The deadline for the consultation on the changes to the roads in the Loughborough Junction / Myatt’s Fields area is today, Friday 6 November 2015.
There is still time to complete the consultation survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LJroadclosures1
We believe that the road closures bring benefits to the area making it more cycle friendly and therefore people friendly. We believe that the scheme should at least run for the full six months trial period as originally intended so that Lambeth can fully assess the impact on local pollution, traffic levels and quality of life.
It is really important that as many people as possible respond to the consultation so that a full range of views are heard – the consultation is open to everyone, not just local residents, so if you cycle through the area please do respond.
The scheme which is a huge positive step to make the area more people-friendly, is at risk of being withdrawn following pressure from some local residents and people who want to continue to drive through the area.
What does the scheme involve?
The council has installed carefully placed road closures, meaning local people can drive into and out of the area and emergency vehicles and deliveries still have access, but people cannot drive (or rat run) through the area. This helps to reduce unnecessary traffic on residential roads, improves air quality and means streets are made much safer for walking and cycling.
The scheme is supported by local residents and people who cycle through the area. Clare Neely who lives in the neighbourhood says “I am passionate about the scheme because for years local residents have been telling the council that we want to live in a neighbourhood where people feel safe to walk and cycle.”
We at Lambeth Cyclists think the scheme should stay in place as it is already showing benefits, two months in people are telling us about children who were driven to school, but now walk and cycle as it’s easier and safer to do so because of the road closures.
We want to see more people walking and cycling, rather than driving for short local journeys.