Cycle Superhighways, assessment of risk and impact on disabled and other vulnerable pedestrians

The request was partially successful.

Dear Transport for London,

With regard to London's "Cycle Superhighways", please provide details of any and all Equality Impact Assessments (EqIA) or Hazard or Risk Assessments(HRA) undertaken with regard to this development on each of the routes which permits either:
shared use (cyclists and pedestrians occupying the same space) or;
cyclists riding on what was formerly, or currently is, the footway and/or existing pedestrian road crossings (Zebra and signalled pedestrian road crossings).

Information should include instances where the footway has been narrowed, to permit the Cycle Superhighway to be built.

As the prospect of cyclists travelling at high speed in close proximity to or among vulnerable pedestrians, in particular elderly, visually impaired, D/deaf and disabled people, will discourage, be highly detrimental to and potentially hazardous to pedestrians wishing to continue use of the footway, I am assuming EqIAs or HRAs have been undertaken along each route [CS1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12] where this new or existing risk is likely to occur on the footway and that this has informed TfL's decision on where to route each of the Cycle Superhighways.

If this is not the case I would be grateful if you would inform me what information is held on this subject.

Yours faithfully,

J L Thornton

Transport for London

Our Ref : 1007069821

Date : 12.07.2010

J Thornton

[FOI #41012 email]

Dear J Thornton

Thank you for your request for information dated 08.07.2010 which was
received by Transport for London on 08.07.2010 concerning cycle
superhighways hazard and risk assessments. This request will be dealt
with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We aim to deal with your request promptly and provide you with a response
by 05.08.2010.

In the meantime, if you have any queries or would like to discuss your
request, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Patricia Mitchell

Head of Customer Services, Surface Transport

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Dear Transport for London,

Further to my request, received by Transport for London on 08.07.2010 concerning cycle superhighways, hazard and risk assessments, Ms Mitchell kindly replied on 12.07.2010 informing me that TfL aimed to deal with my request promptly and provide me with a response by 05.08.2010.

Given that I have not received a prompt reply and it is now 09.08.2010 I would be grateful if you would inform me - by return - whether you intend providing me with the requested information within the next few days.

I look forward to your prompt reply.

Yours faithfully,

J Thornton

Dear Transport for London,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Transport for London's handling of my FOI request 'Cycle Superhighways, assessment of risk and impact on disabled and other vulnerable pedestrians'.

The response to my request has been delayed by TfL without explanation. By law, TfL should normally have responded promptly and by 9 August 2010 at the very latest.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/cy...

Yours faithfully,

J Thornton

Transport for London

 

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Our ref.: 1007069821 /DG

Date: 12.08.2010

Dear J L Thornton,

Thank you for your e-mail received by Transport for London (TfL) on July
8 2010. You asked for information about Equality Impact Assessments
(EqIA), or Hazard or Risk Assessments(HRA), undertaken with regard to the
development on each of the routes that comprise the 'Barclays Cycle
Superhighway' scheme in London. Please accept my sincere apologies for
the delay in replying to your request.

Your request has been considered under the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act. I can confirm that TfL does hold the information you
require.

As part of the Barclays Cycle Superhighways project, an Equality Impact
Assessment (EQIA) for the scheme was completed in 2009. No negative
equality impacts were identified by this process.

All highway designs are subject to a rigorous Road Safety Audit at four
stages of the project, with any issues responded to or designed out. For
example, along the length of the pilot routes, tactile paving and signing
has been upgraded and repositioned *** particularly in shared use areas.
This is to ensure that it complies with best practice guidance, such as
the Department of the Environment Transport and the Regions*** (DETR)
publication ***Guidance on the use of Tactile Paving Surfaces (1998)***.

In addition, the project has a dedicated Construction Design Management
(CDM) Co-ordinator to ensure compliance with CDM regulations and all
applicable health and safety legislation.

Finally, the principles set out for Non-Motorised User Audits (NMUA) were
considered during the design process, to capture the needs of pedestrians,
with particular attention to disabled users (although a full NMUA was not
considered necessary for the scheme, which is mainly contained within
existing carriageway).

If this is not the information you are looking for please contact Graham
Hurt, Correspondence Support Manager - London Streets, at:
[1][email address] .

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to
appeal as well as information on copyright and what to do if you would
like to re-use any of the information we have disclosed.

Yours sincerely,

Patricia Mitchell

Head of Customer Services

Transport for London

Surface Transport Customer Services

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FOI, Transport for London

17 August 2010

Our ref: IRV-046-1011

Dear J Thornton

Thank you for your email in which you requested an internal review of your Freedom of Information request.

I understand that a response to your request was sent to you on 12 August 2010. I would be grateful if you would let me know whether you still require a review.

Kind regards

Matthew Towey | Compliance Adviser 
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport for London
5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

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FOI, Transport for London

01 September 2010

Our ref: IRV-046-1011

Dear Mr Thornton

I write further to my email of 17 August 2010.

We have reviewed the handling of your request and can confirm that in failing to respond within 20 working days, TfL contravened the requirements of section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act.

The delay was caused by a mix up between the department responsible for drafting the response and Customer Services who were co-ordinating your request. The department drafting the response approved it on 31 July and informed Customer Services that the response could be sent. Unfortunately Customer Services failed to act on this approval and due to this oversight they thought that it was still being drafted. It wasn't until you requested a review that the oversight was noticed.

On behalf of TfL I am sorry for the delay in responding to your request. To help prevent this from happening again one of our Correspondence Support Managers will be made responsible for taking requests through the sign off process.

I hope this information is of assistance. If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of this internal review, you can refer the matter to the independent authority responsible for enforcing the Freedom of Information Act at the following address.

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

A complaint form is available on the ICO’s website (www.ico.gov.uk).

Yours sincerely

Matthew Towey | Compliance Adviser 
Information Access & Compliance Team | Corporate Governance | Transport for London
5th Floor, Windsor House, 42-50 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0TL
T: 020 7126 3063/ auto 63063

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