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Better Streets for Kensington & Chelsea writes to RBKC: ‘Please pause for Thought!’ before Ripping Out Borough’s only Protected Cycle Lane!
2nd December 2020 [LONDON] Local volunteer group, Better Streets for Kensington and Chelsea (Better Streets), has asked the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) to pause and reflect before rushing to rip out the safety scheme in place on High Street Kensington. It writes as follows. Dear Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, dear Councillor Johnny Thalassites, […]
If you haven’t already, please write in to RBKC demanding they stop plans to rip out the cycle lane on Wednesday. You can do that here. If you are an RBKC resident, please tell them; if you use RBKC roads to get to work, to shop, so visit friends or for leisure please tell them. […]
The Letter Dear Elizabeth, Dear Johnny, I would like to thank you for the work you and your team have done during the pandemic to improve access routes to the Royal Albert Hall and our partners in the Exhibition Road Cultural Group. Although we sit just over the border in Westminster, the majority of our […]
Dear Felicity Buchan and Tony Devenish, I am writing to you after seeing your joint statement regarding the cycle lane on High StreetKensington. As a business located on this road I am sure you are very interested in its effect on us, especially after you have received the data from the Kensington Business Forum. Prior […]
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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