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Extinction Rebellion chalk out guerrilla cycle lanes on Holland Park Avenue

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has opposed cycle route proposed by Transport for London

Today, at around 3.30am, members of Extinction Rebellion chalked cycle lanes on either side of Holland Park Avenue – a road where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) last year retracted its support for a planned cycle lane.

Holland Park Avenue was identified in Transport for London’s (TfL) Strategic Cycling Analysis as an important corridor for existing and potential cycling journeys.

The analysis showed that the route was in the top five per cent for London-wide current and potential cycling demand and also saw large numbers of collisions involving vulnerable road users.

High profile opponents of the proposed cycleway included Jeremy Clarkson, who suggested that the route would see a number of trees chopped down, and actress Felicity Kendal, who claimed the proposals would “cause considerable lack of trade to the area” by requiring a “short-sighted” reduction in parking spaces.

RBKC then retracted its support while a consultation to which it had agreed was still underway.

The consultation eventually found that 70 per cent of people believed the proposals would encourage more people to cycle, while 58 per cent said they thought it would encourage more people to walk.

This morning Extinction Rebellion chalked out a 400m pop-up cycle lane on either side of Holland Park Avenue before inviting RBKC to install barriers to finish the job.

A spokesperson said: “In June 2019, TfL’s long-planned cycle lane scheme through Holland Park Avenue, linking West to Central London, was unilaterally vetoed by the Council before the ongoing consultation was even completed. This was a democratic travesty.

“We are in a different world with a renewed groundswell of support for active transport as a way to get on with our lives whilst protecting public health. We believe a better future is possible.”

The group is calling on the council to produce, “a simple, coherent, and inclusive short-term strategy for our streets that respects the rich diversity of our Borough.”

The spokesperson said: “We demand a safe segregated cycle lane, both ways, along Holland Park Avenue and are not satisfied with a huge back street detour for cyclists (as currently planned). Cyclists are not second-class citizens that have to take a huge detour in order to cycle safely.

“As the council are at last introducing safe cycling on High Street Ken to ‘bring back shoppers’, they should provide the same courtesy to the businesses of Holland Park Avenue.”

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HarrogateSpa | 4 years ago

The quality of XR's cycle infrastructure is abominable  3

Hirsute | 4 years ago

Apparently confusing and will lead to accidents.
No explanation of how - perhaps drivers will just run people over since the lines are unofficial and therefore no laws apply to that bit of road.

hawkinspeter replied to Hirsute | 4 years ago

Offical dotted white lines also aren't covered meaningfully by the law and although solid white lines should be, they typically aren't enforced.

Projectcyclingf... replied to Hirsute | 3 years ago

Meant to be a symbolic gesture to get the message across of the severe harm, death & destruction too many car journeys cause.
Not to mention the demands countless lazy unhealthy drivers place on the NHS and society.

Rome73 | 4 years ago

Great stuff! Holland Park Avenue needs this cycle lane. 

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