Cycling in North West London

MQT on 2010-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2010
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Whilst promotion of cycling by TfL has increased across London in the last few years, Brent south of the A406 North Circular road is completely cut off from north Brent and the outer suburbs. I understand that TfL advise cyclists via the 'how to get to' function on their website to ride along the A5, a 50 mph busy road. Why is it that London's cycling policy is so disjointed in differing parts of London? When do you plan to deal with this issue?


Answer for Cycling in North West London

Answer for Cycling in North West London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I recognise that there are parts of the cycling network where the cycling environment could benefit from improvement. TfL has an ongoing pan-London infrastructure improvement programme which aims to improve conditions for all road users, including cyclists, on the Transport for London Road Network. Improvements to other roads are the responsibility of the boroughs. TfL is working with Brent through their Local Implementation Plan and Biking Borough programmes to improve provision for cyclists and to boost levels of cycling in the borough.

TfL's journey planner is designed to provide cyclists with appropriate advice for the journeys that they make. Users can select 'easy', 'fast' or 'leisure' routes. Where there is no suitable alternative the planner does sometimes use busier roads, especially for 'easy' and 'fast' routes. Cyclists travelling from (for example) Dollis Hill underground station (south of the North Circular) to Hendon Central (north of the North Circular), are recommended a route through Woodfield Park alongside Brent reservoir, avoiding the A5 if they choose the 'leisure' option on journey planner. The 'easy' and 'fast' options recommend a route via the A5 for up to 1km because it is quicker for cyclists who want to get to their destination more directly.

In addition to the online Journey Planner, TfL publishes 14 paper maps called London Cycle Guides, covering the whole of the greater London area. These show all the different cycling route options in the local area, many of which have been ridden and recommended by cyclists. Number 3 covers Brent, and it can be ordered from the TfL website. It shows various recommended routes between the area south of the A406 North Circular road and the area north of it.