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

We are campaigning for healthier, more inclusive streets in Southwark as we come out of lockdown (read more about the campaign here).

Here are three ways anyone can get involved:

  1. Let your councillors know you care

  2. Upvote suggestions on the Southwark Commonplace maps

  3. Share on social media what low-traffic and cleaner air means to you

 

1. Let your councillors know you care

Groups across Southwark, including Southwark Cyclists, have emailed the council detailed letters asking for measures to reduce traffic, encourage active travel and reduce air pollution. A short personalised email to your councillors can amplify this message. Writing a few sentences is the most impactful action you can do and easy with our template!

Tips:

  • Keep your email polite and friendly to contrast with the angry emails councillors will also receive from people discontent about the changes.
  • If you have any questions or would like to share a response, you can contact us at southwark@lcc.org.uk 
  • Ask your friends and neighbours to write an email as well by pointing them to this page. The more councillors see this is an issue of concern, the more pressure they’ll put on council leadership.

 

2. Upvote suggestions on the Southwark Commonplace map 


Tips: 

 

3. Share on social media what low-traffic and cleaner air means to you

Along with writing to your councillors, posting on social media is a great way to show support for the council’s measures.

Tips for Twitter: 

  • Copy your local councillors, the council (@lb_southwark) and Richard Livingstone (@Livingstone_RJ), Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and the Climate Emergency 
  • Example of hashtags you can use include #StreetsForDistancing, #PutSouthwarkOnTheMap and #BuildBackCleanerAir
  • #BuildBackCleanerAir is a campaign funded by Guys and St. Thomas’ charity and Global Action Plan (the people behind Clean Air Day, the UK’s largest air pollution campaign). You can find out more from Guys and St. Thomas’ charity and the campaign’s main website. You can also email them photos directly at team@globalactionplan.org.uk.  
  • Follow us at @southwarkcycle for inspiration

Inspired and want to learn more about what is happening in Southwark?

Join our online meetings, second Wednesday of the month and get in touch at southwark@lcc.org.uk. Here are some of the ways volunteers make a difference

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