COUNCILLOR HEATHER ACTON, Cabinet Member for Sustainability and
COUNCILLOR ED ARGAR, Cabinet Member for City Management,
Transport and Infrastructure
COUNCILLOR BRIAN CONNELL, Cycling Champion
COUNCILLORS IAM ADAMS, MELVYN CAPLAN AND BARBARA
ARZYMANOW, Ward Members for Little Venice
MARTIN LOW – CITY COMMISSIONER OF TRANSPORTATION
ROSEMARIE MACQUEEN - STRATEGIC DIRECTOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT
2ND JULY 2014
CYCLE GRID – REVISED PROPOSALS FOR BLOMFIELD ROAD
In Autumn 2013 the Council consulted on proposals for an improved cycle route along Blomfield
Road as part of the Cycle Grid project. In response to the public consultation a number of
objections were received from local residents and Ward Members on safety grounds. Officers
have therefore taken these concerns into account and have redesigned the scheme. This
Briefing Note provides an overview of the revised proposals and seeks comments on these.
RESPONSE NEEDED: Yes
, Principal Transport Planner,
TIMING FOR RESPONSE: Monday 14 July 2014
In Autumn 2013, following discussions with Ward Members, the Council consulted publicly on
proposals for an improved cycle route along Blomfield Road, as one of several ‘quick win’ Cycle
Grid schemes. However, in response to the public consultation twelve letters of objection were
received from residents, eight of which raised safety concerns in relation to the visibility of
cyclists (traveling eastbound) to cars maneuvering in and out of the parking bays, given the
slight bend in the road. Officers considered that this point needed addressing so the original
scheme was not progressed and a new scheme has now been developed.
The plan in Appendix 1 shows a revised layout for the proposals. The proposed contraflow
(eastbound) cycle lane has been relocated so that it runs between the footway and the parked
cars on the northern side of the road, removing the potential for conflict between cyclists and
cars maneuvering in and out of the parking bays. A buffer zone is proposed between the cycle
lane and the parking bays to protect cyclists from car doors opening and to enable drivers and
their passengers enough room to get in and out of their vehicle. This type of arrangement was
implemented in Hanover Street, which runs between Hanover Square and Regent Street and
has now been operating successfully for a number of years, without incident. A photo of the
Hanover Street scheme is attached in Appendix 2.
The revised proposal for Blomfield Road could also include a widened footway along all of the
southern side of the road next to the canal, subject to more detailed survey work. All of the
parking has been retained, with the exception of two of the shared use parking bays, which
would need to be relocated just to the other side of the junction with Warwick Avenue.
Alternatively, the two car club bays could be relocated to this position, subject to agreement with
Officers would be grateful for any comments you may have on the revised scheme by 14 July
2014. Officers would also be happy to meet Members on site to explain the proposals in more
detail and to discuss any concerns.
If a scheme cannot be agreed then officers will ask TfL to remove any redundant traffic signals.
However, if Ward Members are content with the revised scheme, another public consultation
would be organised for September 2014, after the school holidays.
STRATEGIC DIRECTOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Appendix 1 –
Drawing (number 11677288-QW-P-02-A) showing revised proposal for
– Photo of the Hanover Street contraflow cycle lane