This is the response of Brent Cyclists to this consultation. This change was proposed by Brent in response to our Space for Cycling Campaign (the Ward Ask for Brondesbury Park) and the location was also one of our ‘Top 10 Quick Win’ suggestions.
This is the response of Brent Cyclists, the local group in Brent of the London Cycling Campaign. We have around 200 members whom we represent directly, and we also aim to represent the interests of all who cycle or would like to cycle in Brent. We have considered this consultation at a meeting and agreed on a response.
We would like to support this scheme as this is an issue that has long been in need of a solution. We still consider that this is not the best solution, as it retains the obstruction in the middle of Brondesbury Park, which creates a long section of road narrowing that causes conflict between cyclists and drivers in Brondesbury Park, where the road is narrowed too much to permit safe overtaking. We consider that the best solution would be to move the barrier to Christchurch Avenue, on both arms, in the form of cycle filters or no-entry plugs that would, like the existing barrier, prevent Christchurch Avenue being used as a motor through-route from end to end.
We do think the current proposal represents an improvement, but it will need to continue to be monitored for safety.