ePetition details

Keep the A1000 bus and cycle lane

We the undersigned petition the council to make the temporary cycle lane on the A1000 permanent.

The temporary bus and cycle lane on the A1000 which was installed as part of Barnet Council and TfL's covid response has made a significant improvement to the High Road.

Journey times are now much more reliable for bus users as a result of having dedicated lanes across the A406, and safety has improved significantly for cyclists through the increased separation from motor vehicles.

This has led to a noticeable increase in the number of people cycling along the High Road, including families with young children and older people who were previously intimidated by the amount of traffic on this busy road. Allowing more people to feel confident getting around the borough using active forms of travel, at the same time reducing dependence on private vehicles, will have major health and environmental benefits for all residents.

We recognise that there are aspects of the scheme which may need to be adjusted in a final design, and that there are some congestion issues as drivers adjust to the new layout, but the principle of segregated facilities for cyclists has clearly worked, and the removal of parking does not seem to have had a noticeable negative impact on adjacent streets, with parking being easily accommodated elsewhere.

We ask the council to keep the scheme under review, and to make any necessary design changes during the trial period in response to local feedback, but to implement it as a permanent measure once the trial is complete, with appropriate separation measures to replace the plastic wands in order to provide greater security for cyclists.

This ePetition ran from 15/01/2021 to 30/06/2021 and has now finished.

580 people signed this ePetition.

Council response

The petition was discussed at the Finchley & Golders Green Residents Forum on 15th June.

It was noted that this matter would be discussed in October 2021 at the Environment Committee.

The Assistant Director, Parking noted that he would welcome input on the scheme and the Governance Officer would put him in contact with the Lead Petitioner.

The Chairman noted the petition and would take no further action given that currently an 18-month trial period is underway for the scheme.