This survey is now closed, but please continue to let us know what you think about the Foot Tunnels by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than 3,000 people pass through the Greenwich and Woolwich tunnels each day, and that number appears to be growing quickly. Roughly half of the tunnel users are cyclists, with the other half pedestrian only.
As tunnel traffic grows, competition and conflict between cyclists (also skateboarders and skaters) and pedestrian-only users will quite likely increase. Reducing any ill-will between the different user groups should be a priority in the newly refurbished tunnels.
Both tunnels are narrow, with the Greenwich tunnel narrower than the London Cycling Design Standards for shared use. At present, the local bylaws governing both the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels prohibit cycling, skateboarding and rollerskating through the tunnels. As with most pavements, the tunnels are classed as pedestrian rights of way.
To allow more than walking through the tunnels would require a change in the existing bylaw, or a traffic management order issued by the Royal Borough of Greenwich. As a community group, Fogwoft may propose a change, if such is considered desirable. If the borough council were to accept such a proposal from Fogwoft, it would then be obliged to consult the public on any alteration of the existing bylaw.
This survey is an attempt to informally gauge tunnel user opinion, and narrow down the options we present to the council. The options laid out here are those discussed at our public meeting held in January 2014.
The current situation is that, on weekdays at least, up to 80% of cyclists as well as many skateboarders and rollerskaters do not comply with the bylaw. This high percentage of offenders may be the result of the now total absence of bylaw enforcement. Whichever options are preferred by those who respond to this survey, we feel that the tunnels must be better managed. This issue was highlighted at both of the Fogwoft public meetings held to date.
Please let us know your views by voting in our survey, which will remain open until Friday 25th April 2014. And you can tell us what you think about other matters related to the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels by emailing email@example.com.