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Healthy Streets News, January 2024

In this issue (scroll down for full details)

  • Hot off the press: London Cycling Campaign’s new report What Stops Women Cycling in London? Plus Women’s Freedom Ride 3 March; and lots of campaigning resources from LCC. And, new from Sustrans: how can we can effectively engage teenagers in cycling initiatives?
  • Is your bus stuck in traffic? Join the Free the Bus campaign!
  • New 20mph across South London Red Routes in bid to make roads safer.
  • Read Transport for All’s new report highlighting Disabled People’s Voices on transport. Plus the new Disabled Cycling Photobank – explore and use Wheels for Wellbeing’s new free-to-use photobank.
  • Parking policy is the most important tool councils have to reduce car trips – are they using it?! Check out the Parking Action Tool.
  • Check out the new briefing paper for local clean air advocates – from the Institute for Public Policy Research: ‘Unlocking local action on clean air’.
  • Streetparks – CPRE London is calling for 1000 new ‘streetparks’ for London in areas which don’t have enough parks and green spac

Also:

What Stops Women Cycling in London?

The London Cycling Campaign’s (LCC) Women’s Network has just launched a new report, ‘What Stops Women Cycling in London?’ that reveals shocking levels of abuse faced by women cycling in the capital.
Read the report here.

Women’s Freedom Ride

To tackle these issues, join hundreds of women and allies for the LCC Women’s Freedom ride on Sunday 3 March. This will be a fun protest ride around iconic locations in Central London. Register here. When you do, you’ll also get information on led rides to the start of the protest from boroughs across London.

Pathway Approach

LCC has also recently developed The Pathway Approach, a framework for getting your borough to be more ambitious on active travel. It lays out the most effective campaigning actions you can take based on what ‘stage’ your borough is currently on. This is part of LCC’s Campaigning Resources, a repository full of advice and best practice to bring your campaigning to the next level. Free registration is required to view resources.

New 20mph limits across the Red Route roads in South London

London Living Streets has welcomed the new 20mph limits on all roads (borough and TfL managed) in Lambeth and Southwark. There has been good work done by TfL to emphasise the speed limit changes and new 20mph limits on Red Route roads across South London including A2, A202, A205, A20, A3, A201 with signs, roundels on the carriageway and banners. These limits all went live on 18th December.

Disabled people do not have equal access to transport

New report highlighting Disabled People’s Voices on transport

Transport for All’s report ‘Are We There Yet?‘, is a detailed look at the barriers disabled people face and a bold manifesto for change.

Findings include 56% of disabled people are either unhappy or extremely unhappy making journeys, and 62% plan most or all of their journeys in order to navigate access barriers.

Transport for All tweet thread

Disabled Cycling Photobank

Wheels for Wellbeing have launched their Disabled Cylcing Photobank to help correct the historic imbalance in cycling imagery. The Wheels for Wellbeing photobank of Disabled cyclists is full of high-quality images you can download for free.

Parking Action Tool

Is your borough using the most effective tool at its disposal to reduce carbon emissions and pollution? Watch the video explainer and check out the Parking Action Tool.

Streetparks

So much space for car parking – but what else can we use streets for?

Clean Air briefing

Unlocking local action on clean air

The Institute for Public Policy Research has produced a briefing paper written for local clean air campaigners for action to improve air quality.
It covers some of the main issues and opportunities for local authorities to improve air quality.

Opinion: Unlocking the teenage mind: Bridging biology and behaviour change in cycling programs

Behaviour Change Officer, Sylvia Gauthereau delves into the intricate workings of the teenage brain and the impact of puberty, shedding light on why teenagers exhibit certain behaviours and how we can effectively engage them in cycling initiatives.

Is your bus stuck in traffic? Join the Free the Bus campaign!

We know that the main reason that more people don’t use buses is that people think they are too slow and won’t get them where they need to go on time. If London is to meet the Mayor’s target of 80% of all trips in London being made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041, then we need a 40% increase in bus journeys to reach that target.

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