In July 2020 Brent Council consulted on Traffic Order TO-27-004. This proposed to introduce Electric Vehicle Charging Points at 26 locations within Brent. Brent Cycling Campaign considered our view at an ordinary meeting, alongside the London Cycling Campaign’s Climate Safe Streets report, and submitted the following response to the council.
This is the response of Brent Cycling Campaign to Traffic Order – TO-27-004. While we are generally supportive of the move to low carbon transport, we cannot fully support these proposals for the following reasons:
– These proposals perpetuate the use of main through routes for motor vehicle storage;
– EVs are not a form of active travel, and must not impact on active travel modes. These proposals do not set out how they will minimise impact on people on foot or on bikes, in particular pavement narrowing and cables associated with EVs are hazardous for pedestrians;
– These proposals may take pavement space and allocate it permanently for motor vehicle use;
– We are concerned that the proposals may prevent or frustrate the installation of future cycle infrastructure;
– EVs do not reduce motor vehicle danger, congestion, and non-exhaust pollution.
We would like clarification of the following locations in the schedule, if these are not as we assume we may further object to these locations:
26) Wembley Hill Road, we assume this is on the service road.
6) Central Way, we assume this is on the sideroad: Central Way / Central Park, and not on the main route to the hospital.
We have specific objections to the following locations:
6) Church Lane, this will prevent installation of a separate cycle lane which can link to the Kingsbury Route, and to a future A5 route. This road has parking places marked partly on the pavement.
10) Forty Avenue, this will prevent installation of a separate cycle lane on Forty Avenue, which is clearly needed on this major through route.
15) Oxgate Lane, this will prevent installation of a cycle lane on this parallel alternative to the North Circular.
16) Pound Lane, this will prevent installation of a separate cycle lane on this route to Roundwood Park.
23) Victoria Road, present parking spaces are marked on the pavement. This should not be the case.
25) Watford Road, there is clear need for pavement realignment and separate cycle infrastructure in this location which will be frustrated by the presence of a charging station.”