news of developments and our
rides more efficiently. The contact at Greenwich Council Sports
Development is Kim Hoskins. We shall continue to circulate Pedal Power
electronically to those who offer us an e-mail address.
We continue to press the Council for information as to when the Woolwich
Arsenal riverside route will be opened. This was built two years ago
and remains closed due to contractor disputes. We hope it may be open
by next summer (two years late). We are also concerned at the delay in
opening the route around the Dome which was due to open in 2001 as a
condition of the development of the Dome. Sustrans are also concerned.
A REQUEST: please let me know of routes or locations in Greenwich
borough that are particularly bad for cyclists so that we can forward
details to Dave Moorhouse for consideration. Things can only get better
if we have information for the Council to consider.
Remember our next meeting on 7 March, 7.30pm at The Forum, 177 Trafalgar
Road, East Greenwich.