Latest updates and information from this week's Duty Officer: this week, a welcome change to the weather, and what have you been doing to contribute to Climate Week?
Overview of My Week
We've continued to share information with partners about the ongoing groundwater flooding incidents in parts of the London Boroughs of Croydon and of Bromley. As a result of having had a lot of rainfall over the last few months, it's possible that groundwater flooding may continue in some south London boroughs for some time.
Alison Gill, an art teacher at City of London School tells us how she's been using the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards to inspire her students...
For the past few years, I’ve been using the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards as a springboard for sculpture projects with my year 6, 7 or 8 classes. This year, I’m also working with students and teachers at ARK Bentworth Primary Academy who are entering the awards for the first time.
One of the great joys of my job (not) is having to respond to the vast quantity of voodoo claims, misrepresentations, fake facts and general nonsense which seems to hang around the topic of cycling like incense at an Orthodox mass.
HGVs, particularly construction vehicles, are disproportionately involved in pedestrian and cyclist deaths in London. The city’s current building boom means that more and more of these types of vehicles are coming into London.
Ever thought about cycling but been put off by the idea of pedalling up hills? The Mayor’s plans for the UK’s first electric bike hire scheme, aims to take the puff and pant out of cycling. It will be trialled in the borough of Haringey, north London where a fleet of e-bikes will operate from a network of docking stations around Muswell Hill.
Last week, Mayor of London Boris Johnson met up with his Paris equivalent, Bertrand Delanoë at City Hall where they agreed to share expertise on improving cycling in their cities.
Both London and Paris have seen a surge in the numbers of cyclists in recent years, and share hugely popular cycle hire schemes. The question for both cities now is how to continue this upward trend in cycling and what role infrastructure and improved road safety might play.
In March, the Mayor announced plans for a central London grid of backstreet cycle routes in his Vision for Cycling. Over the past months, we’ve been working with the seven central London boroughs, the City of London, Royal Parks, Canal & River Trust and TfL to bring this to fruition.
Today the Mayor’s hugely popular Cycle Hire scheme was launched in south west London and more and more Londoners are discovering how cycling is a great way to get around the city. With 415 hires in the new area in the first two hours alone, this is set to make it even easier for people to choose two wheeled travel.
I talked in my last post about the sheer volume of myths and fake facts that bedevil the subject of cycling – such as last week’s claim by the London Taxi Drivers’ Association that “53 per cent” of cyclists jump red lights.