Stationary vehicles blocking Cycle Superhighways

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2651
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Stationary vehicles are regularly blocking Cycle Superhighway 7, in particular where CS7 intersects with London Road, and at the junction of Upper Thames Street and Southwark Bridge. The same happens further around the Elephant and Castle cycle bypass route, at the junction of Rockingham Street and Newington Causeway, which is a signal controlled junction for cyclists. This results in cyclists weaving in and out of immobile vehicles and facing considerable danger. According to the Highway Code the vehicles stopping across CS7 are not committing an offence and TfL are therefore unable to enforce against this. They are also apparently unable to install a yellow box junction at these intersections as guidelines state that these can only be introduced where two roads intersect. It is not acceptable for one of your flagship arterial cycling routes to be constantly blocked by vehicles. Will you look into measures TfL can take to stop these blockages and at the very least ask that they to install some advisory notices for motorists requesting that they do not block the cycle route?

Answer

Answer for Stationary vehicles blocking Cycle Superhighways

Answer for Stationary vehicles blocking Cycle Superhighways

Answered By: 
The Mayor

On large sections of Cycle Superhighway 7 (CS7), TfL has ensured that parking and loading is restricted to outside peak hours, only to enable the majority of cyclists using the route to experience uninterrupted journeys during peak times. However, loading/unloading and parking facilities must be provided at certain locations off peak to serve local businesses and retail units. Following feedback from the cycling community on these issues, TfL is currently liaising with the Metropolitan Police to ensure those sections of CS7 where parking restrictions are in place are kept clear for cyclists. We will continue to deploy officers on the ground.

TfL has plans to make improvements to CS7 at locations along the route, including more uninterrupted cycle tracks. TfL will also be improving the junction of Upper Thames Street as part of the East West Cycle Superhighway, and are also making transformational changes at Elephant & Castle Northern Roundabout.