Almost 1,000 of you took part in our latest Talking Points survey on car-free zones and ageing in the capital, providing valuable insight to the new Mayor on these important topics.
Following the start of our active discussion on pedestrianisation in central London, the transport team at City Hall wanted to know more about Londoners’ views on car-free streets. 68% of you in this survey are in favour of completely closing Oxford Street to motor traffic at all times, while a similar proportion want to see more car-free days in other central London locations. Fewer people want to see total pedestrianisation of their local high street (39%), but only a third oppose occasional car-free days.
A number of segregated cycle lanes (Cycle Superhighways) have been opened or are currently under construction in central London. This construction can cause temporary traffic disruption, although 65% of Talk Londoners are willing to accept temporary disruption in order to build cycling infrastructure. Current users of the Superhighways and those who would use them in future are most likely to accept disruption. However, a large proportion non-users (40%) also agree that temporary disruption is acceptable for construction works.
The transport team at City Hall have been following this discussion closely. They’re very keen to hear more of your thoughts on whether cyclists should use pedestrianised streets and spaces. They’d also like more suggestions for other areas that could be pedestrianised. Keep on sharing your views.
Growing older in London
As part of work to develop the new London Plan, City Hall’s Diversity and Social Policy team are looking at how best to meet the needs of older people in London up to 2050 and beyond. 7 in 10 respondents expected to still be living in London in ‘old age’, or at a time when they will have different mobility needs due to age.
There is clear concern about the cost of living rising further in London in the coming decades. 66% of you are very or fairly concerned with cost of housing, 74% with the cost of living in general. 77% are concerned with pollution and air quality, and the Mayor has recently announced a number of measures to tackle air quality by 2020. These concerns outweighed mobility related issues like an accessible transport network and activities for older people.
When asked specifically about the transport related issues that are most important to you as you reach old age, clean air, step-free access and less busy roads/streets were most commonly mentioned, outweighing technological developments such as wifi or navigation apps. Thinking about surroundings more generally, after clean air and green space, Talk Londoners also prioritised specialised and affordable housing.
The Diversity and Social Policy team are currently working these results into reports that will form part of the evidence base used in the coming review of the London Plan. We’ll keep you updated on this work.