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130 groups unite in open letter supporting Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Now more than ever we need safe and spacious routes for walking and cycling to stop the air and noise pollution, and danger that traffic inflicts on our neighbourhoods. That’s why we welcome the leadership of councils who are working tirelessly to make sure changes to streetspace aren’t lost as life returns to normal.

Letter to Prime Minister: Simon MacMichael road.cc 3 September 2020

Road congestion levels in outer London higher than before lockdown

The most congested day so far was Monday 7 September, when congestion stood at 153% of 2019 levels.
Fiona Harvey Environment correspondent Guardian 15 Sep 2020

From garden streets to bike highways: four ideas for post-Covid cities – visualised

Four architecture firms share their visions of what cities should do, now, to better design everything from offices to streets to transport
Guardian 25 Sep 2020

Hackney Council to “completely transform” its energy, transport and public space to meet zero-carbon target

Main roads are for vehicles to pass through. And what has happened is we have created a road network that does not have sufficient capacity to accommodate all the cars on the network. What we have done over the decades is we have allowed our residential areas to become a kind of pressure release valve for the main roads.

The answer for that problem is not to open up residential streets and allow them to accommodate even more cars. The answer is to deliver holistic approaches to reduce the overall number of cars. That shouldn’t be a radical statement.

Jon Burke, Hackney councillor quoted by Marcus Fairs in dezeen 25 September 2020

Council to further expand scheme to boost walking and cycling

Data from TfL has found that more than half a million daily Croydon car journeys could be taken on foot or by bicycle, so unlocking this potential could have massive benefits for our residents’ health. During Covid-19, helping families stay fit and healthy is more important now than ever.

Councillor Muhammad Ali, Croydon Council’s deputy cabinet lead for transport and the environment Your Croydon 18 September 2020

The Growth of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

Living Streets Blog 17 August 2020

U.K.’s ‘Low Traffic Neighborhoods’ Nothing New: Ancient Romans Blocked City Roads To Carriages

Carlton Reid Forbes 26 August 2020

Why we need meaningful changes to the way we travel

Ashok Sinha, CEO of the London Cycling Campaign and Alan Clark, director of UK policy and government affairs at Lime
Air Quality News 22 July 2020

TfL estimates that without intervention, we will see a ‘car led recovery’ in cities like London with as much as a doubling of vehicles in Central London compared to pre-COVID levels.

That means double the congestion, air pollution and danger on our roads. Elsewhere in the UK, pollution levels are expected to soar and road deaths increase as cars crowd back on to roads.

We cannot let that happen.

Ashok Sinha

Fears unfounded over Crystal Palace’s Low Traffic network

JOE PAXTON reports from Upper Norwood after the first week of controversial road closures which, despite predictions of doom and gloom, have not caused Armageddon.
Inside Croydon, 8 August 2020

Why families are loving the new road closures in Crystal Palace

They are part of post-lockdown measures to encourage cycling and walking

ByTara O’Connor Local Democracy Reporter for MyLondon 6 August 2020

Road closures – an alternative view by Tom Chance

If we don’t want to just tolerate 64,000 excess deaths a year, and we don’t want to destabilise our climate, we have to reduce traffic. This is a proven way to do it, and I hope our councils go much further over the next year.

News from Crystal Palace 3 August 2020

Let’s give Crystal Palace’s streets a chance to breathe again

Let’s get one thing straight. The measures introduced in Upper Norwood on Monday are not road closures. The roads are open to residents and service providers. They are just “closed” to rat runners. Comments such as those made last week by councillor Pat Ryan go against his own council’s policies, and ignore the evidence available in his Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward.

Inside Croydon 5 August 2020

Islington LTN

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Hokman Wong (specialist brain injury solicitor at Islington firm Bolt Burdon Kemp) looks at road safety in Islington and making streets safer with Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

LONDON LIVING STREETS 4 August 2020

Network Rail and Cycling UK launch partnership as a fifth of Brits say they’re considering cycling for their journey to work

  • A fifth (20 per cent) of Brits say they’re considering cycling to work, but are put off by busy roads and worries over their bike getting stolen
  • Network Rail and Cycling UK partner to address these concerns with tips on safer cycle routes and storing bikes securely
  • 5,000 secure bike storage spaces available at Network Rail’s 20 managed stations

Network Rail 3 August 2020

Council expands scheme to boost walking and cycling

More temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling on Croydon residential streets and improve the local environment are due to come into force next week.

“In lockdown we saw a dramatic drop in traffic and pollution levels across Croydon, and these low-traffic schemes are about seizing the initiative to make our residential streets safer and more attractive to walkers, cyclists and residents alike.

“We have come up with these temporary measures because they make more of our roads attractive spaces for people to walk and cycle in, give everyone a safer and healthier local environment and they continue to allow traffic to get from A to B. If these latest schemes prove successful, we will consult the public to ask if they should become permanent.”

Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for transport and the environment
Your Croydon 30 July 2020 > see the full Press release

Statement on people-friendly streets

Just in case you think it is only happening in Crystal Palace, here is a statement from Cllr Rowena Champion, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport

“Islington’s people-friendly streets will help make it easier to walk, cycle, scoot and use buggies and wheelchairs, whilst making streets safer, more pleasant and better-suited for social distancing.”

Islington Council 30 July 2020

Cycling… connects us through physical effort to the operation of our soul

  • 1.3 million bikes have been sold since the crisis commenced
  • 30% of poorer people want to start cycling
  • Cycling or walking … connects us through physical effort to the operation of our soul
  • Getting back on our bicycles is a sign of the resilient hope that human beings are capable of. As a society, we must make sure that the well being that cycling can bring should be available to all.

Rev Lucy Winkett, Thought for the Day BBC Radio 4, 30 July 2020

In Covid-19 Recovery, London Bets Big on Low Traffic

To curb cars and boost biking and walking, the city is rolling out low-traffic neighborhoods, with streets closed to non-local drivers. Not everyone is a fan.
By John Surico, Bloomberg CityLab, 28 July 2020

 “We now have a unique opportunity to secure those benefits for future generations and we are committed to doing everything we can to reclaim our neighbourhoods for people, not cars,” Councillor Jon Burke, Hackney

Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling ‘revolution’

Measures include watchdog to ensure quality and safety of walking and cycling routes
Guardian, 27 July 2020

Post-Covid rules let families trapped in rat runs reclaim their streets

Sunday Times, 26 July 2020

Active travel: Trends, policy and funding

Active travel means making journeys by physically active means, like walking or cycling.

Investing in active travel can bring environmental, health and economic benefits:

  • Promoting active travel can result in reduced emissions of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Particulate matter (PM) and CO2 helping to tackle climate change and improve air quality.
  • Active travel can contribute towards the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity for adults each week, which are hugely important for maintaining health.
  • Walking and cycling can contribute towards economic performance by reducing congestion, supporting local businesses and more. The benefit to cost ratio of investments in walking and cycling are estimated at 5.62:1 (or ‘very high’ value for money).

Commons Research Briefing, 7 July 2020

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