We are committed to improving the local environment so that more people of all ages and ability can choose to walk or cycle. We would like to know your views on proposals to provide new two-way cycling facilities in seven one-way streets.
What is Two-Way Cycling in One-Way Streets?
Lambeth Council’s policy is to encourage cycling by making it an attractive transport option to all types of people. The bicycle can be given a major advantage over motorised modes by making cycle access more direct and extensive. Allowing two-way cycling in one-way streets is one way this is achieved, delivering the following benefits for cyclists;
- improved local access
- reduced journey distances and times
- more route choices.
About 40 streets in Lambeth have already been converted from standard one-way streets to, one-way streets that allow legal two-way cycling. There are still about 70 one-way street in the borough where cyclist cannot legally cycle in both directions. We are working to bring two-way cycling to all one-way streets in Lambeth.
What about narrow streets?
Where there is enough space available full cycle lanes can be provided on street but there are a number of locations in the borough where the road is not wide enough to provide separate cycle lanes, without removing parking or restricting the movement of general traffic.
At these locations it is still possible to allow two-way cycling without providing cycle lanes, provided vehicle flows and speeds are sufficiently low. In these streets, drivers and/or cyclists may be required to give way to each other where the road is too narrow for them to pass each other at certain points. This is similar to the way that drivers often have to give-way to each other at pinch-points in two-way streets.
All of the one-way streets being considered for two-way cycling have been assessed to confirm it is safe to allow cyclists to travel both ways on the streets. New road marking and streets signs are proposed at all 7 new locations, to make drivers aware that cyclists can travel in either direction.
How does this affect me?
Lambeth Council plans to convert 7 one-way streets to two-way for cycling in the early part of 2017. The streets to be changed are;
- Bellefields Road - between Pulross Road and Stockwell Avenue
- Dalyell Road - between Chantrey Road and Pulross Road
- Dorset Road – between Old South Lambeth Road and Heyford Avenue
- Flaxman Road – between Eastlake Road and Lilford Road
- Frazier Street – between Pearman Street and Baylis Road
- Old South Lambeth Road – between South Lambeth Road and Dorset Road
- Tindal Street - between Langton Road and Patmos Road
There are no changes proposed to the waiting or loading restrictions at any of these locations. The only changes on street will be new signs and road markings in the carriageway.
When is the work likely to start?
Road works to implement new two-way cycling in the 7 one-way streets listed above, will be carried out in early 2017. We’ll contact you closer to the time to let you know exact dates when work will be carried out in your area.
How to respond
The consultation is open until Sunday 18 December 2016.
If you have any comments on these plans or would like to know more about two-way cycling in one-way street please contact Cycling@lambeth.gov.uk