Stirling Corner - Cycling Round the Junction

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2014
Reference: 
2014/4346
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Further to Question No: 2014/3747

Further to Question No: 2014/3331: "Further to Question No: 2014/1999:"Further to Question 2014/1459:"Further to your answer to Question 2014/1015, further to your answer to Question 2014/0258 and further to your answer to Question 4161/2012: "I cycle the whole of London. When I next do Stirling Corner I will give you a report"; And your answers to questions 261/2013, 522/2013, 1041/2013, 1464/2013 and Question 2039/2013 and Question 2497 / 2013  referring back to your non-answers to my invitation to you to attempt to go round Stirling Corner on your bike, and your repeated answer "I have nothing to add to MQ 4161/2012", and your answer to Question 3083/2013, "I cycle the whole of London and when I next pass through Stirling Corner I will be sure to give you a report"; and your answer to Question 2013/3698: "Since my last response to you on this matter "I cycle the whole of London and when I next pass through Stirling Corner I will be sure to give you a report", I have not cycled through Stirling Corner. However, when I next pass through Stirling Corner, I will be sure to give you a report." And further to Question 2013/5236: "Have you ever cycled round Stirling Corner? Have you cycled round Stirling Corner since you promised to do so; if not why not; and if not when do you expect to cycle round Stirling Corner? Or is it that you have no intention of doing so in the foreseeable future and just want to pretend you are a keen cyclist with cyclists' concerns at heart and have no intention of honouring your commitment to do so, so that your original answer can be seen as nothing more than a fobbing off exercise? Or are you frightened of doing so, as it is too dangerous? Why do you have nothing to add? Aren't you embarrassed by your non responses when reminded of your promise? And to Question 2013/4184 "I have nothing further to add to my previous answers to this question. It costs around £70 to respond to each Mayor's Question and this question has now been asked 10 times." "Why have you nothing to add? Are you not ashamed of your continual failure to honour this commitment? Why are you trying to avoid legitimate scrutiny of your work by suggesting that questions such as this that you find difficult and embarrassing should not be repeatedly asked until you provide a proper reply?" Your answer being: "This is the 11th time you have asked this question. I have not cycled through Stirling Corner. However, when I next cycle through Stirling Corner, I will be sure to give you a report." Did you pass by Sterling Corner on your recent visit to Hendon?  Have you cycled round the roundabout yet? If not, why not?" Your written response being: "This is the 12th time you have asked this question. Please see my response to MQ5236/2013". "Isn't it about time you honoured your commitment to ride round the junction on your bike, assuming you have yet to do so, so you don't have to keep answering this question which reveals your failure to honour your pledge? Your answer being: Your question could have simply read "Have you cycled around Stirling Corner?" and my response to that question is "Please see my response to MQ 4161/2012". Have you ridden round String corner yet on your bike; if not why not; and is your answer above an indication of the embarrassment you feel about being reminded about yet another broken pledge?" Your response being: "Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly. "Have you still not cycled round Stirling Corner, and if not, why not? your  response being: My response to MQ 2014/1459 was "I have not broken any pledge on this issue."   

bearing in mind that this junction serves Hertsmere as well as Barnet, will we see you honouring your pledge now, to cycle round the junction; and as we have just seen the welcome announcement of a 50 mph limit, can we expect shortly also to see the permanent 24/7 traffic lights local people want, and swift action on the need for pedestrian and cyclist improvements? Your  response  being "The findings of the trial to operate traffic signals on a full time basis will be made available shortly.  At the same time, TfL will bring forward information on the potential for any further improvement works at the roundabout." Have you cycled round the junction yet?

your response being:

"Andrew, you are repeatedly asking the same question and I am repeatedly giving you the same answer. We also discussed this recently during the TfL Plenary on Wednesday 10 September. To reiterate the answer I gave then, "as soon as I have cycled round Stirling Corner you will be among the first to know".

Boris, as you seem to be getting tetchy having repeatedly to answer this question, is not the answer for you ask yourself why I keep asking this question, which is because it is very dangerous to cycle round the junction until you get your finger out and do something to make it safer; and is the answer also for you to honour your pledge to cycle round the junction so you can see for yourself; and have you cycled round Stirling Corner yet?

Answer

Answer for Stirling Corner - Cycling Round the Junction