The Royal Parks movement strategy conclusions make for frustrating reading.
In the few places where, maybe, some good could come from their conclusions they've committed to maybe thinking about one day trialling something temporary at certain times of day. Perhaps. If they feel like it.
The park lane loop is probably better in the early morning. In the afternoon there are quite a few places where racing around it would be inconsiderate.
(Hyde park corner, pavement sections.)
Despite that it is still a million times better than what was there before! There are only small sections with pedestrian conflict rather than long stretches.
The royal parks agency is fascinating and very frustrating. The way I see it, institutionally they see themselves as custodians of the parks, the former hunting grounds of kings, the private rose gardens of royalty, the meadows of central london. The idea of enabling cycling, a democratic form of transport increasing public usage of royal parks, is just not compatible with this. I don't think this view has changed and sadly i dont think it will change. The EWCS in Hyde Park was hard fought, but still no changes to kensington gardens and the "missing link" parallel to bayswater road. CS11 was a tangible opportunity, and even The Crown Estates Paving Commission had made positive moves towards this, but sadly TfL got that wrong with WCC.
Wow so underwhelming
What could have been game changing
Yeah, probably not chain gang friendly, but for a lone rider it's doable
If you use Q5 (near the Oval) it would be worth adding a note of your experience in this consultation. Lambeth have cut off a 4000 car/day rat run that crosses Q5 and they need to hear how it is affecting people.
Even if you don't have much to add to the above, read a few of the suggestions and agree with those that seem sensible, it's so much easier for councils to do something when there is actual support demonstrated.
Done -thanks for the links they are very useful. I urge everyone to have a go on these maps and add/like comments for the areas you know about. I know from experience that most councils won't act and won't deliver what is necessary (modal filters etc) unless there's a strong base of local support.
I almost have sympathy for the councillors given the vitriolic abuse aimed at any Pro cycling local politician.
Islington Council is stepping up a gear. Delivery of its first low traffic neighbourhood will start in July and be completed in one week. St Peters ward i.e. near the canal east of Angel and along the route of Quietway 2
More info here
@Backstop this sounds like progress. I've been talking to officers a bit over the past few months, and I wrote to my councillors in St Peters last week calling for modal filters - i didn't expect such a quick response (!)
It broadly sounds like the right strategy - doing it over a large enough area of one ward to make a difference in traffic, doing it over a long enough period for behaviour change, and a focus on Quietway 2 where we all know its needed.
Its great to see action planned in July. Us enthusiastics, Islington Cyclists, LCC and Living streets etc will probably need to step up and be ready to get some positive stories in the local news etc on day one (to counter the inevitable backlash).
This still feels like baby steps, that ward seems, on my travels at least, to be fairly low traffic already. And the other interventions all targetting that same area. I guess they are aiming at QW2 and the heavier cycle traffic along that route.
I'll save my happy face for when they get round to tackling the Caledonian Rd and A1 routes through the borough.
The Railton Road scheme in Lambeth is going in and accepting comments:
This isn't plans as such, more the step before them. An analysis of the various neighbourhoods in London and which could benefit from low traffic areas, etc
CS8 upgrades continue in the direction of parliament.
Although it wasn't too bad before it helps fill in a gap in segregation/safe routes between the EW cycle superhighway and the CS over Vauxhall Bridge.
How far have the wands got?
Most of the way to Lambeth bridge on the North side of the road.
There's a park-lane style bus stop bypass, too.
Segregated lanes along Euston Road from Hampstead rd to Judd st. Short but one useful link and relieves pressure on tavistock way.
Work starts tomorrow according to Ross lydall.
Also a stretch of Hampstead Rd that's been segregated northbound (although I'm not really sure why, it's never struck me as that bad) and the Euston Rd/Hampstead Rd southbound junction has doubled the size of the bus/bike lane.
It somewhat connects into Camden's tracks on Royal College Street and up to Kentish town I think.
Tower Hamlets going big on creating an area wide scheme:https://talk.towerhamlets.gov.uk/LSBow around Bow/ Old Ford road and the traffic trying to get onto the A12.
It doesn't at the moment (it disappears halfway up Hampstead Rd) but it would be good if it finally did.
Lots of good stuff going on near Camden.
Cycled up c6 on my way to Highgate and it was lovely.
York road and some others in the area are getting temporary schemes.
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