News, much like - apparently - Matt Leblanc’s disdain for London cyclists, never sleeps. Here’s everything that happened in London cycling this past week:
The money is to be allocated between 33 London boroughs, and used “in areas like reducing road danger, transforming local environments, encouraging cycling and walking, accessibility and improving air quality.“
Mayor Khan says this will mean more “funding to get projects off the ground this year”. While that sounds great in theory, as we’ve seen particularly in the past few months (and as I recently wrote about), it’s not the lack of money, but rather a concerning lack of political will - and perhaps even courage - that seems to be the main issue with stalled cycling projects in the capital.
Time will tell, I guess.
The new docking stations are located on:
St. John’s Crescent, Brixton
Ferndale Road, Brixton
Saltoun Road, Brixton
Cranmer Road, Stockwell
Normandy Road, Stockwell
Wynne Road, Stockwell
Sidney Road, Stockwell
“The borough is fast becoming the most cycle-friendly in London and this is another way people can start travelling more ‘actively’”, says Jennifer Brathwaite, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Environment & Housing.
In an effort to ‘cycle-fy’ the borough further, Stop Killing Cyclists has also compiled a list of election pledges for candidates for Lambeth Council in the upcoming local elections.
The great battle of Regent’s Park rages on.
On Wednesday night, Stop Killing Cyclists organized their ‘Close the Gates’ demonstration at the Park, where those gathered lied down across the gates with their bikes, in, as one of the participant put it, ”the most unpleasant weather conditions I have ever been in at such an event.”
There was a lot of - as it later turned out - unwarranted jubilation in the days leading up to the event, however.
On Monday, the London Cycling Campaign announced that a compromise had been reached between all parties involved, meaning CS11 was effectively a go. Unfortunately, the claim was soon rebuffed by the CEPC boss Max Jack himself, calling the news “more wishful thinking than fact”, and some further name calling ensued.
In the end, even after all the staged deaths and playing broken telephone over this past week, it seems we’re right back to where we started.
First, he noted how he wouldn’t dare try his luck on a bike around his London home: "I wouldn't ride a bicycle there – it just seems like a death sentence."
Although highly hyperbolic - 11 cyclists died in London in 2017, tho the number of those severely injured is far greater - there’s no denying London’s sketchered record with road safety and scarce cycling infrastructure. So you can at least see where Leblanc’s coming from with this one.
But Matt also expressed his irritation with cyclists riding three or four abreast, saying:
"It's when there are three or four of them, side-by-side so they can chat – but they don't move out of the way. That's frustrating. Do I bump 'em with the car? No. But maybe I give a little tap on the horn like 'beep-beep! Come on, move over!’”
Speaking of segregated bike lanes, a gifted cabbie somehow managed to find himself casually driving along the East-West Cycle Superhighway outside Buckingham Palace, where he was confronted by a vexxed (and I can only assume reasonably perplexed) cyclist, who refused to move out the way:
“You ain’t going anywhere mate.” And indeed he didn’t.
Earlier this week, the Islington council invited public comment on 39 shortlisted proposals to reinvent the Old Street roundabout. Among them - these gorgeous cylindrical glass towers with storage space for hundreds of bikes.
The goal of the redesign, according to London’s walking and cycling commissioner, is “to make Old Street a more pleasant and safer place for all pedestrians and cyclists.”
Have you been injured walking or cycling in the past 6 months? If so, I hope you’re feeling a lot better! Also, Dr. Rachel Adred, reader in Transport at the University of Westminster would like to talk to you. She’s running a pilot project on cyclist (and pedestrian) injury risk, and is currently collecting data and stories - no matter how minor the injury.
As Dr. Adred points out, “we still often know very little about risk. We might know that there are a lot of pedestrian or cyclist injuries at a particular location. But how does the risk per pedestrian or per cyclist differ from other parts of the street network?”
Among others, these include a proposal to reduce the speed limits for motor vehicles in Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park, St James’s Park and The Green Park from 30mph (currently) to 20mph.
As the parks point out in their report, “this is in line with Greenwich, Richmond and Bushy Parks and with an increasing number of roads elsewhere” and should “contribute towards enhancing visitor safety, the protection of wildlife and improving the park ambience.”
If that sounds like the type of change you’d like to see, follow the link above to tell them.
And finally, this is technically Buckinghamshire cycling news, but I don’t care - go read this story about a couple that met at a local cycling club in 1953, and are still cycling together today. Life goals, anyone?
Did I miss anything else that happened in London cycling this week? Do let me know in the comments.
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