AGM/March Meeting and Other Info

1. March Meeting/AGM. Please find the notes of our March 20th meeting (and AGM) in the file below along with the Chair’s annual report and the Treasurer’s report.
 
2. Other Matters. Hope these are of interest.
i) TfL Air Quality Survey. The link to this survey (closes 13th April) is:
ii) Elephant & Castle consultation. The link to the consultation (open until 30th April) and online survey is:
The Save Our Subways group have an alternative view of how the roundabout should evolve. This can be seen at:
There are 2 TfL-led consultation events at the Typo Cafe, London College of Communication, Elephant & Castle, London SE1 6SB on Tuesday 25 March 16:00 – 20:00 and Saturday 29 March 11:30 – 15:30.
iii) Thames Garden Bridge – New website (with glitzy video!) at

Latest News – February 2014

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.

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/businessandpartners/improving-the-health-of-londoners-transport-action-plan.pdf

ii) Road capacity reduction. Easy to use guide for reducing road capacity without affecting motor vehicles (as long as the weather is right!)

http://thisoldcity.com/advocacy/photos-what-snow-tells-us-about-creating-better-public-spaces-e-passyunk-avenue#.UvusK7SzP1v

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

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/make-a-change/annual-supporters-conference-2014

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

Policies for a Child & People Friendly Southwark

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:

  • How vital outdoor physical activity is for children and how they need to be out and about far more than they are at present.
  • The need for children to be able to walk and cycle far more than they can currently.

While this is will be a long-term project for any party, we are suggesting five initial policies that Southwark’s parties might adopt:

  • Playing in the street. Embracing and embedding the policies of Playing Out (http://playingout.net) into Southwark’s residential streets with temporary street closures to allow children to play after school.
  • Connecting children better with nature. Creating “play wildernesses” on estates where children can run around freely and engage in climbing and playing.
  • New Streets – HomeZones. To design all new residential streets along the principles of “HomeZones” which have a maximum speed of 10mph and have trees and greenery embedded in their design.
  • Cycling to Nursery/School. To identify the schools (or groups of schools) which would best fit an initial “cycle to school” project. Set new and ambitious targets for cycling to school.
  • Information. Providing one-stop-shop information for activities for children and families about what’s on and where.

For full details please download our document

ChildFriendlySouthwark-14Feb14

January 2014

1. January Meeting. Please find the meeting notes below

SLS-MeetingMinutes-16Jan14

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.

 

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3024382/a-video-history-of-new-york-citys-bike-lanes-from-deadly-days-to-today

b. Film (10 mins) on the history of Open Streets across the world

http://vimeo.com/78886448

c. TED talk on Walkability – fabulous talk by Jeff Speck on Walkability in the US

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_the_walkable_city.html

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.

Borough High Street – Safe Crossings Campaign

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:

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/safe-crossings-on-borough-high-st-campaign/signatures.html

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

http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/7256

For more coverage see the SE1 Safe Roads Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/SE1SafeRoads

Thanks for everyone’s help and more updates as things progress.

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Southwark Living Streets – November News

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.

SLS-MeetingMinutes-21Nov13

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:

http://www.livingstreets.org.uk/walk-with-us/events/calendar/give-us-time-to-cross-campaign-launch

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:

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/rivercrossings/garden-bridge

TED Talk – Changing Streets in New York

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.

http://www.ted.com/talks/janette_sadik_khan_new_york_s_streets_not_so_mean_any_more.html

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