Mayor's Vision for Cycling (7)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1224
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

At the last Transport Committee Peter Hendy stated that safer cycling infrastructure will be installed incrementally to allow TfL to 'learn as they go'. He also stated that they lacked sufficient expertise to begin installing schemes at a faster rate. Please explain why TfL is not making greater use of European experts with strong track records in this area?

Answer

Answer for Mayor's Vision for Cycling (7)

Answer for Mayor's Vision for Cycling (7)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is actively working with experts from many European countries, including the UK, to ensure that we learn from how other cities have achieved safer streets for cycling , bearing in mind important differences that exist in law, regulation, policy, behaviour and local conditions.

The emphasis is on building capacity directly among those who plan and design cycling infrastructure in London. This is being achieved through collation of best practice, research, hosting external visitors and learning events.

During 2013, TfL staff have already met, and continue to build links with local experts from Copenhagen, Paris and Dublin. Further meetings are planned with representatives from Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Danish practice on cycling infrastructure is one of the topics covered in design training that TfL delivers to staff and borough officers.

TfL is testing design ideas inspired by European practice through off-street trials at the Transport Research Laboratory in Berkshire. This includes a 'Dutch-style' roundabout, different forms of segregation of road users and low-level dedicated cycle signals. Only if we are satisfied that these can be safely introduced in London will TfL proceed with on-street trials.