Safer cycle pathway FAQs
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General safer cycle pathway information
- What is the safer cycle pathway?
- Where’s the safer cycle pathway going?
- What does the design of the safer cycle pathway consist?
- How is the safer cycle pathway going to be built?
- What is an experimental traffic order?
- Is it possible to object to an experimental traffic order?
- Monitoring and air quality
Information for highway user groups
The safer cycle pathway (SCP) was derived from the original Transport for London Cycle Superhighway 9 scheme that TfL consulted on in 2017. Following the consultation response with 64 per cent of local respondents were in favour of progressing the scheme, H&F Council met with TfL and agreed in December 2018 that the scheme would change to be called the Safer Cycle Pathway, with more focus on delivering a safe cycle route through the borough that encouraged more of our residents to cycle, and the emphasis was on slow cycling.
The Covid pandemic disrupted plans for developing a complete design in 2020. Following an agreement with TfL, we’ve now proceeded with a plan to upgrade the temporary cycle lanes which were introduced under Covid guidelines to an ‘interim’ Safer Cycle pathway. This is a positive step towards the permanent scheme, but it’s been done in a way that enables us to monitor the design and make changes as required. We will be listening to feedback from residents and businesses before the final scheme is designed and installed.
The SCP will extend from the borough boundary with Chiswick where Goldhawk Road hits King Street, travel along King Street to the Hammersmith Gyratory, through the northern section of the Gyratory, and then along Hammersmith Road, past Olympia London and to the borough boundary with Kensington and Chelsea.
The interim scheme is a simplified version of the proposed full scheme. While it replicates the alignment, it does not do use the full construction design of the permanent scheme. So, for example, it does not change kerb lines, but uses existing road space – including the existing bus lanes – and uses rubber kerbs and wands to create the segregation between cyclists and vehicles.
The interim scheme also uses simplified materials such as tarmac rather than paving to replicate the bus stop bypasses. Where there are pedestrian crossings, these are maintained – but adjusted to deal with the new crossing lengths and new upgraded signals are being used.
The interim SCP will be built under an experimental traffic order. This enables H&F Council and its different co-production teams, residents and businesses, to monitor and review its installation over an 18-month period before any decision is made to proceed with the full scheme.
An experimental traffic order (ETO) is made under Sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
It’s like a permanent traffic regulation order in that it is a legal document which imposes traffic and parking restrictions such as road closures, controlled parking and other parking regulations indicated by double or single yellow line etc. The ETO can also be used to change the way existing restrictions function.
An ETO can only stay in force for a maximum of 18 months while the effects are monitored and assessed. Changes can be made during the first six months of the experimental period to any of the restrictions (except charges) if necessary, before a council decides whether or not to continue with the changes brought in by the experimental order on a permanent basis.
No. It’s not possible to lodge a formal objection to an experimental traffic regulation order until it is in force. Once it is in force, objections may be made to the order being made permanent and these must be made within six months of the day that the experimental order comes into force.
If feedback or an objection is received during the period that suggests an immediate change to the experiment, that change can be made and the experiment can then proceed. If the experimental order is changed, then objections may be made within six months of the day that the experimental order is changed.
Safer cycle pathway design information for pedestrians.
- Open the pedestrian FAQs
Has the interim route taken pedestrian space?
The interim design uses the existing highway to create a segregated cycle lane. For the main alignment no additional pedestrian space is used with the exception of at the Goldhawk Road junction where – in order to minimise disruption at the junction but still enable cyclists to travel eastwards and westwards – the route has been directed behind the Lime tree. This means that the pedestrian crossing from north to south and back can continue to function.
How does a pedestrian cross the cycle path?
For the majority of the route the cycle track is segregated from both pedestrians and vehicles, but where the route passes through sections like outside Lyric Square, the interim cycle path will continue on the north side of King Street, but will be designed to enable pedestrians to cross regularly and informally, but emphasis will be on encouraging pedestrians to use the existing signalised crossings.
What does the interim cycle path look like in central Hammersmith where its busy with pedestrians and vehicles?
The interim scheme will be identified by the rubber kerbs and ‘wands’ that make up its boundary.
Where are the bus stops?
The bus stops are in the same locations currently – with the exception of those on the northern side of King Street heading eastwards. These have been relocated where needed to maintain reasonable spacing between them and also to allow the bus stop bypasses on the south side to continue.
Will the bus stops be accessible for all?
The new bus stops are being designed as bus stop bypasses, that enable bus users to safely reach the bus shelter on the bus island. We have developed the design for these bus stops with our Disabled Residents’ Group and feature new elements such as additional tactile guidance strips to guide users safely to and from the bus stop island. The bus shelters will all be relocated on to the islands as well.
Safer cycle pathway design information for cyclists.
- Open the cyclist FAQs
When can I use the cycle lanes?
We are building the interim scheme as quickly as possible, but construction is complex and will take around six months in total so there will be some disruption. We will set out diversion routes where appropriate.
Are the lanes safe?
The cycle lanes being created are fully segregated from traffic so only cyclists, trial e-scooters and mobility vehicles, will be allowed to use them. The route enables us to make crossings safer and for all users by clarifying everyone’s positions on the road.
Are the lanes segregated?
Yes, the full interim cycle path is a segregated route from Goldhawk Road through to Olympia London.
Are they wide enough for cargo bikes and passing?
Yes. The majority of the route will be 3m wide and only reduces 2.5m wide around bus stop bypasses and restricted road widths allowing easy passing of cyclists in both directions, but also enables cargo bikes to use the path without blocking cyclists coming the other way.
Are is the route bi-directional?
Yes, the route has been designed to enable cyclists to cycle in both directions at the same time without congestion.
Will there be additional cycle parking?
H&F Council is currently developing the design that will enable us to add additional cycle parking spaces for all types of cycle including cargo bikes along the route.
Safer cycle pathway design information for businesses.
- Open the business FAQs
How do I get my deliveries?
Because the cycle route uses some of the highway, we have been careful to ensure that existing loading bays have been maintained along the route. And where the road space has been narrowed, we’ve allocated additional loading space on the nearest side road. There should be no disruption therefore to existing deliveries.
How can my customers reach me?
The new cycle route will open up businesses to new customers and maintain existing customers – that’s because traditionally businesses along King Street are supported by only pedestrians and we’re maintaining all the footpaths. Other cycle routes that have been opened recently in London have shown that businesses have actually benefitted by having less traffic congesting the roads outside their shops. We’re also intending to add additional green space to make the route a more pleasant place to visit.
Will my business be disrupted by the build?
The actual construction is a complex programme that will require some closures at different times along the route. For example, we intend to re-surface whole sections of the road to improve it for everyone. So while we intend to do this overnight, there could be some disruption. We will give you notice of when works are happening, and we will aim to minimise any disruption.
Will the cycle lane be permanent?
Our long-term aim is to implement a permanent Safer Cycle Pathway along the route that will benefit everyone and create a location that links the new Civic Campus with Lyric Square and then the Broadway and Hammersmith Road.
The pandemic has restricted our plans because of the implications it has had on the TfL funding programme, so installing an interim scheme is a perfect way of checking that our future design will benefit everyone and enable us to make changes in advance to the permanent scheme.
Safer cycle pathway design information for taxis.
- Open the taxi FAQs
Where can I drop off passengers?
We’ve carried out research into the existing taxi bays in King Street, the Gyratory and Hammersmith Road. And we’ll ensure that there will always be opportunities exist for our taxi drivers to drop off and collect passengers.
Where are the taxi bays?
A plan showing the location of taxi bays will be available shortly.
Can anyone drop off passengers on the road?
The scheme relies upon motorists only dropping off in areas wide enough to permit through traffic. There are bays for parking and loading incorporated in the scheme that will also enable drop off by other motorists.
Safer cycle pathway design information for Disabled residents.
- Open the Disabled resident FAQs
How do I cross the cycle lane?
We have been working with the Disabled Residents Team to review and change the design of the interim route. Part of this review has been to ensure that the design enables full access for residents with disabilities at all locations along the route.
Because the majority of the route is on what was the previous road, we do not expect any Disabled residents to have issues with crossing the cycle path. Where they do need to cross, we have enhanced all the formal crossings and added additional features to make crossing safer. We have also taken the opportunity to incorporate new trial elements in the design that we believe will make crossing the path and crossing to the bus stops safer.
How can I hear cyclists?
The scheme does not automatically create noise that will enable disabled residents to hear an oncoming cyclist. We would always expect cyclists to cycle considerately and use a bell if there was a location where a Disabled resident was crossing. On the approach to features like the bus stop bypasses, we’ve incorporated ramps and advance signing on the cycle path to warn cyclists of a change in situation and priority.
How do I use the crossings?
In the interim design, we have ensured that all crossings are now straight – which means that there is no waiting or uncertainty about crossing. All the crossings have been extended to cover the additional cycle lane and crossing timings have also been extended. All the crossings have been updated and feature all the elements such as rotating cones as well as countdown numbers appropriate for some users.
Where are the bus stops?
A plan showing the location of bus stops will be available shortly.
What’s a bus stop bypass?
In the interim design, the bus stop bypass is now located on its own island on the north side of the cycle lane. This design has been successfully used across London on other schemes and we have worked with our Disabled Residents’ Team to ensure that it features new elements that make crossing to it and using it safer. To inform our decision on these we have made a comprehensive site visit to a new installation locally to experience and learn from that installation.
Is there an equalities impact assessment for the scheme?
Yes. As part of the design process we have developed an Equalities Impact Assessment for the scheme which is being constantly updated. The development of the scheme also includes a number of independent safety audits where all elements are reviewed. We have also been working with an accessibility consultant to review the scheme.
Safer cycle pathway design information for motorists.
- Open the motorist FAQs
Will the cycle lanes affect King Street?
Yes. The interim cycle lanes means that the lane widths for vehicles have been reduced to the legal requirement. This will slow down vehicles and make the route safer for pedestrians whilst still allowing access for vehicles.
Where can I park?
The existing vehicle parking bays along King Street have been retained. The only changes are in some of the immediate side streets where the closest parking bays to King Street will be re-purposed as loading bays at certain times.
Can I park on the cycle lanes to get a delivery?
No. The cycle lanes will be fully protected by the wands and kerbs but also by a traffic order to prevent temporary parking. Along the route there are existing parking spaces and loading bays that should be used and additional parking in local side streets.
Will there be disruption during the build?
The actual construction is a complex programme that will require some closures at different times along the route. For example, we intend to re-surface whole sections of the road to improve it for everyone. While we intend to do this overnight there could be some disruption. We will give you notice of when works are happening and we will aim to minimise any disruption.
Safer cycle pathway design information for HGVs.
- Open the HGV FAQs
Where can I make a delivery?
Existing loading restrictions will remain unchanged and deliveries can be made in the loading bays.
A plan showing the location of loading bays will be available shortly.
Are there delivery hours?
We are currently not proposing any changes to loading and delivery hours, although this will be reviewed during the period of the trial scheme to ensure that business can function as normal.
Safer cycle pathway design information for emergency services.
- Open the emergency services FAQs
Will the cycle lanes stop emergency services getting to me or my business?
No. Emergency services will not be affected by the cycle lanes and if absolutely necessary, you can use the cycle lane to access an incident.
Will there be an exemption for emergency vehicles to us the lanes?
No. Emergency vehicles must obey all existing highways laws.
Can emergency vehicles park in the lanes?
Only in an emergency – and if there is no other space available.
Will the interim scheme be monitored for usage by cyclists?
Yes. We will be establishing extensive monitoring for the scheme with regards to usage by cyclists, as well as ensuring that we gather information about all other users – such as vehicle numbers, and pedestrian movements. This information will be used to make improvements and future decisions.
Will air quality be monitored along the route?
Yes. We are installing a comprehensive series of air quality monitoring units along the route to evaluate the impact of the scheme in reducing air pollution.