Dear Barking and Dagenham 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

Freedom of Information, Barking and Dagenham Borough Council

Dear Mr Nickell

 

Request for information (LBBD/77993)

 

Thank you for your request for information.

 

We will respond to your request no later than 28 February 2014.

 

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Freedom of Information, Barking and Dagenham Borough Council

Dear Mr Nickell,

Thank you for your request for information regarding Cycling
Infrastructure, please find our response below.

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

This equates to less than 1%

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

We have approximately 4.5km of designated cycle routes segregated in line
with your definition below.

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?

£Nil

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

0%

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?

The Mayors Cycling vision launched in 2013, highlighting the preferred
option of segregation for cyclists, as demonstrated within the Cycle Super
Highway 3 model in Outer London, we have £750k allocated towards a highway
improvement scheme which includes the delivery of 6km of new segregated
cycle routes linking with the new Barking Riverside Development. The
development itself is committed to providing safe segregated cycle routes
as standard.

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

34% of 2014/15 Local Implementation Plan (LIP) allocation however this
will deliver other improvements asides from segregated cycle routes.

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

Approximately 15-20% of the borough benefits from 20mph zones. This has
not been measured exactly.

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

The borough is a recognised Outer London Biking Borough committed to
improving the safety of cyclists on our networks. We offer a wide range of
initiatives including :

-       Provision of free National Standards Bikeability Training to
Borough Schools. 30 of the 37 Borough Junior and Primary schools have
participated since April 2013 to date enabling 720 Yr 5 and 6 pupils to
become safer on their bikes.

-       Provision of free school cycle clubs in partnership with our
Primary and Junior schools, building on their Bikeability training,
continually reinforcing and developing their safe cycling skills in a
social environment. We currently have 49 clubs within 20 borough schools
with 487 members.

 

-       Provision of free Adult Cycle Training available to all borough
residents and tailored to their specific needs. Training is available on a
one to one  basis or as part of a group through our social cycling group
activities. April 2013 to date we have provided 822 Hours of free adult
training.

-       In partnership with our neighbours, London Borough of Havering,
provision of Safe Urban Driving (SUD) Courses open to all borough based
HGV Drivers.

-       Borough Fleet Operators working towards FORS accreditation.

-       Continue to invest annually in our borough cycle network as part
of all our Local Implementation Plan corridor schemes,  including delivery
of 15km of new shared routes through our parks and open spaces.

-       Work closely with the Borough Metropolitan Police Safer Transport
Team, and TfL promoting and educating Safe Cycling messages.

-       Have wider ambitions to upgrade existing cycle routes into
boulevard style cycle routes, providing direct safer cycling links to
Barking Town Centre.

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.

If you are not satisfied with the way that I have dealt with your request
you can make a complaint by writing to the Corporate Complaints & FOI
Team, Room 104, Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Barking IG11 7LU.  Alternatively
you can make your complaint on-line at [1]www.barking-dagenham.gov.uk or
you can e-mail your complaint to [2][Barking and Dagenham Borough Council request email].

If you are still not satisfied, after following our Corporate Complaints
procedure, you can take your complaint to the Information Commissioner. 
Full details of how to do this will be made available on request.

Regards

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Dear FoI team,

Thank you for your prompt and informative responses.

Yours sincerely,

Will Nickell

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