K&C Greens welcome the opening of the long overdue cycle lane on Kensington High Street. It is part of RBKC’s Covid-19 response measures, aiming at enabling more healthy and active travel, and helping to protect residents from the pollution and noise of excessive car use in the borough.
Zack Polanski, London Assembly candidate for the Green Party and co-chair West Central London Greens comments:
“Greens have demanded this crucial measure for over a decade and we are glad to see that at least some RBKC council leaders seem to have abandoned their anachronistic anti-cycling attitude in favour of streets that are safe for people who walk and people who cycle'”
The new lane will enable more people in the borough to travel safely and in an environmentally friendly way to the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, providing an important economic push for the local retail and hospitality sector.
RBKC council lent its support to the measure only after significant pressure from TFL and central government. The new lane fills a crucial gap in the wider London cycle network, connecting cycle routes in West London and enabling more people to commute safely on their bikes. The measure is temporary, but Greens will campaign for it to be made permanent.
Fabian Frenzel, local Green Party activist comments:
“Residents tell me they feel it is just not safe to cycle in the borough, after years of local policies aimed at satisfying wealthy car-owners, at the expense of the needs of pedestrians and cyclists. Neighbourhoods are blighted by cars, the pollution they cause and the space they occupy. If we reduce car use, everyone is a winner.”
London Greens propose a range of measure to encourage more active travel and to curb pollution in the city, including the rolling out of smart road-pricing across the city and the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.