Good Practice in Westminster

Aberdeen Place

Aberdeen Place (east at top)

A two-way cycle track connects a signal-controlled cycle crossing of Maida Vale / Edgware Road with LCN+ Route 5 at Lyons Place / Northwick Place.

Aberdeen Place is one-way towards the NE, which prevents motorists from short-cutting the junction of St John's Wood Road with Maida Vale. There are lines of parking bays on each side. The one on the NW side is separated from the cycle track by a wide kerb.

Map of Aberdeen Place

Allitsen Road / Townshend Road

Allitsen Road

A road closure prevents the use of Allitsen Road and Townhsend Road as through routes by motor vehicles. A gap in the closure allows the continued use of these roads by cyclists, creating useful local cycle routes. Bollards prevent the illegal use of this facility by motorists. The positioning of the gap to one side of the junction has created a space for cyclists to wait, if necessary, before entering the street the other side of the closure.

Map of Allitsen Road

Bond Street

Bond Street

The closure of Bond Street between Clifford Street and Grafton Street prevents its use as a through route for motor vehicles between Oxford Street and Piccadilly.

A cycle track over the closure creates a southbound cycle route the whole length of New Bond Street and Old Bond Street. A distinctive surface reduces conflict between cyclists and pedestrians.

Map of Bond Street

Cleveland Square

Bond Street

Many years ago, the entrance to Cleveland Square from Leinster Gardens was closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and cycles. It was a rather scruffy scheme, which has now been replaced by this one.

The scheme reduces traffic in the Square while still providing a route for cyclists.

Map of Cleveland Square

Ebury Bridge Road

Photo of Ebury Bridge Road
This is a good example of an Advance Stop Line lead-in lane which is long and wide: although only advisory it effectively creates space for cyclists by encouraging drivers to move over towards the centre line. ASL lead-in lanes need to be as long as the traffic queue.
Map of Ebury Bridge Road

Ebury Street

Photo of Ebury Street at junction with Lower Belgrave Street

Ebury Street was once one-way and carried a heavy volume of traffic. After Buckingham Palace Road was widened and made two-way, different lengths of Ebury Street were made one-way in different directions, which vastly reduced the volume of traffic.

As the photograph shows, there is a line of car-parking bays along each side of the street. A contraflow cycle lane runs outside the parked cars on the right-hand side of the road.

At the SW end, the scheme connects with the LCN+ Route 5 (Hyde Park - Chelsea Bridge). At the NE end, the scheme ends at Grosvenor Gardens, where there is a gap for cyclists in the road closure.

Map of Ebury Street

Green Street

Green Street - junction with Park Lane
One side of a street previously two-way has been closed to motor traffic and reallocated to cyclists and a cycle hire station. This scheme is to be commended for a number of reasons: There is a similar scheme in Wardour Street.
Map of Green Street

Grosvenor Gardens

Closure of Ebury Street at junction with Grosvenor Gardens

This is an example of an exemption for cyclists through a road closure (for motors). As well as being clearly signed, the cycle gap is wide, with a bollard to stop motor vehicles abusing it. The oppotunity has also been taken to install cycle parking.

This feature was implemented when through traffic was diverted from Ebury Street along Buckingham Palace Road. It forms part of the traffic-calming scheme in Ebury Street.

Map of Ebury Street

Hanover Street

Hanover Street

Until the introduction of a contraflow cycle lane, Hanover Street was the missing link in an eastbound cycle route from Hyde Park, along Brook Street, across Regent Street, along Great Marlborough Street and into Soho.

The cycle lane runs between the north footway and a line of parking bays, from which it is separated by a buffer strip.

A number of separate developments made this scheme possible:

Map of Hanover Street

Hugh Street: St George's Drive to Cambridge Street

Hugh Street

Hugh Street was originally closed at the junction with St George's Drive to prevent rat-running. However, that made cycling more difficult between Pimlico and the Victoria and Belgavia areas.

A two-way cycle track over the road closure re-opened this useful local cycle link. Because of the lack of obstacles, the track is sometimes used unlawfully by motor vehicles. Bollards would help to prevent this.

The cycle track has a different surface from the rest of the footway, which helps to prevent conflict between pedestrians and cyclists.

Map of Hanover Street

Long Acre: Bow Street to Drury Lane

Photo of Long Acre

A contraflow cycle lane, running from Bow Street to Drury Lane, allows eastbound cyclists to ride against the one-way westbound traffic flow. This facility, which opened in November 2009, opens up a new route from the Charing Cross Road to Lincoln's Inn Fields.

Since the photo was taken, the lane has been widened to the width originally specified.

The contraflow lane made deliveries difficult to the Freemasons' Arms, on the same, north side of the street. So an exception has been made for deliveries to the pub at a specified time each week.

Before the contraflow lane was introduced, the traffic signals were removed from the junction with Drury Lane. As well as apparently having no detrimental effect on traffic, removing the signals reduced the cost of the contraflow, because they did not have to be modified.

Map of Long Acre

Norfolk Square

Photo of Norfolk Square

Road closures at the NE end of Norfolk Square prevent motor traffic from entering or leaving the Square from or to Norfolk Place. This drastically reduces traffic in Norfolk Square, with a beneficial effect on the local environment.

Cyclists are still allowed to leave the square using cycle lanes marked across the footway of Norfolk Place. These markings reduce conflict with pedestrians.

Like Titchbourne Row, this facility is part of a heavily-used cycle route between Paddington and Hyde Park.

Map of Norfolk Square

Parliament Square

Photo of Parliament Square

This photo, taken during an event in May 2012, shows the potential improvement that could be achieved in Parliament Square.

The south side of the Square became two-way and the north side was closed to traffic.

As the photo shows, conditions for walking and cycling were dramatically improved.

Map of Parliament Square

Soho Street

Photo of Soho Street

Like Wardour Street, this is a survivor of the ill-fated traffic management scheme in Soho.

Soho Street is northbound-only for motor vehicles. A cycle plug at the junction with Oxford Street allows southbound cyclists through the street. This creates a useful southbound route from Rathbone Place to Greek Street. A large diversion would be needed to make this journey using other streets.

Map of Soho Street

Talbot Road / Hereford Road

Photo of Talbot Road

A central reservation in Talbot Road prevents motor vehicles from turning right into or out of Hereford Road. This is probably to stop them from rat-running through Hereford Road to avoid the traffic signals in Chepstow Road.

A gap in the central reservation allows cyclists to make turns that are not otherwise allowed. This is particularly important, since Hereford Road and Talbot Road form part of a signposted cycle route between Bayswater Road and Harrow Road.

Map of Talbot Road

Titchbourne Row

Photo of Titchbourne Row

Titchbourne Row is closed to motor vehicles at its junction with Connaught Street. This has a beneficial effect on the local environment in Titchbourne Row.

A dropped kerb either side of the closure allows cyclists to enter or leave Titchbourne Row. Bollards discourage motorists from doing the same.

Like Norfolk Square, this is an important link in the heavily-used cycle route between Paddington and Hyde Park.

Map of Titchbourne Row

Vauxhall Bridge Road: crossing at Charlwood Street / Bloomburg Street

Vauxhall Bridge Road

When Vauxhall Bridge Road became a Red Route, a central reservation was built at the junction with Charlwood Street / Bloomburg Street. The severance effect was reduced by leaving a couple of gaps for cyclists. This left open a convenient route between Pimlico and Vincent Square.

Map of Vauxhall Bridge Road

Wardour Street: Brewer Street to Old Compton Street

Wardour Street contraflow and cycle hire station

As part of the ill-fated traffic-calming scheme in Soho, a short cycle contraflow lane was installed in Wardour Street connecting Brewer Street to Old Compton Street, creating a useful eastbound route for cyclists and enabling them to avoid Piccadilly Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue. Like Soho Street, it remained in place after the rest of the scheme was abandoned.

As part of the Barclays Cycle Hire project, the rather scrappy contraflow lane and separator kerb were replaced with a decent-width cycle lane and a cycle hire station. Like the scheme at Green Street, this arrangement maintains local permeability for cyclists as well as enabling cycle hire users to get to and from the station.

Map of Wardour Street
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