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As lockdown eases we’re starting to get out more, continuing our Healthy Rides and we’ve just launched our Southwark Bike Buddies programme! We’ll also update you on what’s been happening with Covid-19 transport measures and Southwark’s Climate Strategy, so read on.
Southwark Bike Buddies Launched
Are you new to cycling, nervous about riding on London’s roads? Or are you an experienced cyclist who would like to help a rider discover the joy and freedom of cycling about?
Southwark Bike Buddies puts new riders in touch with experienced riders in their local area. Buddies can then meet up and ride together – to work, to the shops, or just to the park for a bit of practice.
Southwark Council Climate Strategy
Southwark Council has published their draft Climate Strategy. We have been meeting with the council as part of the Partnership Steering Group to provide feedback on the draft strategy.
If you want to have your say the council is also publicly consulting on their Climate Strategy, so be sure to respond and ask for environmentally friendly active travel measures.
Southwark Council is progressing with their Covid-19 transport interventions. More modal filters have been installed in Walworth, Rye Lane has been made pedestrian and cycle only, and the Streetspace Plan has been released. Do you want to learn more about this plan? Then read our explainer blog.
We’re keeping track of everything Southwark is doing on this page. If you see something that we haven’t updated, let us know where and send a photo, or tag us @SouthwarkCycle on Twitter.
Most importantly, we need your support to make Southwark safer for cycling! Please take action if you want to see more change supporting active travel in the borough.
Bigger Healthy Rides
We’ve been running small Healthy Rides with 5 participants. This week we’re trying a larger ride with 25 participants, allowed by the latest government guidance. We’ve chosen a route that will allow for social distancing and you may want to bring a face mask just in case.
The 2 hour loop will start and end at Deal Porter square near Canada Water Library. Registration is now closed, but do keep an eye out for future rides.
Volunteer with Southwark Cyclists
Do you want to help make Southwark a better place for cycling? We’re looking for volunteers who have a couple of hours a week to help. Can you help support our Dr Bike programme, either helping coordinate or as a mechanic, with social media and comms, or supporting our infrastructure work. For a bit more info, take a look here and send us an email with your experience and what you’re interested in.
Our next meeting is this Wednesday, 12 August at 6:30pm. This month we will be discussing the technical side of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. We’ll share best practices and what considerations need to be made when designing one. This will include a short team exercise where you can give designing one a go. If you’d like to join, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (or reply to this email) and we’ll send you a Zoom invite.
Thanks for reading. Stay safe and happy cycling,