Wandsworth 'Has Installed No Segregated Cycle Lanes'

Claims the action group Stop Killing Cyclists

Cycle action group Stop Killing Cyclists has released its findings from the Freedom of Information replies it received from 28 London Boroughs, including the information that Wandsworth is one of thirteen boroughs which hasn't installed any segregated cycle lanes.

Segregated cycle facilities consist of marked lanes designated for cyclists' use, and from which motorised traffic is generally excluded.

However a spokesperson from Wandsworth Council says: "Contrary to what they are claiming there are actually many segregated cycle lanes in this borough. To claim, as they do, that there are 'zero' is just plain wrong.

"Our response to their FoI says quite clearly that all these lanes have been installed by Transport for London because they are on the busy TfL-controlled, main roads where cyclists are most at risk. It's a real shame that they've managed to make this mistake because it risks undermining the wider research into this hugely important safety issue."

Stop Killing Cyclists released the following information from their findings:

*Less than half of one percent of London’s Boroughs’ roads have segregated cycle lanes installed.

*13 London Boroughs’ roads have zero segregated cycle lanes installed.
13 other London Boroughs’ roads have less than 1% installed.
Only Waltham Forest (1.79%) and Camden (1.63%) have more than 1% installed.

*The thirteen boroughs with zero segregated cycle lanes installed are:
Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Enfield, Haringay, Havering, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Richmond, Sutton, Tower Hamlets and Wandsworth.

*24 London Boroughs installed no cycle lanes since last London elections.

*Only 3 boroughs installed any segregated cycle lanes since the last election.
(Ealing (£400,000), Camden (£320,000), Waltham Forest (£400,000).
*The sum total spent by all boroughs over last 4 years on segregated cycle lanes was £0.795 million.  This equated to a mere £7,000 per borough per year since last election.
*Only 4 London Boroughs plan to install any segregated cycle lanes in the year after this May’s London elections. (Barking, Barnet, Hounslow, Waltham Forest).
*Four highest kilometres of segregated cycle lanes installed:
Waltham Forest- 8.7km
Greenwich- 6.5km
Barking- 4.5km
Camden - 4.2km

*Three boroughs have adopted 100% of their boroughs as 20 MPH zones.  (Southwark, Islington, Camden).

& Chelsea was the only reporting borough to have no 20mph zones.

*Four boroughs had less than 5% of their roads designated 20mph. (Bromley 4.9%, Barnet 3%, City of London 1%, Westminster 0.13%)

* In 2012, Camden spent by far the most on road-safety since the 2010 elections: £11.7 million.
Stop Killing Cyclists are organising a protest outside Westminster City Hall today (Wednesday 2nd April) 1-2pm to draw attention to the release of this research.

Will Nickell, author of  the London Boroughs Segregated Cycle Lanes Report for Stop Killing Cyclists, said: “This research for the first time exposes the lethal failure by the vast majority of London’s Boroughs to invest in Go-Dutch standard segregated safe-cycle lanes, for London’s kids and cyclists over the last four years”.

He added: “Boroughs must urgently follow Amsterdam into the 21st century and invest a minimum of 10% of their local transport budget on Dutch standard cycle lanes and include space-for-cycling in all new developments and transport infrastructure.”

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April 2, 2014