Walking & cycling changes

Helping more people to walk, cycle and use public transport is at the heart of the Mayor's vision to transform London's streets and create a healthier, fairer and more sustainable city for everyone.

During the pandemic we worked with boroughs on the Streetspace for London programme, creating temporary walking and cycling schemes to support social distancing and encourage more people to walk and cycle while space on public transport was limited.

To support social distancing where possible on public transport, we will keep some temporary walking/cycling schemes and potentially introduce new ones.

Have your say on future schemes

We want to hear from Londoners about their experience of using our schemes and the impact they're having.

We're running consultations on any new walking and cycling schemes that are introduced using an experimental traffic order. Any consultations started since May 2021 are on our Have your say website.

We're currently running six-month consultations on four experimental schemes:

Current schemes

We've added temporary schemes on the roads we're responsible for, London's red routes. Many were introduced as just that - something temporary during the pandemic.

We're now considering whether we want to keep some schemes going on an experimental basis for up to 18 months. When we decide about a scheme we promise to be open and transparent, and explain why a decision was reached and what will happen next.

Find out what we're working on by checking our Healthy Streets Hub. You can also register to take part in engagement and consultation activity, and sign up for updates on schemes you're interested.

We're also funding boroughs to create their own schemes to make walking and cycling safer and easier. This has included introducing:

  • Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
  • School Streets
  • Protected cycle lanes

Visit your borough's website to find out more.

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:

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.