SOUTH CHISWICK LIVEABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Hounslow Consultation

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Hounslow Cycling Response

Summary
Hounslow Cycling welcomes the South Chiswick Liveable Neighbourhoods Project. The Project’s ambition is to unlock potential for more trips to be made by foot, bike and public transport, while improving public space. We campaign for better cycling facilities in the Borough. These aims are closely aligned.

We want the Borough to put forward radical proposals that will that will deliver significantly lower traffic volumes and speeds throughout the neighbourhood. These proposals should meet the key design principles of Liveable Neighbourhoods. We would ideally like sufficient modal filtering to prevent through traffic crossing the neighbourhood from one boundary road to another, whilst retaining vehicle access to all homes and businesses in the area.

We also want to see proposals for protected space for cyclists on the busiest roads, including Thames Road and Sutton Court Road. These are the most dangerous roads in the neighbourhood for all residents and cyclists are particularly vulnerable.

We look forward to engaging constructively with other residents’ groups and local councillors in the next phase of the consultation, and to helping the Borough to make the case for change.

Traffic volumes and speed
The Borough has adopted the Healthy Streets Approach that is set out in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Specific targets include the completion of the 20mph programme in residential streets and consideration of enhanced speed reduction measures on an evidence-based basis.

Hounslow Cycling believes that cycling on residential roads is generally attractive provided that traffic volumes and speeds are moderate. Close passing by car and van drivers (whether oncoming or overtaking) is a significant deterrent to the take-up of cycling on these roads.
Residents of the neighbourhood have pinned many comments on traffic volumes and speeds to the commonplace map, along with suggestions for remedies. We expect the survey data to confirm that traffic volumes have been increasing for various reasons including online shopping, satnav apps and the closure of Hammersmith Bridge. We suspect that traffic speeds are frequently well above 20mph for various reasons including lack of enforcement and reduced obstruction from parked cars in CPZs. We agree strongly with the comments and suggestions that are highlighted in green on the attached schedule.

We want the Borough to put forward radical proposals that will deliver significantly lower traffic volumes and speeds throughout the neighbourhood. We would ideally like sufficient modal filtering to prevent through traffic crossing the neighbourhood from one boundary road to another, whilst retaining vehicle access to all homes and businesses in the area

Bike Lanes
The Borough’s principal target for its network of bike lanes is that 17% of residents will be living within 400m of the London-wide strategic cycle network by 2021. The Borough has a series of targets relating to road safety including a reduction in “KSI”s, the numbers killed or seriously injured on Borough roads.

Hounslow Cycling believes that data on cycling casualties indicates those roads where bike lanes will make the most difference to the safety of cyclists and the take-up of cycling. A history of incidents indicates that the road is on a desire line for cycling but that it is high risk. Less obviously, it indicates that less confident cyclists and non-cyclists are deterred from using the road by perceptions of risk.

The location of cyclist and all road user casualties in the west of the Borough is shown on the attached maps. We have constructed the maps from DfT road safety data based on STATS19 forms submitted by the Metropolitan Police in 2000-2018. A high proportion of cyclist casualties within the neighbourhood have occurred on Sutton Court Road and Thames Road. Edensor Road and Staveley Road also show clusters of casualties. Grove Park School, Strand on the Green, Cavendish School and Chiswick School are nearby.

We want the Borough to put forward proposals for protected space for cyclists on the busiest roads, including Thames Road and Sutton Court Road. These are the most dangerous roads in the neighbourhood for all residents and cyclists are particularly vulnerable. Improved road safety, actual and perceived, is critical to the take-up of cycling and reduction in use of cars for the school run.

Next steps
The Borough has made it clear that the first phase of the consultation is intended to gather information and views, not to propose solutions.

Hounslow Cycling agrees with the Borough’s approach. There is wide support in principle for schemes that will deliver sustainable transport on safe roads. Opposition unfortunately tends to crystallise whenever any particular scheme is put forward; it will take political courage and good communications to win support for any meaningful change. Taking residents’ own views into account in the early design work will minimise problems later on.

The next phase of the consultation will, presumably, put forward proposals to residents and TfL. We believe that those proposals will have to be bold and radical if the scheme is to make a real difference to the climate emergency, air quality, obesity and road safety for residents.

We look forward to engaging constructively with other residents’ groups and local councillors in the next phase of the consultation, and to helping the Borough to make the case for change.

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