Temporary or permanent?July 5, 2020 0 COMMENTS
Brent Council submitted bids to the new funding stream (Active Travel Fund delivered by the DfT and TfL). This funding has been made available to reallocate space to active travel so we can avoid public transport where distancing is difficult.
Due to the health emergency, local authorities can use Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) to quickly implement interventions such as school streets, low traffic neighbourhoods, pavement widening and pop-up cycle lanes. All these changes contribute to more cycling and walking by supporting people who choose to leave their car at home for local, routine trips.
An ETO enables local authorities to try things out for 18 months before making a decision over whether or not transforming the trial into a permanent scheme. Once a new scheme under an ETO is in place, residents have 6 months to air their views during which the council can make tweaks to the scheme.
This is a process that still allows residents to have a say during the consultation period. It also has the advantage for views expressed to be based on real life situations rather than misinformation and endless exchange of opinions as opposed to factual observations. ETOs are also an opportunity for the local authority to harvest live data and supporting evidence that a specific scheme is right for a specific location.
Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.