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The Council Leader supports My Liveable London. The Leader of the Opposition supports Streets for People, and a high proportion of residents responding to last year’s informal Highways Quietways Survey say there is too much traffic and it is moving too fast. So now, with the local elections behind us, it is Time for Ambition and high time to consider Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Political barriers are one thing, physical barriers another. The recent installation of a new barrier on the Wandle Trail in Wandle Valley ward is, like all barriers, a major cause of concern.
With the London local elections just weeks away, there is news of the LCC and Living Streets joint campaign in the lead-up to 3 May: My Liveable London. It looks as though the borough’s first Quietway is being kept quiet until after the elections, and it transpires that Sutton is not yet set for its first Liveable Neighbourhood. Construction of the two-way cycle-path and footway begins on Beddington Lane. The ‘Air pollution in Sutton’ film prompts one councillor to ask ‘what steps has Sutton taken in the last four years to making cycling easier for cyclists?’ Croydon launches a new Cycling Strategy.
Marking the launch of our first video, ‘Air pollution in Sutton‘, to get councillors thinking. Meanwhile, no further news, as yet, on the borough’s first Quietway, but we have been counting traffic. And, is Sutton set for its first Liveable Neighbourhood?
In this edition: The engagement process around the borough’s first Quietway has began. Beddington Lane is set to become more cycle-friendly, but the latest proposals for Fiveways, Croydon, greatly disappoint. The Cycling Strategy review reveals that the cycling mode share in Sutton remains at 2%. We say ‘thank you’ to everyone involved with the Sutton feeder ride to the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle. Plus, special features written by local supporters on women and cycling.
It has all gone very quiet on the Quietway front. This may not be such a bad thing, given that delivery is not expected until 2019 and there is a lot to discuss to ensure a successful outcome. News on progress with the borough’s Cycling Strategy is expected imminently. Some Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’ from 2014 – or components of them – are on the list of schemes for development in the next twelve months.
Initial plans are taking shape for Sutton’s first Quietway, linking Colliers Wood, Morden, St Helier Hospital with Sutton town centre. With community engagement being a key part of the delivery, this edition leads with Healthier streets, and more pleasant neighbourhoods, are a step closer. But elsewhere, when it comes to engagement with residents on cycling, there is evidence of lost opportunities, a lack of communication and an absence of joined-up thinking. Apart for the Quietway, there is some other potentially good news stories. The final Sutton Town Centre Masterplan includes several additional references to cycling, above those that appeared in either the draft, or revised draft versions. However, given that the Local Plan: Sutton 2031 is looking fifteen years ahead, given the context of the Mayor of London’s priorities, and given the challenges and opportunities that lie in the future, the level of aspiration in the Masterplan still appears to be far short of what would currently be expected.
Reporting cycling maintenance issues may soon be easier, through the ‘Report It’ facility on Sutton Council’s website. Meanwhile, inadequate provision for cycling continues, as the plans for cycling in Hackbridge (as part of the former Felnex redevelopment) actually materialise.
In this edition read about the Felnex redevelopment at Hackbridge and the “dire and totally inadequate proposals for cycling” on this new development. The Quietway network is coming to Sutton, but how quiet will it be? And find out if there is any news on the borough’s newish Cycling Strategy. It’s not all depressing – Ride London was a great success once again, and we thank our colleagues in Hackney and Tower Hamlets for leading the ride from Sutton to central London on our behalf!
In the June 2016 newsletter: A big thank you for supporting Sign for Cycling, taking Sutton a step closer to a becoming an even better place in which to live, work and go to school. The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, wants our city to be a byword for cycling, but our borough will not be a part of this unless our councillors help enable the process to bring this about. Cycling Towards 2018, an open letter to councillors, is a gentle reminder of this. Find out if there is any news on the borough’s new Cycling Strategy, and take a look at a detail of Sutton’s latest cycling scheme (which, following comments from us, was modified shortly afterwards).
In the March 2016 newsletter: Imagine a better London, where cycling is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. Our next Mayor can make this a reality, but only if enough of us Sign for Cycling. Find out how you can get involved in Sutton. Have you seen the borough’s new Cycling Strategy? It’s all about cycling becoming the mode of choice for short local journeys. The latest on the proposed cycle facilities on the Transport for London road network, and how the northern wards may have let the rest of the borough down. Sutton 2031: planning for our future. But do today’s masterplanners envisage a future that includes space for cycling?
In the December 2015 newsletter: Time to make the case and rise to the challenges, our response to Sutton Council’s Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy; The Leader of the Council says “Getting Sutton cycling is vitally important for the future of the borough“; Space for Cycling schemes, on Transport for London roads, are presented to councillors. But they are not universally approved; Staff at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Institute of Cancer Research tell us they would like to see improvements for cycling on Brighton Road; Tours of the borough with Cycling Champion continue.
In the September 2015 newsletter: Space for Cycling petition presented to the Leader of the Council; Sutton Council’s Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy and consultation; Cycling Champion for the Council appointed; Quietways, and why it’s important not to trade quality for speed of delivery; On-street Bikehangars.
In the June 2015 newsletter: the final chance to support the Space for Cycling petition; consultation expected imminently on Sutton’s draft Cycling Strategy; the future of Sutton Council’s Cycle Forum; and some current plans for delivery on cycling by 2017.
In our March 2015 newsletter read about: plans to commission a new Cycling Strategy for Sutton; progress on the council’s review to the Space for Cycling ‘ward asks’; our response to the council’s draft Sustainable Transport Strategy; and why we are hopeful that 2015 could signal the end of pavement conversions and the start of some serious thinking about how to deliver the very best cycling network for the borough.
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