Cycle superhighway speed limits

MQT on 2012-01-25
Session date: 
January 25, 2012
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Since you answered question 3346/2011 the DfT has published review of infrastructure and cyclist safety which found that cutting vehicle speeds, particularly at junctions, would be the single most effective measure to increase the safety of cyclists. In light of this, will you revisit calls from cyclists and pedestrian groups for a 20mph speed limit on sections of Cycle Superhighways that send cyclists through busy town centres and junctions such as New Cross, Peckham and Camberwell without physical separation?


Answer for Cycle superhighway speed limits

Answer for Cycle superhighway speed limits

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The DfT's report 'Traffic Management Techniques for Cyclists' does indicate that speed reduction may provide benefits for cyclists, but it also suggests that relative positioning and visibility of cyclists may also be key factors in collisions involving cyclists at junctions.

TfL recognises the benefits of 20mph zones on local roads and in residential areas, and works with the boroughs to help deliver such measures. The management of the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN), which provides the vital arteries for London's commercial traffic, is more complex. For this reason, when considering lower speed limits, the potential benefits in terms of both safety and liveability of our town centres needs to be taken into consideration alongside the important transport functions these routes perform.

In south London, Barclays Cycle Superhighway Route 5 (CS5) will deliver a range of safety improvements for cyclists in Camberwell, Peckham and New Cross. Current plans include new sections of mandatory and advisory cycle lane, upgrades to existing cycle facilities, and new or widened sections of bus lane. Barclays Cycle Superhighways also include new or upgraded Advanced Stop Lines and blind spot safety mirrors at signalised junctions. More information on CS5 will be available later this year.