Almost three-quarters of deaths and serious injuries to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists in London occur at junctions. Unsafe or inconvenient crossings result in significant non-compliance by vulnerable road users – sometimes over 50% – leading to more collisions and injuries.
Something important has just happened. On April 29, London’s think tank, the Centre for London, launched the first ever, detailed proposal on why and how road user charging should be introduced in London. Read its excellent report here: Green Light: Next Generation Road User Charging for a Healthier, more Liveable London. Continue reading “Will the next Mayor of London commit to per-mile road user charging?”
The science is clear, the protests are unavoidable: the world is facing a climate breakdown. Last year, the Mayor of London declared a “climate emergency“, with many London councils following suit. Time is running out to create policies that confront this emergency.
Given transport is a major source of carbon emissions and the one sector where emissions have failed to decline over the past 30 years, fast-tracking investment in a shift to walking (the most sustainable travel mode) and away from private motor vehicles is of critical importance. Continue reading “Climate emergency policies for active travel”
In the rush to foster demand for electric vehicles (EV), London is letting bulky EV charging points (EVCPs) clutter its footways. These installations take up scarce space and make life more difficult for pedestrians, especially those with visual impairments, wheelchair users, and parents and carers pushing buggies.
These installations are also inconsistent with the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy that requires a major modal shift to walking, cycling and public transport by reducing the use of motor vehicles, creating Healthy Streets, improving public realm and reallocating space for more efficient, active travel modes. Placing EV infrastructure on pavements is a move in the opposite direction.
London Living Streets is calling on councils to set out a policy for slow and rapid EV charging infrastructure, as a number have already done. The policy should follow the EV Infrastructure Checklist (available here) that prioritises EVCP locations for slow and rapid charging in the following order: Continue reading “New checklist urges councils to move EV infrastructure off street”
Westminster City Council has unveiled ambitious plans to transform the busy area around Aldwych and the Strand, making it a safer and more attractive place for people on foot. Our response is below and here.