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Active travel

Decision:

that the report be noted. It was also agreed that:

·         The draft integrated active travel strategy should come to the Committee for pre-decision scrutiny. It was noted that this would include the type and distance of cycle lanes being planned (specifically, highlighting new protected cycling routes)

·         Further information would be provided on the key performance indicators for dockless bike hire schemes in the borough.

·         Additional information would be provided on the delivery and uptake of cycle training in schools.

·         Officers should seek to integrate additional sources of data (including from the London Cycle Campaign on dangerous junctions) into the development of the integrated active travel strategy.

 

Minutes:

4.1    Seamus Adams (Head of Commercial Operations and Development) and Paul Boulton (Director of Public Realm) introduced the report. Seamus highlighted some of the key successes and challenges in delivering the Council’s priorities for active travel (including ongoing funding constraints) Seamus noted the plans for the development of an integrated active travel strategy to inform the Council’s approach to active travel in the coming decade.

 

4.2    Seamus Adams and Paul Boulton responded to questions from the Committee – the following key points were noted:

·         There were different types of bike hangars which were subsidised to varying amounts by the Council. The charges for residents were kept to a minimum.

·         A list of upcoming new cycle hangars had been added to the Council’s website. Further communication would take place with people on the waiting list.

·         Residents on streets due to have cycle hangars were formally consulted about their proposed locations.

·         Officers recognised the concerns about dockless hire bikes and a system was being put in place to manage their distribution (and parking) across the borough.

·         Abandoned bikes could be reported to the Council on the Love Clean Streets app/website.

·         A programme was being developed across London for the management of dockless bikes. The delivery of dockless cycling was in a transitional phase, with many improvements anticipated in the coming months.

·         Further consideration would be given to improving the crossing of the Waterlink Way at South End Lane (near Bell Green) when the availability of funding (from Transport for London and the active travel fund) was confirmed.

·         Additional information (including the recently published information from the London Cycling Campaign) would be welcome.

·         There was a programme for schools to encourage active travel.

·         It was recognised that additional work needed to take place on school streets where there were issues.

·         Funding was sought from a variety of sources to support active travel in schools.

·         Work to deliver school active travel plans took into account the range of factors relating to obstacles to active travel.

·         There were a number of benefits to the implementation of school streets. Further consideration would be given to the data that could be collected on the impact of school streets.

·         There were limited options to prevent people from cycling dangerously. There were best practice guidelines from the Department for Transport (which could be publicised on the Council’s website) The Council focused on education and quality design for public space.

·         A heavy goods vehicle (HGV) strategy for the borough had recently been completed – in order to integrate with the Council’s broader strategies and plans. This would also enable the delivery of future HGV reduction schemes.

·         Further information on the quantity of new cycle lanes (and other metrics) would be available as part of the integrated active travel strategy.

·         Officers would return to the Committee with additional information on the prioritisation and delivery of cycling infrastructure once the level of funding for the local implementation plan for the coming year was known.

 

4.3    In Committee discussions the following key points were also noted:

·         Members would welcome as much free cycle parking as possible.

·         There were concerns about the impact of dockless hire bikes on the streetscape.

·         There were concerns about equality of access related to the affordability of transport options in and around London.

·         There were a number of crossings in the borough where consideration should be given to improvements for active travel.

·         Members noted the intention to deliver 10k of new cycle lanes in this administration.

 

4.4    Councillor Krupski (Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport) was invited to address the Committee – the following key points were noted:

·         Discussions were being held with Lime Bikes regarding the unauthorised use of their bikes (and the problems this caused)

·         Concerns about Lime Bikes were recognised – and work was taking place with London Councils to support boroughs in their interactions with dockless bike companies.

 

4.5    Resolved: that the report be noted. It was also agreed that:

·         The draft integrated active travel strategy should come to the Committee for pre-decision scrutiny. It was noted that this would include the type and distance of cycle lanes being planned (specifically, highlighting new protected cycling routes)

·         Further information would be provided on the key performance indicators for dockless bike hire schemes in the borough.

·         Additional information would be provided on the delivery and uptake of cycle training in schools.

·         Officers should seek to integrate additional sources of data (including from the London Cycle Campaign on dangerous junctions) into the development of the integrated active travel strategy.

 

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