Taming our hostile junctions

04 December 2017

Many junctions in outer London have been designed for cars and not for people, so it’s little wonder that many have a fear of walking or cycling that journey to school, to work or to the shops.

The report ‘Hostile Streets – Walking and Cycling at Outer London Junctions’ is released today.  It points out that the Mayor could do more to ensure his Healthy Streets policy is successful.

Main roads and busy junctions make it more difficult for people to walk and cycle.  Some roads in outer London do not offer even a basic level of service - with crossings inaccessible to wheelchairs and incomplete cycle lanes that throw cyclists out into fast-moving traffic.

Three quarters of the 9,718 people who were injured walking or cycling on London’s roads in 2016, were involved in collisions at junctions. And 71 per cent of the 1,287 crashes where people were killed or seriously injured, happened at junctions. [1]

Recommendations in the report include;

  • 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. [2]
  • Whilst on site carrying out standard and major roadworks, TfL and its contractors should check and resolve critical safety issues for pedestrians and cyclists.

Caroline Russell AM who released the report on behalf of the London Assembly Transport Committee said:

“The reality our investigation uncovered, is that many roads in outer London sever communities and are hostile places for people getting about on foot and by bike. 

While I’m pleased to see walking and cycling is at the forefront of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets approach and draft Transport Strategy, 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 and inappropriately high-speed limits have been all too common.

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.”

Chris Boardman, British Cycling policy adviser said:

“When cycling and walking is prioritised, it becomes safer and a more attractive option. More people that are enabled to complete short journeys by foot or on their bike rather than behind the wheel of a car is the most positive step we can take towards a long-term reduction in congestion on our roads.”

Notes to editors

  1. STATS19 data, 2016
  2. 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.
  3. The report ‘Hostile Streets – Walking and Cycling at Outer London Junctions’ is attached.
  4. Caroline Russell AM, Member of the Transport Committee, is available for interview – see contact details below.
  5. London Assembly Transport Committee
  6. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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