Cycling Infrastructure in Surrey

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Dear Surrey County Council,

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

1. What percentage of your county'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 county'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 county for the named period did this constitute?

5. For the period between the 1st April 2014 and the 31st March 2015, how much total money in pounds sterling from your county'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 county'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 county undertaking to improve the safety of cyclists on roads under your authority?

For the purposes of this request, 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.

Yours faithfully,
M Ramsden

FOI, Surrey County Council

Dear Mr Ramsden
YOUR REQUEST REF NO.10836  UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

Thank you for your request for information received on 14 April 2014.
 Your request reference is as above.

We will respond to your request promptly and in any event within 20
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Mrs Mary J Elliott
Freedom of Information Officer (Mondays to Thursdays only)
Corporate Information Governance Team
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Surrey County Council
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Tel: 020 8541 7969
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From:        M Ramsden <[FOI #207015 email]>
To:        FOI requests at Surrey County Council <[Surrey County Council request email]>,
Date:        13/04/2014 18:19
Subject:        Freedom of Information request - Cycling Infrastructure in
Surrey

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Dear Surrey County Council,

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

1. What percentage of your county'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 county'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 county for the named period did this
constitute?

5. For the period between the 1st April 2014 and the 31st March 2015, how
much total money in pounds sterling from your county'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
county'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 county
undertaking to improve the safety of cyclists on roads under your
authority?

For the purposes of this request, 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.

Yours faithfully,
M Ramsden

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Rebecca Frost, Surrey County Council

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Dear Mr Ramsden,

RE:  YOUR REQUEST 10836  UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS
2004
(REGULATION 7 – EXTENSION OF TIME)

We have considered your request which was for information on cycling in
Surrey.

I have noted your definition for 'hard segregated cycle routes'.
Unfortunately our cycle route database does not distinguish between
'unsegregated shared use paths' and 'segregated shared use paths', so the
figures below are a combination of the two. To go through the database and
separate the two types would require considerable staff  resources
(exceeding 18 hrs). The figures for length of cycle route below are based
on the cycle network that can publicly viewed on the Surrey Interactive
Map at [1]http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/maps/surrey-i....  The
closest classification we have to that being sought is 'shared cycle and
footway' - these are routes alongside the carriageway but separated from
the carriageway by a kerb, with the division between cycle path and
footway made by a white line, or where there is no division between the
cycle path and footway (ie unsegregated paths). There are only a few very
short lengths where the cycle path is separated from the footway by a
kerb. Our classification of 'shared cycle and footway' does not include
cycle routes that are completely away from the road, such as upgraded
 bridleways, even if they have been surfaced to cycle route standard.

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

The total length of road in Surrey, excluding trunk roads,  is 4,828km ,
as shown in the downloadable document available at
 [2]https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/asset...
. By road class this is:

+-----------------------------+
| Motorways | 101 |
|---------------------+-------|
| A Roads (Trunk) | 61 |
|---------------------+-------|
| A Roads (non-Trunk) | 633 |
|---------------------+-------|
| B Roads | 384 |
|---------------------+-------|
| C Roads | 626 |
|---------------------+-------|
|   D Roads | 3,185 |
+-----------------------------+

The total length of "shared cycle and footway" is 202km, so that is 4% of
the total road length.

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

202km with our definition of "shared cycle and footway"

3. Since the 6th of May 2010, how much money in pounds sterling has been
spent from your county'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 county for the named period did this
constitute?

5. For the period between the 1st April 2014 and the 31st March 2015, how
much total money in pounds sterling from your county'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
county'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 county
undertaking to improve the safety of cyclists on roads under your
authority?

Surrey County Council recently published its cycling strategy which can be
viewed via the following link:

[3]http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets...

The aim of our strategy is: more people in Surrey cycling, more safely. A
key part  of this will be to improve infrastructure for cyclists. Surrey
has already made a good start on this as demonstrated by the [4]Cycle
Woking initiative. We are also investing Local Sustainable Transport Fund
grants from the Department for Transport on more cycling infrastructure in
Woking, Guildford, and Reigate-Redhill. We were also successful in
obtaining Department for Transport grants totalling £1.5 million for
implementing two new cycle safety infrastructure schemes. One of these is
currently being constructed between Leatherhead and Ashtead.  The other
extends from Walton Bridge southwards through Walton town centre and
northwards into Spelthorne and is scheduled for construction in the coming
months.

Our cycling strategy includes the following objective in relation to
infrastructure:

"5. We will improve infrastructure for cycling by securing funding to
develop high quality, joined up cycle routes, taking account of
international best practice, utilising off road and quiet streets, and
separating cyclists from motorised traffic on busy roads where feasible.
We will focus our efforts on routes that connect where people live with
where they work, shop and go to school and with rail and bus stations for
longer journeys.

We will actively bid for external funding to do this and integrate cycling
considerations into our highways processes, programmes and initiatives."

I have answered questions 1, 2 and 8, your request falls under the
Environmental Information Regulations 2004 as it is about environmental
information and therefore we will be handling your request in accordance
with those Regulations. I have responded to parts of the request but we
consider your request to be both complex and voluminous and that it would
be impracticable to either comply with the request within 20 working days
or to make a decision to refuse to do so within that period.  Therefore,
we are extending the period for responding to 40 working days in
accordance with Regulation 7 (1) of the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004.

Yours sincerely

Rebecca Frost
Customer & Business Process Team Leader
Local Highway Services
Surrey Highways
Tel: 01372 832639
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]

For more information about what we do, please visit our [5]Surrey Highways
Website

You can follow us on twitter [6]@Surreytravel

We always try to provide excellent customer service. [7]Please let us know
how we are doing.
I have noted your definition for 'hard segregated cycle routes'.
Unfortunately our cycle route database does not distinguish between
'unsegregated shared use paths' and 'segregated shared use paths', so the
figures below are a combination of the two. To go through the database and
separate the two types would require considerable staff  resources
(exceeding 18 hrs). The figures for length of cycle route below are based
on the cycle network that can publicly viewed on the Surrey Interactive
Map at [8]http://www.surreycc.gov.uk/maps/surrey-i....  The
closest classification we have to that being sought is 'shared cycle and
footway' - these are routes alongside the carriageway but separated from
the carriageway by a kerb, with the division between cycle path and
footway made by a white line, or where there is no division between the
cycle path and footway (ie unsegregated paths). There are only a few very
short lengths where the cycle path is separated from the footway by a
kerb. Our classification of 'shared cycle and footway' does not include
cycle routes that are completely away from the road, such as upgraded
 bridleways, even if they have been surfaced to cycle route standard.

Rebecca Frost
Customer & Business Process Team Leader
Local Highway Services
Surrey Highways
Tel: 01372 832639
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]

For more information about what we do, please visit our [9]Surrey Highways
Website

You can follow us on twitter [10]@Surreytravel

We always try to provide excellent customer service. [11]Please let us
know how we are doing.

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Dear Rebecca Frost,

I was surprised that you said it would take so long to produce the information, particularly for questions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as I had assumed that Surrey Council kept good records of what it was spending our money on.

I am also not satisfied with the way that you have classified my request and extended the time period in which you said you would comply. This is an approach that is inconsistent with that taken by other local authorities who have faced the same question.

In any case, could you please provide me with an update on how my request is going.

Yours sincerely,
M Ramsden

Rebecca Frost, Surrey County Council

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Dear Mr Ramsden,

RE:  YOUR REQUEST 10836 UNDER THE ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION REGULATIONS
2004

Further to my email dated 15 May I am now able to respond to questions 3
and 7.  I am sorry that questions 4, 5 and 6 remain unanswered, I am
awaiting information from our central finance team who are collating the
figures.

Surrey county Council do not have a dedicated budget for segregated cycle
routes because potentially they can be funded from a number of different
budgets, sometimes as part of wider integrated transport scheme. Therefore
we are looking to gather the information from officers in Highways &
Environment to pinpoint the individual schemes and costs, this I'm afraid
is taking sometime.  

As soon as I have further details I will contact you again.

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

Financial year        Capital                Main projects
                £'000                
2010/11                277                Cycle Woking
2011/12                263                LSTF (includes walking and
cycling element 2 (capital)
2012/13                1,252                LSTF (includes walking and
cycling element 2 (capital)
2013/14                1,100                LSTF as above plus Ashstead to
Leatherhead cycle route and Redhill Balanced Network
4. In relation to the above question, what percentage of your total
transport spend within your county for the named period did this
constitute?
5. For the period between the 1st April 2014 and the 31st March 2015, how
much total money in pounds sterling from your county'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
county's transport budget does this constitute?

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

The total length of roads in Surrey with a 20 mph limit is approximately
34km. If the total road network is 4,828km, then this represents 0.7
percent of the total.
Rebecca Frost
Customer & Business Process Team Leader
Local Highway Services
Surrey Highways
Tel: 01372 832639
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]

For more information about what we do, please visit our [1]Surrey
Highways website

You can follow us on twitter [2]@Surreytravel

We always try to provide excellent customer service. [3]Please let us
know how we are doing.

M Ramsden To Rebecca Frost
<[FOI #207015 email]> <[email address]>,
cc
13/06/2014 15:16 Subject RE:  YOUR REQUEST 10836  UNDER
THE ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
REGULATIONS 2004 (REGULATION 7 ?
EXTENSION OF TIME)

Dear Rebecca Frost,

I was surprised that you said it would take so long to produce the
information, particularly for questions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as I had assumed
that Surrey Council kept good records of what it was spending our money
on.

I am also not satisfied with the way that you have classified my request
and extended the time period in which you said you would comply.  This is
an approach that is inconsistent with that taken by other local
authorities who have faced the same question.

In any case, could you please provide me with an update on how my request
is going.

Yours sincerely,
M Ramsden

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Rebecca Frost, Surrey County Council

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Dear Mr Ramsden,

Please find the answer to question 5 below.

2014/15                5,430                LSTF as above plus Ashstead to
Leatherhead and Walton cycle routes and Redhill Balanced Network

Please note that the above costs include all cycle related infrastructure
(such as toucans, cycle lanes etc).

Please can you clarify what you are classifying as transport spend, are
you including footways buses etc. If you can be more specific we can get a
much more accurate figure.

Many thanks

Rebecca Frost
Customer & Business Process Team Leader
Local Highway Services
Surrey Highways
Tel: 01372 832639
[mobile number]
Email: [email address]

For more information about what we do, please visit our [1]Surrey
Highways website

You can follow us on twitter [2]@Surreytravel

We always try to provide excellent customer service. [3]Please let us
know how we are doing.

M Ramsden To Rebecca Frost
<[FOI #207015 email]> <[email address]>,
cc
13/06/2014 15:16 Subject RE:  YOUR REQUEST 10836  UNDER
THE ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION
REGULATIONS 2004 (REGULATION 7 ?
EXTENSION OF TIME)

Dear Rebecca Frost,

I was surprised that you said it would take so long to produce the
information, particularly for questions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 as I had assumed
that Surrey Council kept good records of what it was spending our money
on.

I am also not satisfied with the way that you have classified my request
and extended the time period in which you said you would comply.  This is
an approach that is inconsistent with that taken by other local
authorities who have faced the same question.

In any case, could you please provide me with an update on how my request
is going.

Yours sincerely,
M Ramsden

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Dear Rebecca Frost,

There is certain information that I requested (fully, hard segregated cycle routes) which you have claimed not to have a record of. I find this somewhat disturbing, as it suggests a lack of concern (through adequate recording and monitoring) by the Council with regard to the quality of the cycle routes that it is providing.

However be that as it may, I suggest that it would be appropriate under the circumstances that you provide me with the different classifications that are used by Surrey Council, and provide the breakdown requested by me according to all these classifications, even if these do not distinguish between internationally recognised best-practice, high-quality infrastructure (fully, hard segregated cycle routes) and sub-standard infrastructure (unsegregated cycle routes, shared-use paths, etc). Please consider this a formal request for a breakdown of all cycle routes according to the classifications applied by Surrey Council at this time (e.g. "shared cycle and footway", "unsegregated, on road cycle lane", "hard surface - tarred", "untarred shared use footpath", etc). From what you have written already, I assume that these might not be exclusive categories.

You have also asked me to classify what I mean by "transport spend". May I request that you apply (and explain) the definition used by Surrey Council. if there are multiple definitions used by the Coundil, with different purposed, I would like you to provide a breakdown and explaination according to each of these definitions.

Yours sincerely,
M Ramsden

Highways, Surrey County Council

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Dear Mr Ramsden,

YOUR REQUEST 11711 UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

We have considered your request which was for -

A breakdown of all cycle routes according to the classifications applied
by Surrey Council at this time (e.g. "shared cycle and footway",
"unsegregated, on road cycle lane", "hard surface - tarred", "untarred
shared use footpath", etc). From what you have written already, I assume
that these might not be exclusive categories.

We do not currently hold this information, the only categories we have are
those which appear on the Cycle Guides and they do not match your
categories.  

However, we are at the start of a process to re-map all proposed and
existing routes with a different set of attributes that will more closely
match your request, but it will be several months before that work is
completed.

We supply this information based on your original request. Please do not
hesitate to contact me at the above address if you have any queries
regarding the information enclosed.  Remember to quote the reference
number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the handling of your request for information and
wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, in the first
instance you should contact the County Council, quoting your request
number given above, at:

Freedom of Information Officer
Surrey County Council
Legal & Democratic Services
County Hall
Penhryn Road
Kingston Upon Thames
Surrey
KT1 2DN
[Surrey County Council request email]

If you are not satisfied by the County Council’s response to your
complaint, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for
a decision.  The Information Commissioner will normally expect you to have
exhausted our complaints procedure.  The Information Commissioner can be
contacted at:

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

Yours sincerely

Rebecca Frost
Customer & Business Process Team Leader
Surrey County Council

If you need to contact us again please complete our form on the [1]Surrey
Highways Website or alternatively contact us on 0300 200 1003.

For more information about what we do, please visit our [2]Surrey Highways
Website

You can follow us on twitter [3]@Surreytravel

We always try to provide excellent customer service. [4]Please let us know
how we are doing.

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