Increasing cycling in Croydon
02/05/2014 18:56:00......Posted by Helen Pollard
The Council has a long standing programme of working with schools to develop travel plans and then implementing measures proposed via those plans to make safer routes to schools (programme in excess of £200,000 pa). A bid has been submitted (approaching £0.5million) to TfL to deliver a Cycle to School Partnership project. The results are still awaited. If funded, a main part of the project would involve working with residents of the streets around the partnership schools to devise and implement means of deterring through traffic, thus helping to create quite zones as well as safer routes to school.
'Quietways' is one of the main initiatives for outer London flowing from the Mayor of London's 'Vision for Cycling'. As the term suggests, it is envisaged that these will be high-quality guided routes created on low-traffic back streets and other quieter routes but with good quality facilities for cyclists where they cross main roads. A proposal was submitted to the Cycling Commissioner for London for a network of Quiteways in the Borough estimated to cost £15million. We are still formally awaiting results but understand/believe that one or two 'Quietways' in the borough will be amongst the first tranche to be delivered. The recently delivered Connect2 Route is perhaps somewhat of a model for 'Quiteways', keeping to quieter streets etc as it approaches the Metropolitan Centre but then providing high quality crossings over Roman Way and the Park Lane gyratory plus off-carriageway cycling along part of Barclay Road.
The Council and its partners aim to improve access and links to and through green spaces to encourage walking, cycling and horse-riding. Regarding 20 mph zones, it agreed in January that the 2014/15 ‘Speed Management in the Vicinity of Schools’ funding provided by TfL be employed to introduce a pilot 20mph speed limit to the following roads, where there are schools:
Cherry Orchard Road
Chipstead Valley Road
King Henry’s Drive
Creating ‘Liveable High Streets’ is a main of objective of the £50m Connected Croydon programme aiming to make a more liveable Metropolitan Centre including the high streets leading into it (London Road, South End).
To summarise, the aim is to encourage cycling through improvements in infrastructure in combination with smarter travel initiatives such as promotion, training and behavioural change programmes. We will work with residents and partners such as the police, healthcare providers, schools and workplaces across the borough to ensure a consistent and integrated approach.