TfL admits their Road Safety Audits do not account for cyclists

In February, I complained about a dangerous advisory cycle lane on the A202 in Peckham.

That doesn't look wide enough...

More 'best practice' from TfL

After escalating the complaint, to London Travel Watch because TfL had not responded within the period set out in their procedure, I have finally received a reply.

TfL have informed me that,

Having discussed this with internal colleagues and cycling experts we believe a modification to the markings would be desirable. TfL will remove a section of the advisory cycle lane on the approach to the traffic island.

A victory! OK, so perhaps I didn’t start this blog to strip London of its cycle lanes, but I really am glad that this potentially lethal piece of infrastructure is going to be modified.

In what I can only imagine is a misguided attempt to mollify me, the letter goes on to say the following:

The advisory cycle lane on Queen’s Road was designed in accordance with the current London Cycling Design Standards. Stage 2 (end of detailed design) and Stage 3 (post construction) Road Safety Audits have been undertaken on the project and neither audit raised an issue with the cycle lane.

I simply cannot understand how TfL can in the same letter say that:

1. The junction is so dangerous that they need to remove a lane, and
2. Their own safety audits were unable to flag this up at either the design or construction stage.

I have responded to TfL, thanking them for changing the junction and asking for a copy of these audits, either out of the kindness of their hearts, or if they’re not inclined to send them to me out of love then because they’re obliged to under the FOI Act. See the full text of their email and my response here.

Watch this space.

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One Response to “TfL admits their Road Safety Audits do not account for cyclists”

  1. How did TfL build a junction, brag about it, and demolish it within a year? « Cycle of Futility Says:

    […] the safety audit did raise an issue with the cycle lane (counter to what I was told by TfL when I initially complained about it). Why, then, did TfL’s London Streets allow the junction to be […]

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