“Help us build towards sustainable travel and healthy streets for the area.
At the moment the Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) schemes are ‘suspended’ with ongoing monitoring of traffic and public opinion.
On 4 November the council’s transport committee will meet and we expect will discuss recommendations about what will happen next.
Make sure that you aren’t left out of this conversation by doing these three quick things in the next week:
Email councillors to let them know what you think should happen. Some suggested points and all the contact details are copied below this email
Complete the Tooting Healthy Streets survey, which will help us get a broader perspective on community views that we can take into our conversations with the council. Please also share it with your local contacts.
Respond to the online consultations for the LTNs. Links for these are copied below this email.
Tooting Healthy Streets supports LTN trials and other trial measures (such as the A24/CS7 upgrade, improvements to cycling on Garratt Lane, 24/7 bus lanes and school street trials).
We had significant concerns with how the Tooting schemes were communicated and designed. Their chaotic implementation made it very hard for people to understand what was happening and why. However, we wanted the council to persist with the trials and fix what was not working rather than abandon them. Council officers believed this was possible but the decision was taken out of their hands.
We do not want the council to simply walk away from the problems with Tooting’s streets. By embarking on the trials it acknowledged there were significant problems and opportunities for improvement. The council knows how important sustainable travel, walking and cycling in particular, is to meet its commitment to tackle the climate emergency at a local level.
We must not allow a reactionary minority to obstruct progress. Many of those who opposed the LTNs for a variety of reasons are nonetheless open to moving away from car dependency. We need to ensure that the suspension of the trials is a blip in a new and better approach to managing our roads and public spaces, that lessons are learned and progress is swiftly resumed.
Thank you for your support and please read on for potential messages and all the contact details you need. Please don’t delay – give this half an hour of your time this week.
With thanks from all at Tooting Healthy Streets