Safer Walking and Cycling

Plenary on 2004-01-14
Session date: 
January 14, 2004
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Sir Ken Knight (Commissioner LFEPA)


Will TfL work with the boroughs and follow the advice of the Department for Transport to define and establish a 'road hierarchy' so that the character of each road can be developed to best suit the functions it has to fulfill - providing safer walking and cycling routes, and keeping cars from 'rat-running'? .


Answer for Safer Walking and Cycling

Answer for Safer Walking and Cycling

Answered By: 
Sir Ken Knight (Commissioner LFEPA)

The Director of Traffic Management has identified a network of 1,500 km borough principal roads and busy bus routes that are important for traffic movement and that can be considered as strategic. These roads, together with the existing TLRN, represent 16% of London's road length but carry well over half of London's traffic. The Transport Strategy states "On the TLRN and most other 'A' Roads there is a general presumption in favour of distribution, particularly for those making business journeys, bus passengers and commercial vehicle operators. On other London roads there is a presumption in favour of access and amenity, particularly for residents, buses, pedestrians and cyclists, and where necessary, business access."On non strategic roads under the control of the boroughs there is greater scope for allocating higher priority for walking and cycling and to discourage "rat-running". TfL is supporting a number of initiatives to control speeds, promote cycling and walking and discourage car traffic on local roads. Within the 2004/5 Business Plan there are area based schemes (£14.2m) and safer routes to school (£6.5m) and over £6m is allocated for 20 mph schemes on local borough roads. .