Traffic on Footstreets

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Dear City of York Council,

As noted in a recent complaint I write to ask:

1 – On average, prior to the trial approved in November 2020, what percentage of vehicles entering the footstreets area are a) Blue Badge holders, b) vehicles on the exemption list and c) vehicles not on the exemption list?
2 – On average, during the trial approved in November 2020, what percentage of vehicles entering the footstreets area are a) Blue Badge holders, b) vehicles on the exemption list and c) vehicles not on the exemption list?
3 – What are the projected reductions in traffic from excluding Blue Badge holders resulting from making the TRO permanent?

Yours faithfully,

Jamie

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Clarke, Tony(Transport Planning), City of York Council

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Dear Jamie,

 

Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your Freedom of
Information requests.

Traffic on Footstreets:

 

1.   On average, prior to the trial approved in November 2020, what
percentage of vehicles entering the footstreets area are a) Blue Badge
holders, b) vehicles on the exemption list and c) vehicles not on the
exemption list?

 

2.   On average, during the trial approved in November 2020, what
percentage of vehicles entering the footstreets area are a) Blue Badge
holders, b) vehicles on the exemption list and c) vehicles not on the
exemption list?

 

3.   What are the projected reductions in traffic from excluding Blue
Badge holders resulting from making the TRO permanent?

 

Response:

We do not hold the data in the required formats but we have relevant data
as described below.

 

We have data on this issue from 2018. The reports summarising this are
published here: [1]colour Annex D - Blue Badge Parking 18-19 and Traffic
movements at Access Points 2019 v2.pdf (york.gov.uk) and here:
[2]Microsoft Word - York Blue Badge Access 08b.docx

This was part of the information provided for this decision: [3]Decision -
City Centre Access Experimental Traffic Order Conclusion and Phase 1
Proposals (york.gov.uk)

 

We have the attached comparison survey data – Traffic Surveys 2018-21
Comparison

 

The Traffic survey 2018-21 comparison spreadsheet (see summary tab)
provides data in response to question 3.

 

 

Obstructions at western end of Muncastergate - barriers present two points
on Fossway and Friar’s Walk which restrict access to the western end of
Muncastergate (approx. locations 53.973543N, -1.068827W and 53.974050N,
-1.068298W)

 

Muncastergate is a private road and the residents are particularly
concerned about the safety implications of speeding motorcyclists who use
this route as a short cut. We have been working them for some time to
prepare a solution which will provide a route for cyclists using all types
of bike whilst restricting access for motorcyclists.

 

1.   When were barriers installed at these locations? The council do not
hold any information on the date installed. The residents have suggested
that they were put in place in the 1950s when the Bell Farm estate was
being built.

 

2.   Was an Equality Impact Assessment carried out at this location, as
required by the Equality Act 2010 S.149, prior to the installation of this
barrier, or a subsequent assessment completed should the barrier
installation predate 2010?;  The barriers pre-date disability
discrimination legislation.

 

3.   Could you please provide a copy of that Equality Impact Assessment;
N/A

 

4.   Who installed this barrier? The residents have suggested that the
council installed them but we have no records to prove this.

 

5.   Who approved this barrier? No information held

 

6.   Who has ongoing responsibility for this barrier? The ownership is
unclear as they form the boundary between the adopted road network and
the private estate and we hold no records of who installed them.

 

7.   Who does this cycle route fall under the remit of? Several council
officers on the adopted side of the barrier and the Muncastergate
Residents Association on the unadopted side

 

8.   Were they consulted prior to installation of the current barrier?

a.   If so, what was their response? N/A

b.   If they did not approve, why was this ignored/overruled/disregarded,
and by whom? N/A

c.   If they did approve, please provide evidence to support this. N/A

 

9.   What provision has been made for the access of disabled cyclists to
this route with regards to the barriers?  We are in negotiation with the
residents to make the barriers more accessible

 

10.                What allowances and accommodations have been made for
disabled cyclists? See answer 9

 

11.                Leading on from 10), what provision has been made for
cargobikes, tricyclists, and adaptive cycles in general? See answer 9

 

12.                Please clarify how the current state of this barrier
aligns with S.20(3); No information held

 

13.                Please clarify how the current state of this barrier
aligns with S.20(4); No information held

 

14.                Please explain what immediate steps will be taken to
restore inclusive and disabled accessibility for the above route. Changes
have been previously made to ensure that a route is available through the
barriers and further work is being undertaken with the residents to
establish an acceptable solution.   

 

15.                Please provide the correct contact point for any
further actions, including for any potential Letter(s) Before Action(s) to
be addressed to. Please direct any correspondence to
 [email address]

 

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