Cycle Lanes (Supplementary) [1]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I take your point, and I think Vauxhall Cross will suffer because of this. Vauxhall Cross is near where I live I feel quite strongly about it. There is, for example, a passage that goes from the south west corner up to the north east corner, which is going to be for buses only. This is an example of a lack of understanding about the human mind by the planners, because cyclists are going to use that route, whether or not it's illegal, and whether or not there is any enforcement of that, cyclists are going to use it. It would be more practical to accept that this is an option for cyclists and make it safe for them to use it, rather than just saying they can't.

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Answer for Cycle Lanes (Supplementary) [1]

Answer for Cycle Lanes (Supplementary) [1]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Jenny is referring to South Lambeth Place. The bus station development on Bondway allows for a 40% increase in bus services and will concentrate bus flows in this area. South Lambeth Place will accommodate most of these buses, including new 18 metre articulated bend-buses.

Given the anticipated bus volumes, manoeuvring involved, and the pedestrian concentration, we believe it would be irresponsible to permit cyclists to use South Lambeth Place and alternative safe routes are to be introduced for cyclists as an integral part of the scheme. I am told there is a safety problem because of the concentration of buses going down there. But there is no reason why TfL officials shouldn't meet with the local cycling groups to go through and test their arguments against the scheme.