Council to map out new cycling strategy

Published: Friday 26th September 14

Plans to develop a new and far-reaching cycling strategy were endorsed at last night’s community services committee meeting.

Councillors agreed the first step would be a strategic review of all existing cycling facilities, policies and initiatives.

A survey of the borough’s street network is also underway to identify the gaps, weaknesses and strengths in the existing cycling facilities.

The new cycling strategy would respond to this analysis and set out the vision for a better borough for cycling.

Deputy council leader Jonathan Cook said:

“More and more people are embracing cycling in Wandsworth which is great news for our health, our overheated transport system and local air quality.

“This topic has moved steadily up the political agenda in recent years and there is already a great deal of work going on to promote cycling at a local and London-wide level. This includes our training and education programme as well as major developments like the introduction of two cycle super highways across Wandsworth and the extension of the Mayor’s cycle hire scheme.

“The time is now right to develop an overarching cycling strategy that joins up all of these activities and ensures every opportunity is fully explored. It would involve a partnership approach between several council departments, Transport for London and a range of community organisations and individuals.

“The first step will be a strategic review of existing cycling policies and projects as well as a thorough survey of the borough’s streets. This will give us a baseline upon which our new cycling strategy will look to improve.”

Key aims for the new cycling strategy would include:

  • Setting the vision for a new and improved cycle network
  • Integrating the latest best practice design standards
  • Fully integrate cycling within the transport system to reduce potential conflict with pedestrians, motorists or other road users
  • Make better use of data to target and attract potential cyclists
  • Better coordination between the wide range of cycling initiatives and promotions currently underway across the borough and London

Census figures show the percentage of journeys to work taken by bike in Wandsworth has increased from 4.2 per cent in 2001 to 7.9 per cent in 2011. 

You can read the report on the council’s website.

Find out about cycling initiatives at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/cycling

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Recent comments

About time. The cycling provision, signage and facilities in Wandsworth are non-existent and confusing at best. There are spots around Armory Way that are downright dangerous with green crossing lights leading on to active bus paths. Trinity Road coming down to Wandsworth roundabout, with its practically empty 8 motorway lanes is an unfunny joke to cyclists.
Toby

5 October 2014

This is great news! I love cycling to work but it's hard getting over the bridges when the cycle lanes just come and go and you end up dumped into busy traffic or squashed into the kerbside. The argument about road tax is a bit moot, in that case you should ask everyone who rides a bus to pay tax and cough up for their bus lanes. Having cycled a lot overseas I am staggered how antagonistic London car drivers are towards cyclists - surely by taking cars off the road and people off trains/buses everyone benefits? I know some cyclists do act irresponsibly (as do some drivers) but it's a small number and unfair to endanger the rest of us as a result.
Anna J

29 September 2014

Last Wednesday 14/9 . All London Taxis demonstrated to stop plans to make cycle lanes on most roads, which will restrict all flow of Traffic therefore what happens to the motorist? Why should we take second place, we pay Tax and Resident parking within Wandsworth and other Councils so why is the Motorist being restricted. Bicyclists are a menace, they NEVER USE THE CYCLE LANES, preferring to use Bus Lanes or the Road in general, they are a NIGHTMARE!
Carolyn

28 September 2014

@elizabeth Many cyclists also drive and pay all the same costs. We are statistically also higher earners and pay more income tax, and as these changes have all been suggested by the council, we all pay council tax too! Don't forget that the more people who are encouraged to cycle, the less traffic is on the roads for those of you who insist on driving everywhere. Agree with you though that dramatic improvements are needed across London to improve the quality of roads and reduce the danger posed by HGVs. These should be limited by law to 20mph in London and have their acceleration rate caped to improve their ability to respond to other road users.
Jordan

26 September 2014

I hope the cyclists are paying for all these alterations. For me to drive on the highways - I buy a car - pay for insurance - pay for petrol - pay to pass a road test - pay MOT - pay road tax (or what ever it's called now) What do cyclists pay for - any insurance for - when they hit pedestrians when they are cycling on pavements? Do cyclists obey the rules of the road ? Take Wandsworth roundabout - special cycleways for them - do they use them? - find them all round me - left and right side - on the road. I used to cycle to work - Bermondsey from Battersea - 50 minutes - 11 years back when the roads were far safer - now with all the potholes and huge haulage lorries roads are no longer safe.
Elizabeth Denton

26 September 2014

Not before time! For short journeys cycling is so much better - fast, door-to-door, no parking problems, no standing in traffic queues, no fuel costs. Increasing the number of bike parking racks would be a good part of the strategy! For example, C.Junction station parking is full during the weekday.
richard

26 September 2014

the introduction of a cycling strategy can only benefit the borough as there are major concerns regarding the cycling along the river between Wandsworth bridge and Battersea bridge where cyclists go as fast as 30 miles per hours rushing through pedestrians , children and buggies without care. I can see that the conflict with pedestrians, motorists or other road users is in the agenda as urgent attentions should be put in this matter.
MASSIMO BERGAMASCHI

26 September 2014