Cyclists' Safety

MQT on 2013-10-23
Session date: 
October 23, 2013
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


When roadworks are taking place it often appears as though no thought has been paid to how cyclists and vehicles will get round the roadworks safely. There is normally just a sign that says 'Cycle Lane Closed'. For instance no provisions have been made for cyclists using the CS2 which is currently being built between Bow and Newham eastbound and their options are either to use the road with vehicles going very fast, where it is difficult to manoeuvre into the right space or to use the pavement and risk being fined by the police. What can you do to ensure that cyclists are not left stranded because of roadworks?


Answer for Cyclists' Safety

Answer for Cyclists' Safety

Answered By: 
The Mayor

At road works, highways authorities must legally abide by the 'Safety at Street Works and Road Works' code of practice. This sets out signage, lighting, guarding and safety requirements in line with section 65 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 and section 174 of the Highways Act 1980.

The code of practice includes advice on providing for cyclists at roadworks. This is already done well in many cases, as with the long-term closure of part of Farringdon Road for Crossrail works.

I would like to see this level of provision become standard practice and TfL has prepared guidance on the subject for boroughs, contractors, developers and others. This includes best practice examples, and will be published for consultation later in the year.  It has already been shared in draft with TfL's own contractors working on the extension to CS2 to help inform the traffic management at that site. During these works, off-carriageway facilities are available on the northern footway for a section of the route. Where it is not possible to provide cycling facilities, signage has been installed to alert traffic to the presence of cyclists.