Cycle Sensitive Streets

MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your answer to my question 3307/2013 on cycle sensitive streets. In order to clarify the approach being taken please can you provide a full detailed report of defect types, their  identification thresholds, and response requirements that are inspected for cycle specific hazards for:

a) Cycle Super Highways

b) TfL Red Routes

c) Cycle Tracks

d) On Carriageway (non Red Routes)


Answer for Cycle Sensitive Streets

Answer for Cycle Sensitive Streets

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL recognises that the maintenance of roads to a high standard is a key contributing factor in encouraging more people to cycle more often.

Inspection frequencies are benchmarked against the National Code of Practice, 'Well Maintained Highways'. Inspections on Red Routes meet the recommended frequencies in each category, and are exceeded in several categories. Boroughs also generally follow the National Code of Practice for non-red routes.

The summary attached as Appendix 3 illustrates TfL's intervention levels for carriageways, footways and cycle tracks. In view of the hazard that surface defects can cause for cyclists, intervention levels are lower for carriageway defects within a cycle lane or within 1.5 metres of the kerb. This is common to any route and no distinction is made for Cycle Superhighways. Response times to address defects are risk based depending on the specific location, severity and likely usage and the most urgent defects are made safe within an hour.

This applies to assets owned by TfL. Other assets such as utility covers are owned and maintained by third parties. However, TfL has negotiated an agreement with Thames Water to carry out emergency repairs on their behalf which can significantly improve response times to dangerous defects. It is are seeking similar agreements with other utilities.