What’s in it for cyclists?
- More direct cycle routes
- More safe dedicated cycle provision
- Fewer conflicts with pedestrians and other road users
- Increase in cycle parking facilities
- Vauxhall was listed by Aviva, the insurer, as the seventh most dangerous junction in London for cyclists between 2009 and 2013.
- Cycle Superhighway 5 is currently under construction and will deliver improvements to cycle safety on the route between Oval and Victoria. However, the remaining routes still have significant dangers.
- Both the current layout of the junction and the proposals by TfL (November 2014) have many unnecessary sharp left and right turns without protection for cyclists. This is especially dangerous for less confident cyclists who tend to stay very close to the kerb.
- Secondly, the cycle provision in some areas is of poor design and requires multiple stopping to give way to side roads. This means that a significant number of cyclists have remained on the road with the general traffic.
- Our Vauxhall proposal is different. As you can see from the diagram below, we aim to create safer cycling routes for all cyclists travelling through Vauxhall whatever route they are taking.
- Our approach is an extension of the central London cycling grid that TfL proposed in 2013 and is currently implementing but stops just north of Vauxhall.
- The purpose of this grid of cycle routes is to allow a network of safer routes across the area so there is a natural flow of cyclists whatever their destination is. It will provide sufficient capacity to accommodate the much greater number of people, of all ages, who will be cycling in Vauxhall, Nine Elms, Battersea in the future.
- The grid also seeks to remove conflicting movements of cyclists, particularly under the arches where the cycle parking is currently located and near the station entrance and around the existing tube and station entrances.
- Finally with the number of turns that vehicles need to make being reduced, any cyclists that remain on the road should also be safer.