Southwark Cyclists

A local campaigning group of the London Cycling Campaign based in the London borough of Southwark.

This group is used to identify improvements that could make cycling more fun, attractive and safe in the borough.

  • Our Healthy Walworth

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Our Healthy WalworthLow Emission Neighbourhood

    How can we make the Walworth area healthier and more pleasant for local people?

    Less pollution, places you can enjoy, less through traffic, better bus journeys, safer walking and cycling, more attractive shopping and leisure: these could be some of the benefits of the Low Emission Neighbourhood.

    Phase 1: 7 October to 7 December 2019

    We’re asking you what the local issues are and what improvements you would like to see on your local streets. Click on the online map, answer a few short questions and tell us about traffic and other problems down your street.

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  • Southwark Over Station Development

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Overview

    We want to know your views on our design proposals for a landmark development at Southwark station.

    Background

    In June 2019 we asked for your thoughts on our vision for the area bounded by Blackfriars Road, The Cut, Hatfields and Isabella Street. Your feedback has been used to inform the proposed designs.  

    We are working with the London Borough of Southwark (LBS) and the Styles House Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) to progress designs for new council homes, offices, new public realm and shared space.  

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  • Denmark Hill Bus Lane Improvements

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Overview

    We would like your views and ideas on proposals to improve bus journey times along Denmark Hill.

    The bus lanes are on a hill in this section and it has been observed that cyclists can hold up buses, as the lane is currently too narrow for buses to safely overtake cyclists travelling up the hill.

    In order to improve this, we are proposing to widen some sections of the bus lane between Champion Hill and Sunray Avenue, with priority given to the uphill sections. These proposals should improve journey times for passengers using the 42, 68 and 468 bus routes. By making bus travel more reliable, this supports Transport for London's Healthy Streets indicator: 'People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport'.

    To widen the bus lane and still maintain the carriageway width for other vehicles, we plan to

    • remove the central reservation by Ruskin Park
    • remove the traffic island by Blanchedowne
    • remove the central hatching road markings

    To improve conditions for pedestrians, we plan to

    • Replace the staggered crossing by Champion Hill with a straight crossing on a raised table
    • Improve footway surface around new raised crossing by Champion Hill/ Ruskin Park
    • Provide drop kerb and tactile paving at the informal crossing by Deepdene Road

    We will also be extending the low level planting by Ruskin Park.

    Please see the plans of these proposals below.

    We would appreciate your views on these plans, and whether there are any issues that we should take note of.

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  • Borough Road

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Borough Road - Healthy Streets

    Closes 4 Nov 2019

    Opened 8 Oct 2019

    Contact

    Joanna Lesak

    (Project Manager)

    highways@southwark.gov.uk

    Overview

    We would like to know your views on proposals for Borough Road. We are proposing improvements to the environment to encourage cycling and walking in line with the Healthy Streets approach. Borough Road is part of London's wider strategic cycle network as well as the council's Southwark Spine route, and together with Harper Road links Cycleway 6 at St George's Circus to Cycleway 17 at Falmouth Road creating a strategic east-west route.

    The key measures proposed are

    • segregated cycle lanes along each side of the road,
    • early release for cyclists at the Southwark Bridge Road junction, and
    • separate cycle signal at the Harper Road junction.

    Please respond to the online questionnaire below by 4 November 2019.

    Background

    In 2014 over 1400 people in Southwark were consulted by the council on cycling, and the proposed Southwark Spine cycle route was a key feature of the proposals, linking the north and south of the borough. The 2015 cycle strategy subsequently identified the Southwark Spine as a key deliverable to offer a direct, safe, attractive, comfortable and easy cycle route, for all ages and abilities.

    Borough Road and Harper Road comprise the northern section of the Southwark Spine. Street improvements in Harper Road between the junction with Borough Road and Falmouth Road have been consulted on separately to link in with the proposed refurbishment of Dickens Square Park; a link to the informal consultation and updates on timescales of projects in the area are provided in www.southwark.gov.uk/harperroad

    Why We Are Consulting

    We have identified a number of issues with the current road layouts that make Borough Road and Harper Road feel unsafe and intimidating for vulnerable road users, particularly cyclists, and that affect bus journey times. 

    • Traffic volumes are very high in both Borough Road and Harper Road and average traffic speeds are high (at least 26 mph in Borough Road and 24 mph in Harper Road) creating an intimidating environment for people walking and cycling 
    • The existing route falls short of cycle route quality standards, with cycle lanes being unsegregated and stopping abruptly at bus stands, forcing cyclists to merge with intimidating traffic.
    • Bus journey times through Borough High Street and Newington Causeway are negatively impacted by the absence of a continuous bus lane through the Borough Road/Harper Road junction.

    Our proposals  

    We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to reduce these issues.  

    • Protected cycle lanes segregated from traffic on both sides of the road
    • Relocation of parking bays to the outside of cycle lanes to create a buffer from traffic and emissions, for people walking and cycling along the road.
    • Narrowing of carriageway to reduce traffic speeds
    • Early release traffic signal for cyclists at Southwark Bridge Road to ensure safety for cyclists
    • Segregated cycle lane and separate traffic light signal phase for cyclists in Borough Road and Harper Road to ensure safety for cyclists
    • Stones End Street to become one-way southbound and right turn only to prevent collisions with cyclists
    • Bypass cycle lane for left turn from Borough Road into Borough High Street to prevent left hook danger for cyclists (subject to further surveys)
    • A new southbound bus lane in Borough High Street operating 7am to 7pm
    • Banned left turn from Borough High Street into Harper Road (cycles excepted) to accommodate bus lane and improve bus journey times
    • Yellow box junction at junction of Borough High Street and Trinity Street to prevent queuing in junction.
    • Segregated cycle lane in Harper Road in north-west bound lane to avoid left hook danger for cyclists and a separate cycle signal
    • Widened footway at Harper Road entrance to slow down traffic.
    • A raised table at Harper Road to slow traffic.

    The proposals improve Healthy Street indicators including making it easier to cross the road, improving the environment for pedestrians from all walks of life, helping people feel relaxed and safe, and encouraging people to walk, cycle and use public transport. The results of the draft Healthy Streets check (subject to change) are shown in the spider graph below

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  • Croxted Road Bus Lane

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Overview

    Give us your views on proposals to introduce a new section of bus lane on Croxted Road.

    We want to improve bus journey times along Croxted Road, as it has been identified that buses experience delays along this section, in particular just south of the junction with the A205 South Circular Road - northbound buses are sometimes unable to access the bus stop due to a combination of queuing traffic and parked vehicles upstream of the bus.

    In order to support this, we are proposing to introduce a short length of northbound peak only bus lane installed between the junction of Ling’s Coppice and the bus stop south of the A205 South Circular Road (Stop WS). The bus lane will operate from 7am-7pm Monday to Saturday and would require introduction of new kerbside restrictions of no waiting and no loading to match the operational hours of the bus lane i.e 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday.  To support these changes on the western kerbline, it is also proposed to introduce no waiting/no loading restrictions on the eastern kerbline during bus lane hours.

    These proposals should improve journey times for passengers using the route 3, which is a high frequency service between Crystal Palace and Trafalgar Square. By making bus travel more reliable, this supports Transport for London's Healthy Streets indicator: 'People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport'.

    We would appreciate your views on these plans, and whether there are any issues that we should take note of.

    Why We Are Consulting

    We would be grateful if you could take the time to review the proposal attached below and let us know what you think using the online questionnaire.

    Your views are really important to help us make sure the final design meets the needs of the local community.

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  • Dog Kennel Hill Bus Lane Widening

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Dog Kennel Hill Bus Lane Widening

    Closes 29 Sep 2019

    Opened 23 Aug 2019

    Contact

    Lola Olanlokun

    (Project Manager)

    Highways

    highways@southwark.gov.uk

    Overview

    We want to improve bus journey times along Dog Kennel Hill, as it has been identified that the bus lane is on a steep hill in this section and cyclists can hold up buses significantly as the lane is currently too narrow for buses to safely overtake cyclists travelling up the hill.

    In order to support this, we are proposing to widen the northbound bus lane on Dog Kennel Hill, either side of the junction with Albrighton Road. We are also considering changing the bus lane hours of operation to 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This will reduce conflict with other vehicle types and help buses keep to timetable.

    These proposals should improve journey times for passengers using the 40, 176, 185 and 484 bus routes. By making bus travel more reliable, this supports Transport for London's Healthy Streets indicator: 'People choose to walk, cycle and use public transport'.

    To do this and maintain the carriageway width for other vehicles, we plan to reduce the width of the central reservation. This will involve the transplanting of one tree, but we plan to plant an additional new tree, so the net impact would be additional tree cover.

    Please see the plan for these works here:

    If the project goes ahead, works will be undertaken in early 2020. We would try to minimise any disruption, and no full road closure should be required.

    Why We Are Consulting

    As there may be some disruption for local residents during construction, we want to make sure you have the opportunity to review the proposals and let us know if you have any concerns.

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  • 'Southwark Spine' (North)

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Traffic order has been raised for the Southwark Spine North section we need to gather feedback for any objections and urgent suggestions. 

    Focus only on issues that are serious as its going to go in most as is.

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  • SE Bermondsey parking study

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    Overview

    We are conducting a parking study in the South East (SE) Bermondsey area, shown outlined in blue below, with a view to introducing a parking zone.

    We have received numerous requests from residents and businesses, including a petition, requesting parking controls from a number of streets within the area shown below.

    A parking study is an opportunity for the council to assess the parking issues in a certain area by asking the local residents and businesses how they view parking on their street and whether they would like a parking zone to be introduced.

    A parking zone is a network of streets covered by parking controls. Each street is marked out with either parking bays or double yellow lines.

    The council will analyse responses on a road by road basis and make recommendations to the decision maker on zone boundary and operation days and times based on the street by street analysis.

    Any parking controls that we introduce will take into account the results of the consultation as well as existing highway safety issues in the proposed zone, feedback from emergency services, and our wider transport policies reflecting our responsibilities to air quality and active travel.

    We would like to hear your views on the proposal.

    Please read the consultation booklet and consider the proposed layout design, both attached below, before completing the questionnaire online or by post via the freepost address, by Sunday 22 September 2019.

    For more general information about parking in Southwark visit www.southwark.gov.uk/parking

    Why We Are Consulting

    Since the neighbouring Thorburn Square parking zone was implemented in October 2018 (results of which are summarised here), we have received numerous requests from residents, including a petition, requesting parking controls to be extended into the area to the east of St James Road to address the issue of increased parking pressure.

    The study area includes a section of streets in the north of the study area surrounding the Blue where businesses have voiced concern about parking pressure from commuters.

    We have had discussions with residents, and met with businesses before launching this consultation to discuss parking issues so that our consulation and design best fits the needs of both residents and local businesses and which complements the Good Growth Fund project at The Blue, currently underway.

    Free parking for traders and customers is currently offered at the The Blue car park and improvements to these parking arrangements are being managed separately by the housing parking team alongside the Good Growth Fund project.

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  • Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy 2019-2041

    Created by Alex Jenkins // 2 threads

    The draft Tower Hamlets Transport Strategy aims to improve the way we move around our borough.

    Tower Hamlets is one of the country's fastest growing boroughs. Our roads are the busiest in the UK.

    77 per cent of our residents are exposed to unsafe pollution levels, children in the borough have on average up to ten per cent less lung capacity and 43 per cent of Year 6 school children are overweight or obese.

    According to Public Health England, pollution is linked to increasing rates of asthma, heart disease, dementia, lung cancer and low birth weight.

    The new strategy aims to address these concerns and look at what the council and residents can do to make travel cleaner, safer and accessible for everyone. 

    Promoting walking and cycling is at the heart of plans to help meet the Mayor of London’s target that 90 per cent of all trips in the borough should be made on foot, by cycle or by using public transport by 2041.

    Over the next two months, the council will be asking all those who live and work in the borough to get involved, share their ideas and help shape the future of travel in Tower Hamlets.

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  • CPZ 'G' Review (Bermondsey)

    Created by Sean Howes // 1 thread

    We would like your views on suggested changes to the controlled parking zone on your road

    In 2018 we asked you if would like us to make any changes to the Bermondsey CPZ 'G'

    As part of this survey we sent out a total of 9,517 surveys and received a 4% response rate. 65% of those who responded wanted the current parking restrictions to be amended with 61% stating that they struggle to park on a Saturday. We would now like to know in detail the changes that you would like us to make.

    We know, from the original survey and changes in the area such as residential developments and an increase in bars and restaurants, that parking stress has increased and we would like to know what changes you would make.  

    If we receive a majority in favour of amending the operating times and hours of Zone ‘G’ we will put forward a recommended amendment to the Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency to make a final decision.

    In addition to potential changes to the operating hours of the controlled parking zone we would also like to know if residents and businesses in the Shad Thames area would like their own separate zone. This would mean that permit holders in this area would have their own permits and would only be able to park in that area.

    This decision would then be subject to statutory consultation.

    What are the pros and cons of extending the operating hours of my parking zone?

    Pros

    • Parking on your street will be prioritised for residents, their visitors and businesses for longer and at the weekend;
    • The removal of parking in the evening and at the weekend would leave space available for street improvements such as places to rest and cycle parking.

    Cons

    • Increased operational hours would decrease the amount of time you can park without permits which may mean you would need to purchase more visitors’ permits.
    • There may be some parking displacement to nearby parking zones from those who would normally use Zone ‘G’ for evening and weekend parking.

    If we were able to reduce the amount of vehicles parked in the area, we could consider introducing a variety of street improvements as detailed below:

    • More and varied cycle parking
    • Places to rest (single chairs with arm rests) for the elderly, children and people with disabilities.
    • Planted screen (e.g. Ivy) to capture particulate matter pollution.
    • ‘Parklets’ – communal seating and planting in car parking spaces, provided on a trial basis. 

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