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Better Streets for Kensington and Chelsea follows up in its judicial review against the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
19th May, 2021 Dear Councillor Campbell, dear Elizabeth, dear Leadership Team,Today the Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) have, on our behalf, sent a pre-action protocol letter concerning your decision of 17th March, 2021 not to re-instate the cycle lanes on High Street Kensington.You will recall that last year you removed a safety scheme after approximately seven […]
Better Streets for Kensington and Chelsea sets out a plan for RBKC to rebuild trust and deliver on promises for active travel and climate
Following the removal in December of the protected cycle lane on High Street Kensington after only seven weeks, today volunteer group Better Streets for Kensington and Chelsea (Better Streets) has given the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) a plan for the council to solve their self-inflicted legal problems, start delivering on national policy, show their commitment to being leaders in active travel, and stand by their declaration of climate emergency.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is calling on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to reinstate protected cycle lanes on Kensington High Street after independent research found a clear majority of local residents support them. RBKC removed the cycle lanes last year just seven weeks after building them. The council are set to revisit the decision at a meeting in two weeks’ time, on March 17.
High Street Kensington Cycle Lane
The cycle lane on High Street Kensington is the only protected cycle lane in the whole of RBKC. It’s already a success. Cycling numbers have more than doubled even within a few weeks, and congestion is actually lower than before the scheme was put in. We need to keep it, and we need your help.
Usable Network for Cycling in Kensington & Chelsea
There are over 200 kms of road in RBKC. None have physically separated bike lanes. About 9 kms have been labelled as “Quietways”, making up under 5% of the total road network. In many places, they are obviously not usable by many people, and wouldn’t comply with current Government standards. Pretty much none are appropriate for more vulnerable users such as children.
During the pandemic we have all had a little more time to explore our neighbourhoods. As we come out of lockdown and enjoy the sun and all the new outdoor seating popping up, we perhaps are rediscovering what it is like to not just see our streets as roads and places to park cars but places to be in our local neighbourhoods. These do not just have to be places to eat and drink – they can be places where we can just sit and relax, for communities to enjoy, meet neighbours and friends for a chat, where children can play and places that are nice to walk or cycle through. They are places that can have trees and plants to improve air quality, increase biodiversity, connect communities; create networks of quiet streets that encourage walking and cycling, support wellbeing, reduces noise levels and make it safer; support local businesses and create new opportunities.
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