I think we may have got somewhere. It took a lot of prodding and even some swearing but there are positive signs.
Thank you Mayor Johnson for sending out your top folks!
Last Friday, members of BarnetLCC met at Henlys Corner, with Isabel Dedring (Deputy Mayor for Transport) and senior members of her team, including the designer of the scheme. They listened to our issues and made many positive noises. Since the meeting there have been good contacts with Tfl and I really believe that we may get some movement here.
The issues we raised were:
– The junction has been made worse for cyclists despite really excellent improvements for other modes.
– The “cycling facilities” offered, amount to a over engineered “cyclist dismount” sign and are not being used by most riders, including the schoolchildren who kindly rode through the junction, on cue, while we stood there.
– The cycle facilities are poorly engineered and introduce new and rather serious risks.
– The potential Super Highway route here will mean that this junction needs redesign in any case.
– The same problems can be seen at the newly designed crossing of the A406 at Bounds Green.
– There is a systemic issue in that junctions are being designed that worsen conditions for cyclists. This should not be happening.
To be fair to the designer(a thouroughly nice chap), it seems clear that within the brief he had, he did a fantastic job. There was little or no instruction to provide for cyclists. I won’t blame the workmen. The problem here is with the client’s brief.
I put it to them that an underlying issue was the lack of an overall plan for cycling in London. A genuine point of reference that designers/clients could look at to determine what cycling provision is needed at a given location. There is no such plan and there never has been in my memory. Aspirations… yes. But no plan.
Since I was calling for a Cycling Plan, it seemed churlish to me not to suggest one myself, so I cobbled together a collection of my own ideas and presented them in this document:
A Cycle Plan for London? (pdf)
Obviously, putting it up here is inviting comment and I would welcome that. I’m sure that many will have opinions but if you want to have a “Segregation vs. Integration” debate please don’t have it with me. I think it a false polemic. We should do what is appropriate to a given location and we should do what works.
A big thanks to all those who have retweeted, blogged and particularly those who came on The Great Divide Ride. You are what got us to this point. I should also thank our Mayor again, whose off the cuff comments have also played a positive role. Cheers Boris.