Streetspace for London
Our work with London's local authorities on Streetspace for London is:
- Making it easier and safer for people to keep up social distancing
- Encouraging people to walk, cycle or scoot more often, or take it up for the first time
- Preventing an increase in car use and enabling deliveries, emergency services and essential vehicle journeys from becoming gridlocked
- Keeping London's air as clean as possible to protect everyone's health and tackle the climate emergency
The pandemic has, for many of us, changed the journeys we make. As we spend more time in our local areas, active travel is a healthy, easy and convenient way of getting around for shorter journeys.
That's why we're investing in infrastructure to help people feel safe getting around by walking, cycling, scooting and using wheelchairs.
The measures we are taking are supported by health professionals.
Where we're working
We're introducing temporary Streetspace schemes on the roads we're responsible for - London's red routes.
A range of information is available to explain what we're doing, including:
- How we're introducing and monitoring Streetspace schemes
- Details of all the schemes we've introduced so far
- Frequently asked questions - many suggested in our discussions with London's communities, businesses and organisations
Along with Sustrans we've produced a map of Streetspace schemes across London. You can also use the map to give your feedback on the schemes.
We're also funding boroughs to reallocate road space away from motor traffic to make walking and cycling safer and easier. Many have introduced Low Traffic Neighbourhoods or protected cycle lanes. Visit your borough's website to find out more.
What we're doing
Temporary Streetspace projects in your area might be:
- Adding to the cycle network by creating new and upgraded lanes and routes using temporary lane separators such as wands
- Creating new walking, cycling and bus-only corridors in central London, reducing car use and making it easier to walk and cycle while ensuring a reliable bus network
- Widening pavements so people can safely walk or roll wheelchairs past queues outside shops or stations
- Funding and working with boroughs on changes to their roads. Boroughs are creating School Streets which restrict vehicle access to schools at drop off and pick up times. (This promotes active travel for getting to and from school.) Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are also being introduced in some places - these restrict vehicles from using side streets to get across an area while still keeping access for residents and deliveries
- Trialling the Green Man Authority, where pedestrians at a limited number of pedestrian crossings see a continuous green man signal unless a vehicle is approaching - in that case, the red man will appear
- Trialling 24-hour bus lanes on red routes, helping to make bus journeys faster and more reliable
Monitoring our road schemes
We're installing sensors on some London roads which automatically detect and count different types of users, including people walking and cycling, as well as different types of motor vehicles including vans, lorries, coaches and black cabs. The sensors aren't cameras - they don't record images.
A trial of the technology involving more than 50 sensors has been running since 2018.
How we will use the monitoring data
The sensors will help us understand how London's streets are used throughout the year. The data they provide will guide our investment strategy and improve journeys for all road users.
Sensors are being added to new walking and cycling schemes we worked on with London's boroughs as a response to the pandemic. They're already on:
- Cycleway 9 on Chiswick High Road and in Hammersmith
- Cycle Superhighway 7 between Oval and Colliers Wood
- Greenwich to Woolwich Cycleway between Greenwich and Charlton
These schemes have had some of the most significant walking and cycling investment over 2020/21. The monitoring data will show us how the schemes have changed the use of road space for everyone and let us measure benefits and impacts.
The sensor data, along with other information such as surveys, will help us decide which of these experimental schemes to keep, remove or change. We may use these types of sensors more widely on London's roads in the future, if funding is available.
The sensors are supplied by Vivacity Labs, which handles data on our behalf under our data privacy policies.
Our latest guidance explains how the monitoring will be done.
Have your say on the future of Streetspace
Our work to create more opportunities for people to walk and cycle should:
- Help Londoners lead safe and healthier lives overall
- Help us address our national climate change, air quality and health crises
We want many of the changes we're implementing to become permanent. But before deciding longer-term changes, we need to understand how our schemes are affecting you.
We want to hear from as many people, businesses, organisations and stakeholders as possible. Let us know what you think about Streetspace by completing our feedback form.
How we'll decide about the future of Streetspace schemes
We'll listen to you about which schemes should be made permanent or be amended or removed. We expect to start our decision-making process in late 2020.
The other factors that we'll consider when making our decisions are the impact a scheme has had (and could continue to have) on:
- Safety - road safety and pedestrian overcrowding in the area
- Congestion - traffic, including the bus network
- Equality - people protected under the Equality Act 2010
- Opportunity - the number of cyclists and pedestrians who use it
- Locality - the look and feel of the local area
Telling you about our decisions
When we make a decision to remove or amend a scheme - or to make it permanent - we promise to be open and transparent and explain why a decision was reached and what will happen next.
We'll also let you know how you can continue to make your views heard through the statutory consultation process if we decide to make a scheme permanent.
Resources for boroughs
Information on funding and guidance on creating Streetspace schemes is on the Streetspace funding page.