Publications

This page provides links to documents that relate to cycling in the borough and beyond. We hope to build on this, and if there is anything you would like to see included here please let us know. An extensive archive of cycling related material is available in the document library at the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain.

Note that our quarterly news updates, published between March 2015 and March 2020, are available on the Newsletters page.


July 2021

Gear Change: One year on

Celebrating a year of achievement since the publication of ‘Gear Change: a bold vision for walking and cycling’ in July 2020. Noting that, “Even before the pandemic, road traffic was predicted to grow up to 51% by 2050….. There are only a few ways to deal with the enormous growth in demand for roadspace…..

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, writing in the Foreword to ‘Gear Change: One year on’:

“Almost exactly six years ago, in east London, we began the frst of the transformational low-traffic neighbourhood schemes I funded as mayor. There was intense controversy: hundreds of protestors carried a golden coffin to symbolise the “death” we were supposedly causing to the local shops. But the council stuck it out, thank goodness. Now, the local shops and cafes have never been busier, air quality is up, opposition to the LTN has evaporated, and so has some of the traffic. That is the future I want to see for a lot more places, and this plan will help achieve it.”

DfT: Gear Change: one-year-on review

Infographic reproduced from page 32 of 'Gear Change: One Year On'.
JULY 2021

Active Travel Act Guidance

Welsh Government: “Our vision is clear – for walking and cycling to become the normal choice for shorter journeys and we look forward to working with partners to turn this vision into reality”.

Four-hundred and seventy six pages – at the cutting edge, leading the way.

July 2021

Decarbonising transport: a better, greener, Britain

‘Decarbonising Transport: Setting the Challenge’, published by the Department for Transport in March 2020, brought together existing work to reduce emissions across all forms of transport, and for the first time laid out the scale of the additional reductions needed to deliver transport’s contribution to legally binding carbon budgets and delivering net zero by 2050.

Sixteen months on, this plan sets out how the Government will deliver those emissions reductions and the associated benefits that will be realised from it across the UK. “We have engaged extensively with a large range of stakeholders to inform development of this Plan including through virtual workshops, written contributions, online feedback, and the Net Zero Transport Board”.

In the Foreword, The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport, writes:

“….we cannot, of course, simply rely on the electrification of road transport, or believe that zero emission cars and lorries will solve all our problems, particularly for meeting our medium-term carbon reduction targets to 2035. Road traffic, even on pre-pandemic trends, was predicted to grow by 22 percent from 2015 to 2035 – much of it in cities, where new roadbuilding is physically difficult and disadvantages communities. We cannot pile ever more cars, delivery vans and taxis on to the same congested urban roads. That would be difficult for the roads, let alone the planet, to tolerate. As we build back better from the pandemic, it will be essential to avoid a car-led recovery.”

“….We want to reduce urban road traffic overall. Improvements to public transport, walking and cycling, promoting ridesharing and higher car occupancy, and the changes in commuting, shopping and business travel accelerated by the pandemic, also offer the opportunity for a reduction or at least a stabilisation, in traffic more widely. That will benefit everyone, drivers included.”

“….we have published ambitious policies to transform England for cycling and walking. More than 300 cycling and walking schemes have already been installed, many more are on the way, and we have clear evidence that, where they are done properly, they work and are popular. Cycling rose by 46 per cent last year, a greater rise than across the whole of the previous 20 years and easily the biggest increase in post-war history. With £2 billion of new funding, we have put our money where our mouth is.”

“….Over the last twenty years, in real terms, the cost of motoring fell by 15 per cent. Over the same period the cost of rail fares went up by over 20 per cent and bus and coach fares by over 40 per cent. Gradually, we will change this”.

The plan details six commitments, one of which is to increase walking and cycling with the aim to have half of all journeys in towns and cities cycled or walked by 2030.

The London Travel Demand Survey 2017/18 – 2019/20 suggests that the proportion of journeys that were cycled or walked across Greater London between 2017 and 2020 was of the order of 35.2 percent (inner London 43.9%; outer London 29.0%; Sutton 25.0%). To achieve 50% walking and cycling across Greater London, it is likely Sutton will need to deliver 35% of journeys in this way.

Sutton’s third Local Implementation Plan (approved April 2019) sets a target for the proportion of journeys made by walking, cycling, or use of public transport of 56% by 2025 and 63% by 2041. In 2018, the proportion was around 45 or 46%.

It has been said many times before, but good to see it re-stated in this plan (page 54): “Cycling and walking can help us tackle some of the most challenging issues we face as a society, not just climate change, but improving air quality, health and wellbeing, addressing inequalities, and tackling congestion and noise pollution on our roads. Increased levels of active travel can improve everyday life for us all”.

DfT: Transport decarbonisation plan

July 2021

A Moment of Change

The Department for Transport (DfT) recognises that as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19), there is a rare, national ‘moment of change’ providing for the opportunity to promote cycling and walking uptake as restrictions begin to ease and people start going back to work. This Guidance Pack is targeted to those local authorities who may have done very little or no workplace travel behaviour change over the last few years due to funding limitations, but there are tips and case studies here that may interest all authorities. It draws upon the experience of those local authorities who have had longevity of revenue funding and who have, therefore, tried and tested approaches to designing and implementing workplace programmes.

Sustrans: A ‘Moment of Change’ for Councils to Encourage Commuters to Walk or Cycle to Work

DfT: Increasing uptake of cycling following COVID-19 travel disruption

March 2021

Climate Safe Streets – One year on

One year on from the publication of LCC’s report ‘Climate Safe Streets: Delivering Zero Carbon Roads in London by 2030’, this update considers how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted London’s road system and what it will mean for decarbonisation.

London Cycling Campaign: Climate Safe Streets

January 2021

Sutton’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025

This version of the borough’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy was published as part of Sutton Council’s Draft Sutton Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 Consultation (14 January 2021 to 25 March 2021).

London Borough of Sutton: Draft Sutton Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 Consultation

January 2021

London’s Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: an emerging evidence base

This short report summarises new and emerging evidence on Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, and how they fit into wider transport policy goals.

We Are Possible: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

December 2020

Sustrans’ Manifesto for London

Fairer Streets, better lives

This manifesto, published five months prior to the mayoral election in May 2021, has twelve asks of the next Mayor of London. These asks prioritise people who are disadvantaged and underrepresented across London, but they should benefit everyone. Acting on these asks will make walking, wheeling and cycling safer and more inclusive, by designing streets and neighbourhoods that serve everyone.

Sustrans: Our manifesto for London 2021

November 2020

A Guide to Inclusive Cycling – 4th edition

Originally launched in 2017, and now updated in its fourth edition, this truly comprehensive guide aims to raise the visibility of disabled cyclists and to put in place the building blocks for a more inclusive cycling culture.

Wheels for Wellbeing: Guide to Inclusive Cycling – Fourth Edition!

November 2020

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods for all?

Mapping the extent of London’s new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

We Are Possible: Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

September 2020

Sutton’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy 2020-2025 | Sutton Council

This draft version of a proposed new Sustainable Transport Strategy for the borough, as an update to the 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy, was presented to members of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 1 October 2020.

London Borough of Sutton: Pages relating to the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee appear to be no longer available on Sutton Council’s website. The Environment and Neighbourhood Committee was renamed the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee from early 2021.

July 2020

People Future Streets

How to talk to people about the future of their streets

Rethinking public engagement to deliver better streets for all

This guide (produced jointly by the LCC and Urban Movement) is for local authority officers and their consultants, as well as others working at the sharp end of the conception, design and delivery of highway schemes intended to make streets better for residents, businesses and indeed everyone. It is therefore also likely to be of interest to anyone concerned with achieving the same outcomes, including councillors and local activists.

London Cycling Campaign: Webinar and Reports

July 2020

Cycle Infrastructure Design

Guidance for local authorities on designing **high-quality, safe cycle infrastructure**.

DfT: Cycle infrastructure design (LTN 1/20)

July 2020

Gear Change: a bold vision for walking and cycling

Cycling and walking plan for England policy paper. Setting out a vision for a travel revolution in England’s streets, towns and communities.

This plan describes the vision to make England a great walking and cycling nation. It sets out the actions required at all levels of government to make this a reality, grouped under four themes:

  • Better streets for cycling and people
  • Cycling and walking at the heart of decision-making
  • Empowering and encouraging local authorities
  • Enabling people to cycle and protecting them when they do

DfT: Gear Change: a bold vision for cycling and walking

March 2020

Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge  

In a Ministerial Foreword, Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps says:

“Climate change is the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. There is overwhelming scientific evidence that we need to take action, and doing so is a clear priority for the Government…..”

“Transport has a huge role to play in the economy reaching net zero. The scale of the challenge demands a step change in both the breadth and scale of ambition and we have a duty to act quickly and decisively to reduce emissions…..”
“2020 will be the year we set out the policies and plans needed to tackle transport emissions. This document marks the start of this process…..
Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities. We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network

DfT: Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge

March 2020

Climate Safe Streets – Delivering Zero Carbon Roads in London by 2030

This report lays out in detail the specific decisions the next Mayor of London must take to achieve carbon zero roads by 2030, and considers the opportunities for boroughs in addressing the Climate Emergencies they have declared. It shows how a new, zero carbon, healthier and more efficient system for road travel can be created that will render it unnecessary for most Londoners to own a car after 2030.

London Cycling Campaign: Webinar and Reports

July 2019

Cycle Parking Implementation Plan

Making sure every cycle trip starts and ends with a place to park. The case for cycle parking (tackling the barriers to cycling; wider benefits of cycle parking); understanding cycle parking in London (new demand analysis); detailed action plans on delivery (six focus areas – transport hubs; town centres; residential areas; educational institutions; workplaces; community destinations); and the importance of working together to deliver the plan. Significant changes proposed in the draft new London Plan.

Transport for London: Cycle Parking

July 2019

London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard 2019

Since 2018, London Cycling Campaign has been collaborating with several other active travel campaigning groups on the first ever “London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard”. The new scorecard shows a wide variation between London boroughs’ progress towards the Mayor’s key transport targets at this time. The Scorecard will be updated annually to show progress year on year. Also see Healthy boroughs ‘Scorecard’ launches (LCC, 11 July 2019); New scorecard reveals gaps in London boroughs’ progress on healthy streets (London Living Streets, 15 July 2019); London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard July 2019 (London Campaign to Protect Rural England, July 2019).

Healthy Streets Scorecard: London Boroughs Healthy Streets Scorecard

July 2019

Liveable Neighbourhoods 2019

The Liveable Neighbourhoods Best Practice Guide is published by Landor LINKS in partnership with Transport for London, and sponsored by Commonplace, Cyclehoop, Project Centre, Rosehill Highways and Urban Movement. The guide was launched at the inaugural Liveable Neighbourhoods conference on 10 July 2019. This first edition of the guide focusses on the challenges and successes of the Mini Hollands programme, including interviews with councillors, project leaders and engineers. The publication also includes insight from consultant engineers, software providers and highways product suppliers. The 64-page guide contains best practice hints and guidance for the successful mobilisation and implementation of Healthy Street developments, Liveable Neighbourhoods and community regeneration projects. The publication details a step-by-step toolkit using best practice examples from the mini-Holland Boroughs and Phase 1 of the Liveable Neighbourhood programme, as well as expert viewpoints from Brian Deegan, Ben Plowden, Chris Harrison and many more.

Landor: Liveable Neighbourhoods Conference 2019

June 2019

A Guide to Inclusive Cycling (2019 – 2nd edition)

This revamped Guide to Inclusive Cycling, which is thought to be the only one of its kind anywhere in the world, encapsulates Wheels for Wellbeing’s continued campaigning efforts to identify and remove all barriers to cycling for Disabled people. Wheels for Wellbeing: Launch of new guide to inclusive cycling.

Wheels for Wellbeing: Campaigns and Policy

June 2019

Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023

Sutton Council launched a new Air Quality Action Plan on Clean Air Day 2019 (LB of Sutton, 21 June 2019). The statutory Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) 2019-2023 is the Action Plan for the ‘Cleaner Air’ chapter of the borough’s recently published Environment Strategy 2019-2025 (see below). The AQAP contains a list of thirty-six actions that form part of the plan. Twelve of these actions are within the ‘cleaner transport’ theme, and four of these are included in the top ten overall priority actions. Other ‘cleaner transport’ actions, which are welcome, include discouraging unnecessary engine idling, and supporting communities wishing to enact temporary road closures. However, for the former action, the timescale for implementation includes “investigate options for creating No Engine idling Zone(s) around a school at peak times by 2021”. This raises the question as to why something as basic (and as urgent) as this needs to take up to two years to implement. Another inexpensive option, with an immediate impact, would be to deliver School Streets. More information at schoolstreets.org.uk. In regard to temporary road closures, there is disappointment that the action, as specified in the draft consultation document relating to holding car-free days, has been changed to exclude any specific reference to car-free days. The reason given for this change, that it “was the only action which did not receive a positive net agreement from the public consultation”, coupled with the overview of the comments received from residents (as provided in the Draft Air Quality Action Plan Consultation report (February 2019: Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, 7 March 2019, agenda item 40, Appendix B), could suggest that the council did not fully explain what Car Free Days actually entail. As a result, perhaps, some respondents thought they would be banned from using their car on a specified day. That is not the case of course. Car-free days can just include Play Streets, as described by londoncarfreeday.com.
Read our review of the Action Plan: Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023.

London Borough of Sutton: Air Quality Action Plan

London Borough of Sutton: Air Quality Reports

June 2019

Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025

Sutton Council launched its Environment Strategy on World Environment Day, Wednesday 5 June 2019, (LB of Sutton, 5 June 2019). The new Environment Strategy replaces the Sustainability Strategy (One Planet Sutton), and looks ahead to 2025. The headline, and overarching, vision of the Environment Strategy is that Sutton will be London’s most Sustainable Borough, noting that everyone has a role to play in reducing their impact on the environment. One of the five themes is Cleaner Air, the Action Plan for which is included in the borough’s Air Quality Action Plan (published on 21 June 2019, Clean Air Day). The Vision for Cleaner Air includes the ambition that “the borough will be a place where walking and cycling short journeys is easy, pleasant and safe”.

The targets for the Cleaner Air Vision:
By March 2022, 48 per cent of journeys in Sutton will be made by walking, cycling or public transport* (baseline, 2014/15-2016/17, 46 per cent as stated (but 45 per cent for this same three-year average according to the Update on the Sustainable Transport Strategy, June 2018 – see below)
By March 2022, 36 per cent of people will be doing 20 minutes of active travel a day (baseline 2014/15-2016/17 28 per cent)
By December 2021, 24 per cent of Sutton’s population will be within 400m of the strategic cycle network (baseline for 2016 0 per cent).
Develop and deliver an action plan for meeting the national air quality standards as soon as possible (delivered same month – see Air Quality Action Plan, June 2019)
Continue to take action to reduce levels of particulate matter (PM10)

  • The borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy (June 2015), set a target of 49.4 per cent of journeys in Sutton for walking (29.6 per cent), cycling (2.2 per cent) or public transport (17.6 per cent) by 2017 (rising to 56 per cent by 2025). Also see Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan (Transport Plan 2018-2041), April 2019.
    Read our review of the Environment Strategy: Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025.

London Borough of Sutton: File not found (16 August 2021) / link https://www.sutton.gov.uk/downloads/file/3888/sutton_environment_strategy_2019 returns ‘Page not found”

May 2019

New cycle route Quality Criteria

TfL has developed new cycle route quality criteria to help improve the quality of the cycle network in London (New cycle route quality criteria). The six criteria are designed to be consistent with recommendations in the London Cycling Design Standards and – working alongside other guidance and tools – should be used to shape the design of new cycling infrastructure. The spreadsheet tool allows planners and designers to use data to determine whether conditions are appropriate for routes to mix people cycling with motor traffic. The tool also recommends when dedicated space for cycling would be most appropriate. The accompanying technical note describes the relationship of the six criteria and how the automated spreadsheet tool interprets the data. (Also see ‘New cycle route Quality Criteria‘.

Transport for London: Cycling

April 2019

Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan (Transport Plan 2018-2041)

According to LB of Sutton Transport Plans (accessed 17 June 2019), the final version of borough’s Third Local Implementation Plan (effective April 2019) received approval by TfL and the Mayor of London on 12 April 2019. This final version is a slightly updated variant of the Draft for Mayoral Approval (February 2019) version, with small changes and additions in ‘Section Three: the Delivery and Investment Plan’ and in ‘Section Four: The Performance Monitoring Plan’. However, the final approved version, like the draft versions before it, notes that Sutton does not have a traffic reduction strategy (the development of which is a key priority for boroughs, as detailed the Mayor’s Transport Strategy (March 2018) and, like the draft versions, simply refers to the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy, Cycling Strategy and Local Plan for details of the borough’s traffic reduction objectives. In responding to the draft LIP we recommended that the final version included a commitment to produce a traffic reduction strategy, and that the borough’s traffic reduction objectives were clearly stated. We suggested that traffic reduction objectives could include use of the ‘modal hierarchy’ (from the Sustainable Transport Strategy), as well as proposals to introduce low-traffic neighbourhoods. We suggested that a pledge to work with neighbouring authorities and with TfL to understand best practice, along with evidence of the ability to deliver, would be highly desirable. Our recommendations appear to have been overlooked. For more on this, see ‘What are Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives?‘ (also available as a PDF ‘What are Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives?’).

London Borough of Sutton: Transport Plans

February 2019

Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Mayoral Approval

LIP3: Draft for Mayoral Approval (also see, Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Consultation (November 2018)). The February 2019 updated version of Sutton’s draft Third LIP was released as Appendix A to the agenda item ‘Local Implementation Plan Funding Settlement 2019/20‘ at the E&N Committee meeting on 7 March 2019. The agenda item report ‘Local Implementation Plan Settlement for 2019/20 and LIP3 update‘ notes the following (4.6): “As part of the LIP3 Submission and Approval process an ongoing dialogue has been undertaken with TfL officers during the production of the draft LIP to ensure that it is compliant with the requirements set out in their assessment protocols. Feedback from TfL has confirmed that the draft is of an acceptable standard and will meet the requirement of the MTS”. The ‘LIP 2019/20 Capital Programme Summary Scheme List‘ appeared as Appendix B (also see ‘First sight of ‘Healthy Streets’ proposals for Sutton‘), with the ‘Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA) of Third Local Implementation Plan (LIP)‘, November 2018, provided as Appendix C. Also see ‘What are Sutton’s key borough traffic reduction objectives?‘. The third round LIPs will become effective from April 2019.

December 2018

Cycling action plan: making London the world’s best big city for cycling

The Cycling Action Plan sets out how TfL and the London boroughs will use cycling to help address poor air quality and congestion, while improving infrastructure to make cycling even easier safer and more accessible for everyone. The Cycling Action Plan commits TfL to almost double the number of cycling journeys by 2024, from the current 0.7 million daily to 1.3 million. The plan also commits to rapidly expanding the network of high-quality cycle routes in the next five years. By 2024, the mayor says 28% of us will live within 400 metres of a a high-quality route, compared to less than 9% currently. In 2019, TfL will begin using a single brand for all cycle routes, merging the two existing Cycle Superhighway and Quietway brands into a single system where a Pan-London network is delivered in line with new quality criteria, supported by simple, easy-to-use signs.
“We know that the ambition and determination of boroughs is vital to realising the level of quality that we are seeking on new cycle routes, and we will work collaboratively to support every local authority that is committed to transforming the experience of cycling on its streets. However, we are equally clear that we will not support – or provide funding for – schemes that do not address the fundamental reasons why people don’t currently cycle, or that are not underwritten with genuine political commitment for cycling
“Where boroughs show real ambition and appetite to deliver local improvements for cycling, TfL will provide funding and support to help achieve these. This includes programmes such as Liveable Neighbourhoods and Local Implementation Plans (LIPs)”.

Transport for London: Encouraging cycling and walking

Also see Walking Action Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, Freight and servicing action plan on TfL’s Mayor’s Transport Strategy page.

November 2018

Paths for Everyone: National Cycle Network review and action plan for London

Published 19 November 2018, see ‘Overhaul planned for London’s National Cycle Network’ (note that the original link to this item not available 16 August 2021). This action plan followed on from the publication of Paths for Everyone (link to this item not available 16 August 2021 – new link here) on 12 November 2018. Fifteen recommendations for a UK-wide overhaul of the National Cycle Network to open up walking and cycling to more people, including children, and anyone with impaired mobility. Activation projects for London, the types of projects needed in London to deliver the vision of the National Cycle Network, include removal of barriers on the NCN20 (or for sections of the route to be de-designated).

November 2018

Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Consultation

Draft LIP3  – published 2 November 2018, with public consultation until 21 December 2018, see the Consultation Hub for details. See Our response to Sutton’s draft LIP3 consultation. The third round LIPs will become effective from April 2019.

September 2018

Street Design in the UK

Street Design in the UK – 2018 Pilot Survey reveals widespread failure amongst local authorities to update highways standards to reflect government guidance and statutory duties.

Urban Design Group: Welcome to the Urban Design Group

June 2018

The role of cities in improving population health

The role of cities in improving population health | The King’s Fund | Link

Improving population health involves thinking beyond the health care system itself. Evidence from around the world shows that the social or wider determinants of health play a bigger role than health care services in influencing the health of the population. This report examines what a place-based approach to population health might look like in a city context. Research has found that one common theme between cities, in terms of governance arrangements, powers and resources, is that improving population health depends on co-ordinated action at multiple levels and ensuring that decisions in areas such as housing, employment and transport planning all have a positive impact on health.
June 2018

Update on Sutton’s 2015 Cycling Strategy Action Plan

Update on Cycling Strategy Action Plan | LB of Sutton | PDF

This document provides the second update to the borough’s Cycling Strategy (November 2015), and was presented at the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 28 June 2018 as Appendix B to an update to the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy (see below).
June 2018

Update on Sutton’s 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy

Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF

This update on the Sustainable Transport Strategy (2015), was presented at the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 28 June 2018. It provides the third annual review of the borough’s 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy (STS).
Appendix A updates progress on the STS’s Action Plan.
Appendix B to the document (see above) acts as second annual review of the borough’s 2015 Cycling Strategy.
Appendix C provides a summary of the STS Targets.
June 2018

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: An introduction for policy makers

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: An Introduction | LCC and Living Streets | PDF

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: A Guide to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: The Details | LCC and Living Streets | PDF

These guides from London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets explain what Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are, why you should be considering them in your borough and how to make sure they work well.
The first guide, ‘Low traffic Neighbourhoods: An Introduction’, draws on expertise from those who’ve designed, implemented and campaigned for award-winning low traffic neighbourhoods, and is the essential five-minute guide for decision makers.
The companion document ‘Low traffic neighbourhoods: The detail’ is designed to help officers, designers and others begin to understand some of the complexities, nuances and capabilities of these schemes in more detail. It includes the basics of an engagement and consultation strategy for officers to adapt to ensure these schemes move forward with support from residents without (too much) controversy.
March 2018

Guidance for Borough Officers on Developing the Third Local Implementation Plan

Third LIP Guidance | Mayor of London | PDF

This Local Implementation Plan (LIP) guidance and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, to which it relates (see below), have been drafted with collaboration in mind. The guidance has been jointly developed with London Councils with valuable input from a working group of borough officers drawn from around London. There are many great initiatives already under way in boroughs across London upon which this document builds, with the expectation that these good examples can be followed elsewhere.
March 2018

Mayor’s Transport Strategy

Mayor’s Transport Strategy | Mayor of London | Link to website

Setting out the Mayor’s policies and proposals to reshape transport in London over the next two decades. By using the Healthy Streets Approach to prioritise human health and experience in planning the city, the Mayor wants to change London’s transport mix so the city works better for everyone.
February 2018

Sutton Local Plan

Sutton Local Plan | LB of Sutton | Link to website

The Sutton Local Plan is a development plan document and is part of the Government’s planning policy system, which was introduced by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act in 2004.  The purpose of the Sutton Local Plan is (a) To set out and deliver the council’s long-term aims and aspirations for the borough; (b) To provide a consistent basis for deciding planning applications.
November 2017

Guide to Inclusive Cycling

Guide to Inclusive Cycling | Wheels for Wellbeing | PDF

An accessible and thorough guide to the basic principles of inclusive cycling from Wheels for Wellbeing, the charity that exists to enhance disabled people’s lives by ensuring that anyone can access the physical, emotional, practical and social benefits of cycling.
June 2017

Update on Sutton’s 2015 Cycling Strategy Action Plan

Update on Cycling Strategy Action Plan | LB of Sutton | PDF document

This document provides the first update to the borough’s Cycling Strategy (November 2015), and was presented at the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 22 June 2017 as Appendix B to an update to the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy (see below). There are links to all the documents from the June 2017 E&N page (item 6, and appendices), and from the Notes from our July 2017 meeting (items 5 and 6).
June 2017

Update on Sutton’s 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy

Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document

This update on the Sustainable Transport Strategy, which presented at the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 22 June 2017, provides the second annual review of the borough’s Sustainable Transport Strategy. Appendix B to the document (see above) acts as first annual review of the borough’s Cycling Strategy. There are links to all the documents from the June 2017 E&N page (item 6, and appendices), and from the Notes from our July 2017 meeting (items 5 and 6).
March 2017

Analysis of Cycling Potential 2016

TfL Analysis of Cycling Potential 2016 | TfL | PDF document

This report concludes that there is significant potential for cycling among London residents. More than half of all trips made by residents using motorised modes could be cycled, and the greatest unmet potential for growth is within outer London. From analysis of data between 2012 and 2015, it would appear that Sutton has the highest number of potentially cyclable trips per resident (1.2) of any London borough.
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January 2017

Typical costs of cycling interventions

Typical costings for cycling schemes | Transport for Quality of Life | PDF

This document provides a summary of typical costs of cycling interventions and the factors that affect them, drawn from expenditure during delivery of Phase 1 of the Cycle City Ambition (CCA) programme.
April 2016

Sutton 2031: planning for our future

Sutton 2031: planning for our future | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 824 kB

Our formal response to the Sutton 2031 Local Plan consultation, was submitted to Sutton Council on 7 April 2016. In addition to the Local Plan, this consultation covers the Sutton Town Centre Masterplan, and the London Cancer Hub Masterplan. See Sutton 2031 – planning for our future and Sutton 2031 – is cycling part of the picture? for more on this.
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March 2016

Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, three years on

Human Streets: The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling, three years on  | GLA | PDF document | 115 kB

Published on 24 March 2016, three years after publication of The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London, this cycling legacy document includes forewords by Boris Johnson, Mayor of London 2008-2016, and Andrew Gilligan, Cycling Commissioner. It also details the record of achievement, and considers some priorities for the future.
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March 2016

How can we get more people cycling in Sutton?

How can we get more people cycling in Sutton? | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 6.7 MB

A presentation to the Sutton Green Party on 22 March 2016.
Part 1: Sign for Cycling to inspire those standing for election in May 2016 to makes theirs a cycling mayoralty.
Part 2: Help our council make the case and rise to the challenges to ensure our borough successfully delivers
March 2016

A24 Epsom Road Cycle Safety Improvements

A24 Epsom Road Cycle Safety Improvements: a response to TfL’s consultation | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 115 kB

Our response to this consultation was submitted to Transport for London on 11 March 2016. Read more about this in our post A24 Epsom Road Cycle Safety Improvements.
November 2015

Sutton’s Cycling Strategy

Cycling Strategy November 2015 | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 1.1 MB

The Cycling Strategy is the sister document to the Sustainable Transport Strategy (June 2015). Although the Cycling Strategy was approved by the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in November 2015, following on from the launch of the draft strategy for consultation in July 2015, it did not appear on the Council’s website until February 2016 (see the Transport Policy page (formally Sustainable Transport Policy page) of the Council’s website. There is more on this in Strategy published, promotion awaited. Here are the strategy’s six objectives (noting the subtle change with those outlined in the draft document (July 2015):
1: Make Sutton a more attractive borough for cycling and create a high quality cycle network
2: Make Sutton a safer borough for cycling
3: Encourage a shift from the car to cycling for shorter journeys
4: Encourage safe and considerate behaviour by all road users
5: Create a cycling culture by promoting cycling to a wider range of people
6: Actively promote cycling within the Council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy
November 2015

Report on Sutton’s Cycling Strategy

Report on Cycling Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 193 kB
Appendix A – Cycling Delivery Strategy Workshop comments | LB of Sutton | 125 kB
Appendix B – Cycling Strategy Questionnaire | LB of Sutton | 63 kB
Appendix C – Summary of Questionnaire Responses | LB of Sutton | 82 kB
Appendix D – Cycling Strategy Consultation Comments | LB of Sutton | 550 kB
Appendix E – Draft Cycling Strategy November 2015 | LB of Sutton | 1.2 MB
Appendix F – Cycling Strategy Integrated Impact Assessment | LB of Sutton | 239 kB

This report on the Cycling Strategy, and the associated appendices, formed part of the agenda item ‘Cycling Strategy’ at the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee on 26 November 2015. See Cycling Strategy receives approval! for more on this.
November 2015

Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Questionnaire Responses

Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Questionnaire Responses | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 296 kB

Unlike Sustainable Transport Strategy – main changes proposed (see March 2015), this document was not made available by the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in March 2015. This document was only made available eight months later following a request from us.
November 2015

Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Responses

Sustainable Transport Strategy Consultation Responses | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 135 kB

Unlike Sustainable Transport Strategy – main changes proposed (see March 2015), this document was not made available on the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee meeting page for 19 March 2015. This document was only made available eight months later following a request from us.
September 2015

Time to make the case and rise to the challenges

Time to make the case and rise to the challenges: a response to Sutton Council’s Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 2.7 MB

Our response was submitted on 7 September 2015. There is more on this in Time to make the case and rise to the challenges.
July 2015

Sutton’s Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy

Draft Cycling Delivery Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 1.8 MB

The Cycling Delivery Strategy, to complement the new Sustainable Transport Strategy, sets out how the Council is responding to the renewed focus on cycling in London being promoted by the Mayor in this Vision for Cycling (March 2013) and by the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s Get Britain Cycling report (April 2013). The consultation on the draft Cycling Delivery Strategy took place between 20 July 2015 and 7 September 2015. Details on the Sutton Consultation Hub.
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Extract from Sutton Council’s Press Office Sutton to host cycling summit with London Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner, 16 July 2015
June 2015

Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy

Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 3.1 MB

Although the Sustainable Transport Strategy was approved by the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee in March 2015, it did not appear on the Council’s website until September 2015.
This Road User Hierarchy forms part of Sutton Council's Sustainable Transport Strategy
The Road User Hierarchy contained within Sutton Council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy
June 2015

Creating Space for Cycling: A guide for councillors

Creating Space for Cycling: A guide for councillors | London Cycling Campaign | PDF document | 11.9 MB

A booklet developed by the London Cycling Campaign to help local councils achieve the benefits cycling can bring to all Londoners. It aims to showcase the kind of policies and measures that help create safe and inviting space for cycling that will enable all types of people, of all ages and abilities, to cycle safely.
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March 2015

Sutton’s Sustainable Transport Strategy – Main changes proposed

Sustainable Transport Strategy – Main changes proposed | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 58 kB

This document was published by the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee for their meeting on 19 March 2015.
March 2015

Transforming Fiveways Croydon consultation response

Transforming Fiveways Croydon consultation | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 1.0 MB

Our response was submitted on 14 March 2015. There is more on this in Transforming Fiveways Croydon.
January 2015

Get Sutton Cycling: response to Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy

Get Sutton Cycling: response to Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 0.4 MB

Our response was submitted on 4 January 2015. There is more on this in Get Sutton Cycling and the draft Sustainable Transport Strategy.
October 2014

Sutton’s Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy

Draft Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 1.7 MB

The consultation on the draft Sustainable Transport Strategy took place between 5 November 2014 and 4 January 2015. Details on the Sutton Consultation Hub.
June 2014

Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton

Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 6.5 MB

Documenting the key action points, or ‘asks’, for all eighteen wards in the borough as prepared ahead of the May 2014 Council Elections. Read the background to this at Space for Cycling: action points for Sutton, where there is also a link to text only version that details the ‘ward asks’ by theme (cycle-friendly town centres; cycle routes through parks and green spaces; protected space on main roads and at junctions; removal of through motor traffic; safe cycle routes to schools; 20 mph speed limits).
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January 2014

Love Sutton, Go Dutch

Love Sutton, Go Dutch | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 28 MB

Love Sutton, Go Dutch… Go Global… give Space for Cycling – a presentation for the Sutton Cycle Summit 2014. This event was organised by Tom Brake, MP, Carshalton and Wallington. Caroline Pidgeon attended too. Read what they had to say at Sutton Cycle Summit 2014.
July 2013

Sutton’s mini-Holland Bid

Sutton’s mini-Holland Bid: Expression of interest and outline of proposal | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 5.1 MB

Shortly after the publication of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in March 2013, all twenty of the outer London boroughs were invited to bid for substantial funding as part of the “mini-Holland” programme. Eighteen boroughs did so, including Sutton, and this document is the Council’s bid. In September 2013, eight boroughs were shortlisted to go through to the final stage of the Mayor’s competition and Sutton was not one of them. In March 2014, the successful boroughs were announced: Enfield, Kingston, Waltham Forest. Some details of the funding that the mini-Holland ‘runners-up’ are to receive is outlined in Mini Holland from the London Cycling Campaign.
March 2013

The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London

The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London: An Olympic Legacy for all Londoners | GLA | PDF document | 1.7 MB

In this document, published on 7 March 2013, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, sets out his plans for substantial – eventually transformative – change. “Cycling will not be treated as niche, marginal, or an after-thought, but as what it is: an integral part of the transport network, with the capital spending, road space and traffic planners’ attention benefitting that role”. To realise these plans a commitment to cycle spending totalling £913m over ten years (2013-2022) is made (equating to around £18 per head, per year). The Mayor had appointed Andrew Gilligan as Cycling Commissioner in January 2013 to help draw up policies on meaningful improvements to routes and junctions, and drive them forward and win support for them from other bodies. The Mayor acknowledges that this support is needed.
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The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London: an extract from the Foreword by the Mayor of London (March 2013)
July 2011

Sutton Transport Plan 2011-2031

London Borough of Sutton Local Implementation Plan 2011 to 2014 | LB of Sutton | PDF document | 4.2 MB

The borough’s second Local Implementation Plan. Extract of part of the Foreword:

“This new Transport Plan for Sutton sets out how the council will make it easier for people to travel around the borough and beyond, particularly by sustainable modes of transport. The Plan forms the councils statutory Local Implementation Plan for Transport which is required by the Mayor of London to explain how the council will implement his policies for transport at a local level. Therefore the Plan sets out an investment programme for the three years from 2011-2014 listing the transport schemes that the council intends to implement over this period as well as outlining other schemes that the council will implement as funding arises”.

Target to increase cycling mode share to 1.8% by 2013/14 (from 1.2% in 2010/11), to 4% by 2025/26 and 5% by the end of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy Period in 2031.

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