Southwark Liberal Democrats have today published a radical new 'Cycling Vision' for the borough, including segregated cycle lanes along all main roads and the installation of hundreds of new facilities for cyclists.
The plans have been launched along with a consultation asking local cyclists what they would like to see happen to make roads safer and increase the uptake of cycling in Southwark.
The results of the process will form the Liberal Democrats' cycling policy going into May's council elections, and would be put into action if they win control of the council.
Segregated cycling lanes
At the heart of the new vision is a plan to improve road safety by introducing segregated cycle lanes along all main roads in Southwark to create a physical barrier between bicycles and cars.
This would a major shift in thinking for the council, which to date has been reluctant to install new cycle lanes. Liberal Democrats say they would work with TfL where necessary to get this underway, with new lanes being installed by 2018.
'Sponsor a Bike Stand' scheme
As well as focussing on making cycling safer, hundreds of extra bike stands would be installed across the borough under the proposals - subsidised through a 'Sponsor a Bike Stand' scheme giving cyclists the chance to engrave their name on a stand of their choice.
'Community Bike Repair Stations' would also be introduced to the borough providing free tools to allow cyclists to change tyres and make minor repairs on the spot. Similar repair stations have already been successfully rolled-out in some Australian and US cities.
Extending the London Cycle Hire Scheme
Liberal Democrats have also pledged to work with TfL to extend the London Cycle Hire scheme through the Rotherhithe peninsula and down through Peckham, as well as asking developers to install more docking stations near new buildings.
Potholes and broken pavements also get a mention, with plans for a more reactive approach to street repairs rather than simply measuring and logging problems for later as is often currently done.
Southwark Liberal Democrats top-off their new vision by saying they would double the current target for journeys by bike in the borough in 2025 from 10% up to 20%.
Commenting, Southwark Liberal Democrat's Shadow Cabinet member for Transport & Environment, Cllr Graham Neale, said:
"Liberal Democrats have a radical vision to make Southwark the premier cycling borough in London."
"Introducing segregated cycle lanes on all main roads is a major commitment, but it would be a huge boost for road safety and would encourage more people to take up cycling, which can only be a good thing."
"I would encourage all local cyclists to get involved in this vision by telling us what they think about our plans. The Liberal Democrats are on the side of cyclists and want to work with them to make cycling safer, easier and more enjoyable."