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We are the local group in the Borough of Wandsworth of the national charity, Living Streets, which campaigns to create better streets and public spaces for people on foot. We aim to achieve safe, attractive and enjoyable streets across our borough.
Wandsworth Living Streets Meeting
Wednesday 16 April 2014, 7.30pm
BREATHING STREETLIFE INTO LONDON
Practical ways to transform our local streetscapes
Director, Urban Movement
The Alma Pub – Upstairs function room
Address: 499 Old York Road, SW18 1TF
How to get there: Opposite Wandsworth Town Station; and on Nos. 28 and 44 bus routes; and nearest Barclays Cycle Hire docking station is Podmore Road (right by the Alma Pub)
Streetmap at: http://tinyurl.com/ygwtk4z
John Dales is the founder and director of Urban Movement. A traffic engineer, transport planner and urban designer, John is well known as a champion of better urban streets. He has been an urban realm design advisor to several local authorities, including the City of Edinburgh and Ealing Borough in London. He’s also a trustee of Living Streets. You can find out lots more about John at http://www.urbanmovement.co.uk/john-dales.html
John will talk about:
- Can London’s streets be made more people-friendly? Even as the number of people living and working in our city continues to rise.
- Examples of practical, affordable things London boroughs have done to improve the safety of vulnerable road users – pedestrians and cyclists
- TfL’s changing response to pedestrians and their needs
- How to make local shopping streets and town centres more attractive
Do come and put your questions and make suggestions.
Please bring a friend or neighbour.
What kind of streets are we talking about?
There are five Town Centres in the Borough – Balham, Tooting, Wandsworth , Putney and Clapham Junction. There are also various other streets which are not primarily residential, nor mainly through routes (for example, the northern half of Trinity Road or the A3). These are often streets where people in the borough shop, meet up in cafes, pubs and restaurants, or work. They are the living commercial heart of Wandsworth Borough. They are where so much community and social life takes place. Read more…
Transport for London’s attempt to abolish some signal-controlled Pedestrian Crossings in Wandsworth – how Wandsworth Living Streets started back in 2010
Three years ago. Autumn 2010. Boris, the Mayor of London, wanted to ‘smooth’ traffic flow. TfL Officers rushed out a list of 145 crossings all over London which they proposed to abolish outright. Eight of them were in Wandsworth.
Boris’s ‘smoothing’ the flow of motor traffic meant he regarded our public streets as primarily a facility for drivers, not for people. It also meant, though he did not say this, that London’s pedestrians should pay the price. We pedestrians would have to wait longer to cross the road. And we pedestrians would have to try and cross roads where crossings had been abolished. Read more…
Reducing the default speed limit on local roads where people live, shop and work from 30mph to 20mph has been an issue many local people in Wandsworth feel very strongly. It is the original thing that got Wandsworth Living Streets going as a local residents’ campaigning group. We all still feel strongly about it today. This note is to give you a bird’s eye view of where we are.  Read more…
Wandsworth Living Streets Meeting
Monday 10 February 2014, 7.00pm
PROSPECTS FOR TRANSPORT IN LONDON
Director of Planning for TfL & Director of Future of London
The Brewer’s Inn
(The Moroccan Room)
(Note change of venue for this meeting)
Address: 147 East Hill, Wandsworth, London SW18 2QB
Diagonally opposite Wandsworth Borough Council offices, & on Bus Routes 37, 337, 39, 87, 170 etc
Streetmap at http://www.brewersinn.co.uk/contact.php
Michelle Dix is one of Transport for London’s most senior officers. We are privileged to have her speak to a joint meeting of Wandsworth Living Streets and the Putney Society. She will talk about the:
- Long-term prospects for transport in London as the number of people living and working in our city continues to rise.
- TfL’s plans to improve the safety of vulnerable road users – pedestrians and cyclists
- TfL’s response to the Mayor’s Roads Task Force which reported last year.
- Improving our local High Street environments.– recent advice by government and other bodies.
Come along with questions you would like answers to.
Please bring a friend or neighbor.
Given that the entire road surface of Putney Bridge has to be replaced, there is an opportunity to improve the operation of the bridge as part of the reinstatement.
We put forward three possibilities for the council’s consideration. These suggestions are complementary. We believe that, in combination, their implementation would significantly enhance opportunities for ‘active travel’ in and through Putney, in line with Wandsworth Council policy and also in support of the council’s recently acquired public health responsibilities for the borough. Read more…
1. We ask the London Assembly to remind the TfL Better Junctions Review to continue and intensify building into their proposals, elements that protect and facilitate pedestrians (and not just cyclists and drivers). The Better Junctions Review arose because of a recognition that junctions are especially dangerous locations, as measured by KSIs, and so need very special attention from TfL which should include a holistic, all-user, approach.
2. We recognise that there are many places in London which have benefitted from measures to improve walkability and the public realm more generally. Such examples will, we hope, encourage TfL officers and London Assembly members to bear in mind that there is good practice around, and that they in London have instituted many examples of good practice. What is needed is a much wider roll-out in all future changes to roads that TfL is responsible for of such pedestrian-inclusive thinking, building on precedents TfL has already often put in place in particular locations.
3. There is a pressing need to roll out 20mph speed limits on all TfL routes along High Streets – both as a road safety measure for pedestrians and cyclists; but also as a means to enhance high streets so that pedestrians feel safer there and find them more inviting. In its thinking about TLRN on high streets, TfL needs to recognise that it has a powerful role to play in contributing to economic regeneration. This can encompass measures including simple, low-cost changes which improve pedestrian amenity and strengthen the ‘place’ function of high streets and town centres, such as putting in seating to encourage people to linger. Read more…