Dear Richmond upon Thames Borough Council,

I am writing to request the answers to the following questions, on
the subject of cycling within your borough, under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.

1. What percentage of your borough's total road kilometres consists
of fully, hard segregated cycle routes?

2. How many total kilometres of fully, hard segregated cycle routes
does this equate to?

3. Since the 6th of May 2010, how much money in pounds sterling has
been spent from your borough's transport budget on creating further
fully, hard segregated cycle routes?

4. In relation to the above question, what percentage of your total
transport spend within your borough for the named period did this
constitute?

5. For the period between the 1st of April 2014 and the 31st of
March 2015, how much total money in pounds sterling from your
borough's transport budget has been or will be allocated to
creating further fully, hard segregated cycle routes?

6. For the period mentioned in question 5, what percentage of your
borough's transport budget does this constitute?

7. What percentage of road kilometres under your sole control are
20mph roads?

8. Aside from the above mentioned, what other initiatives is your
borough undertaking to improve the safety of cyclists on roads
under your authority?

In this instance, hard segregation means where there is a kerb
separating the standard road surface from the cycleway. It does not
include shared footpath and cyclepath routes where this is no
separation between the footway and the cycleway. Please only
include cycleways that are solely under your council's control for
this figure.

Total road kilometres is the distance of standard roads that are
accessible to motorised vehicles, in addition to the distance of
hard-segregated cycleways as described in the above paragraph.
Please only include roads and cycleways that are solely under your
council's control in this calculation.

Please email your responses in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet within
20 working days of this request being submitted, that is to say by
the 28th of February 2014.

Yours faithfully,

Will Nickell

Polly Cunningham, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

 

Our Ref: L/POC/e15503

 

Dear Will Nickell

Thank you for your request for information received on 30 January 2014.

Your request is being considered and the information will be provided
within the 20 working day statutory timescale, this is subject to the
information not being exempt or containing reference to any third party.

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 defines a number of exemptions, if any
of these exemptions apply to the information you have requested then the
information may not be released. You will be informed if this is the case
along with details of your right to appeal.

The application of an exemption may mean that the information you have
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If the information you have requested contains references to a third party
then they may have to be consulted before the information can be released.
If this is the case you will be notified in writing.

If you have any queries please contact us.

Regards

 

FOI Team

 

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Bunmi Ogunseye, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

Our Ref: e15503

Dear Will Nickell,

Further to your request for information below please can you clarify the following in respect of your request:

Questions 3 to 6 refer to the “borough’s transport budget”. Our Traffic & Transport budgets would ordinarily include many areas like Transport Planning, Highways maintenance, Reactive works, Parking and Transport Service. Does this question relate to all of these areas or just the Transport Planning area?

Also, should capital expenditure be included too? We have a number of capital schemes relating to the Safety Education, some of which are externally funded through TFL schemes for example. Should they be included?

Please note that your request will be put on hold until we receive the clarification requested above.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Miss Bunmi Ogunseye
Public Information Manager
Community Engagement and Accountability Team
Adult and Community Services
( 0208 891 7135
+ [email address]

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Dear Bunmi Ogunseye,

Thank you for your prompt response. The borough's transport budget, for this purpose, includes all the areas that you have mentioned.

Where possible, please keep the figures of spending to money that has come from the borough itself and not any external parties. A separate FOI has been requested from TfL for this purpose.

If you have any further question, please feel free to ask.

Yours sincerely,

Will Nickell

Bunmi Ogunseye, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

Dear Mr Nickell,

Thank you for providing the clarification requested. We will respond to your request within the statutory timescale.

Kind Regards

Miss Bunmi Ogunseye
Public Information Manager
Community Engagement and Accountability Team Adult and Community Services ( 0208 891 7135
+ [email address]

Our Ref: e15503\724102

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Dunstan Thomas, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

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Our Ref: DT/e15503

 

Dear Will Nickell,

 

Your request for information which was received on 30 January 2014 has
been considered.

 

Please find our response below.

 

 

Your request:

 

I am writing to request the answers to the following questions, on the
subject of cycling within your borough, under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

 

1.    What percentage of your borough's total road kilometres consists of
fully, hard segregated cycle routes?

 

2.    How many total kilometres of fully, hard segregated cycle routes
does this equate to?

 

3.    Since the 6th of May 2010, how much money in pounds sterling has
been spent from your borough's transport budget on creating further fully,
hard segregated cycle routes?

 

4.    In relation to the above question, what percentage of your total
transport spend within your borough for the named period did this
constitute?

 

5.    For the period between the 1st of April 2014 and the 31st of March
2015, how much total money in pounds sterling from your borough's
transport budget has been or will be allocated to creating further fully,
hard segregated cycle routes?

 

6.    For the period mentioned in question 5, what percentage of your
borough's transport budget does this constitute?

 

7.    What percentage of road kilometres under your sole control are 20mph
roads?

 

8.    Aside from the above mentioned, what other initiatives is your
borough undertaking to improve the safety of cyclists on roads under your
authority?

 

 

Our response:

1.    The Council does not hold records of segregated cycle routes as you
have defined but, having made internal enquiries, we do not believe there
are any significant lengths on the Borough’s road network.

2.    The Council does not hold records of segregated cycle routes as you
have defined but, having made internal enquiries, we do not believe there
are any significant lengths on the Borough’s road network.

3.    None.

4.    Not applicable.

5.    Budgets are presently being set and the position will not be clear
until the outcome of Richmond’s bid to Transport for London for
Mini-Holland funding is determined during March 2014.

6.    Dependent upon the outcome of five above.

7.    We do not hold that information but the extent of 20mph limits may
be ascertained from the attached Traffic Management Orders. Please note
that we have redacted the personal signatures of the authorised personnel
in complying with the Data Protection Act 1998.

8.    The Borough undertakes cycle training of all year six children
across the Borough like all other London Boroughs. Also the Council offers
year one scooter training which gets taken up depending on available
budgets of the schools concerned. Twice a year officers from Road Safety
hold Junior Citizen events where amongst other things safety is discussed.
Cycle parking and direction signs are erected to help cyclists cycle
safely by directing them the most suitable ways. We have submitted a Mini
Holland bid to Transport for London to improve cycle facilities in and
around Twickenham and also bids have been submitted for more cycle
training, grants to provide cycle facilities at schools and to work with
schools in the form of Cycle to School Partnerships. We have also received
funding to train our Council drivers of HGVs to drive more safely and in
particular to be more aware of cyclists that they share round space with.

 

Kind Regards,

FOI Team

 

 

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