Streets for Distancing: Our campaign asking the council to prioritise active travel in response to Covid-19

We need to Put Southwark on the Map. Most of the borough is not covered by a cycle network.

We have identified priority measures Southwark Council needs to implement to enable people to travel in and through the borough while physical distancing is necessary. With reduced public transport capacity there will be a much greater reliance on active travel. By allowing most people to walk and cycle easily and safely, space on public transportation will be left for those that need it.

This takes into account current Council projects, public transport corridors, ease of implementation and TfL’s Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis, which will ensure support and funding from TfL. We have broken them down by streets controlled by Southwark Council and those controlled by TfL.

This is just the first step of what is needed, and only includes a few low traffic neighbourhoods that have already been identified. We want to see low traffic neighbourhoods and school streets across the entire borough.

We have added these to Southwark Council’s Commonplace map, where you can support the measures you think will have the greatest impact on active travel by clicking the links below. You can also add what you’d like to see changed in the borough or agree with the suggestions others have made.

We also have an interactive map with these measures and more. If you think we’ve missed something on the map, contact us at infrastruction@southwarkcyclists.org.uk

Southwark Council controlled streets

  1. Southwark Bridge Road
    Cycle Superhighway 7 lacks physical protection between Southwark Bridge and Borough Road. TfL has committed to upgrade the route south of Elephant and Castle. We’d like to see this portion upgraded using bolt down curbs or other temporary measures.
  2. Walworth Road and Camberwell Road
    Walworth Road and Camberwell Road, between Camberwell New Road and Newington Butts, should provide for safe cycling by use of bolt down curbs or other temporary measures where width allows, and bus and cycle access only for areas where it does not. Pavements should be widened in key areas where they are necessary to allow for physical distancing. This is designated a Top Priority route by TfL per the Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis.
  3. St James Road
    This is a planned route that provides a key link from Cycleway 4 to Quietway 1 in the east of the borough. A protected cycle lane with temporary materials, roads filtered to through traffic, and banned turns (with exceptions for cyclists, of course) can make this a safe corridor. This is designated a High Priority route per the Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis.
  4. Bermondsey Street
    This is a busy shopping street and a key route to London Bridge. Filtering the street to remove through traffic would make this safe to cycle along. Removing parking and adding a cycling contraflow on the north end would allow a direct path when cycling from London Bridge. This would also make the street a quieter and safer place to walk and physically distance.
  5. The Cut
    The Cut provides a key link between Cycleway 6 and Quietways 1, 14 and 5. Removing through motor traffic would ensure it’s a better place for people on bikes, but also improve the environment for those using the station, restaurants and bars while physically distancing. Lambeth is planning improvements on their side.
  6. Borough Road and Harper Road
    There are already plans that have been consulted on to improve Borough Road that could be accelerated using temporary materials. This provides a link between Cycleway 6 to Cycle Superhighway 7, and provides a way to go around Elephant and Castle. If this route is extended down Harper Road it will link to Cycleway 17 and New Kent Road.
  7. Rye Lane
    Rye Lane is a very busy shopping street with narrow pavements and too much traffic. Despite the measures to widen the pavement near the station, there is still not enough space for people doing their shopping. The entire length of Rye Lane should be made bus and cycle only. Speed limit for buses should be set to 10mph.
  8. Denmark Hill
    This is a very busy bus corridor, so a safe cycle route here will mirror many existing journeys, including NHS staff going to King’s College Hospital. Bolt down curbs or other measures will provide safe space for cycling. This would also connect to the suggested route on Camberwell Road and Walworth Road. This is designated a High Priority route by TfL per the Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis.
  9. Denmark Hill to Peckham Rye
    Safe space for cycling using bolt down curbs or other temporary measures will connect Denmark Hill to Peckham Rye via Dog Kennel Hill, Grove Vale and East Dulwich Road. This is designated a High Priority route by TfL per the Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis.
  10. Dulwich LTN
    The Our Healthy Street Dulwich low traffic neighbourhood should be introduced using temporary measures with the intention of making them permanent in the future. As much of the scheme should be implemented as possible, including the additional measures on Townley Road, Eynella Road, Burbage Road, and Melbourne Grove. This would reduce motor traffic in and around the area and improve the safety of Cycleway 17.
  11. Camberwell LTNs
    The Camberwell Area Study plans should be introduced using temporary measures. It should be expanded to include filtering the bridge on Camberwell Grove and Bellenden Road to make Cycleway 17 and the future Southwark Spine safe. Additionally, other parts of Camberwell should also get low traffic neighbourhoods.
  12. Walworth LTN
    The Walworth Healthy Streets plans should be introduced using temporary measures. This should include filtering Portland Street and Brandon Street to provide a safe route for Cycleway 17.
  13. Peckham LTNs
    A low traffic neighbourhood in North Peckham would benefit planned cycleways. This would take the stress off the Surrey Canal. Filters planned for the Southwark Spine at St George’s Way and Cycleway 37 at Sumner Way should be introduced as temporary measures with the intention of making them permanent. Commercial Way needs improvements which can be done using temporary materials. Other areas of Peckham should also get low traffic neighbourhoods.

TfL controlled roads

These are roads TfL controls and we want the council to ask TfL to implement these measures on them.

  1. Old Kent Road
    The Old Kent Road is a major bus corridor. We need these trips to shift to active travel. Temporary materials can be used to provide safe space for cycling. Junctions must also be improved for safety. This is designated a Top Priority route by TfL per the Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis.
  2. Peckham Road/Peckham High Street
    The A202 is a major bus corridor where safe space for cycling will allow those trips to shift to active travel. Temporary materials can be used for safe cycle tracks and safe junctions provided. This is designated a Top Priority route by TfL per the Temporary Strategic Cycling Analysis. The entire length of the A202 from Lambeth to Lewisham should be covered, including Camberwell New Road and Queen’s Road.
  3. Rotherhithe Tunnel
    With greatly reduced capacity, those dependent on the Jubilee Line and Overground will not have a way to cross the Thames at this point. If you’ve ever taken these at rush hour, you know how busy they can get. By opening Rotherhithe Tunnel to people walking and cycling a link will be provided from the South East to Canary Wharf and East London. The tunnel doesn’t carry freight or TfL buses.
  4. Southwark Street
    With its width, Southwark Street is the perfect candidate for a cycleway using temporary materials. Anticipating more trips made by cycle, Cycleway 14 could reach capacity, which would make physical distancing difficult. This also provides a more direct route.
  5. Tower Bridge Road
    This will provide a safe route from Bricklayers Arms to Tower Bridge, connecting Quietways 1 and 14, and Cycleway 4. Temporary measures can provide safe space.
  6. Tooley Street
    There are already Healthy Street plans to extend Cycleway 4 to London Bridge. With private motor vehicle traffic restricted on London Bridge this will provide an alternative to Tower Bridge.

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