Transport for London is currently running some consultations on changes which could be important for cyclists, bus passengers and pedestrians, particularly in some parts of London:
– Accessible Bus Stop Design guidance: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/buses/accessible-bus-stop-design-guidance – open till 31 October
– Proposed East-West Cycle Superhighway: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/eastwest (between Tower Hill and Acton) – open till 9 November
– Proposed North-South Cycle Superhighway: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/northsouth (from Elephant & Castle to King’s Cross) – open till 9 November
– Upgrade to the existing Barclays Cycle Superhighway 2 between Bow and Aldgate: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/cs2-upgrade – open till 2 November
The Cycle Superhighway consultations each have detailed proposals for local areas on the route. I would really recommend looking at them if you are interested in accessible transport, walking and street design in your area.
Most people will probably be pleased to see the encouragement to cycling for environmental and health reasons. But we all know things don’t always run smoothly between cyclists and (older and disabled) pedestrians. And how will the changes affect bus travel?
Age UK London would like to respond but there is no substitute for local knowledge so please get in touch with me if you have views on any of these proposals!
One common feature is the inclusion of “bus stop bypasses” for cyclists, leaving the bus stop on an island with cyclists passing behind it and a designated crossing place for pedestrians from the pavement to the bus stop. Here is a video of how it is supposed to work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEoer6Erh1o and I’d be particularly interested in views on this!