Our Croydon Living Streets Group has seen first-hand the way some of their local streets have been transformed as part of the TfL Streetspace programme.
But with the opposition some schemes are experiencing, the group wants to know how we can collaborate effectively. Amy Foster from the group explains more.
“We have a choice, now, between a cleaner future for people, places and our planet, or continuing with activities which damage our health and environment.”
This was the powerful statement from Living Streets' Chair, Dame Jane Roberts, introducing our charity’s strategy for the next five years.
At Croydon Living Streets Group, we’ve been fortunate enough to see some of our streets transformed as part of the TfL Streetspace programme, with protected space for cycling appearing on several main roads and a number of residential roads blocked to through motor traffic and opened up to safer - and more pleasant - walking and cycling.
We fully embrace Living Streets' core values of excellence, positivity, inspiration and collaboration and therefore fully support the changes as the start of an exciting journey towards more people-friendly streets.
However, we also recognise that many people are strongly against such changes and sadly the planters used to create Croydon’s LTNs (low traffic neighbourhoods) were victim to vandalisation in the way other communities are reporting across the country.
Collaboration, therefore, seems to be critical in trying to navigate these stormy waters in order to achieve the powerful long-term benefits of people-friendly streets.
The work of Professor Rachel Aldred and colleagues at the University of Westminster Active Travel Academy show these benefits to include reductions in motor vehicle ownership and that Streetspace schemes can generate new walking and cycling journeys whilst simultaneously highlighting the deleterious effect allowing high motor traffic volumes on minor roads has on pedestrian safety.
We at Croydon Living Streets will be asking this very question at our online seminar Change is Here Tickets, Tue 26 Jan 2021 at 18:30 | Eventbrite, which we are hosting in collaboration with Professor Rachel Aldred and the Active Travel Academy on Tuesday 26 January.
Chaired by London-wide Green Assembly Member Caroline Russell, the online seminar will invite guests to come together, sharing and devising strategies for successful community collaboration.
Our panellists will include: