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Professor Neil Alford MBE FREngAssociate Provost (Academic Planning)18 November 2020 Dear Cllr Thalassites, I hope this finds you well. I am writing to express the College’s support for the recent segregated cycle lane along High Street Kensington. In recent weeks we have received a considerable amount of positive feedback from staff and students who are […]
Since we wrote to RBKC about the increased urgency of changes in our borough’s streets we have seen some action, and some promises of more to come – 20mph limits and a safe cycle route bringing life back to Kensington High Street among them. Thank you to all who have made those happen. But as we know RBKC had a huge […]
Covid-19 already has changed our travel needs and possibilities. It’s also meant our air is – for now at least – cleaner. We’ve written to RBKC to suggest transport policies to allow safe travel and keep our air clean. Open letter to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea 1st May, 2020 Dear Councillors Campbell and […]
Jonathan Kelly is a local resident, a co-founder of Better Streets for Kensington & Chelsea and Divisional Manager of Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew Hospital. He’s helped and encouraged his staff to cycle to work during the coronavirus crisis and he’s also been instrumental in Brompton’s scheme to loan bikes to NHS staff across […]
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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