1. February Meeting. Please find the notes of our February meeting in this file SLS-MeetingMinutes-20Feb14
2. Other Matters.
i) TfL Report on health and travel. An important new report from Transport for London which begins to flesh out the role of transport in improving public health by encouraging active travel.
ii) Road capacity reduction. Easy to use guide for reducing road capacity without affecting motor vehicles (as long as the weather is right!)
iii). If you have time and live/are interested in the Walworth/E&C area there is a walkabout to look at the northern end of the Walworth Rd in conjunction with Lend Lease at 2.30pm Weds 5th March – meet at The Hub 182-184 Walworth Rd SE17. 1 hour max.
iv). It is the Living Streets Annual Supporters Conference on Saturday, 21 June at NCVO, King’s Cross, London (Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL). See more at
v). Open Streets – Saturday 14th June 11am to 4pm. Blackfriars Rd and Southwark St closed to traffic for an Open Streets event. Details at http://www.openstreets.org.uk/
vi). Air Pollution Research. The Guys and Kings Research Team – have a new research page that tells about their Research Roadshows at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Research-Roadshow/531420743642740
Three community groups, Southwark Living Streets, Borough Babies and SE1 Safe Roads, have come together ahead of this May’s local elections to encourage Southwark’s local political parties to develop policies that enable Southwark’s children to be more active and which can start to address our high levels of childhood obesity. We need a long-term project to increase children’s activity levels and for childhood in Southwark to become a far more “outdoors” rather than “indoors” experience.
At its core are two elements:
While this is will be a long-term project for any party, we are suggesting five initial policies that Southwark’s parties might adopt:
For full details please download our document
1. January Meeting. Please find the meeting notes below
2. Bits & Pieces. Hope these are of interest.
a. Short film (5 minutes) on the changes to streets in New York over the past 5 years from Streetfilms.
b. Film (10 mins) on the history of Open Streets across the world
c. TED talk on Walkability – fabulous talk by Jeff Speck on Walkability in the US
d. Consultation event – High Streets in Southwark. The planning policy team are holding an event on Saturday 18th Jan at the ASDA on the Old Kent Road. This is how they are billing it:
On Saturday 18 January we are holding a community conversation about local high streets. High streets and town centres will be a specific focus of the New Southwark Plan, and we’d really like to hear you views on what’s great, and not so great, about our high streets. The event will be held in Asda on the Old Kent Road on Saturday 18 January. Please come along at any time between 10am and 3pm. Officers will be on hand to discuss issues around Old Kent Road (or other high streets) and there is a short survey.
Thanks to everyone who came along on Friday 6th December and took part in the day of action to help get signatures for our campaign for safe pedestrian crossings on Borough High Street (900 signatures in one day!). The day culminated with many local children gathering after school on the steps on St George the Martyr Church. We now have more than 1,150 signatures (online and on paper) The campaign has been run jointly by SE1 Safe Roads, Boroughbabies and Southwark Living Streets is calling on call on Transport for London and Southwark Council to review crossing safety on Borough High Street and to create Green Man Pedestrian crossings:
1) on all arms of the junction with Great Dover St and Marshalsea Rd.
2) at the junction with Trinity St and Great Suffolk St.
These are needed because the thousands of people who live and work in the area cross Borough High Street every day at its junctions a) with Great Dover St and Marshalsea Rd and b) with Trinity St and Great Suffolk St.
At the junction with Great Dover St and Marshalsea Rd there is no green man pedestrian crossing on the eastern arm between St George The Martyr Church and Brandon House.
There is no green man pedestrian crossing at all at the junction with Trinity St and Great Suffolk St. Safe crossings are especially important in this area owing to the hundreds of families who live to the east of BHS whose children go to the many schools on the west side including Charles Dickens Primary School, the Cathedral School and St Joseph’s Primary School, Friars Primary School, the London Christian School, St Saviour’s and St Olave’s school, the Bright Horizons Nursery and The Arc Nursey. Many also wish to visit the parks close by such as Mint Street Park, Little Dorrit Park and Red Cross Garden.
There is an online peititon which can be signed at:
There has been lots of interest in the campaign on Twitter and local press coverage from Southwark News, South London Press and the London SE1 website
For more coverage see the SE1 Safe Roads Facebook page at
Thanks for everyone’s help and more updates as things progress.
Four things – 1. November Meeting, 2. Living Streets Time To Cross Campaign Launch, 3. New campaign for safe crossings on Borough High St and 4. TfL consultation on the Garden Bridge.
1. November Meeting. The notes of our meeting appear below.
2. Living Streets Time To Cross Campaign Launch. Parliament Square, Wednesday November 20th. Starts at 12.45 – over by 2pm. Please do come along if you can – for full details see:
3. Safe Crossings on Borough High St. The SE1 Safe Roads group (part of Borough Babies) is developing a plan for a campaign for safe crossings on BHS at its junction a) with Great Dover St and Marshalsea St and b) with Trinity St and Great Suffolk St. They are planning a day of action collecting petition signatures on Friday 6th December.
4. Garden Bridge Consultation. Have your say about the proposed tree-lined pedestrian footbridge across the Thames from the Southbank to the Victoria Embankment at:
Please find below a link to a TED Talk by Janette Sadik-Khan, transportation commissioner of New York City, about the changes that have allowed rapid change to the design of and role of streets in New York.