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.
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Liveable Neighbourhoods 2019
Liveable Neighbourhoods Best Practice Guide 2019 | Landor LINKS and TfL | PDF
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. The guide includes 64 pages of 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.
Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023
Sutton’s Air Quality Action Plan 2019-2023 | LB of Sutton | PDF
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
Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025
Sutton’s Environment Strategy 2019-2025 | LB of Sutton | PDF
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.
New cycle route Quality Criteria
TfL cycle route quality criteria spreadsheet tool v1 | TfL | Spreadsheet
TfL cycle route quality criteria technical note v1 | TfL | PDF
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
Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan (Transport Plan 2018-2041)
Third Local Implementation Plan: Final | LB of Sutton | PDF
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?
Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Mayoral Approval
Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Mayoral Approval | LB of Sutton | PDF
Cycling action plan: making London the world’s best big city for cycling
Cycling action plan | Transport for London | PDF
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)”.
Paths for Everyone: National Cycle Network review and action plan for London
Sustrans NCN Review: Action Plan for London | Sustrans | PDF
Published 19 November 2018, see ‘Overhaul planned for London’s National Cycle Network
‘. This action plan followed on from the publication of Paths for Everyone
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).
Sutton’s Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft for Consultation
Third Local Implementation Plan: Draft For Consultation | LB of Sutton | PDF
Street Design in the UK
Street Design In The UK Pilot Survey 2018 | Urban Design Group | PDF
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Update on Sutton’s 2015 Cycling Strategy Action Plan
Update on Cycling Strategy Action Plan | LB of Sutton | PDF document
Update on Sutton’s 2015 Sustainable Transport Strategy
Update on Sustainable Transport Strategy | LB of Sutton | PDF document
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.
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.
Sutton 2031: planning for our future
Sutton 2031: planning for our future | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 824 kB
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The Road User Hierarchy contained within Sutton Council’s Sustainable Transport Strategy
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.
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.
Transforming Fiveways Croydon consultation response
Transforming Fiveways Croydon consultation | Get Sutton Cycling | PDF document | 1.0 MB
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
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
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).
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
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.
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.
The Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London: an extract from the Foreword by the Mayor of London (March 2013)
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.