A recurring theme from meetings with business and residents is that pedestrians are increasingly at danger from the small minority of other road-users, which unfortunately also includes cyclists. This matter has been raised by me at the highest level in the City of London Police and I am assured that the police will make a visible effort to bolster their existing work to enforce against any cyclists who ride in a manner that poses a risk to pedestrians. Many of those raising this issue are also cyclists themselves, but the point they rightly make is that all road-users should show consideration for others. At times, the City roads are very congested with all traffic and the pedestrian as the most vulnerable user needs particular attention. I for one am looking forward to seeing the results of raising this issue up the agenda.
The Goldsmith’s Company has hosted a major event for LFW in the Ward. This further bolsters the City’s drive for more promotion of the cultural offer in the Square Mile, with the Barbican Arts Centre, the Museum of London and numerous other cultural venues such as at St Paul’s Cathedral and other City churches.
This scheme should be brought into operation in April. It will prohibit all vehicles using Bank junction (at the end of the Ward) other than buses, to allow full access to cyclists and pedestrians during core working hours each week. The scheme should greatly increase pedestrian and cyclist safety at this very dangerous junction. The traffic modelling by TfL shows that most journey times for all vehicles around the area will be improved as a side-benefit of the scheme. It must be emphasised that this scheme will be experimental and will be modified immediately if there are any unforeseen effects for any road users.