Effects of increased cyclist provisions on congestion and cyclist effects on the movement of vehicles

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Dear Transport for London,

I would like to request any information collected (if available) on the effects of the increased number of cycle lanes and other cyclist provisions on congestion in London. Specifically, if these facilities have caused an increase or decrease in congestion in the areas they have been constructed and if their presence generates a negative or positive impact on overall congestion in London. And have these provisions lead to an increase in cyclist numbers (if figures are available I would also like them)?

I would also like to request the total amount of funds that have been spent during the past 10 years on the construction of provisions for cyclists in London if available.

I thank you for your time.

Yours faithfully,

Aidan Radford

FOI, Transport for London

Dear Mr Radford

 

TfL Ref: 2358-1819

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6
December 2018 asking for information about cycling and congestion. I
sincerely apologise for the delay in acknowledging your request.

 

Your request will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the
Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. 

 

A response will be sent to you by 9 January 2019. We publish a substantial
range of information on our website on subjects including operational
performance, contracts, expenditure, journey data, governance and our
financial performance. This includes data which is frequently asked for in
FOI requests or other public queries. Please check
[1]http://www.tfl.gov.uk/corporate/transpar... to see if this helps you.

 

We will publish anonymised versions of requests and responses on the
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In the meantime, if you would like to discuss this matter further, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

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FOI, Transport for London

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Dear Mr Radford

 

TfL Ref: 2358-1819

 

Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6
December 2018 asking for information about cycling and congestion.

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can
confirm that we hold some of the information you require. You asked for:
any information collected (if available) on the effects of the increased
number of cycle lanes and other cyclist provisions on congestion in
London. Specifically, if these facilities have caused an increase or
decrease in congestion in the areas they have been constructed and if
their presence generates a negative or positive impact on overall
congestion in London. And have these provisions lead to an increase in
cyclist numbers (if figures are available I would also like them)?

 

I would also like to request the total amount of funds that have been
spent during the past 10 years on the construction of provisions for
cyclists in London if available

 

Any traffic statistics that TfL publish are available in the series of
Travel in London reports at
[1]https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publication...
. These provide a number of trend series tables, including overall cycling
trends. Report 11 is available here:
[2]http://content.tfl.gov.uk/travel-in-lond...

 

We do monitor traffic journey times along four of the cycle superhighway
routes (CS2, CS3, CS5 and CS6), and I have attached periodic average
morning and evening peak data for the routes that we monitor from 2014/15
to the current year. The gaps in the data are due to our monitoring
equipment being unavailable or faulty. Due to the ongoing changes such as
works, events and unplanned incidents on the road network, it is extremely
difficult to measure the exact effects of cycle lanes on congestion on a
London-wide basis. However, TfL does share some information concerning the
performance of the road network. Up to 2017, reports were published here
[3]https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publication...,
but due to exceptionally low levels of use of these reports, we now share
a more succinct performance report directly with London Travel Watch (who
were the only users of the report) and I attach the latest approved
summary report for your reference. Cycle Superhighways allow us to
increase the carrying capacity of a stretch of road, and move more people
in the same limited space, especially during peak times. Cycling reduces
air pollution, and providing segregated facilities helps promote active
travel to make Londoners healthier.

 

The amount spent on cycling over the last ten years is as below:  

 

 

£m Infrastructure Non- infrastructure Total
2009 16 4 20
2010 34 6 40
2011 77 22 99
2012 56 15 71
2013 19 15 34
2014 45 19 64
2015 37 23 60
2016 136 21 158
2017 114 13 127
2018 77 13 90

 

 

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable
to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

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

 

 

Sara Thomas

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

 

 

 

 

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