We hear this a lot about Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. So let’s examine this issue. Though most people in Croydon North didn’t vote for this government, we have to concede it won the election. So it must be quite hard to argue that one of the governments’ key projects it has delivered is not democratic.
Satellite navigation has been a major step forward not just for motorists, but mariners and walkers too. But are there downsides to this technology and what can we do about it?
The Department for Transport has recently published a document that “sets out a vision for a travel revolution in England’s streets, towns and communities”.
I wrote this article two years ago, but think it is really relevant today. I have spent the last five years promoting active travel (walking, cycling and scooting) to families in Southwark where I teach. I have learned a great deal in my role as a Healthy Schools Champion, not least about why we doContinue reading “Walk to school”
A contribution from Jolyon Roberts, Executive Head of Pegasus Academy Trust which runs Cypress Primary School.
Volunteer evidence-gathering In stages between May and August 2020, Croydon Council has implemented a Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) in parts of South Norwood and Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood wards. The boundaries of the LTN are: Church Road, South Norwood Hill, South Norwood High Street, the Crystal Palace-Norwood Junction railway line, and the boundary withContinue reading “Impact of Crystal Palace LTN on adjacent streets in Bromley”
Where philosophy meets cartography Musings by Robbie Griffiths The glorious thing about defending the concept of a Low Traffic Neighbourhood, is that it forces supporters to consider ever more aspects of human life in the city. So it was inevitable that philosophy should raise its head at some stage. So we have to thank HelenContinue reading “When are Main Roads, not Main Roads?”
By Angus Hewlett We’re publishing these key tests as discussions around an amended design to the Crystal Palace LTN begin to emerge. Other suggestions for key requirements are welcome – please leave them in the comments section below. Any scheme that can meet these tests while minimising disruption for residents and essential services is oneContinue reading “Tests for a successful Low Traffic Neighbourhood around Auckland, Hamlet and Lancaster Roads”
One measure of the effectiveness of traffic alterations relies on surveys of traffic, before and after the change. If one looks at the major study (S. Cairns, S. Atkins and P. Goodwin) into ‘traffic evaporation’, we find that traffic is analysed both on the road itself, but also the boundary roads where one might expectContinue reading “Traffic surveys”
Traditional thinking has tended to view the limitations on disabled people’s choices and life experiences purely as a consequence of the differences in their physical capabilities. The answer to those limitations would be to fix their physical limitations, which is, often, of course impossible, or to accept that they have to put up with more limitedContinue reading “Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: Disabling or enabling”
There are now over 2,100 signatures to the petition which, while being supportive of the LTN, calls for the bus gate to be opened for access to local residents only. Our proposal for a better way of controlling traffic within the LTN makes it clear that the bus gate is essential to defending a safeContinue reading “Bus gate: why not let local residents through?”
Life must be intolerable for some of the Bromley residents in ‘Auckland Island’ who are now experiencing high levels of traffic driving through their area. There are a number of factors at play: the constriction at the end of Church Road due to the collapsed building an increase in local residential traffic seeking a wayContinue reading “Bromley & Croydon residents: join together to help design a Low Traffic Neighbourhood that works for all of us”
Purpose In their Croydon’s Streetspace Improvements Programme (CSIP) Frequently Asked Questions, Croydon Council state: “The purpose of this initiative is two-fold: To allow residents safer access to their streets enabling safe socially distanced travel, exercise and other activities. To keep traffic on the classified road network and by doing so reduce the volume of trafficContinue reading “Crystal Palace Low Traffic Neighbourhood – theory & practice”
Here’s the view of local resident Martin Wheatley posted on Facebook There’s been a lot on here [Facebook ] recently about Croydon Council’s existing and planned changes to Auckland Road and nearby streets – of which I am a resident. With no disrespect to the views which have been expressed, and for the sake ofContinue reading “Local support for LTN”
Why not give it a go. The chances are you will get to your destination far faster than by car. Just don’t take the main roads – too much pollution for your lungs, less safe and often slower. Latest – A fifth of Brits say they’re considering cycling to work Benefits it makes you fitterContinue reading “Thought of commuting by cycle?”
Dear Croydon council I live near the Auckland Rd Cypress Hill junction. The road block was fantastic – we saw our non cyclist teenagers both cycling down the streets learning the dangers in a safe way and they now want to cycle to school or walk. The whole road was jogging, chatting in front gardens,Continue reading “Support for Croydon Council’s plan”
In May 2020, the Transport Minister, Grant Shapps, announced £250 million for an emergency active travel fund (the first stage of a £2 billion investment). Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements to allow social distancing, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors were promised across England.
This is what Croydon Council Highway Improvements Team say: Scheme background: The road closures and other measures across the borough have been installed at speed in response to covid-19 pandemic with the aim of reallocating road space to cyclists and pedestrians enabling safe, socially distanced active travel and form part of the Council’s Streetspace ImprovementContinue reading “What does Croydon Council say”