Report of the Director of the Built Environment
The Sub-Committee considered a report of the Director of the Built Environment regarding delivery of a programme of pedal cycle projects as proposed in the City of London Corporation’s adopted Transport Strategy. The Director of the Built Environment introduced the report, drew Members’ attention to key points and outlined the options available. The Sub-Committee noted an error on the risk register wherein the pre- and post-mitigation scores were the wrong way around.
In response to a number of queries from Members, the Director of the Built Environment confirmed that no existing infrastructure on Queen Street would be removed, although some would be moved around to clear space, and that the project budget accounted for project monitoring to continue. Whilst a wider servicing and loading review was ongoing, officers were proposing increasing restrictions at some problem locations. The roads were sufficiently wide that the scheme would allow adequate space for both pedestrians and cyclists. The increased costs could be met within the existing budget due to savings made during procurement, with TfL likely to provide additional funding if required due to their support for cycling projects.
Members were supportive of the scheme and of efforts to create shared spaces for pedestrians and cyclists to coexist on the streets and roads, which would also combat key issues including aggressive cycling. The Chairman added that this could be the first of a number of schemes and was important for the future.
RESOLVED – That the Streets & Walkways Sub-Committee: