June Meeting

Please find the action points from our June meeting in the attached file. The July SLS meeting (Thursday 17th) will consist of a walkabout of some new street interventions in Lambeth with Haibat Abro who showed us around Van Gogh Walk last year. We plan to visit Bonnington Square, Claylands Rd, Dorset Rd and Albert Square. We will meet at 6pm at Oval Tube Station (on the Northern Line). We will undertake the walkabout and then head off to a local pub for a pre-summer break drink and chat. We will be joined by Anna Collins from Living Streets Head Office who tell us about the activities currently being undertaken by Living Streets at a London and national level. Any problems on the day, Jeremy’s number is 07415-243015.

SLS-MeetingNotes-19Jun14

SLS – May Meeting

Please find the notes of our May meeting below.

SLS-MeetingNotes-15May14

Our June meeting meeting starts with a walkabout around Shad Thames – Meet 6pm Thursday 19th June outside Vault Bar, Horace Jones Vault, Tower Bridge, SE1 2JG and then on to Royal Oak PH, 44 Tabard St London SE1 4JU for the meeting to start around 7.30pm.

Traffic Volumes – Southwark

The spreadsheet below summarises parts of the DfT annual monitoring of vehicle flows in Southwark on the borough’s A roads. Volumes have been measured on A roads by Local Authority from 2000 to 2012 and the data is held at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/traffic-counts/

with the London boroughs at:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/traffic-counts/area.php?region=London

The data is based on “Annual Average Daily Flows” (AADF) of different types of vehicles along routes (eg the A3). The spreadsheet with all of the Southwark data is below (with a few extra columns added over and above the raw data from the DfT). This is summarised in the worksheet Output but if you would like to analyse the info, that can be done in the worksheet Analysis and the raw data appears in the worksheet Data. The main thing to say is that the routes are made up of a number of sections (eg A215 comprises the Walworth Rd, Camberwell Rd, Denmark Hill and Herne Hill) and in the raw data each of the component links can be looked at separately. The main thing to arise from the data is the sharp declines in average volumes of almost a third across all main roads in Southwark over this 12 year period.

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April 2014

Please find our meeting notes from 18th April below

SLS-MeetingNotes-17Apr14

 

TfL Future Streets Incubator Fund.

 

TfL is launching this new scheme entitled the Future Streets Incubator Fund which seeks to “transform roads, streets and underused public spaces across the Capital with funding from this £1.8m Fund.”

They go on to say “We are looking for small-scale pilot scheme submissions from local boroughs, Business Improvement Districts and community groups to award funding to over the next three years.

From ideas such as temporary public plazas to new street layouts, technology and infrastructure, the fund will be a great way to try out innovative low-cost measures.

This will help to deliver recommendations made by the Mayor’s Roads Task Force, which aims to radically improve London’s roads, streets and public spaces

If you would like to share your idea with us informally, you can submit a brief expression of interest form detailing your proposed trial.

Email your expression of interest to incubator@tfl.gov.uk by 1 June 2014.”

 

If you would like more details they can be found at:

 

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/future-streets-incubator-fund

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

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