The City of London’s draft Transport Strategy is an ambitious plan which puts walking and cycling at its core. Integral to the strategy is the adoption of Vision Zero concepts:
We will deliver Vision Zero to eliminate death and serious injuries on the City’s streets by 2040.
Measures to deliver Vision Zero and reduce road danger will be delivered across four themes:
• Safer streets
• Safer speeds
• Safer vehicles
• Safer behaviours
• Being proportional in our efforts to tackle the sources of road danger, focussing on those users of our streets who have the greatest potential to harm others due to the size and speed of their vehicle
• Recognising that people will always make mistakes and that collisions can never be
entirely eliminated. Our streets must therefore be designed, managed and used to cater for an element of human error and unpredictability
• Reducing vehicle speeds on our streets to minimise the energy involved in collisions and protect people from death or injury
• Seeking to reduce slight injuries and fear of road danger alongside the principal focus on eliminating death and serious injuries
Here are some details.
• Safer streets – Seven dangerous streets/junctions (including St Paul gyratory, High Holborn and Aldersgate) will be redesigned by 2030. They will also be narrowing and raising the entrances to side streets to require drivers and riders to manoeuvre more slowly
• Safer speeds – Adoption of a City-wide 25kph speed limit by 2022
• Safer vehicles – Improving the FORS standards and widening the scheme to coaches and vans
• Safer behaviours – Among various measures, “Encouraging TfL to require safety training as part of private hire and taxi licensing. This will include Bikeability Level 3 training”
In order to ensure that the Strategy translates in real action, the City proposes a Road Danger Reduction Action Plan, “a five-year delivery plan for measures to achieve Vision Zero and implement the Safe Systems approach”.
Overall the Strategy shows ambition. It also acknowledges that there is a lot of work to do:
Only 4% of people currently consider the experience of cycling in the City to be pleasant (and 56% consider it to be unpleasant). We want this figure to be 75% by 2044. More than half of people cycling in the City scored their feeling of safety while cycling as a 1 or 2 out of 5.
On average 19 people cycling have been killed or seriously injured on our streets every year for the last 5 years