Issues that have been raised by the consultation on the LTN and proposals that have been made to address them.Continue reading “The case for/against the LTN”
Congestion = Pollution. Supporters & opponents of the LTN agree.Continue reading “Congestion in the Fresh Air Suburb”
Whatever might be in store for the LTN, one thing for sure is that the planters will become redundant. Here’s a proposal to make use of them that requires the least effort or transport costs. Some members of our community clearly like their planters, so this proposal offers continuity for them to care for and decorate ‘their’ planters.Continue reading “Planters into chicanes”
Some of our local representatives seem to have been caught up in the meme that the opponents of the LTN ‘won the vote’. If they had been paying attention, rather than getting caught up in OOR hysteria, they should have spotted that it was a consultation. So looking beyond the simplicity of the numbers let’s see what this consultation actually revealed.
The most striking feature was that 75% of residents were so unconcerned about the LTN that they did not think it was worth responding.Continue reading “It wasn’t a vote”
Supporters of the LTN broadly support the proposals in the officers’ report to the Traffic Management Advisory Committee, though some would prefer that the LTN was preserved in its current format with planters.
However, almost unanimously, we believe that permitting local residents to drive through the bus gate undermines some of the objectives of the LTN.Continue reading “Why restrictions need to be kept at the bus gate”
The Open Our Roads campaign can only support its ludicrous demands to open roads which are, in fact, already open, by resorting to claims for which they can produce no evidence. Here we take a look at a few of them.Continue reading “Claims made by the Open Our Roads campaign – Myth & Reality”
Traffic Management Advisory Committee 12 January 2021
Dear Committee Members
This email is on behalf of Shape Better Streets, a resident campaign for traffic reduction and active travel in the LTN area you will be discussing next week. We broadly support the proposals in the officer paper.Continue reading “Letter to TMAC councillors”
The phenomenon of evaporating traffic is so interesting that we devote a sub-section to it on our Resources page. Opponents of LTNs all over the world like to claim that restricting traffic in one area just displaces it to another. This may well happen over a short period, but quite quickly, enough people change their mode of travel so that overall traffic reduces and in some cases it even happens on the boundary roads.
But now for something completely different.
This post is going to look for a more mysterious form of disappearing traffic, as it has apparently occurred without intervention, nobody has spotted it nor divined where it might have gone.Continue reading “Evaporating traffic”
Evidence that the Streetspace programme is working is confirmed by today’s release of traffic data by TfL.Continue reading “New TfL data shows significant increase in walking and cycling since the pandemic started”
Shape Better Streets has delivered a 37 page submission to Croydon Council’s Consultation on the Crystal Palace and South Norwood Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme.Continue reading “LTN: proof it’s needed; proof it’s working”
We write on behalf of ‘Bromley Living Streets’ and ‘Bromley Cyclists’, which are respectively local groups of the national walking charity ‘Living Streets’ and the ‘London Cycling Campaign’.Continue reading “Active Travel Briefing for LB Bromley Council meeting, 7 December 2020”
Pupils from Cypress School recently took part in a survey on how they got to school. This took place after the Walk to Schools week and no doubt the safer streets within the LTN must have had an impact. An amazing 272 pupils took part; a large and significant survey.Continue reading “Cypress School Pupil Survey”
Just before Covid struck a group of local residents held a meeting to determine how to make Norwood’s streets safer, quieter and cleaner.Continue reading “Healthy Streets for All”
This brings together resident data about active travel at two locations in the LTN:
- on Sylvan Hill, where there is data for both July and November
- at the Sylvan Hill/Auckland Road crossroads, where there is data only for November.
To: Croydon Council’s Consultation on the Crystal Palace and South Norwood
Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme
When we learned of the furore over this scheme on the Croydon/Bromley border, we sought to get to the bottom of it. We talked to a range of players, opened a social media channel for discussion, studied the situation on the ground, and explored cycling links northward through Crystal Palace Park and southwards to Croydon.Continue reading “Submission by Bromley Cyclists (London Cycling Campaign)”
Rise in traffic in London and Croydon
It looks like a fairly modest increase in traffic over the last 27 years in London. Less than 1% per year. But still an additional 3.5 billion miles.Continue reading “How the traffic came and took over our neighbourhood”
It’s become quite fashionable to post images of congestion caused, not by too many cars, but by the LTN. This page will present date/time stamped photos of local streets at times when one might expect greatest congestion to occur: commuting, school runs, Saturday shopping. Now this isn’t to say that there is no congestion, just that it is nowhere near as bad as some suggest, AND hasn’t there always been jams around the triangle?
First of all, we must confess that it is not all good news. This next photo shows how the LTN has caused eeeeeeeeeeeenormous tail backs all the way to Cape Town:Continue reading “LTN causes traffic chaos”
We often hear this refrain from the ‘road lobby’ – people who think they are entitled to drive on all roads, come what may. So before considering what is behind this meme, let’s check its accuracy.Continue reading “Motorists pay for roads. Cyclists don’t.”
This is YOUR chance to share YOUR views on what should happen next.
By local residents who support a low-traffic scheme to benefit the local communityContinue reading “Shape Better Streets”
By Angus Hewlett
The removal of the scaffolding at the Church Road / Westow Street corner – and with it the long tailbacks on Church Road – contains within it both good and bad news for the future of active travel in and around the Crystal Palace area.
The good news is, of course, that the LTN interventions were not the primary driver of the long traffic delays that the area was experiencing. This further shows that additional LTN interventions are likely to be OK from a network-level perspective in those streets where people are calling for them.Continue reading “CP-LTN – Come On You Spurs!”
One of the concerns at the heart of the transition movement is climate destruction, so we should expect that our over dependency on fossil fuels to be a key subject for debate. There are many issues that need to be tackled on a global scale, such as flying or energy production. But since Transition is “a movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world” lets reimagine one major factor that can be tackled locally – car usage.
So how are we ‘transitioning’ in Crystal Palace?Continue reading “Transition to what?”
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.Continue reading “It’s 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?Continue reading “Satellite Navigation: benefit or bane?”
By our active travel correspondent Katie Crowe
As we enter Walk to School Week, and look ahead to Clean Air Day on Thursday 8th October, I thought it would be good to assess where we are now and what the next steps might be for our local area.
Following lockdown, it’s widely acknowledged that we, as a community, cannot allow life to return to how it was. We all got to experience cleaner air and a new way of moving around. Even pre-Covid we faced an environmental catastrophe, there were critical levels of localised pollution1, and we were already in a serious health crisis (obesity)2.Continue reading “Walk to School Week – a small step to a better life for all”
The Department for Transport has recently (27 July 2020) published a document that “sets out a vision for a travel revolution in England’s streets, towns and communities”. It is well worth reading in its entirety but for busy people, here’s a synopsis mainly using the graphics from the document.Continue reading “Gear Change: A bold vision for cycling and walking”
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 do – or don’t – see as many families making healthy travel choices as we would hope for.
Since then, I have founded the Croydon Living Streets Group and during last year’s Walk to School Week we worked with our neighbours at Love Lane Green in South Norwood to celebrate our pocket parks as green walking and cycling routes. This year’s Walk to School Week is coming up on October 5th and we will be celebrating how Croydon’s StreetSpace project is helping families make healthy travel choices. Please follow us on Twitter @CroydonLiving and join us in celebrating our new healthy streets.
Amy FosterContinue reading “Walk to school”
My name is Jolyon Roberts and along with my colleague, Lynne Sampson, I am one of the two Executive Headteachers of the Pegasus Academy Trust which runs six local schools, including Cypress Primary in Upper Norwood. I have been asked to contribute to this blog in order to describe both the benefits and the repercussions of recent traffic changes on our school, the families who attend and the staff that work there.
I have thought careful about what to write here, or indeed whether I should write anything at all, given that opinions are so sharply divided. However, as the scheme has now been in place for some weeks we can now see more clearly how it is working and I will concentrate on that rather than whether the scheme was right or wrong in the first place. There is still scope for change, which I understand is the purpose of this website and I would hope that many residents and people who work in the area would engage constructively in order to make this work well for all of us. As I see it the two main consequences of the measures taken so far are:Continue reading “View from Cypress School”
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 with Bromley Council, which runs along an ancient parish boundary (corresponding to no particular geographic features) between Church Road and the railway. This leaves a group of Bromley streets on the south west side of Anerley Hill affected, for better or worse, by the Croydon scheme, but not part of it.Continue reading “Impact of Crystal Palace LTN on adjacent streets in Bromley”