Residents and businesses are being given more time to review proposals for a cycle path through Hammersmith.
Transport for London recently finished a public consultation on its plans for the route, which would run from Brentford to Kensington via King Street in Hammersmith.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council is now calling on the Mayor of London to ensure proposals for the route include measures to maximise pedestrian safety and to encourage less confident riders.
Although the TfL consultation ended on 31 October, the council wants to ensure everyone who might be affected can have their say, so will continue to accept feedback until January next year.
Must bring benefits
“Cycling brings many benefits to the borough, but any suggested new route should serve the communities it passes through,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents’ Services.
“Local people have told us they want better and safer routes for cyclists, but residents also want to feel safe using the route as a casual rider, or crossing it as a pedestrian.
“This TfL proposal is a major piece of infrastructure, spanning the borough, so we’ve got to be sure this is absolutely the right scheme for all our residents and businesses.
“We want to hear as many people’s views as possible and that’s why we have extended our consultation time.”
TfL’s proposals show how the route could look if built. They include improvements to dangerous junctions, as well as several kilometres of segregated track to protect cyclists from motor vehicles.
As part of its aim to become the most environmentally positive borough in the country, H&F Council would like to double the number of journeys in the borough being made by bike – currently five per cent.
The council launched its Cycling Strategy in 2014, which sets out overall goals to improve and encourage cycling.
The CS9 proposals will also give the council the opportunity to plant more trees and shrubs, introduce more sustainable drainage (SuDS) schemes, new parklets and better cycle parking.
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