Joe Dodd, a member of the Hammersmith & Fulham Liberal Democrats, wrote today to the LBHF Council to call for further action to improve cycling infrastructure in the borough. The letter can be read below:
Dear Cllr Iain Cassidy,
Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats welcome the speed at which the council has introduced segregated cycling lanes and reallocated road space to pedestrians in light of the Covid-19 crisis.
As we continue to rebuild the economy following the lockdown, more and more people are returning to work and going about their lives. People are being urged to avoid public transport whenever possible to reduce the spread of the virus. Meanwhile, any increase in car use threatens to significantly damage air quality in the borough. It is for this reason that walking and cycling infrastructure needs to be prioritised to ensure residents are able to maintain social distancing rules. The separation of cyclists from other road users has been proven to improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers while also enhancing the appeal of cycling for everyone.
H&F council have woefully failed to improve cycling provisions in the borough over the past five years. It is a shame that it has taken a pandemic and the threat of uncontrollable toxic air to finally act to make even minor improvements to cycling infrastructure. The council declared a climate emergency one year ago. In the meantime they have only scratched the surface of the kind of action urgently required to deal with the emissions caused by transport within the borough. The current temporary cycling lanes do not adequately extend throughout the borough and improve connectivity between Hammersmith and Fulham.
What is being done to scale up the strategy for temporary cycling lanes? What are the council's plans to improve the long-term strategy for cycling and walking in the borough?
Hammersmith and Fulham Liberal Democrats
This article was amended on 13th July 2020 to state "do not adequately" rather than "do not inadequately".