Last week we agreed recommendations, in a report which will be going to Mayor & Cabinet in a couple of weeks. Our recommendations included expanding and more widely-promoting the free cycle training for adults and children, extending 20 mph speed limits to all residential roads where practicable, and bidding for extra funding to complete, improve and promote existing cycle routes such as the Waterlink Way (there is some concern from Lewisham Cyclists that TfL have decided to withdraw the funding needed to complete the remaining sections of the Waterlink Way route, including the section from Wearside to Ladywell Fields, and Ladywell Bridge).
We were also keen to see the continued expansion of car clubs in the borough, as research has shown that for every car club car, as many as 20 private cars are taken off the road (or not bought). Incidentally, residents in Marsala Road, Ellerdale Road and Algernon Road might be interested to hear that a new car club car will soon be located on Elmira Street.
The full report is available online, but in brief other recommendations include:
- The extension of car club provision in new housing developments of more than 30 homes
- Promoting Workplace Travel Plans for local employers and their employees
- Working with employers to encourage them to achieve substantial reductions in car use through workplace travel plans
- The provision of shower facilities for cyclists in planning applications for new businesses
Promotion of ‘Cycle to Work’ schemes that loan bikes to employees
- More provision of more cycle racks at health centres, shopping centres and arcades
- More active promotion of off-road cycle routes in Lewisham, e.g., LCN 21 and Waterlink Way