More people are cycling in the Tulse Hill low traffic neighbourhood, and motor traffic is down too. This welcome news is shown in new figures for bike and motor vehicle movements in and around the area.
Safer Streets for Tulse Hill is a group of Tulse Hill residents, some living inside the LTN and some on surrounding roads.
All of us care about helping local people to be healthier and more active, and about prioritising people over cars.
Safer Streets for Tulse Hill has been kind enough to let us use their summary of the report.
The Tulse Hill LTN Stage 1 monitoring report shows what happened in the ‘initial adjustment’ phase – immediately after the LTN was introduced.
We’re pleased that the monitoring report shows traffic down by 14% across roads within and next to the LTN. This suggests that ‘traffic evaporation’ is happening – some people who don’t need to drive for every journey are finding other ways to get around.
- Within the LTN, the following overall percentage changes in counts were observed against the baseline:
- car: -35%
- cycle: +69%
- goods vehicle: -17%
- On the periphery of the LTN, the following overall percentage changes in counts were observed against the baseline:
- car: +7%
- cycle: +43%
- goods vehicle: +15%
- Across both internal and peripheral roads, the following overall percentage changes in counts were as follows:
- car: -14%
- cycle: +59%
- goods Vehicle: -1%
We’re also happy that cycling is up both within and outside the LTN, although this is from a low base.
Anecdotally, we’ve also seen a lot more people walking and scooting around our area.
Safer Streets for Tulse Hill says:
We hope that future data will show progress on both car and bike numbers as people get used to the new arrangements. We also hope the council will address issues like speeding on 20mph roads, which continues to be endemic despite the LTN.
So overall, the early data is positive.
But at the same time we’re acutely aware that LTNs don’t fix the problems on our main roads. Thousands of local people continue to suffer unacceptable levels of pollution, noise and road danger.
With this in mind, we’ll be campaigning to make our main roads safer too. We’re excited that the ULEZ will expand in October, bringing cleaner air to Brixton Hill, Tulse Hill & Water Lane. We want it to expand to cover the South Circular as well.
We’ll be campaigning for more greenery along the South Circular and Tulse Hill, to absorb pollution and improve the street environment. And we’ll be asking TfL and Lambeth to explore ways to cut traffic on main roads. Nothing should be off the table – including road charging.