Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood - your first chance to have your say

Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood could be amazing for walking and cycling in Brixton and create safe, pleasant, links to Clapham, Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction. You can tell Lambeth where the current issues are and how to make it better.
https://brixtonlnmap.commonplace.is/

What they say:
Lambeth Council need your help to make the Brixton area a healthier place, with a thriving town centre, less traffic, cleaner air, more space for people and great for walking and cycling. We want to involve the whole community and work together with you to achieve this.
Find out more and add your comments about what works and what could be improved on their map, also add your vote to comments you support.

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Road works and liveable Brixton at our meeting on Thursday

We've an action packed meeting this Thursday.

This month's special guest speaker is Michael Barratt who leads TfL's team tackling the barriers to walking and cycling caused by big building works and road works. If you've cycled on a nice little coned route through some works, for example at Vauxhall, that was Michael's team.

Also, Lambeth council has just launched its engagement on the Brixton Liveable Neighbourhood proposals. Find out more at our meeting at 7.30pm Thursday evening.

We meet at Morley College Stockwell Centre, 1 Studley Road, Stockwell SW4 6RA. This is just behind Stockwell tube station and there is plenty of cycle parking in the Centre's forecourt.
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Draft Waterloo and South Bank Public Realm Framework

Waterloo and South Bank is experiencing significant development and economic growth. This brings both benefits and challenges, including increased pressure on infrastructure and public spaces or the 'public realm'.

Lambeth Council and its consultants have been running local events on what improvements might look like and have now published a draft framework and a survey. This new framework features six guiding principles for improvements across 18 spaces or locations.

The guiding principles are:
  1. Encourage the provision of civic amenity and green infrastructure, supporting accessibility, health and wellbeing for all
  2. Celebrate and protect culture, heritage, and design excellence 
  3. Address the real and perceived barriers to movement, accessibility and legibility across the area
  4. Integrate security features early in the design process to create coherent, safe streets and spaces
  5. Maximise the positive impacts of development and minimise disruption 
  6. Design and plan for an environment with the capacity to support future growth.

It also identifies five ‘priority’ projects - those in greatest need of improvement - have emerged from the study. This includes, Victory Arch Square (outside Waterloo Station) and Emma Cons Gardens on The Cut.
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Brixton gets cash for walking and cycling infrastructure

We have great news this morning that Lambeth council will get cash to make walking, cycling and living in Brixton better.

This should be a big step forward and we look forward to working with the council to help deliver on its successful bid. The Liveable Neighbourhoods money from TfL should mean big improvements to safety for people walking and cycling and for people travelling on buses in and around Brixton.
Lambeth and TfL's vision for Atlantic Road

Lambeth's plan is focussed around Atlantic Road, which will transformed for people walking, cycling and using the bus. The TFL money will overhaul public spaces, widen pavements and add pedestrian crossings, creating a much more welcoming environment for the area’s visitors, residents and businesses.

Lambeth Cyclists say "Lambeth has long claimed to want to be the most cycle friendly borough - the liveable neighbourhood will be a big step towards making that a reality. More importantly, this isn’t just for people on bikes - low traffic neighbourhoods mean cleaner air and better conditions for walking too.

A higher quality environment in central Brixton is great news for our independent traders, with better walking and cycling links to other centres bringing in more customers."

The project will build high-quality infrastructure on three key strategic cycle routes: Brixton to Clapham Common, Brixton to Camberwell and Brixton to Herne Hill. Low traffic neighbourhoods will be created in the Ferndale Road and Railton Road areas and a new, fully segregated cycle route linking to the Loughborough neighbourhood.

What is the Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme?
The Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme provides funding specifically for area-based walking and cycling projects. These are the successors to the “mini-Holland” schemes in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest that London Cycling Campaign won from previous mayor Boris Johnson. In the run-up to Sadiq Khan’s election as Mayor, the London Cycling Campaign got him to “Sign for Cycling” and pledge to make available funding for all London boroughs for such programmes – so these Liveable Neighbourhoods are also down to LCC campaigning!
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Could we get safer, cleaner school streets?

Lambeth Council has started a consultation on the first School Street in the borough.

School Streets aim to create safer streets and less polluted air by closing the roads around a school to motor vehicles during drop-off and pick-up times.

This first in Lambeth is proposed for Immanuel and St Andrew CE Primary School in Streatham.

Lambeth Cyclists supports School Streets to make getting to school safer and to tackle the poor area around many of our local schools. As Lambeth Council says, even in a borough with low car ownership such as Lambeth, roads around schools are often clogged with traffic at the beginning and end of the school day.

We think the proposal could be more ambitious but hope you will support it.

Find out more and respond to the consultation by 11pm on Monday 4 March.
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Lambeth's Transport Strategy Consultation - Respond by Monday 17th Dec!

Lambeth Council is consulting on its draft Transport Strategy and LIP, the implementation plan (LCC guidance). This doesn’t just set out the borough’s spending plans on transport for the next three years but also their approach for the next 20 years. So we really need as many people as possible to use this moment to tell the council we want more and better walking and cycling. And no more ratruns, no more polluted main roads.

Please complete the survey today (or email transportstrategy@lambeth.gov.uk)

Follow the cycle route sign but the sign also says oncoming vehicles in your path.

What to say?

The strategy’s “Guiding Principles”, “Strategic Outcomes” and “Healthy Routes” approach (protected space for cycling on main roads and filtering out rat running traffic in areas away from main roads) are all good. But they’re not reflected in any short term actions and targets.

It’s all fine words, but no action. Little surprising then that in the last five years, TfL data says walking and cycling have flatlined in Lambeth.

We want:
  • The Healthy Routes “flagship” plan to get much more than a paltry 7% of the plan budget. We think this should be at least 25% (the amount currently proposed for soft ‘training and encouraging’ measures) but to be really effective even higher. 
  • A cull on traffic calming schemes that have been failing to deliver. Some roads the borough is proposing to revisit a second or even third time and they’re still seeing far too high speeds, whereas cheap “low traffic neighbourhoods” would remove ratruns and reduce speed more effectively. 
  • Real political leadership on these issues - better cycling and walking, reducing motor traffic dominance are a “matter of social justice” says Jeremy Corbyn. Pollution, inactivity, climate change affect the poorest in our borough most. And these are crises tearing apart our NHS, killing Londoners and threatening our planet. We want hard, bold targets and action from Lambeth, not more words. 
This is what Labour Cllr Clyde Loakes in Waltham Forest said this year about their class-leading mini-Holland:

“I have been a councillor for a long time. I spent years talking about encouraging a shift to bikes and walking without actually doing the things that make a difference. If I am honest I was tinkering with parking schemes and pandering to car owners. I was not delivering for our community. Then I got a chance to do something extraordinary. We won our Waltham Forest mini-Holland bid with low traffic neighbourhoods and protected bike lanes. We had signed up to deliver a huge public health implementation at pace.

Every Labour councillor that had backed the scheme showed a significant increase in votes. The impact of what we have done is enormous and its impacted public health measurably. DfT data shows that not only did the borough have the largest increase in walking last year, the increase is so large that life expectancy has been extended for residents”

Let’s make Lambeth better together. Send in a response (in your own words) today, the consultation closes on Monday 17 December.
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