Cycle Paths (3)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/19837
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Do you recognise that segregated cycle paths can, by narrowing available road space, make it significantly more difficult for emergency vehicles to speed through those roads?

Answers

Answer for Cycle Paths (3)
Cycle Paths (3)

Cycle Paths (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

No, I do not recognise this. A number of factors influence emergency service response times, including distance to the scene and time of day. Statistics from the London Ambulance Service show that average first response running time for ambulances has not changed significantly since the construction of the East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways. Introducing high-quality cycle facilities is critical to addressing the health crises affecting our City and to meeting my Vision Zero target of no deaths or serious injuries by 2041. It is not uncommon to see emergency services using segregated cycle lanes to bypass traffic queues, something that would not have been possible before the cycle lanes were built.