|Good stuff from the City of London. Stonecutter Street used to|
be a taxi rat run. Now bikes and pedestrians only.
The event is hosted by the City of London and will take place at the Green Box Community Hall, 14–16 Little Somerset Street, E1 8AH. It will commence with light refreshments from 5.30 p.m., with formal business starting at 6.00 p.m. and will conclude at around 8.00 p.m.
If you read this blog and car about the future of cycling in the City of London, please please make an effort to attend. It's a really good opportunity to raise issues and make your voice heard. As I mention above, there's no need to RSVP, just come along on the night.
The agenda for the evening contains three elements: Aldgate gyratory proposals; the City's response to the Mayor's Vision for Cycling in London; and cycling questions and answers from the floor.
I thought it would be useful to give my own potted summary of things that I think are going well and going less well in the Square Mile.
|Entrance to the City of London off Aldgate|
gyratory. Narrower roads and new pinch points
You can review the earlier plans at Aldgate and make your own mind up but I although I agree that the City has made some positives changes to its original plan, I still think both of these factors need addressing. And they need proper solutions, not more tinkering.
|Enjoy cycling on the narrow lane that has|
been created the length of Cheapside?
Some of the original plans are truly awful. The plans over at Leadenhall Street would have made this route unusable on a bike and the City even expressed an utterly unacceptable desire to "encourage" people to cycle through "quieter routes" in Hackney and Islington rather than through the Square mile at one point. That statement has not been formally reversed but the City has at least formally acknowledged "cyclists do not want narrower carriageways ...as they feel this would impact on their safety". We need to be doubly sure that excessive road narrowing such as at Cheapside doesn't creep in on any of the very many road schemes planned all around the Square Mile.
|Contraflows for cycling now dotted all over the Square Mile|
This has made whole areas of the Square Mile massively easier and safer to get about by bike. Areas around Fenchurch Street station and north of Cheapside are now pretty much all two-way for cycling and you can take safer, easier and often quicker routes by bike that were unimaginable a couple of years ago. The City of London jointly won a London Cycling Campaign award for this scheme and I think it's a fantastic, low-cost but high impact scheme that's had brilliant results.
|Beech Street tunnel - formerly two general traffic lanes|
now one for bikes and one for motors
|Holborn Circus scheme going ahead this summer. Details on the scheme |
from the City of London
Please come along on Tuesday 2 July. All these points are up for discussion and they need people to come who can talk about them in a constructive way and help the officials and politicians in the Square Mile up their game to become a better place for safe, sensible, easy-for-everyone cycling.