TfLs new Cycling Quietways programme gets underway this year and one of the first 2 routes, Quietway 2 (Q2), runs across the north of Southwark (Route is shown at https://goo.gl/maps/TttKh). Delivery of each segment is being carried out by local boroughs. The Southwark segment of Q2 will be out to public consultation soon. Southwark Cyclists were invited to a pre-consultation meeting with Chris Mascord (Senior Engineer, Public Realm, Southwark Council) to look at plans.
Meeting was on 4 July and proved extremely interesting. A detailed report is available, Quietway 2v02
. Key points were:
- Some very good plans and pretty much everything an improvement.
- However the aim of a route that new cyclists would find unthreatening is not met.
- Crucially protection from left-turning motor traffic, a common cause of collisions, is largely absent.
- The requirement for safe right turns within, onto and off the route has also largely not been met.
This was a really useful meeting and we are extremely grateful to Chris, Dileep and Gaurav for a full and helpful discussion.