Car access to residential neighbourhoods

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Last month the Mayor predicted that motorists would turn on him because of his pro-cycling policies, does he believe this is because his Transport Strategy includes lines like 'car access should be restricted in residential neighbourhoods', which will disadvantage families?


Answer for Car access to residential neighbourhoods

Answer for Car access to residential neighbourhoods

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My ambitions are twofold. I would like to see a reduction in the amount of 'rat-running' by through traffic along residential roads. Through traffic is better suited to main roads, where it should be. Although the strategy is not aiming to reduce the ability of residents to take their cars to their own streets, the strategy does want to encourage residents to consider making more walking, cycling and public transport trips , as appropriate instead of car trips. Less traffic resulting from less rat running and more local trips being made by walk, cycle and public transport will give families in residential areas a safer and more pleasant environment in which to live.