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Brewery Logistics Group: ‘make cycle lanes mandatory’

  • 14 July 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

Any new cycling infrastructure in London could be rendered useless unless cyclists are legally obliged to ride on it, the chairman of the Brewery Logistics Group (BLG) has warned.

BLG chairman Mike Bracey said: “Unless it is compulsory to ride within the lanes allocated, then we are creating ‘white elephants’,” as the daily commuter cyclists generally travel across “all areas of the road network” to get to their destinations, even where dedicated routes exist.

In his response to Transport for London’s (TfL) consultation on cycling design standards, which explores a number of infrastructure options to create a safer road environment for vulnerable users, Bracey said that with cycling now a mass transport option, it should be treated as such. This should include the introduction of insurance cover, registration documents and the “debatable” notion of road tax for cyclists.

With segregation a key focus for TfL in its aim to create safer, shared road space, Bracey added that any loading/unloading implications for CVs needed “close scrutiny, as kerb space is becoming scarcer by the day” .

He welcomed TfL’s position that any decision about changing loading arrangements should go through a robust process with all stakeholders consulted with.

“As far as brewery deliveries are concerned, due to Health Safety at Work regulations, we have to park adjacent to the delivery point, irrespective of road markings, etc, to ensure the safety of all involved in the delivery and pedestrians moving in the vicinity of the drop point,” said Bracey.

The consultation also advises “rethinking” current loading operations – such as delivery point assessments, delivery and servicing plans, revisiting current loading restrictions and timings (through looking at freight-related PCNs), consolidation of freight, and better enforcement.

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