Outer London Junctions
Many roads in outer London sever communities and can hostile places for people getting about on foot and by bike.
Walking and cycling is at the forefront of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach and draft Transport Strategy, but there is a lot to be done in outer London where most of the untapped potential lies.
In recent years most of the Mayor’s funding has been spent in inner and central London and decisions around new road schemes have prioritised car use.
If the Mayor is going to meet his target to get 80% of journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport by 2041, he must make it safer and more convenient to walk and cycle.
This means changing the culture at TfL and prioritising people, not cars, on London’s streets
The report ‘Hostile Streets – Walking and Cycling at Outer London Junctions’ points out that the Mayor could do more to ensure his Healthy Streets policy is successful.
- 76 per cent of the 9,718 pedestrians and cyclists who were injured on London’s roads in 2016 were involved in collisions at junctions.
- 71 per cent of the 1,287 who were killed or seriously injured, were injured at junctions.
- There is huge unmet potential in outer London: 5 million trips each day that could be walked or cycled are being made by motorised modes.
- 64 per cent of London’s unmet potential for walking is in Outer London. 61 per cent of that is unmet potential for cycling.
- TfL should look beyond collisions data and consider potential to increase walking and cycling when selecting junctions to improve.
- TfL should review the speed limits on all its roads in line with its new Healthy Streets check.
- Road Network.TfL should review its compliance with the Equalities Duty in respect of pavements, crossings and cycle lanes on the TfL.
- TfL should identify outer London junctions that cause problems of community severance, and run an improvement programme to resolve high risk road danger issues for people walking and cycling (as set out in the Healthy Streets check).
- Whilst on site carrying out standard and major roadworks, TfL and its contractors should check and resolve critical safety issues for pedestrians and cyclists.
This report represents the view of the majority of the Committee.
The GLA Conservatives’ dissenting views are set out in a minority opinion in Appendix 1 of this report (pages 41 and 42). In particular, they disagree with Recommendations 1 and 10. The UKIP Group disagrees with Recommendations1, 6 and 10. Further details are included on pages 18, 27 and 38.