A new cycle lane has opened on Kensington High Street, following pressure from local Greens.
The bike lane is part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s (RBKC) Covid-19 response measures, with hopes to encourage more healthy and active travel, and helping to protect residents from the pollution and noise of the borough’s traffic.
Zack Polanski, London Assembly candidate for the Green Party and co-chair West Central London Greens comments: "Greens have demanded this crucial measure for over a decade and we are glad to see that at least some RBKC council leaders seem to have abandoned their anachronistic anti-cycling attitude in favour of streets that are safe for people who walk and people who cycle’"
The new lane will allow more people in the area to travel safely and in an environmentally friendly way to the shops and restaurants of Kensington High Street, giving an important economic push for local businesses.
It was only after pressure from the central government and Transport for London (TFL), that the RBKC council gave in to support the cycle lane being implemented.
It will make a big difference in the overall cycle network in London as it connects routes in West London and enables more citizens to commute safely on their bikes.
The measure is only temporary, but Greens will campaign for it to be made permanent.
Fabian Frenzel, local Green Party activist comments: "Residents tell me they feel it is just not safe to cycle in the borough, after years of local policies aimed at satisfying wealthy car-owners, at the expense of the needs of pedestrians and cyclists.
“Neighbourhoods are blighted by cars, the pollution they cause and the space they occupy. If we reduce car use, everyone is a winner."
London Greens put forward a range of measures to encourage more active travel and to curb pollution caused by traffic in the city, including the introduction of smart road-pricing and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.