TfL research finds Londoners becoming more scared of cycling

Just a quick post to flag up some research undertaken for Transport for London by market research agency SPA Future Thinking. A summary report has been published this month on TfL’s website.

The research found:

  1. More people than last year agreed that “traffic makes people afraid of cycling in London’s streets”.
  2. Concern about safety is the most common deterrent to taking up cycling.
  3. While more people are cycling than last year, the report notes that cycling still remains “the least appealing of the major modes”.

Is it any surprise that this is the case when TfL are building cycle superhighways that people are killed on?

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While cycling casualties in England are decreasing overall, in London they’re going up.

The blame for this lies squarely at the door of Transport for London.

TfL says their road network comprises 5% of London’s roads and carries over 30% of its traffic. Yet eight of London’s top ten dangerous junctions for cyclists are managed by TfL.

On Saturday, a group of bold cyclists will be touring TfL’s most dangerous junctions. As Mark from ibikelondon says:

If you want to see safer streets for cycling too, we’d love to welcome you too.

8 Responses to “TfL research finds Londoners becoming more scared of cycling”

  1. Jim Says:

    The full report is available too, from this page:

  2. Kim Says:

    Don’t forget it is not just cyclist that are being killed by these traffic policies, it is pedestrians as well. Everyone should be getting angry about the deaths on our roads.

  3. betsy Says:

    am i being bonkers here, or did they really just register an increase in cyclists in london (from 16 to 19%) by changing the definition of cyclist from ‘cycled in the last year’ to ‘cycled at some point’? (see full report..)

  4. Chas Says:

    CS8 has been poorly designed. It makes the road more dangerous for cyclists. It’s shocking.

    In one place, on York Road going east, there use to be three lanes. 100yards ahead one lane goes north, the other two continue east. Now there is a bus stop taking up one lane, followed by a dashed cycle lane in the middle of the road, followed by a manditory one. So, in order to go north the driver and cyclsist only have the opportunity to cross those going east for about 10yards,

    There’s a manditory cycle lane which ends at the junction with Plough Road – so cars are forced to hook across bikes. There was previously three lanes and a cycle lane and a recessed bus stop. Safe, Easy. Now two lanes. Bus stops in lane 1, cyclist must stop traffic in lane 2 to go around.

    Manditory Cycle lane next to parked cars outside Tesco on Battersea Park Road. How do you park your car?

    Most of the section on Battersea Park Road is one lane – this means that there are blue dots on the road which are supposed to encourage us to think that this is ‘safe, fast and efficient’. That we should feel comfortable ‘cycling at out own speed’. This is the busiest freight road around and the principal public transport route (no tube). All the traffic is reduced to the speed of the occasional cyclist.

    I feel cold sweat, pulling out in the rain in front of an angry bus driver. I’m strong, I’ve cycled here for twenty years. It makes me shudder to think that this is the route recommended by TFL in their little route leaflets to new cyclist.

    Still, it would be hard to find any literature. All these changes have been implemented without any real consultation (even of the local council who were also cross) or the required environmental and disability impact assessments. That’s what I can make out from my conversations with them.

    On a philosophical level some of the junctions are quite interesting. They’re not in the Highway Code, or the govt. acts, they’re new, weird hybrid creatures. If an arrow points left and says ‘except buses’ what does that mean?

    We were told that there would be ‘route training’. I don’t know what that means, they put up some blue flags for a few weeks. But they never told anybody how to use the road. They didn’t stand at junctions giving out leaflets or making explanations. They don’t put instructions on their website.

    They just drop you in it.

    Cyclists don’t use the route because they’re not stupid. But where two car lanes are one we now have stacked traffic (polluting is worst in jams). The buses can’t get through either.

    On the Embankment the cycle lane is a car width then reduces to half of the that. The cycle lane signs show it only operates 7-7 weekdays. So, drivers should use it at other times. But, here we have an effective car lane narrowing to a bike width without warning at a pinch point on the road.

    There’s nothing ‘Super’ About the Cycle Highways. TFL put them down the Red Routes because those are the only routes which they control and it is too difficult to do anything else (get necessary permissions from council – there’s a significant cost to it).

    What the Cycle infrastucture in London shows is a high handed, impune, colonialist mentality mired in bureaucratic comprise. What is clear is that they have no passion for the implementation of good transport in London..

  5. Simon Says:

    Where has your blog gone?

  6. bellerbys Says:

    Ya, haven’t seen you writing fabulous posts for a long time. Just wonder how you have been. I am quite keen to know your opinions on the concept of shared space as well. What do you think of the newly installed Exhibition Road in the RBKC?

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