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Council launches partnership with cycle group

Published Thursday, 08 March 2012

People cycling in London

Cyclists joined with Councillors and transport planners last week in the first collaborative meeting to make the borough safer.

The group intends to do this by identifying and creating bike routes throughout the borough, linking neighbourhoods, parks, schools and town centres.

Topping the agenda were some fast ways to make the borough more accessible for cyclists and the group identified forty 'quick wins', including contraflow cycle lanes, safer junctions using a mix of road markings and barriers as well as simple measures like replacing high curbs with sloping ones.

The council plans to introduce these first measures in the next twelve months, with work now planned to start following the Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

Also discussed was cyclist safety and the next meeting, planned for early April, will focus on what Southwark Cyclists and the Council can do to improve the most dangerous roads by jointly lobbying TfL for improvements as well as looking to make the main roads it controls far safer.

Another issue the group discussed was long term planning and integration of cycling into regeneration plans within the borough, with an initial focus Peckham and Nunhead area action plan which is now being consulted on until late April.

The group also looked at improvements in Camberwell that will help improve connections to important local destinations like Burgess Park.

The meeting comes just days after Southwark completed the cycle track along Southwark Park Road, where trees have been planted to shade the new route which is free from intimidatory traffic.

The route connects the junction of Dunton Road to the entrance of the Harris Academy and cost over £300,000.

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling said: "As first meetings go, this was great. We knuckled down and came up with, what I believe to be, some really practical solutions to problems faced by cyclists in our borough everyday.

"I really look forward to working with the team to make Southwark one of safest for cyclists in the next three years."

Alex Crawford, Coordinator of Southwark Cyclists said: "Thursday night, was a very positive and pro-active meeting in which we covered a lot of ground, addressed a lot of ideas, aspirations, issues, challenges etc. and were able to agree on a short term program of schemes across the borough for delivery between now and 2013.

"At the next meeting, in a month, we look forward to focussing on safety and some medium term goals, tackling the reasons people are currently too scared to cycle; planning a network of 'green links' and start to work out how to tie-in cycling infrastructure with planned regeneration projects. We will also start to consider our longer term aspirations specifically for main roads."

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