Launching Climate Safe Streets

We are excited to launch the #ClimateSafeStreets campaign for Lambeth. Our aim is for Lambeth’s next council leader to commit to bolder action on climate and zero carbon roads transport. Action on cycling and walking is vital to cutting road transport emissions and we need your help to get the word out and email candidates.

On Thursday 5 May, Lambeth residents will be voting in the councillors who will make decisions about our streets for the next four years. We have developed four key asks that we would like to put to all candidates.

  1. Four new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTNs) per year, with at least one safe crossing between adjacent LTNs so that more cross-London journeys can be cycled easily, safely and efficiently.
  2. Six Healthy Routes to create safer cycling conditions along high-cycle-demand roads which are under Lambeth control
  3. A new kerbside strategy that prioritises active travel and inclusive pedestrian spaces. This includes more cycle parking, electric car charging points and improved pedestrian crossings.
  4. Rapid rollout of a dense network of shared mobility points – Lambeth residents and businesses should have easy access to car sharing, cycle hire, cargo-bike hire and scooter hire schemes near their homes and workplaces.

We’ll be asking all Lambeth candidates to pledge these asks.

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Full details on our asks

Lambeth has declared a climate emergency and has committed to carbon neutral council operations by 2030. It seems they are taking a more co-creative, collaborative approach to developing a climate action plan and are consulting with major institutions and local businesses in the borough. Lambeth also conducted a citizen’s assembly in 2021 and one of the recommendations that came out of this was to encourage and enable cycling through the development of better cycle routes and cycle storage in the borough.

In light of Lambeth Council’s current approach towards addressing the climate crisis, we’re requesting the following asks of the council’s next leader to ensure that their roads are decarbonised by 2030.

Lambeth Cyclists’ Asks

Deliver FOUR new Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN) per year from Lambeth’s existing prioritisation plan, with at least one safe crossing between adjacent LTNs so that more cross-London journeys can be cycled easily, safely and efficiently.

  • LTNs to be cycle and pedestrian safe by including 100% of all possible residential areas within each LTN.
  • Safe crossings between LTNs to include existing and new LTNs for example:
    • Leigham Avenue – Mount Nod Road between Streatham Wells and Streatham Hill LTNs
    • Railton-Ferndale at Atlantic Road
    • Brixton Hill-Tulse Hill/Brockwell via Lambert Road and Brixton Water Lane/Josephine Avenue
    • Clapham-Ferndale at Bedford Road
    • Clapham-Oval at Lansdowne Way
    • Oval-Vassal/Camberwell across the A3

Deliver SIX Healthy Routes to create safer cycling conditions along high-cycle demand roads which are under council control, by 2026.

Lambeth Cyclists are promoting work along these north-south and east-west routes which complement existing and planned cycleways along TFL-controlled routes. Protected space should be a priority on route segments such as:

  • Cedars Road-Queenstown Road
  • Clapham Park Road-Acre Lane
  • Extending the Kennington Road cycleway to Kennington Park
  • Streatham Vale
  • Streatham to Crystal Palace

Implement a new kerbside strategy that prioritises active travel and inclusive pedestrian spaces.

The kerbside strategy should start from 2023 and include:

  • Additional pedestrian crossings on pedestrian desire lines
  • Pedestrian pavements to meet minimum width standards by review and removal of obstructions to make sure pavements are safe and inclusive.
  • No more than a 6 month wait for a space in a cycle hangar close to your home.
  • Large scale, secure, cycle parking at town centre destinations and transport hubs for example. Brixton Central, Herne Hill, Streatham Hill station, and Lambeth Parks such as Brockwell, Clapham, Kennington, Norwood, Streatham, Tooting); South Bank.
  • Electric car charging infrastructure positioned in the carriageway by default to improve car charging access whilst maintaining pedestrian safety.
  • Street trees planted on road space to preserve pedestrian space.
  • All future and refurbished vehicle crossovers to be at pavement level so that pedestrian passage along pavements is on a constant, flat surface.

Rapid rollout of a dense network of shared mobility points.

  • All homes and workplaces to be less than 300m from nearest car club bays and nearest shared cycle/e-scooter access point by 2026.
  • Freight consolidation centres, cargo bike loan schemes and other measures to collectively ensure deliveries, servicing and other freight motor vehicle movements are reduced by 2026 by 10%.