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