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Cyclist talks are on the right track

With 720,000 cycle journeys made in London every day, the UK’s biggest electricity operator is working with cyclists to ensure roadworks cause minimum inconvenience

From Press releases - 20 March 2019 12:00 AM

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The streetworks team at UK Power Networks invited members of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) to discuss the issues cyclists encounter around roadworks by utility companies.

The cycling charity set up to increase cycling in London and improve facilities for cyclists, has 12,000 members. Members don’t want to see their journeys disrupted, and also urged utilities to consider new types of bicycles arriving on London’s roads such as cargo bikes, which are now used by some London businesses.

Cycling projects manager at LCC, Stewart Dring, said: “At London Cycling Campaign we are passionate about making the roads of London safe for anyone who wishes to cycle. It was great to have an opportunity to talk to UK Power Networks and work together on how we can keep London moving safely around utility works in the capital.”

Richard Boissieux, UK Power Networks streetworks manager said: “It was interesting to hear from a major cycling group about how utilities can improve our consideration of streetworks planning. It helps us consider the cyclists’ perspective and experience alongside other road users, we maintain access wherever possible, however safety remains our top priority.”

He added: “We are going to produce an initial bulletin for our staff and contractors to help them plan roadworks and remind them how to use the most appropriate signs, to ensure minimal impact to cyclists.”

Every year UK Power Networks carries out thousands of essential works to maintain reliable electricity supplies for the 18 million people it serves in London, the East and South East, which sometimes require digging up pavements or roads.

In 2018 the company worked with wheelchair users to design a radical new kerbside ramp to make roadworks safer and easier to negotiate, it is being trialed across 100 locations in London and won the Energy Institute’s national Health and Safety Award.