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TfL proposes road layouts separating cyclists

  • 17 June 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Transport for London (TfL) has provided guidance for planners investigating ideas to adapt the capital’s roads to provide better protection for cyclists.

In a consultation launched last week – the draft London Cyling Design Standards – TfL revealed road layout proposals that will help separate cyclists from motor vehicles.

The proposals include a model already used elsewhere in Europe, whereby hauliers making deliveries will park in bays on the offside of the cycle track and walk lighter goods across by foot. Alternatively they could park with two wheels on the pavement, still allowing space for cyclists to use the segregated lane.

Other ideas include altering lane widths on roads where HGVs comprise less than 10% of traffic; dimension restrictions; and retimed deliveries.

Natalie Chapman, head of policy for London at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), told Commercialmotor.com that improvements in cycling infrastructure are “desperately needed” – and added that two of the most recent cycling fatality inquests stated that poor infrastructure played a major part.

However, she said the FTA will be checking to ensure any schemes will not hinder vehicle movements or make loading/unloading more problematic, with a uniform approach across all London boroughs imperative to avoid confusion for hauliers.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/tfl-proposes-cyclist-segregation-road-layouts