|12th October 2009||#1|
| || |
Mayor's Transport Policy - Public Consultation - please contribute!
Today, the Mayor of London has released his new Transport Strategy for public consultation. The consultation period opens today and runs until January 12th, 2010 (i.e. for the next 3 months), so now is your opportunity to let your thoughts be known!!
The consultation is available at: http://www.london.gov.uk/shaping-london/ - under the Mayor's Transport Strategy (center of the page).
From my first glance, there seems to be two ways of contributing your opinion:
Key points about the proposed strategy
The proposed strategy is available online for download. You can either download selected chapters, or download the whole document (pdf - 23MB). I have not yet read the whole document (if and when I do, I shall try to update this post) but I have read the section in the Transport Proposals chapter (pdf - 8.9MB) that relates to cycling in London. This comprises 7 pages (of the 337 page document!) and contains 8 proposals (out of 129). However, there is not a single mention of reducing cyclist fatalities...
There is, however, one small sub-proposal (part 'g' of Proposal 54) that talks about "[d]elivering road enhancements to make cycling safer and easier, including managing car access to residential areas, through physical or design measures, to create pleasant and safer cycling environments," as another section altogether that details with cyclist safety - section 5.15.5. But that section, even thought mentioning the huge problem caused by HGVs, does not offer any real solutions. It only talks about enhancing the use of sideguards on HGVs (in part, by lobbying the government to change legislation), as well as trying to increase the number of freight vehicles with “electronic warning devices that detect cyclists”. Will these changes really help?
One other key fact that I have picked up from my initial perusal of the document relates to the Mayor's aims: an increase in cycling in London from the current level of approximately 2%, to a level of 5% by 2026.
Key points related to the survey
If you are answering the questionnaire, you are given the option to tick boxes related to what you think are the most important benefits for each category. For cycling, these options are:
You may also be interested in the options for freight (i.e. goods vehicles); they are:
Next, there is a free text area where you may say what you like! I am not going to say any more about that here, as there are plenty of other threads on this forum related to the ongoing debate around cycle safety in London, as well as the 'See me, save me' campaign.
I hope this information is useful to you all.
Last edited by d0cA; 12th October 2009 at 15:45. Reason: updated with info from the road safety section
|12th October 2009||#4|
| || |
I've attempted to summarise some of the main elements of this big report for cyclists:
Small steps forward instead of strides in Today's cycle plan - hope it helps encourage some people to take action
|13th October 2009||#8|
| || |
also, for those of you who are slightly more patient (i.e. can wait a month or two before sending in your response) i and a few others have just about completed a paper regarding cycling fatalities in london based upon the police stats19 dataset. we will be submitting it in the next week to 10 days (currently waiting back on people having sent around an almost-final draft) and i would hope that it gets published within about 4-6 weeks of submission.
|13th October 2009||#9|
| || |
|13th October 2009||#12|
| || |
Mayor of London wants to get the percentage of trips done by bike from 2% to 5% by 2026.
I can find two problems with that..
1. Brussels took their bike modal share from 1% to 6% in 5 years.
2. EU Commission is hoping to set targets of 15% bike modal share by 2015.
(Edit: Think it is 15% by 2020 now I double checked)
So why exactly can Brussels take their bike share from 1% to 6% in 5 and we need over 3 times longer to achieve this. Also why is 5% called a "cycling revolution" so much for Boris the "cycling mayor" more like Boris the "try to please everyone but end up making everyone unhappy mayor"
Last edited by andreaskam; 13th October 2009 at 23:40.
|13th October 2009||#14|
| || |
Type in the two quotes I mentioned.
Also: http://ecf.com/3644_1 (regarding taking cycling to 15% to save huge amount of CO2)
Also: http://www.velo-city2009.com/charter-brussels.html - the charter that says 15% of transport should be done by bike.
d0cA - if you feel strongly about this c**p transport policy maybe we should get together to discuss what we could do?
|14th October 2009||#15|
| || |
@ andreaskam - thanks for the links! will do a bit of further research into them as i can (have already started).
about getting together to discuss - yeah, maybe, but i'm not quite sure what we'd do - perhaps we can start discussion on here, or maybe a thread on the private forum (where it's not so google-able)? let me know what you are thinking...
|Thread Tools||Search this Thread|
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Consultation to lower speed limits||marcomarcos||General||8||31st January 2013 10:32|
|Consultation re Windmill Drive in Clapham Common||VeeVee||General||12||24th July 2009 21:38|
|Fixed gear riding central to Mayor's transport vision||Oliver Schick||General||4||6th November 2008 19:46|
|Our public transport cousins have their own forum||VeeVee||Miscellaneous & Meaningless||106||25th October 2008 15:40|
|Public Transport....What a Dragggg||bikenut||General||16||26th February 2008 23:33|