Calling all campaigners
Do you want to see change in your borough? For inspiration from case studies of boroughs making changes to their streets, visit Boroughs taking action.
To seek change, here are some pointers on how to make the streets where you live and work healthier:
Review the Healthy Streets Scorecard information for your borough. The Scorecard contains the evidence you need to ask for change.
Consider and define what you want to change.
Choose who you need to influence for change, for example this will usually be local government. What can your council do to bring about the change? In some instances, you may need to influence central government, people’s behaviour, or inspire others to call for change too.
Speak to others in the community. Become a member of one of the coalition local groups. Approach community groups, the school PTA or school Headteacher, park friends’ groups, local active travel organisations and get other people interested and talking about the change needed. Work collaboratively with contacts and local organisations.
Use the information about your borough from the Scorecard, as well as other sources of information (e.g. articles in the newspaper, published academic papers, council-published traffic numbers, congestion and pollution levels, government policy on climate emergency, polls and surveys by active travel organisations) to showcase why the change is necessary and ask for improvements to be made.
Call for action by organising a petition, writing an email or letter, meeting with your ward councillors and the councillor responsible for transport or environment, raise your concerns at ward meetings and contact your Mayor or other senior officials responsible for your community. If you use social media, you can call for change on social media platforms, and encourage others to call for action too.
The Healthy Streets Scorecard indicated that my borough has low percentage active modeshare and low proportion of people walking, and cycling compared to other boroughs in London. The borough has high car ownership rates. There are only 30% of borough managed roads with 20mph speed limits, and 28% controlled parking zone coverage.
To increase the opportunity for children to travel to school safely.
I need to influence the local council to make the streets safer by reducing the traffic and traffic speed when parents/carers drop-off and collect kids from school, and to stop cars parking on the road in front of the local schools.
The specific actions that I call for from the council are:
School road timed closures (School Streets), Controlled Parking Zones, and 20mph speed limits.
I will attend the next local Living Streets meeting and raise my concerns and ask for help. I’m a member of London Cycling Campaign and I will ask for support from my local group too. I’ll write to the local School Headteachers explaining my concerns and ask for their support. I’ll chat to parents/carers and local people about the change I seek.
I’ll look online for the council pollution statistics for the roads outside local schools. I’ll read articles from the World Health Organisation and other trusted sources about the effects of pollution on children. I will collate information into a local area report.
I will petition the council with signatures from parents/carers at the local schools. I’ll write to the ward councillors supplying the evidence of our borough’s performance compared to other boroughs. I’ll update my blog and add a post to the local area Facebook group calling for support for the change and circulate the petition.
Resources for campaigners
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Low Traffic Neighbourhood Resources
Links to research
- Economic benefits
TfL report on how LTNs benefit local shops.
Walking & cycling: the economic benefits
Commissioned by Living Streets to make the case for public realm to be a higher priority and for greater investment in walking friendly streets and spaces.
Making the Case for Investment in the Walking Environment: A Review of the Evidence.
Sinnett, D., Williams, K., Chatterjee, K. and Cavill, N., (2011)
- Emergency services
No evidence that emergency response times are made worse inside low traffic neighbourhoods, and they perhaps improved on boundary roads.
The Impact of Introducing a Low Traffic Neighbourhood on Fire Service Emergency Response Times, in Waltham Forest, London.
Goodman, A., Laverty, A., & Aldred, R. (26 November 2020).
With the emergency services often cited by opponents of cycle infrastructure and low traffic neighbourhoods, a student paramedic puts forward an evidence-based case for safer streets.
The Paramedic Case for Safer Streets
Jules Mattsson, Student Paramedic
90% of Londoners across different income and ethnicity groups live on residential streets that could potentially benefit from low traffic neighbourhoods.
LTNs for all? Mapping the extent of London’s new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
Adred, R. and Verlinghieri, E., University of Westminster, Active Travel Academy (2020)
- Impact on boundary roads
Review of impact of traffic removal on congestion and surrounding streets. Findings of over 70 case studies of roadspace reallocation from eleven countries suggest significant reductions in overall traffic levels can occur.
Disappearing traffic? The story so far. Municipal Engineer. 151 (1), pp.13-22.
Cairns, S., Atkins, S. and Goodwin, P. (2002)
For more information on joining local groups:
Living Streets Local Groups
London Cycling Campaign local area groups
Sustrans Healthy Streets officers
We want to help, offer information, and support groups who are campaigning for interventions in their local area, for example local groups interested in:
- walking, cycling or public transport
- clean air
- climate emergency
- school streets
- healthy/safer streets
- noise from traffic
- wanting to implement parklets, cycle tracks or low traffic neighbourhoods
We’re very keen to support local campaigners, please get in touch if you are from any of these types of campaign groups in London.
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Guidance for Professionals
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and Living Streets have created two companion guides.
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods: An Introduction For Policy Makers is a short introduction document for decision-makers.
A Guide to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods is designed to help officers, designers and others begin to understand some of the complexities, nuances and capabilities of the schemes in more detail.
Transport for London (TfL) has produced the Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme Guidance to give information to boroughs who are bidding for funding for long-term schemes that encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.
London Cycling Campaign and Urban Movement have created a guide for local authority officers and consultants involved in the conception, design and delivery of highway schemes intended to make streets better for residents, businesses and indeed everyone.
Life Saving Streets online event video, by The Urban Design Group ideasSPACE
20mph Speed Limits
Guidance from Transport for London (TfL) is aimed at those responsible for implementing specific speed reduction programmes on the TfL Road Network and local roads managed by the London boroughs.
Hackney Council has created a guide to help councils across the UK replicate its successful School Streets, which ban motor traffic outside schools at opening and closing times.
Sustrans also offers their engineers, urban designers and engagement specialists to work with schools, communities and local authorities to provide advice and resources to implement School Streets.
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