Covid bike lanes have been a mess: Grant Shapps admits that new routes introduced during the pandemic caused traffic jams and made 999 calls
- Grant Shapps criticized councils that stalled with poorly designed schemes
- He blamed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for some of the worst bike paths
- The Department of Transportation will spend £ 2 billion on bike lanes over the next five years
cycle Lanes brought in during the pandemic block emergency vehicles and cause chaos for drivers, the Minister of Transport admitted yesterday.
Despite insisting that bike lanes were “excellently used” in many places, Grant Shapps criticized the councils for stalling with poorly designed schemes.
He blamed London Mayor Sadiq Khan for some of the worst bike lanes and accused him of not consulting emergency services.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said cycle lanes brought in during the pandemic block emergency vehicles and cause chaos for motorists
The Department of Transportation has promised to spend £ 2 billion on bike lanes over the next five years.
Of this, £ 250 million was given to transport councils in England for traffic calming measures, including pop-up cycle paths and low-traffic neighborhoods. However, critics say the measures have blocked emergency vehicles and brought cities across the country to a standstill.
In an interview on LBC yesterday, Mr. Shapps said, “You can do a lot of good things by enabling people to walk and cycle. It’s good for all of us.”
“In some places it was used excellently, in other places it was unfortunately used very poorly.” Some of these programs in London didn’t impress me. “
He added that he was “particularly critical” of street maps that restrict access for emergency vehicles.
“It is the case that you need to contact emergency services before making these decisions,” he said. He added that London’s Mayor “should know”. Critics, including 14 Tory MPs, have put pressure on Mr Shapps to abandon the active travel policy.
Despite insisting that bike lanes were “excellently used” in many places, Grant Shapps criticized the councils for stalling with poorly designed schemes
However, earlier this month he announced an additional £ 175 million for new road systems – four times the £ 42 million given to councils since July.
He cited survey results indicating that eight in ten people support measures to reduce traffic in their area, and two-thirds of people support reallocating road space for walking and cycling.
In an attempt to appease critics, Mr Shapps pledged difficult terms that would force councils to consult local residents and local businesses before making any changes. Local authorities who fail to do so face withdrawals of funds and may even have to repay the money, he said.
Alliance of British Drivers founder Hugh Bladon said, “Grant Shapps claims he is not an anti-driver, but these systems are inherently anti-driver. He can’t have it both ways. “