The summer of cycling begins

Summer officially dawned this weekend and we are guaranteed at least six months of unbroken sunshine in Brockley, from here on. So it is with exquisite timing that two cycling announcements were made today.

Firstly, Lewisham Council has promoted its new cycle loan scheme. For an initial £10, you can try a bike for a month - if you like it, you can buy it at a discount. Details here.

Secondly, the Mayor of London's latest cycling plan, unveiled today, will focus virtually all spending on three boroughs: Kingston, Enfield and Waltham Forest. They will get £30m to create "mini-Holland" projects, delivering "transformative" infrastructure projects that will afford cyclists in London greater protection.

A bone has also been thrown to South East London in the form of a new "Quietway" route from Waterloo to Greenwich (home of the Mayor's cycling Tzar, Andrew Gilligan), which will deliver "direct and continuous routes on low-traffic back streets and will open later this year." Bloomsbury to Walthamstow will also be delivered this year, with a further six routes covering all points of the compass have been selected for accelerated delivery next year.

The New Cross blog reports that slowly, very-slowly, the New Cross cycle "superhighway" is also taking shape, with options to provide segregated cycling currently being explored by TfL.

11 comments:

Roggie said...

Of course £30m is a lot of money, but its spread over 10 years.... Meanwhile boroughs like Lewisham spend very little (if any) of their own funds on cycling and hence have few officers who can spend the small scraps gathered together by planning gain. Lewisham have known about the potentially dangerous crossing of Trundleys Road/Surrey Canal Road for years and has done nothing - hopefully the Gilligan monies will change that but everyone is still worried that signalising that junction will delay motor vehicles. 2 obvious quick schemes that could be implemented (St Donatt's Road and Clifton Rise contraflow) that would make life easier for cyclists go nowhere. Cycle levels in Lewisham are still lower than in comparable authorities like Wandsworth and I can't see this changing in the near future. Of course the long promised 'Air Quality' project on Brockley Road (£240k+) might deliver good cycle infrastructure but as 'consultants' will be looking at measures for the next year don't hold your breath.

THNick said...

Has anyone else noticed the new cycling road markings at kitto/vesta/jerninham road roundabout at top of Telegraph Hill? If so, can someone explain to me what they mean, as far as I can work out they're designed to direct bikes under buses.

theNewCross said...

I can't find any maps or details on the Greenwich to Waterloo Quietway. Anyone else had any luck or know the route it'll take?

Anna said...

I'd laugh if it wasn't so dangerous. It's almost as absurd as the markings by the crossing at Brockley station. But so much wose. WTF, Lewisham?

Anna said...

'worse'. Too angry to type!

Headhunter said...

Unfortunately a lot of cycle tracks across London are simply put in place to hit a government target (ie central governments asks all local authorities to put in x miles of cycle track every year). They are not thought out in the slightest. It's not unusual to see literally 2 metres of cycle track ending in a bollard or something. In fact there's a website somewhere of hilarious and downright dangerous cycling facilities...

Andrea said...

That's not quite true. Cycle infrastructure is installed to 'try' and improve the cycling environment and there is money available to do this but there is no quota to be met. The problem is that good cycle schemes get watered down because of insufficient funding and their impact on road capacity and access etc. Unfortunately, it's the designer that has to take the blame when it should be the politicians and joe public who have not yet fully accepted cycling.

Of course, some designs are just crap.

Headhunter said...

Really? I just assumed that a lot of cycle facilities were set up by quota... Have a look at some of the "facilities" on this website, I just don't understand how anyone could believe they could improve cycling!

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/pete.meg/wcc/facility-of-the-month/index.htm

Andrea said...

If you think the current 'cycle facility of the month' on that site is bad then you should head to Brookmill Park where Skanska have been replacing lamp posts. Instead of putting new ones next to the existing ones in the shrubs they have plonked some of them right in the cycle track. I got in touch with Darren Johnson who made sure that Skanska will be relocating them at their expense.

But to take the example on the linked site...

Yes, this is crap but what are the steps to improve it? Firstly, you might pay BT to relocate the telegraph pole. Secondly, you might redesign the whole park to accommodate cyclists better. Does Warrington Council have enough money for this? Perhaps not. Many cycle routes were designed without sufficient funding and so all you got was a link from A to B but pretty crap infrastructure

Headhunter said...

The "cycle facility of the month" shown there is not that bad... Try flicking through some of the past examples, some are just horrendous! Not only ineffective but sometimes downright dangerous to use

roggie said...

The cycle symbols up Kitto Road and around the roundabout are (I am guessing) re-painting of original road markings. The section at the roundabout has some logic to it (installed over 15 years ago) but looks very confusing. Cycle markings (1057's to those sad enough to know the DfT code) are there to highlight that this is a cycle route and motorists might see cyclists - sort of awareness - took ages to get Lewisham to repaint after that road was resurfaced.

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