Mayor’s Cycling Questions and Answers: September 2010

Again, thanks to Ian in the office of London Assembly member Jenny Jones for compiling and sending through this digest of the month’s questions on cycling to the Mayor, and his answers. It’s a bumper crop.

Walking at Vauxhall Cross

Question No: 2762 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Have you looked at improving the Vauxhall Cross gyratory system for pedestrians, and do you have any plans to implement improvements through planned TfL works or the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area Planning Framework? It is currently quite a hostile environment for pedestrians and could benefit from changes similar to those being implemented on other gyratory systems across London.

Answer from the Mayor

TfL is currently undertaking an urban design and traffic modelling study to identify possible improvements to the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area. This includes options to improve the pedestrian environment as well as an option for the removal of the gyratory system. A decision over which options will be taken forward is still being considered in consultation with the Boroughs and other stakeholders.

M25 bike ride

Question No: 2763 / 2010

Jenny Jones

A constituent has asked if you will consider an ambitious proposal for a major sponsored bike ride event around the M25. The event would involve closing the motorway for one day (except for one lane for emergency vehicles) and could include upwards of 60,000 cyclists raising significant sums of money for charity and a sponsor. Is this an idea you would consider taking forward?

Answer from the Mayor

The M25 is not on the Transport for London Road Network, and the majority of it is not in Greater London. Even so, TfL would not support such a closure due to the significant disruption to the movement of goods and people within and around London, and the economic impacts to both London and the wider UK economy. We estimate the cost to the UK economy to be £10 million per hour of closure which in our opinion would far outweigh any charitable benefits such a sponsored bike ride could deliver.

Electric bicycles

Question No: 2764 / 2010

Jenny Jones

A constituent asks: will the Mayor lobby the government to relax the laws on pedelec vehicles or electric motorised bicycles, which appear very tight, to increase the number of people cycling?

Answer from the Mayor

I do not currently have any plans to lobby the Government to relax the laws on Pedelec vehicles or electric motorised bicycles. If vehicles are within the scope of the Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (EAPC) Regulations, as many electric bicycles are, they do not require registration, licensing or insurance as a motor vehicle and may use the same cycling facilities as non-motorised cycles.

Cycling hazards

Question No: 2765 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Will you introduce a method for cyclists to alert TfL when they spot potential hazards on the road via text messages? This could reduce injuries.

Answer from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Road safety education

Question No: 2766 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Is there a way to expand the education about the rights of cyclists referred to in your answer to my question 2182/2010 beyond taxi drivers to all vehicle users? This follows feedback from constituents using the Cycle Superhighway and Cycle Hire schemes, where they have experienced dangerous and disrespectful driving, and motorists driving or parking in cycle lanes.

Answer from the Mayor

I would encourage all drivers to be considerate and try to find alternative places to park and to respect the cyclist’s right to use the lanes whilst driving.

There are two types of cycle lanes across London. As a general rule cycle lanes with a solid white line are mandatory and therefore enforceable. Cycle lanes with a broken white line are only advisory and not enforceable. The majority of cycle lanes across London are advisory due to the limited road space. This means that drivers who park or drive in advisory cycle lanes are entitled to do so without any enforcement.

Cycle Hire bicycles for children

Question No: 2767 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Will you investigate providing bicycles for children in any future expansion of the Cycle Hire scheme? A keen cycling constituent aged 11 has pointed out that families can’t easily benefit without them.

Answer from the Mayor

A central premise of city bike-sharing is that there is a sufficient volume of trips to be served by bicycles being dropped/picked up across a network of docking stations and that all bicycles are the same and can serve any user of the scheme. Providing for children would require a significant volume of children’s bicycles to be incorporated into the cycle hire fleet, which older users would be unable to ride. Such a system would be impossible to implement due to the logistical difficulty of guaranteeing the right mix of children’s and larger bicycles at each docking station.

That is why the terms and conditions for the scheme only permit users of 14 years and older.

Cycle parking and the Cycle Hire scheme

Question No: 2768 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many cycle parking stands were removed to make way for Cycle Hire docking stations

Answer from the Mayor

TfL’s policy relating to the implementation of Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations is that cycle parking stands are not to be removed but, where necessary, relocated in the vicinity of the docking station. This policy applied to all docking stations in the scheme.

Cycle Hire at mainline train stations (1)

Question No: 2769 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Are you considering plans to urgently expand the number of hire bikes available near mainline railways stations and do you regret your delay in installing sufficient bikes to meet the high demand?

Answer from the Mayor

Given the high demand that has already been demonstrated near mainline rail stations, it confirms the findings of the feasibility study for a central London cycle hire scheme: that there is not sufficient space to satisfy the level of demand that exists at such locations.

Nonetheless TfL is working closely with Network Rail to secure the space necessary to accommodate Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations near mainline railway stations to meet some of this demand and is also investigating innovative solutions to service such docking stations.

Cycle Hire at mainline train stations (2)

Question No: 2770 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Will you ask TfL to hold trailers of extra bikes in reserve near Waterloo, and other main stations, at peak times to cope with the demand from commuters?

Answer from the Mayor

Currently there are extra resources at Waterloo to manage the influx of cyclists to allow enough bikes to be available. TfL is also working with Lambeth Council to extend the existing cycle hire capacity at Waterloo.

Cycle Hire expansion

Question No: 2771 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Further to your answers to my questions 1421/2009 and 1355/2010, have you now drawn up specific plans to expand the cycle hire scheme, including finance and timing?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL is currently studying ways of expanding Barclays Cycle Hire in London.

Developing and refining the scheme is dependent on the success of the initial launch and expansion will be informed by lessons and information highlighted by the scheme’s operation.

Plans to expand Barclays Cycle Hire further and the necessary funding would require the approval of the TfL Board, which would consider such plans in detail.

An announcement on any potential expansion of the scheme is likely before the end of the year.

Cycle Hire gremlins (1)

Question No: 2772 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many complaints did Transport for London receive regarding technological problems with docking hire bikes in the first month of the scheme?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL received 179 complaints relating to technical problems with hiring cycles in the first month of the scheme. To date, over 500,000 journeys have been made using Barclays Cycle Hire.

Cycle Hire gremlins (2)

Question No: 2773 / 2010

Jenny Jones

How many people (a) have been asked to pay the late-return charge and the non-return charge in the first month of the scheme, (b) have disputed their charges and (c) how many of these have had the charges waived or amended?

Answer from the Mayor

348 customers have incurred late return and non return fees, however TfL and Serco were proactive in identifying charges applied in error due to system problems experienced in the first weeks and all late return and non return fees have been waived where the cycle was returned to the scheme.

Cycle Hire gremlins (3)

Question No: 2774 / 2010

Jenny Jones

What action has been taken against SERCO as a result of the technological problems suffered by users of the scheme?

Answer from the Mayor

The main priority for TfL since the launch of the scheme has been to work very closely in partnership with Serco to address the known teething problems and rectify any defects with the scheme. In accordance with their contractual obligations a number of payments linked to the successful achievement of key milestones have been withheld until the milestone has been successfully met and the outstanding defects addressed.

Cycling on 20mph roads

Question No: 2775 / 2010

Jenny Jones

On 1 July in France all one-way streets in 30kmh zones were made two-way for cycling, unless local authorities specified otherwise. Do you agree that this opt-out rule for local authorities in London would be a good way of encouraging two-way cycling to become the norm within 20mph zones in London?

Answer from the Mayor

While two-way cycling on one-way streets can help to improve the permeability of urban areas for cyclists, TfL believes that the case by case approach taken in London, which is informed by safety audits, will be more appropriate to the varied nature of London’s roads than the French approach.

Cycling on the Bloomsbury contraflow bus lane

Question No: 2776 / 2010

Jenny Jones

The new contraflow bus lane in Bloomsbury is not open to cyclists and includes a very significant quantity of guardrail. Do you agree that two-way cycling should be allowed, as was recommended by a recent LCN+ study, as an urgent priority and that most of the guardrail should be removed?

Answer from the Mayor

I agree with TfL’s view that two-way cycling should not be allowed in Bloomsbury Way; however, this would be an issue for the London Borough of Camden to consider, as highway authority. A safety audit concluded that as the contra-flow bus lane is only 3m wide and does not have a physical island along the entire length of it, i.e. there are sections where there is only a solid white line between the bus lane and the opposing traffic, it is too dangerous to allow cyclists to use. This is because they could overtake buses serving bus stops, or buses would overtake cyclists between bus stops and either user would then be over the white line, and in the path of oncoming traffic.

TfL also does not agree that most of the guardrailing should be removed, since pedestrians and motorists continue to adapt to the new road layout. The barriers should assist in breaking any established patterns of crossing the road. This would however be an issue for Camden to consider.

Cycling on Albert Bridge

Question No: 2777 / 2010

Jenny Jones

In answer to my question 1750/2010 regarding cycling on Albert Bridge and linked routes you pushed responsibility back onto the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. As Transport for London are funding 75% of the work on the bridge and are increasing the weight limit to allow heavy vehicles onto the bridge, will you take this opportunity to help cyclists as I suggested?

Answer from the Mayor

Notwithstanding TfL’s funding of such works, as the Royal Borough is the highway and traffic authority for this route the onus for any changes in the traffic layout on Albert Bridge rests with them. TfL officers will however contact their counterparts in the Borough to ascertain the potential for enhanced cycling provision to be incorporated as part of the on-going works.

Bicycles on the Docklands Light Railway

Question No: 2778 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Will you ensure that folding bicycles, and perhaps other types of bicycle, are allowed on Docklands Light Railway trains when the contract is next tendered?

Answer from the Mayor

Folding bikes are already allowed on DLR. The question of full size bikes being allowed is not related to the franchise contract but is a function of the practicalities and safety aspects of allowing these bikes on busy trains and access via lifts or stairs to the platforms.

Cycle hire trailers

Question No: 2779 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Can you confirm that all the trailers used to transport the hire bikes are electric? What proportion of the electricity used to charge them comes from renewable sources?

Answer from the Mayor

There is a fleet of 10 electric vehicles and 10 low emission diesel vehicles to redistribute the cycles around London. Serco, who operate the scheme, does not have any specific agreements with their electricity provider with regard to the proportion of renewable electricity used to charge the vehicles.

Road works and cyclists (1)

Question No: 2780 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Are the guidelines on ‘providing for cyclists at road works’ referred to in your answer 0625/2010 now part of your Code of Conduct for Roadworks referred to in answer 2140/2010?

Answer from the Mayor

The guidelines have now been drafted and are undergoing internal consultation within TfL. It is intended that the guidelines will be finalised before the end of the calendar year. The guidelines will initially be used by TfL contractors on the Transport for London Road Network and will be recommended for adoption by London Borough and utility contractors. The guidelines are not intended to be included in the Code of Conduct.

Road works and cyclists (2)

Question No: 2781 / 2010

Jenny Jones

Do you have any compliance powers relating to your Code of Conduct for Roadworks referred to in answer 2140/2010 to veto or apply fines to any road management plan for temporary works on TfL roads?

Answer from the Mayor

My Code of Conduct is voluntary and as such there are no regulatory powers emanating from it. The Code encourages greater collaboration and promotes best practice. It complements the London Permit Scheme, which gives TfL the power to veto works and employ regulations from both the New Roads & Streetworks Act and the Traffic Management Act to impose fines for transgressions such as overrunning of works, working without a permit to dig, or breaching a permit condition.

Lane rental consultation

Question No: 2782 / 2010

Jenny Jones

What are you doing to hurry the Department for Transport along in opening a consultation on lane rental charges following London First’s damning report on the cost of road works to London’s economy? Have you any assurances on a timetable?

Answer from the Mayor

London First’s report sets out very clearly why tackling delays and disruption caused by roadworks in the Capital is one of my key priorities. Disruption caused by roadworks is costing the Capital an estimated £750 million per annum and causing a significant amount of delay and frustration to road users. I am glad that the report recognises the efforts being made to reduce this, both through the application by TfL and 18 boroughs of the London Permit Scheme and the introduction of my voluntary Code of Conduct on roadworks which has improved collaboration with the major utilities operating in London. I am particularly pleased that London First supports my objective of introducing a targeted lane rental scheme in the Capital; this is absolutely essential if we are to incentivise shorter works durations and effective working practices.

TfL has been working with the Department for Transport on this issue and Ministers at the Department are currently being briefed on proposals. TfL is awaiting advice as to whether this will have any impact on the timetable for the Department’s planned consultation. I shall continue to press the Secretary of State for Transport to expedite this process, with a view to implementing a lane rental scheme in London as soon as is reasonably possible

Pedestrian casualty figures

Question No: 2783 / 2010

Jenny Jones

If you apply regression analysis to the pedestrian road casualty figures for 2009 compared to the expectation from the previous trend, what is the percentage increase?

Answer from the Mayor

I know that TfL has already been in correspondence with your office in August 2010 on this matter. In that response, it was made clear that it does not routinely undertake regression analysis on road casualty figures and, for this reason, this information is not available. Nevertheless, I know TfL did provide you with two trend diagrams for Pedestrian KSI and slight casualties that illustrate the progress made in London from the base data in the mid 1990s (taken from the average of pedestrian casualty data 1994 – 1998). This showed that, even with the small increase in pedestrian slight casualties in 2009, the total is still well below the required trend line to achieve the target of reducing pedestrian KSIs by 50% by 2010. I have nothing to add to TfL’s previous response.

Greenwich gyratory proposals

Question No: 2793 / 2010

Darren Johnson

Will you look into the London Borough of Greenwich’s proposed gyratory system, which will speed up traffic, create an unpleasant and potentially unsafe contraflow lane for cyclists, and which seems to go against your general direction of travel in getting rid of gyratory systems, with a view to Transport for London negotiating or rejecting the LIP funding bid that includes this scheme?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL is working with the London Borough of Greenwich to progress the proposal and recognises your concerns.

The A206 (Romney Road, Nelson Road and Greenwich High Road) form part of the Strategic Road Network and therefore TfL has a statutory duty under the Traffic Management Act 2004 to examine the scheme. TfL can require changes to ensure any measures introduced do not harm specific users, including cyclists. If TfL identifies that changes are required to Greenwich’s proposed scheme, any use of LIP funding would also be considered, on the basis of ensuring any necessary changes are incorporated.

TfL will be meeting Greenwich again on the Town Centre Scheme towards the end of September when your concerns will be raised.

Motorcycles in Cycle Superhighways

Question No: 2576 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

You did not answer my question No: 2548 / 2010. It was

Will motorcycles be allowed in the Cycle Superhighways? Your answer is ‘’The Barclays Cycle Superhighways are not designed for motorcycles.’’

This is not a reply to the question. The reply should be a yes or a no. I am concerned that motorbikes are not banned from using the blue cycle lanes where they do not over lap with bus lanes. There are also some areas on the network where motorbikes are allowed in cycle lanes. Can you please answer the question are motorbikes allowed into cycle lanes? And for the sake of clarity can you confirmed whether there are any enforcement action taken against motorbikes or other vehicles which drive in the superhighways?

Answer from the Mayor

Cycle Superhighways (CSHs) were developed using existing traffic orders and in accordance with DfT guidelines. Where CSHs are mandatory on-carriageway cycle lanes or physically segregated cycle lanes, no other traffic may use them. Where CSHs use bus lanes on borough roads, buses and taxis may use them, but motorcycles may not. Where CSHs use bus lanes on red routes, motorcyclists may use them, but cyclists are still protected from general traffic when the bus lane is in operation. Other parts of the Cycle Superhighways use advisory cycle lanes, blue surfacing or logos – other traffic may use these areas. Enforcement is undertaken through the established procedures.

In all cases the blue surfacing or logos are designed to help cyclists find their way, and will help make other road users aware they are likely to encounter high volumes of cyclists, advancing the proven ‘safety in numbers’ effect.

London cycle hire scheme – safety

Question No: 2586 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

A constituent who cycles has asked me to put this question to you “The London cycle hire scheme will only be a success if people hiring the bikes feel safe cycling on London streets. Ever since they have been allowed in bus lanes, mopeds and motorbikes are increasingly using road features designed to increase cyclists’ safety, such as dedicated cycle lanes and ASLs. What measures are being taken to prevent this and thus increase the safety of cyclists?”

Answer from the Mayor

Please see my answer to questions 2587 and 2588/2010.

London cycle hire scheme – Advanced Stop lines

Question No: 2587 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

A constituent who cycles has asked me to put this question to you “ASLs are added to junctions to increase cyclists’s safety. I find them particularly useful when a cycle path leading to a junction is on the left hand side of the road, but I need to change lanes across the stream of traffic to turn right at the traffic lights. However, many of the ASLs that I use are now frequently occupied by other vehicles, particularly motorbikes, rendering them useless – and dangerous – for cyclists. Are there any plans to police this and prevent vehicles other than cycles from using ASLs?”

Answer from the Mayor

It is an offence for any vehicle to impede an ASL. However, the difficulty in enforcing an ASL is that the breach has to be witnessed by a police officer.

Recently there have been several operations by TfL and its policing partners to encourage mutual respect amongst all road users. Consequently, the police have been more focused on enforcing ASLs across London and this will continue to ensure cyclists remain safe on London’s roads.

London cycle hire scheme – Advanced Stop lines

Question No: 2587 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

A constituent who cycles has asked me to put this question to you “ASLs are added to junctions to increase cyclists’s safety. I find them particularly useful when a cycle path leading to a junction is on the left hand side of the road, but I need to change lanes across the stream of traffic to turn right at the traffic lights. However, many of the ASLs that I use are now frequently occupied by other vehicles, particularly motorbikes, rendering them useless – and dangerous – for cyclists. Are there any plans to police this and prevent vehicles other than cycles from using ASLs?”

Answer from the Mayor

It is an offence for any vehicle to impede an ASL. However, the difficulty in enforcing an ASL is that the breach has to be witnessed by a police officer.

Recently there have been several operations by TfL and its policing partners to encourage mutual respect amongst all road users. Consequently, the police have been more focused on enforcing ASLs across London and this will continue to ensure cyclists remain safe on London’s roads.

Danger from motorcyclists

Question No: 2588 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

A constituent who cycles asked me to put this question to you “Permitting mopeds and motorcycles to use red route bus lanes appears to have sent a message to motorcyclists that they are free to go wherever they like on the roads. Motorcyclists now frequently zip in and out of cycle lanes and occupy ASLs, endangering the lives of cyclists. They also often use non red route bus lanes. What does the mayor plan to do to counteract this dangerous – and illegal – behaviour?“

Answer from the Mayor

TfL has identified that there are issues with vehicles entering cycle lanes and ASLs around London. As a general rule, cycle lanes with a solid white line are mandatory and therefore enforceable. Cycle lanes with a broken white line are advisory only and not enforceable. TfL is working with its policing partners to encourage mutual respect between road users and has undertaken a number of operations in connection with the launch of Barclays Cycle Superhighways and the Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme that have addressed issues such as these.

Cycling in Clapham

Question No: 2591 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

In April a right turn filter was added to the junction of Cedars Road and Clapham Common Northside. This junction forms part of a major designated cycle route, used by hundreds of cyclists each day, yet no cycle groups were consulted.

The approval permission noted that “the potential safety issue for cyclist must be addressed” yet no action was taken and the Advanced Stop Line now contravenes a number of the DFT design principles – most notably that “waiting cyclists should not be put in a position where they obstruct traffic moving off on a green filter”.

Members of Lambeth Cyclists first raised this safety issue with TFL in April – when will TFL be removing the right turn filter or taking action to comply with their own approval permission and make the junction safe?

Answer from the Mayor

In March 2010 a left turn filter light was installed at the signal controlled junction of A3 Clapham Common North Side with Cedars Road. This provided a short duration of additional green time to reduce journey times for all road users, including cyclists, making the left turn from Cedars Road to Clapham Common Northside.

The issue relating to cycling was recognised during the design process and has been raised by stakeholders. It was not expected during the design process, however, that this would have significant impacts on cyclists, so it was decided to progress with implementation and monitor the issue post-implementation.

Informed by this monitoring and including feedback from users, TfL has prepared a design to retain the left turn filter but better guide cyclists proceeding into Clapham Common, and adjust the position of the Advanced Stopline. TfL will discuss the proposals with key stakeholders within the next month.
Cycle Training

Question No: 2597 / 2010

Valerie Shawcross

A cyclist asks me to ask you ‘What plans does the Mayor have to fund Cycle Training in the Capital if the Governments spending review cuts the funding for Bikeability and Cycling England? ‘

Answer from the Mayor

Cycle training is delivered by the London boroughs and is funded by TfL through the Local Implementation Plan (LIP) process. The decision on whether to provide cycle training lies with the individual borough.

Cycle training is supported in my Transport Strategy. If funding is cut for Cycling England, TfL will continue to work with the Department for Transport to maintain the Bikeability National Standards for cycle training in London.

Cycle Superhighway and Safety

Question No: 2626 / 2010

John Biggs

Local residents complain that the Cycle Superhighway, CSR3, makes a very unwelcome entry into Narrow Street on its way from Barking to Tower Hill. At Westferry DLR, the route makes an unsafe turn into Narrow Street where it continues before exiting in a one-way system AGAINST the flow of traffic at Horseferry Road. Narrow Street is narrow – the clue is in the name – and the route along this road is extremely unsafe in the best of times for pedestrians, motorists and, indeed, the cyclists themselves. At peak times, it can take up to 5 minutes for pedestrians to cross the road. Minor accidents are a daily occurrence and it is only a matter of time before a serious accident – or fatality – occurs. We understand from TFL and LBTH that the route was originally intended to go along the A13 and not enter Narrow Street and that a re-routing will be made at the end of the review period in one year’s time. However, serious injuries could occur during this time – particularly as a 400% increase in usage is being targeted – a local group the Limehouse Community Forum has passed a Resolution to request an immediate re-routing onto the A13. Has the Mayor forgotten the events of the 22nd of May 2009 when he was involved in a serious road traffic accident along this very route, and with his personal knowledge of the inherent dangers on this street, why would he put other Londoner’s into the same precarious situation?

Answer from the Mayor

The alignment of Cycle Superhighway 3 (CS3) along Narrow Street was chosen as it is already a popular route for cyclists wishing to travel between outer London and the City. The implementation of the Cycle Superhighways follows a four stage safety audit, with the final stage once the routes are established and further data has been collected. All safety audits to date show the alignments of the pilot routes to be acceptable.

The contra-flow cycle lane along Horseferry Road was planned and built by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and was adopted by TfL as part of the Cycle Superhighway. Contra-flow cycle lanes have been installed satisfactorily along one way systems elsewhere in London, and make a valuable contribution to promoting cycling.

CS3 was not intended go along the A13 instead of Narrow Street. However at the request of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, TfL is conducting a feasibility study into improving conditions along that part of the A13 for cyclists. There are no proposals to implement any changes in this respect in the near future; as this would be subject to the outcome of the study and a funding source being identified.

TfL has met local residents, council officers and a ward councillor on site to listen to their concerns, and is assessing whether extra signage at Horseferry Road could assist motorists and cyclists. TfL expect to be in a position to confirm whether additional signage can be provided by early November.

While I witnessed an accident on 22 May 2009, it was not serious. I was not involved in it and no personal injuries were sustained. This type of accident could have occurred anywhere in London and has no bearing on the use of Narrow Street as a cycle route.

Rickshaw Safety

Question No: 2629 / 2010

Len Duvall

I was recently contacted by a constituent who has asked me to put the following question to you: In April this year a young man sadly died of head injuries after falling out of a rickshaw in Edinburgh. Was this a freak incident or does it highlight a Rickshaw-specific safety issue and, if so, what powers do you have to ensure it does not occur in London?

Answer from the Mayor

In 2009, the Metropolitan Police recorded six accidents in which the involvement of a Pedicab was noted. However, there is not currently a comprehensive recording of injuries or casualties involving Pedicabs in London.

I consider that the way forward for Pedicabs in London is for boroughs to implement voluntary registration schemes to allow the industry to participate in its own regulation. Westminster City Council is developing such a scheme and I have asked TfL to support them in its implementation. In the event that this fails to address the issues, I will press the Government to introduce legislation to allow the boroughs to license pedicabs.

Rickshaw Safety 2

Question No: 2630 / 2010

Len Duvall

I was recently contacted by a constituent who has asked me to put the following question to you: Has TfL conducted any research in to accidents attributed to rickshaws and, if so, what were the conclusions of this research?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL has not conducted any research into accidents attributed to rickshaws (pedicabs). However, in 2009 the Metropolitan Police recorded six accidents noting the involvement of a pedicab, none of which involved the injury of a pedestrian.

Illegal Taxi Touting

Question No: 2631 / 2010

Len Duvall

I was recently contacted by a constituent who has asked me to put the following question to you: What is the scale of the problem of illegal ‘taxi touting’ in London and what powers, if any, do you have to deal with it?

Answer from the Mayor

It is clear that there are certain ‘hot-spots’ in central London where illegal ‘taxi touting’ remains prevalent.

TfL continues to fund the Metropolitan Police Service’s Safer Transport Command (STC) which has the responsibility, among other duties, for taking action against touts. Working in partnership, TfL and the STC use a number of tactics against touts, ranging from high visibility, multi-agency operations to covert, undercover operations. Last year they arrested over 1,000 offenders for the offence of taxi touting and any licensed private hire driver convicted or cautioned of touting will have their licence revoked. In addition, if there is a clear link between someone convicted or cautioned for the offence of touting and an operating centre, TfL will consider revocation of that private hire operator’s licence.

My office and TfL are committed to tackling taxi touting and we believe that the current initiatives will help to reduce illegal trading and touting in the private hire and taxi business.

Cycle Superhighway II

Question No: 2654 / 2010

Murad Qureshi

What safer “diversion routes to avoid the barriers” have TfL provided on CSH7/A3 at Stockwell and Oval, as these are major KSI hazards which TfL have still not resolved.

Answer from the Mayor

The road layouts at Stockwell and Oval have been changed to improve conditions for cyclists.

At Oval, the major conflict point between cyclists and other road users travelling southbound along Kennington Park Road at the junction with Brixton Road has been removed. Additional safety features, for example a new five metre deep advanced stop line, have also been included at this location to provide an overall safer route for cyclists. This junction was formerly seen as a barrier to cyclists wanting to cycle here, and the work done as part of the Cycle Superhighway has helped to make this junction more cycle friendly.

At Stockwell, work was also done to the gyratory as part of the Cycle Superhighway programme to remove barriers to cycling. The layout of the northbound route was altered to improve priority for cyclists by installing physical measures such as a protective island and a segregated cycle lane on Stockwell Terrace. Improved Advanced Stop Lines have also been installed throughout the gyratory for cyclists to get ahead of traffic at the traffic lights. The gyratory is now more cycle friendly and an important element of CS7 as many cyclists pass through here.

Initial observations and comments from cyclists indicate that the new layouts at both Oval and Stockwell have been welcomed as significant improvements.

Cycle Superhighway III

Question No: 2655 / 2010

Murad Qureshi

As the new blue cycle lanes have no white lines, do they have any legal status? If not, what is to stop drivers ignoring them or driving all over them?

Answer from the Mayor

Please see my answer to question 2576 / 2010

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Cycle Hire Displacement in Central London

Question No: 2664 / 2010

Murad Qureshi

Has there been any displacement effect of passengers from public transport since the bike hire scheme started in central London? How have numbers been affected on buses and Tube journeys in the bike hire area?

Answer from the Mayor

It is too early to tell if there has been a noticeable impact on Tube and bus journeys.

Cycling funding – Enfield

Question No: 2688 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Please provide me with the totals of cycle funding that Enfield Council received from Transport for London between 2000-present. Please also provide me with how much of this funding was returned unused to TfL.

Answer from the Mayor

Due to changes in the way financial support was provided to the boroughs from 2002/3 onwards, records are only held for allocations and spend after this time. It should also be noted that as part of the LIP reforms introduced from 2010/11, funding is no longer allocated on a ‘modal’ basis. In the light of this, the information on funding allocated to cycling schemes in the London Borough of Enfield for 2002/03 to 2009/10 is set out in Appendix B, together with explanatory notes.

Please see Appendix B
Cycle parking (1)

Question No: 2690 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Please provide me with the figures for Transport for London’s funding for additional borough cycle parking (other than cycle hire parking) from 2006-present, divided up by borough.

Answer from the Mayor

Between 2006/07 and 2009/10, TfL allocated a total of £3.61 million to the London boroughs through the Local Implementation Plan (and predecessor Borough Spending Plan) process for cycle parking initiatives. This included the implementation of cycle parking and associated works e.g. CCTV and shelters. A comparatively small amount was also used for cycle parking feasibility studies. The breakdown by borough is provided in the attached table.

Cycle parking (2)

Question No: 2691 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Transport for London stated in its response to Stand and Deliver, the Transport Committee’s cycle parking investigation that I chaired, that it was looking at “innovative ways to assist boroughs, property companies, housing associations and households to increase the provision of residential cycle parking”. Please give details of these “innovative” TfL schemes.

Answer from the Mayor

As part of the Barclays Cycle Superhighways complementary measures programme, TfL funded 16 residential cycle parking schemes across eight boroughs to promote usage of the first two new cycle routes. In 2007/08, TfL funded a pilot project to enhance residential cycle parking in Hackney. As part of this project, a total of 56 bike lockers were installed on Frampton Park Estate. Later this financial year, TfL plans to produce best practice advice on cycle parking, which will include information on cycle parking design and security. This will enable TfL and delivery partners, such as the boroughs, to continue to provide innovative solutions to increase residential cycle parking.

Cycle parking (3)

Question No: 2692 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Please provide me with an update on Transport for London’s cycle parking upgrade programme 2009/10, 2010/2011 at London Overground stations.

Answer from the Mayor

TfL continues to invest in the provision of cycle parking at London Overground stations as part of its effort to improve cycle parking facilities across London.

In 2009/10, 158 new spaces were installed at 11 London Overground stations. To date, in 2010/11, 18 spaces have been installed at two stations, with a further 140 spaces at 10 stations planned.

Cycle parking (4)

Question No: 2693 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Please provide an update on TfL’s cycle parking upgrade programme at London Underground stations.

Answer from the Mayor

TfL continues to invest in the provision of cycle parking at London Underground stations as part of its effort to improve cycle parking facilities across London. To date this financial year, TfL has installed 30 spaces at three London Underground stations (Epping, Newbury Park and Redbridge). Cycle parking projects at Northolt and Belsize Park stations, providing for 48 new spaces, have been commissioned.

In addition, 37 new cycle stands were provided at five London Underground stations (Kennington, Oval, Clapham North, Clapham South, Balham) along the new Barclay’s Cycle Superhighway Route 7.

As a minimum, TfL expects to carry out cycle parking improvements at 17 London Underground stations in 2010/11.

W10 bus route extension to Forty Hill

Question No: 2694 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Residents have written to me about the possibility of diverting the W10 route in Forty Hill to include the users of the small shops in the area as well as Forty Hill and Worcesters schools. It should also be noted that Forty Hall (in Forty Hill) has received much attention as well as lottery funding to attract tourists to the building and the surrounding area. I would be grateful if you could instruct Transport for London to liaise with Enfield Council and look into the feasibility of this proposal.

Answer from the Mayor

TfL would be happy to consider proposals for changes to the W10 and has asked Enfield Council for its suggestions. Any proposals to divert bus services are carefully considered both in terms of their effect on existing passengers and whether funding is available.

Tuberculosis in London

Question No: 2695 / 2010

Joanne McCartney

Your Health Inequalities Strategy states that “London also accounts for around 40 per cent of the country’s known cases of tuberculosis …. these London-specific problems disproportionately affect some of London’s poorest and most socially excluded groups.” The Department of Health has recently announced that funding for London’s mobile tuberculosis detection units (‘Find and Treat’) will be cut. What representations have you made to government about these cuts to a vital public health service?

Answer from the Mayor

I have raised my concern about this issue with the CEO of NHS London. I am also aware of the concerns about the rise in cases of TB in London. The London TB Commissioning Board is working with clinicians to develop a new Model of Care for London. I understand that the Model of Care will be formally presented to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in 2011.

In addition, my health advisor is participating in a round table on the 7 October, hosted by Baroness Masham, where the future of ‘Find and Treat’ and London’s mobile screening units will be discussed further.

Run Away Tube Train

Question No: 2696 / 2010

Nicky Gavron

Can the Mayor provide an update on the investigation into the runaway tube train on the Northern Line on 13th August?

Answer from the Mayor

LU’s safety record is excellent and something we should all be proud of.

Thorough and painstaking investigations to establish the root causes of rare high potential near misses, such as this incident, are an integral part of LU’s well developed and proven safety management system, which is how it has achieved its safety track record. This ensures that LU can identify and implement any reasonably practicable measures further to improve its safety controls.

The incident on the Northern line on 13 August is now the subject of an investigation by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and it would be wrong to comment on the detail ahead of the conclusion of that investigation.

What I can say however is that LU and Tube Lines acted immediately to prohibit the use of the rail grinding train involved in the incident and has also launched its own formal internal investigation. LU has committed to acting on the findings of its own investigation and the RAIB investigation, which will be published by the RAIB.

I should also say that the staff directly involved should be commended for their swift and professional response to the incident, which meant that the safety risk to customers was minimised.

Car Free Day

Question No: 2698 / 2010

Nicky Gavron

On 22nd September many boroughs will be celebrating Car Free Day. Will the Mayor establish a central London Car Free day similar to these localised schemes?

Answer from the Mayor

There are no plans for a central London Car Free Day on 22nd September; however, TfL has offered support to boroughs that are planning local activity to support Car Free Day.

Junction at Henlys Corner

Question No: 2699 / 2010

Nicky Gavron

As one of the most dangerous junctions in London, Henlys Corner in Barnet was set to receive £8.2 million to improve traffic and pedestrian safety through planned road and traffic flow improvements. However, TfL and Barnet Council have suspended the scheme in light of the autumn spending review. Will the Mayor ensure this scheme is not scrapped and the improvements go ahead to safeguard pedestrians and motorists?

Answer from the Mayor

Ahead of the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, TfL is reviewing a number of planned road improvement schemes to ensure that they continue to deliver value for money and remain fit for purpose. TfL’s work on the Henlys Corner improvement scheme has been reviewed as part of this process and project work, including works tendering, is continuing at minimal cost, while TfL awaits further clarification as to the effect that the Government’s review will have on its funding.

Road Causalities in Barnet

Question No: 2700 / 2010

Nicky Gavron

Barnet has the second highest number of road causalities in London yet the Council have claimed they will not implement further road safety / traffic calming schemes in areas like Church Lane, East Finchley. Will the Mayor and TFL answer local campaigners’ calls to intervene and enquire why the Barnet Council has taken the decision to put its residents’ safety at risk?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL and I have no remit to direct any highway authority to manage its roads in a particular way. I would recommend that local campaigners explore these points with the London Borough of Barnet direct, which is best placed to respond substantively.

Costs of Bike Hire Scheme

Question No: 2701 / 2010

Nicky Gavron

Were any extra costs incurred as a result of the technical problems at the launch of the Barclays Bike Hire scheme? If so, please provide details?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL incurred no additional costs due to technical problems at the launch of the Barclay’s Cycle Hire Scheme.

Triathlon in Hyde Park

Question No: 2831 / 2010

Dee Doocey

How was the decision taken for the GLA to award £100,000 to the “ITU Dextro Energy World Cup Series Triathlon in Hyde Park”, and which budget is this coming from?

Answer from the Mayor

The Mayor’s Sports Legacy fund allocated £50,000, in accordance with the stated plan to use major events to drive an increase in participation. The decision on this was taken by a panel of the London Community Sports Board. This funding was used to raise awareness, thereby attracting novice participants, to ensure that the event was as accessible as possible, and to assist the event become sustainable through training and recruitment of volunteers.

A further £50,000 was allocated from the Events for London budget. The application was considered by the Major Events Steering Group, which recommended that funding was appropriate, as the event met my objectives of national and international promotion (showcasing high profile sites on live national and international TV) and increased sports participation. The financial support is intended to help establish the event as an annual one which delivers Mayoral objectives without the need for direct financial support in the long run, thereby being a positive legacy from the increased interest generated by 2012.

Cycle hire docking stations

Question No: 2874 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

Will TfL be resubmitting planning applications, or appealing decisions, for Cycle Hire docking stations in Zone 1 which were refused planning permission?

Answer from the Mayor

At the sites where planning permission for Cycle Hire docking stations was refused, TfL has worked closely with its delivery partners (the nine central London boroughs and the Royal Parks) either to find alternative locations, for which new planning applications would be submitted, or to resubmit revised proposals which address the original concerns raised by the relevant planning authority.

Cycle hire docking stations – additional stations

Question No: 2875 / 2010

Mike Tuffrey

How many more planning permissions will TfL be seeking for additional Cycle Hire Docking stations and where will these be located?

Answer from the Mayor

The number of docking stations needed to meet the target of 10,200 docking points for the cycle hire network will depend on the size of each station – on average each has around 20-25 docking points. TfL is working very closely with the nine central London boroughs and the Royal Parks in order to identify the best locations.

Police Crackdown on Rogue Drivers and Cyclists (1)

Question No: 2887 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Back in June, TfL announced they were going to crackdown on rogue drivers and cyclists. Can you provide an update?

Answer from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Police Crackdown on Rogue Drivers and Cyclists (2)

Question No: 2888 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

How many Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were handed out to motorists per month from June this year by the Metropolitan and City of London Police? How many FPNs have been cancelled for the same period due to drivers attending a safety education course?

Answer from the Mayor

In June and July 2010 the MPS has input some 24,101 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN’s) issued to drivers, motorcyclists and cyclists. In view of the very recent timeframe specified in the question, this is the most up to date information available and represents those notices received for processing.

The MPS does not currently operate a scheme whereby recipients of FPNs may opt for an alternative disposal by way of education. Such disposal options are currently only available, in certain circumstances, to drivers identified following the activation of speed cameras and, on some occasions, following a collision where the evidence suggests that driving has fallen below the expected standard because of a brief lapse of awareness.

Police Crackdown on Rogue Drivers and Cyclists (3)

Question No: 2889 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

How many Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) were handed out to cyclists per month from June this year by the Metropolitan and City of London Police? How many FPNs have been cancelled due to cyclists attending a safety education course?

Answer from the Mayor

Officers are drafting a response which will be sent shortly.

Courthill Road Junction (1)

Question No: 2890 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

In light of further accidents over the summer at the Courthill Road and Lewisham High Street junction, what are you doing to make this junction safe?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL recognises the continuing local desire for enhanced pedestrian facilities at this junction.

Detailed work has been undertaken but the options developed so far have all raised serious concerns about the impact on traffic movement and congestion in an area where extensive queuing and delays already occur. To mitigate this and progress towards a viable scheme, TfL has been forced to consider more radical options to mitigate adverse traffic impacts. This includes looking at solutions that involve diverting a local bus route and banning some existing turning movements. TfL expect this work to be complete by the end of this calendar year.

Courthill Road Junction (2)

Question No: 2891 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

I believe TfL has said recently that there are no “quick solutions” in making this junction safer for Londoners. Seeing as though I highlighted this issue to you 18 months ago in MQ (0627/2009), how much longer do you think you will need to come up with a solution?

Answer from the Mayor

As detailed in my answer to 2890/2010, simply taking time out of this junction to provide for pedestrian facilities will have an unacceptable impact on an already congested network. Therefore, more radical solutions are being assessed to see whether a balanced scheme that delivers the pedestrian crossing stage can be identified. Traffic modelling and discussions with key stakeholders are continuing to this end, and are scheduled to be completed by the end of this calendar year.

Jubilee Line Upgrade – Brent

Question No: 2892 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Please can you give me an update on the Jubilee Line upgrades in Brent? Do you have a confirmed date yet as to when the works will be finished in Brent?

Answer from the Mayor

Since TfL acquired Tube Lines in June 2010, TfL has been working urgently to determine the full state of all Tube Lines’ upgrades programmes, and in particular their delayed upgrade of the Jubilee line. Initial work to look at the status of the upgrade confirmed TfL’s fears and there is still much work to do on the northern part of the line, in particular around the Neasden depot area.

Testing is currently being carried out to determine how long this work will take to complete and TfL expects to be in a position to confirm the completion date soon.

Gatwick Station

Question No: 2893 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Have you had any discussions with Network Rail or the Government about a way forward to improve Gatwick Station for visitors to London? If so, what was agreed?

Answer from the Mayor

Discussions regarding improvements to Gatwick station have previously taken place between BAA (and subsequently with the new owners of the airport, Global Infrastructure Partners) and Network Rail. The airport operators have stated that they wish to ensure that the benefits of any potential future improvements to the rail station maximise public transport usage. TfL is also a member of the Gatwick Area Transport Forum, whose remit includes examining how public transport links between the airport and London could be further improved. However, due to the station being outside of the GLA boundary, TfL has had no involvement in related discussions about improvements to the station; this is a matter primarily for Network Rail and the private owners of the airport.

Pedestrian Crossings at Parliament Square?

Question No: 2894 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Has there been any work carried out looking at installing pedestrian crossings over to Parliament Square? If so, what were the findings? Do you have any plans to develop the findings?

Answer from the Mayor

Yes. TfL has investigated the feasibility of providing a controlled pedestrian crossing across the south west corner of Parliament Square. This study concluded that the provision of a crossing is feasible and the findings have been provided to Westminster City Council, as highway and traffic authority for Parliament Square, for its consideration.

Cycle Hire Scheme (1)

Question No: 2895 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Since the launch of the Cycle Hire scheme, how many bikes have gone missing per month?

Answer from the Mayor

Up to 7 September 2010, a total of 15 cycles were recorded as not having being returned to the scheme.

Cycles can initially appear lost or stolen because they have not been docked properly and in many cases, cycles which are reported lost or stolen to the police have been “found” again and redeployed.

Cycle Hire Scheme (2)

Question No: 2896 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Since the launch, how many people have registered but not used the scheme?

Answer from the Mayor

At present, Serco’s reporting systems are unable to determine the number of people registered for the scheme, but who are yet to use it.

Cycle Hire Scheme (3)

Question No: 2897 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Where do you plan to extend the scheme to next?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL is currently studying ways of expanding Barclays Cycle Hire in London. Extending the scheme will include expanding the zone boundary as well as increasing the density of cycle docking stations within the initial area, as enlargement of the boundary would make this necessary due to additional cycle hire trips being generated in the centre. Any expansion plans will be informed by lessons and information highlighted by the scheme operation.

Plans to develop the scheme further and the necessary funding would require the approval of the TfL Board, which would consider such plans in detail. An announcement on expansion of the scheme is likely by the end of the year.

Cycle Hire Scheme (3)

Question No: 2898 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Where do you plan to extend the scheme to next?

Answer from the Mayor

Please see my answer to 2897/2010.

Cycle Hire Scheme (4)

Question No: 2899 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

I have had many people express dismay that most of the docking stations are north of the river. Will you rectify this by adding more south of the river, particularly to areas with no tube stations?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL is studying ways of expanding the scheme to benefit more Londoners and visitors to London. One of the basic premises of the scheme is that a dense network of docking stations needs to be in place throughout the cycle hire zone, as users rely on the expectation that there will be a docking station close to their desired origin/destination. Therefore, areas with no Tube stations could not be incorporated in isolation to the rest of the network but rather the entire area would need to be covered by cycle hire. Cycle hire, though a valuable addition to London’s transport modes, is specifically designed to serve short trips and is to be used in addition to other modes, such as the Tube.

Cycle Hire Scheme (5)

Question No: 2900 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Has any money been returned to Barclays since the start of the scheme for any reason?

Answer from the Mayor

The Barclays Cycle Hire sponsor agreement does incorporate measures to reflect the success of the scheme. The precise details however are commercially sensitive.

Cycle Hire Scheme (6)

Question No: 2901 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Since the Victoria Line is an extremely busy and at times congested Line on the tube network, do you think that docking stations available in Brixton might entice people to cycle instead of using the underground? Will you look into fast-tracking this suggestion?

Answer from the Mayor

Barclays Cycle Hire has been received well by Londoners and is proving to be a popular mode of transport, potentially substituting trips otherwise made by other modes, including the tube. Though it is a valuable addition to London’s transport modes, it cannot substitute the Tube altogether, due to the fact that it is specifically designed to serve short trips.

One of the basic premises of the scheme is that a dense network of docking stations needs to be in place throughout the cycle hire zone, as users rely on the expectation that there will be a docking station close to their desired origin/destination. Therefore, Brixton could not be incorporated in isolation to the rest of the network but rather the entire area up to Brixton would need to be covered by cycle hire.

Cycle Hire Scheme (7)

Question No: 2902 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

What consultation has TfL had with boroughs to find alternative locations for docking stations near to where they have been refused planning permission to date?

Answer from the Mayor

For those sites where planning permission was refused, TfL has worked closely with its delivery partners (the nine central London boroughs and the Royal Parks) either to find an alternative location or to address the original concerns raised by the relevant planning authority and amended the plans accordingly.

TfL is also implementing lessons learnt from the operation of the scheme, prioritising areas of high demand and gaps in the network, which have usually resulted from a previous planning refusal. All locations are chosen in consultation with the delivery partners.

Cycle Hire Scheme (8)

Question No: 2903 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

What is being done to rectify the problem of full docking stations at peak times and locations? For example, the docking station by Waterloo as people cycle to catch their train after work.

Answer from the Mayor

TfL has worked with Serco, the scheme operator, to establish a comprehensive redistribution programme, which they constantly review and amend. Currently there are extra resources at Waterloo to manage the influx of cycles to allow enough docking points to be available. TfL is also working with Lambeth Council to extend the existing cycle hire capacity at Waterloo.

If a docking station is full, there are maps on the side of the terminal showing the nearest docking stations. Customers are also able to use the terminal to extend the hire time by up to 15 minutes return a cycle to an alternative docking station.

Cycle Hire Scheme (9)

Question No: 2904 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

What criteria will you use when deciding where the next docking stations are located? Will priority be given to places not served by the tube?

Answer from the Mayor

TfL is studying ways of expanding Barclays Cycle Hire to benefit more Londoners and visitors to London. One of the basic premises of the scheme is that a dense network of docking stations needs to be in place throughout the cycle hire zone, as users rely on the expectation that there will be a docking station close to their desired origin/destination. Therefore, areas with no tube stations could not be incorporated in isolation to the rest of the network but rather the entire area would need to be covered by cycle hire. Although it is a valuable addition to London’s transport modes, cycle hire cannot substitute the Tube altogether, due to the fact that it is specifically designed to serve short trips.

In addition, TfL has been working closely with its delivery partners (the nine central London boroughs and the Royal Parks) in order to find additional docking stations for the Barclays Cycle Hire network, particularly where they have previously been refused planning permission.

TfL is also responding to lessons learnt from the operation of the scheme, by prioritising areas of high demand and gaps in the network, which have usually resulted from a previous planning refusal. All locations are chosen in consultation with the delivery partners.

Cycle Hire Scheme (10)

Question No: 2905 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

How many complaints has TfL received about the scheme and what general areas have been raised as concerns since it went live?

Answer from the Mayor

As of 7 September 2010, TfL have received a total of 1,431 complaints regarding the scheme.

Key areas of concern include confusion over the billing for access periods – particularly when a member has multiple keys, the location and availability of docking stations, and enquiries over how to successfully return a cycle to the docking point.

Cycle Hire Scheme (11)

Question No: 2906 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

How many reports of faulty cycles have there been since the start of the scheme, broken down by fault?

Answer from the Mayor

At present, Serco’s reporting system does not report exact information regarding the nature of faults but are expecting to be able to provide this information in the future.

As of 7 September 2010, a total of 2,774 repairs have been carried out by Serco with the majority of these being minor repairs and adjustment on-site without the need to take the cycle out of service.

Cycle Hire Scheme (12)

Question No: 2907 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Have you looked into designing bicycle docking stations differently outside listed buildings, for example having “heritage-style” docking stations to blend in with the surroundings?

Answer from the Mayor

One of the main design principles of Barclays Cycle Hire is that all assets are the same. This is important as the street furniture needs to be instantly recognizable and readily identifiable as part of the scheme, so that users can easily navigate their way to a cycle hire docking station. In addition, listed buildings are designed in a whole range of architectural styles.

One important feature of the design is that the bicycles, which are free to roam throughout London and may be docked at any docking station, match the rest of the cycle hire street furniture, i.e. the terminal and docking points, in style and in colour, to have a pleasing visual effect. This also means that ‘bespoke’ docking stations to match particular heritage areas would have a jarring effect as they would fail to match the cycles docked there.

Bespoke ‘heritage’ docking stations and any design and manufacturing changes that these would require would have a significant impact on cost and time, as specific manufacturing processes would have to be tailored to these.

Cycle Hire Scheme (13)

Question No: 2908 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Please can you tell me how many people have been overcharged to date for the cycle hire scheme, and how many people have been reimbursed? What is the total value for the overcharges?

Answer from the Mayor

A total of 2,700 Barclays Cycle Hire members were incorrectly charged twice with a total value of £20,500. All affected users have now had their chosen payment cards refunded in full.

Prevention of bicycle theft

Question No: 2936 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Will you join with me in congratulating the Metropolitan Police for their six month pilot bicycle theft prevention scheme, operating in Hammersmith & Fulham, which had a success rate of almost 100%? Are you looking to roll this scheme out in other boroughs and if so which ones?

Answer from the Mayor

The successful operation in Hammersmith and Fulham is just one example of the excellent work being carried out by the Metropolitan Police across London to target cycle thefts.

The new Metropolitan Police Service Cycle Task Force, in partnership with TfL, consisting of 30 officers dedicated to tackling cycle thefts will ensure bike security, education and proactive operations in theft prevention across London boroughs. The task force work closely with borough teams to exchange best practice, reduce cycle thefts and raise awareness of cycle security across London.

Skyride Events

Question No: 2937 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Please publish a table showing the estimated number of people who have attended each Skyride and Freewheel event in 2010.

Answer from the Mayor

There were 3 Skyride events this summer. The following table sets out the dates/locations and participant numbers:

Skyride 2010Sep 5th 201085000
Skyride RedbridgeAug 15th 20105000
Skyride EalingJull 18th 201013000

Cycle super highways

Question No: 2954 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Many measures identified in your next phase of Cycle Superhighways claim to prevent danger to cyclists, and achieve your objective of encouraging more people to commute to work by bike, subject to confirming whether they will have a “significant negative impact on the operation of the road network.” How big is significant? (Please state as a percentage

Answer from the Mayor

It is not possible to give this answer as a percentage. A percentage displacement of other traffic on a part of the highway network which has spare capacity may go un-noticed, whereas the same percentage displacement of other traffic on a busy section may cause substantial congestion. Therefore each proposed measure will have its effect assessed by experienced highway engineers and through traffic modelling where necessary.

In addition, there are a number of measures which can be implemented to improve conditions for cyclists without taking away capacity from other traffic – such as widening bus lanes at bus stops where there is space to do so, to allow cyclists to overtake a stationary bus without changing lanes. This has been achieved on Cycle Superhighway 7 at a number of locations, as well as elsewhere on the red route network.

Rickshaws Complaints Procedure (2)

Question No: 3015 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

How many PCNs have been issued to the rickshaw companies for Highway Code violations in the London? Could you confirm that the Highway Code applies to all road users including rickshaws?

Answer from the Mayor

As is the case with other pedal cycles, rickshaws do not have number plates and are therefore not issued with PCNs for traffic offences enforced by TfL in the same way as motor vehicles. I would expect, however, the Police to take appropriate action against any offences they observe being committed by rickshaws.

Rickshaws Complaints Procedure (3)

Question No: 3016 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

If TFL decide to licence Rickshaws will they have to comply with Disability Discrimination Act and the Equality Act 2010?

Answer from the Mayor

I consider that the way forward for pedicabs in London is for boroughs to implement voluntary registration schemes to allow the industry to participate in its own regulation. I fully support the voluntary registration scheme which Westminster City Council is developing and I have asked TfL to support them in implementing this scheme.

In the event that this fails to address the issues relating to pedicabs, I will press the Government to introduce legislation to allow the boroughs to license pedicabs. If legislation were introduced, this would include clear standards for pedicabs, which I understand would include be in line with the DDA and Equality Act 2010.

Contra flow cycle lanes

Question No: 2957 / 2010

Caroline Pidgeon

Are you planning to create any contra flow cycle lanes as part of your cycling revolution? If so, where?

Answer from the Mayor

At present, TfL is not intending to create any contra-flow cycle lanes as part of my Cycling Revolution. However, TfL will be carrying out a study on cyclist behaviour at and within current contra-flow bus lanes, incorporating several sites both on the Transport for London Road Network and Borough road networks. Currently, cyclists tend to be excluded from bus contra flow lanes and this study aims to establish whether a more flexible position can be adopted. In addition, work is taking place with the Department for Transport to seek ways to support Boroughs who are looking to permit contra flow cycle movement on low speed routes.

Gyratory Systems

Question No: 3021 / 2010

Victoria Borwick

In the answer given to question 2422/2010 TfL was unable to name a single example where removing a gyratory system has improved traffic flow. Given the lack of evidence that removing gyratory systems will improve traffic flow, why is TfL wasting public money trying to do this?

Answer from the Mayor

The term ‘gyratory’ covers a wide range of different highway layouts with local circumstances that also vary a great deal. Accordingly a blanket approach to their consideration is not considered appropriate.

Gyratory systems have generally been established to maximise vehicular capacity and speed traffic flow. However, in many cases there has been strong local representation seeking changes to gyratory systems to enhance conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users in particular. The overall management of the road network is not simply a question of improving traffic flow. Authorities must also consider the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. In considering the removal of a gyratory, TfL seeks to understand how different needs can be better balanced, rather than solely seeking to improve vehicular traffic flow.

TfL has investigated a number of gyratories to see if changes can be made without adversely affecting traffic conditions. This has resulted in a number of changes including in a few cases full removal.

Cycle Superhighways (1)

Question No: 3066 / 2010

Richard Tracey

What is the cost of a single banner on the cycle superhighways?

Answer from the Mayor

The banners were used as part of TfL’s launch campaign for the Barclays Cycle Superhighways to help advertise and raise awareness of the scheme amongst cyclists and other road users, and encourage them to take up of the scheme. They cost £264.12 each.

Cycle Superhighways (2)

Question No: 3067 / 2010

Richard Tracey

How many banners are there in total on the cycle superhighways?

Answer from the Mayor

196.

Congestion Charge Zone

Question No: 3068 / 2010

Richard Tracey

Would you consider suspending the CCZ during the Olympics?

Answer from the Mayor

I have no plans to suspend the congestion charge during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Then, as now, it will help to keep London moving by discouraging traffic from entering Central London. London 2012 is going to be a public transport games, with a target of 100% spectators using public transport, or cycling and walking.

Suspending the charge will encourage people to drive into London and would run counter to this aim.

Cycling Promotion Adverts (1)

Question No: 3069 / 2010

Richard Tracey

Did TfL’s new cycling adverts cost £300,000 for production and a further £141,000 on cinema placement?

Answer from the Mayor

The total production budget for the 90 second cinema advertisement and the five films was £224,400.

£141,000 has been spent on cinema airtime. This covers 828 screens across London from 20 August to 30 September and it is expected that 2,880,825 people will view the cinema ad.

Cycling Promotion Adverts (2)

Question No: 3070 / 2010

Richard Tracey

How much was Dermot O’Leary paid for his work on the recent cycling promotion adverts?

Answer from the Mayor

Dermot O’Leary was paid a fee of £5,000.

Cycling Promotion Adverts (3)

Question No: 3071 / 2010

Richard Tracey

How many hours did Dermot O’Leary work for his fee?

Answer from the Mayor

Dermot O’Leary worked with TfL for 10 hours on Thursday 6 July.

Cycling Promotion Adverts (4)

Question No: 3072 / 2010

Richard Tracey

How much was Edith Bowman paid for her work on the recent cycling promotion adverts?

Answer from the Mayor

Edith Bowman was paid a fee of £5,000.

Cycling Promotion Adverts (5)

Question No: 3073 / 2010

Richard Tracey

How many hours did Edith Bowman work for her fee?

Answer from the Mayor

Edith Bowman worked with TfL for 10 hours on Thursday 1 July.

Cycling Promotion Adverts (6)

Question No: 3074 / 2010

Richard Tracey

How many Boris Bikes could TfL buy for £441,000?

Answer from the Mayor

The cost of the recent cycling campaign was £341,000.

The aim of this campaign was to promote cycling and to raise its profile and image. It was also the intention to highlight new cycling products and infrastructure provided by TfL and the importance of cycle training, as a way to encourage new users to the mode.

The value of an individual cycle cannot be disclosed as this information is commercially sensitive. The base cost of each cycle doesn’t necessarily mean that such extra funding could simply deliver a specific number of additional cycles.

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