Harrow’s Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel meets 3 times a year to consider traffic and parking schemes. This time one of the items on the agenda was the Local Implementation Plan (LIP), which outlines how Harrow will spend its transport budget over the next few years. Harrow Cyclists submitted a detailed response to the LIP.
Veronica of Harrow Cyclists submitted a deputation to the TARSAP, stating that although the objectives of the LIP were broadly in the right direction (to decrease car use and increase walking and cycling), the policies and delivery plan fell short and would fail to achieve the objectives.
In her speech, she summarised Harrow Cyclists’ recommendations:
- Low traffic neighbourhoods – these are quick and cheap to build, they improve air quality, increase walking and cycling and reduce driving. We recommend they are top priority to be built using existing funds, instead of cycle Quietways. A recent study in Waltham Forest showed an increase in life expectancy of 3 months due to improved air quality and increased walking and cycling.
- Default speed limit of 20mph on most streets, with a higher limit only where there are low numbers of pedestrians, and cyclists are segregated from motorists.
- Segregated cycle lanes along major roads, prioritising routes identified in TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis (e.g. Station Road, Sheepcote Road, Headstone Drive, Lowlands Road, Imperial Drive and Pinner Road).
Harrow engineers stated they were beginning to look into a default 20mph speed limit and roads from which through traffic could be removed, but that support of residents and councillors was essential.
Veronica’s full speech is available here.