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Understanding the strategies and funding of cycling
In LBHF the Environment Dept includes a Transportation Policy Team and a Highways Dept.
The Transportation Policy Team apply for funding for cycling schemes and use consultants to try and come up with answers. They also deal with Green travel plans and things like cycle parking. They also deal with important things like buses and trams and pedestrians.
The Transportation Policy Team are responsible for producing the LIP, the Local Implementation Plan. This is a 5 year plan showing how LBHF will implement the London Cycling Action Plan and the Mayor's Transport Strategy. Our response to the draft LIP here. The LIP should be finished by early 2006.
The funding for cycling projects comes from people like LCN+, London Cycling Network Plus. That is a London-wide body, financed by TfL [Transport for London], attempting to provide high quality strategic solutions. The LCN+ is divided into sectors. LBHF is in the NW sector. We have been priviliged to attend some of these meetings.
dept spends its money maintaining the roads. As cycling is a part of the
traffic, and by having a modal shift from cars to cycles one can help
reduce congestion and pollution, we would like to see the Highways dept
more concerned with cycling. However their motto appears to be "Don't
play with the traffic" [response - we are the traffic]. They are
good at filling in potholes. They are also be reponsible for Home Zones,
which are a good thing.
The Council staff are called Officers. Theoretically the elected Councillors have some say in how they operate. Fear of being unelected, or losing controlling power, may influence some Councillors.
There is an Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel where some Councillors and representatives of groups scrutinise Council Officers. We go along to these meetings but do not have a seat on the panel. The meetings are rather polite and have been likened to being savaged by a wet mackerel.
These days we have a good relation with many Council Officers and Councillors. see who's who
has about 250 members in LBHF. We have about 250 members on our email
lists, with probably about an overlap of about 50. We would like to influence
things for the benefit of everyone, in a win-win situation.