In 2014, at a Southwark construction working group, a cycling stakeholder raised concerns of how unsafe he felt cycling through certain TfL road works. To investigate we met on site to cycle through the highlighted issues from which traffic management changes were made to improve cycling thoroughfare. We agreed this was a good way to audit works and began to set up monthly roadwork patrols.
Rides are now open to all relevant stakeholders and often include representatives from:
- Residents’ groups,
- Logistics Companies,
- Cycle Campaigners,
- Project managers,
- Utility companies,
- and Cycling instructors
We begin with a safety brief followed by details of the sites we are visiting and what to watch out for, such as road conditions, available carriageway and footway widths, HGV speeds/ activities, TM layouts, other cycling and pedestrian behaviours.
All observed issues at sites, or on route, are noted with pictures taken. After the ride we usually sit in a café to run through and discuss our experiences and thoughts. These form a report which is then distributed.
The patrol methodology has been a catalyst for change, especially in the way TfL approaches roadworks design and conflict mitigation is being incorporated into assessment procedures. This includes interventions such as mandatory and advisory cycling facilities around roadworks and development loading areas.
The patrols allow cross-authority actions to be initiated, e.g. Utility Services, Local Authorities, linking adjacent developers to collaborate on shared local issues.
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