Cyclists in Hammersmith & Fulham could soon be enjoying a giant hamburger.
But rather than tucking into oversized fast food, they’ll be slicing through one of the borough’s busiest junctions.
The ‘Cycling Hamburger’ is one of the ideas in the borough’s strategy for improving road safety for cyclists and other road users and is among several proposals to be discussed by H&F Council’s Community Safety, Environment and Residents’ Services Policy and Accountability Committee when it meets in the Courtyard Room of Hammersmith Town Hall on Tuesday, February 3, at 7pm.
Proposed by Transport for London for the busy Holland Park Roundabout / Shepherds Bush Gyratory, the scheme will involve a cycle and pedestrian path running through the centre of the roundabout, to separate users from motorists. It will be the first of its kind in west London and similar to a scheme in Tolworth, Kingston.
Committee chair, Cllr Larry Culhane, said: “Cycling is a healthy and environmentally friendly way for people to enjoy the borough, or commute through it.
“The innovative Cycling Hamburger scheme is just one of several proposals we are looking at to make roads safer for all users in the borough, along with changes to the Hammersmith Gyratory and Hammersmith Bridge. In the spring we will also begin consultation on the proposed 20mph speed limits.”
The meeting comes just after the council’s consultation on its draft cycling strategy closes on Monday 2 February.
Projects in the strategy include £4million funding to create a segregated cycle route along the A315 Hammersmith Road and technical studies are already underway at the Hammersmith Gyratory where one option being considered to improve safety, is to make one leg of the junction cycle and pedestrian only.
Work is already underway improving Hammersmith Bridge, with a 20mph limit proposed on the bridge and a contra-flow cycle lane on Bridge Avenue.
As part of an effort to make cycling more accessible to leisure riders or those scared to ride on busy roads, five new ‘Quietways’ have been proposed, using highways with little or no traffic. These include routes from Earls Court to King Street and along the Thames Path from Hammersmith Bridge to the border of Hounslow.
The same committee will also review proposals for a borough-wide 20mph speed limit when it meets again in April, following research into how such schemes have been introduced in other boroughs.
The input of all residents, whether cyclist or motorist, is still much valued in considering all these options and they are encouraged to come along on Tuesday and be part of the discussion.