London`s superhighways and the `Go Dutch` Campaign

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London's superhighways and the 'Go Dutch' Campaign
Gerhard Weiss
Cycling Development Officer
London Cycling Campaign
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Over 11,500 paid up members
About 50,000 supporters
33 Local groups, one in each London
borough
London's superhighways and the 'Go Dutch' Campaign
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Cycling development in London
About London's cycle superhighways
Love London, Go Dutch
How could cycle superhighways 'Go Dutch'?
Beyond cycle superhighways
Cycling development in London
Infrastructure
Cycling development in London
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33 local authorities
Cycling development in London
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33 local authorities
Transport for London Road
Network (TLRN)
Cycling development in London
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33 local authorities
Transport for London Road
Network (TLRN)
Royal Parks, waterways,
City of London corporation
and other highway
authorities
Cycling development in London
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London Cycle Network
(LCN)
Cycling development in London
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London Cycle Network
(LCN)
London cycle Network plus
(LCN+)
Cycling development in London
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London Cycle Network
(LCN)
London cycle Network plus
(LCN+)
Cycle Superhighways (CS)
About London's cycle superhighways
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12 commuter routes
To and from central London
Radial
Mostly on TRLN
About London's cycle superhighways
Mandatory cycle lanes
Cycle tracks
Advisory cycle lanes
‘Ghost lanes’
About London's cycle superhighways
+ Soft measures such as:
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Cycle training
Cycle parking
Workplace initiatives
Consistent way finding and journey information
About London's cycle superhighways
LCC has been supportive
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of the concept of radial routes into central London
of creating better conditions for cycling on major trunk roads
But LCC has been critical of
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the neglect of some major junctions (e.g. Bow)
the lack of cycle specific funding in areas away from the superhighways
the quality of implementation
the use of 'ghost lanes'
narrow lanes
lanes with no enforceable legal status (i.e. not mandatory)
About London's cycle superhighways
A useful addition to the LCN?
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A decent network
About London's cycle superhighways
Or at the expense of a bigger network?
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A decent network
Neglect due to lack of
funding
About London's cycle superhighways
Perhaps more successful at attracting more cyclists?
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A decent network
Neglect due to lack of
funding
Loss of the network?
Love London, Go Dutch campaign
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2010: Decision to run a public campaign with broad appeal
2011: Developing a choice of campaign themes / issues
Summer 2011: LCC members vote for 'Go Dutch'
End of 2011: Development of the 'Love London, Go Dutch' campaign
The Love London, Go Dutch Principles
LCC.org.uk/pages/key-principles-full
1. Safety first
2. Best practice
3. Adaptability
4. Easy passage
5. Calm junctions
6. Harmony with pedestrians
7. Harmony with public transport
8. Quality of life
9. Commitment
10. Engagement
Love London, Go Dutch campaign
Spring 2012: Petition launch
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42,000 signatures
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10,000 at the Big Ride
All major Mayoral candidates sign up and promised to...
Love London, Go Dutch campaign
...make London more liveable for everyone, by making our streets
as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland.
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Prioritise people over motor vehicles in urban design and transport planning by implementing
three flagship Go Dutch developments on major streets and/or locations.
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Design streets that people feel safe and want to cycle in by ensuring all planned
developments on the main roads controlled by TfL are done to Go Dutch standards, especially
junctions.
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Share road space more equally amongst all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists by
making sure the Cycling Superhighways programme is completed to Go Dutch standards.
How could cycle superhighways ‘Go Dutch’?
Design: The cyclist as a design parameter
How could cycle superhighways ‘Go Dutch’?
To make cycling safe and inviting requires space and time:
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Space to be overtaken
Space to pass queues
Space to ride side by side
Space and time to ride at your own pace
Time to negotiate junctions
Time to ‘read’ the street
If there is less space, cyclists need more time
How could cycle superhighways ‘Go Dutch’?
Therefore streets with high volume and speed of motor traffic need:
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Comfortable, consistent and continuous (designated) space for cycling
Calm, easy to understand junctions
Slow traffic
How could cycle superhighways ‘Go Dutch’?
London is different – London is the same
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Biggest conurbation in Europe
Dense bus network
Over 35 highway authorities
Legacy of car culture
A ‘lost’ generation
Very low cycle use
A few hills
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Many local town centres
Good climate
Wealth
There IS space
A ‘new’ generation
Cycling is growing
Not too hilly
Problems, but not excuses
Beyond cycle superhighways
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A focus on junctions: Can the Better Junctions programme deliver Love London, Go Dutch?
TLRN makes up just 5% of London’s streets: Boroughs have to take responsibility
Love London, Go Dutch needs to ‘go local’
Improve areas, not routes
Design for cycling
A comprehensive approach to cycling: it’s not just about lanes on streets
Thank you

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