Quietways consultation

Fri, 03/07/2015

Westminster City Council is now calling for feedback on a major central London cycle initiative. A public consultation on Quietway routes has opened and will run for four weeks until the end of July.

The project is another way Westminster City Council are encouraging more cycling within the city and is part of the wider Cycling Strategy.

Quietways are signed cycling routes, linking key destinations, that follow backstreet routes avoiding some of the busier highly trafficked roads in the area. They are designed to help overcome some of the barriers to cycling for less confident cyclists and those who prefer a quieter journey. 

The Quietways are part of the Greater London Authority's (GLA’s) Central London Cycle Grid which Westminster City Council, Transport for London (TfL), and other local authorities are supporting. The Central London Cycle Grid is part of the Mayor of London's Cycling Vision, to deliver improvements across London comprising a network of Quietways and Cycle Superhighway routes.

The plans include:

  • updating road layouts and improving pedestrian crossings at junctions
  • introducing two-way cycle lanes
  • repaving and widening of pedestrian footways
  • relocation of parking bays.

Quietway routes that are to be implemented in Westminster are:

  • Sloane Square to Belgravia
  • Hyde Park to Belgravia
  • Camden Town to Little Venice
  • Seven further Quietway routes will be consulted on following the first round.  Westminster City Council are working with TfL to finalise these routes prior to consultation.

Westminster City Council is asking residents whether they cycle or not, and anyone who works in or visits Westminster their thoughts on the routes. The consultation will be split into a number of stages over the coming months.

Cllr Heather Acton, Cabinet member for Sustainability and Parking, said: “The Quietway routes provide an exciting addition to ways of traversing Westminster, making a positive difference to cyclists, as well as all road users and pedestrians - both residents and visitors to Westminster.

The new routes will help transform travel in Central London. We are committed to making cycling enjoyable and safe and we hope the new routes will help open the city for more cyclists.”

The Quietway routes are part of Westminster City Council’s 2014 Cycling Strategy, a £40million investment on improvements to create a better and safer pedestrian and cycling environment . This includes free City Cycle courses, increasing the amount of cycle parking, encouraging businesses to become cycle friendly, free monthly mechanical repairs with Dr Bike, and a choice of free themed led rides showcasing Westminster’s hidden histories.

How can I find out more?

To view our proposals and have your say visit the cycling consultation pages.

Residents who live along the proposed routes have also received a letter detailing the changes. A public exhibition event will be held for each route defining the consultation where you will be able to view the plans and ask questions.

Subject to design work and consultation, Quietway routes will be implemented by 2016.

Last updated: 19 June 2018
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