Starting in May 2019 TFL are planning a 12 month trial with a fleet of 8 wheelchair accessible Ultra Low Emission Zone standard Mercedes 16 seater minibuses around Sutton. It would work using a Uber-style on demand app and designated stopping points placed at 200m intervals. Read the consultation here.
What has this to do with cycling? Initially discussing on Cyclescape we wanted to ensure stopping buses won’t be an obstruction for people who currently use those roads to cycle.
I’ve also tagged in a couple of extra points that came to mind: monitoring of speeds in 20mph zones, which could potentially slow down other roads users; and ideas for use of the data of these stopping points being used as a basis for a future 400m by 400m grid of cycle networks in the area.
Read our response here Demand Responsive Bus Trial response