Cycle lanes and parking

MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Are you concerned that running a new cycle lane along a main road, next to parking bays will increase the risk of 'car dooring' incidents and possible fatalities as cyclists are flung into the path of fast moving traffic? Would the preference be to move the parking bays out and have the cycle track run behind the parking bays, next to the pavement, with properly designed bus stop bypasses, on the continental model?


Answer for Cycle lanes and parking

Answer for Cycle lanes and parking

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Running cycle tracks between the footway and parking bays has distinct advantages for the quality and attractiveness of infrastructure to support cycling. It is recommended as a good option where space allows it, and where the impact on other road users, particularly pedestrians, has been assessed. It offers continuous, direct, consistent cycle provision and it should significantly reduce the risk and severity of injuries sustained in 'dooring' collisions.

Where cycle lanes are provided on-carriageway, a buffer zone of 0.5-1m should be included between the parking bays and the cycle lane, and the lane should be at least 1.5m wide. This is to discourage cyclists from riding in a place where they are at risk from 'dooring'.

All these options are included in the draft London Cycling Design Standards which is currently being prepared for consultation.