Merton Council’s rebuilt Beddington Lane: nice pavement, neglected junctions

At the start of January 2018, I wrote about Merton Council’s latest wheeze to spend £800,000 to try and improve walking and cycling along Beddington Lane, running south from the middle of Mitcham Common. The works appear to be finished and the road has re-opened.  I’ve been to take a look. In the January post, … Continue reading Merton Council’s rebuilt Beddington Lane: nice pavement, neglected junctions

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At the Council, April & May 2018

An aide memoire of items I’ve noted from the boroughs where I work, rest and play, in case its of use to others.  With London council elections in May 2018, and the purdah period kicking in for April, this quarter should start with a quiet month. May 2018 City of London Transport & Planning Ctte … Continue reading At the Council, April & May 2018

London’s Sutton Council bars disabled cyclists from NCN20, Wandle Trail

Updated 28 March to include link to report in local Sutton Guardian newspaper. The London Borough of Sutton has installed an anti-moped K-frame barrier on the Wandle Trail, part of National Cycle Route 20.  As a consequence, many disabled cyclists are now barred from cycling on this quiet, off-road route between Merton and Carshalton. The … Continue reading London’s Sutton Council bars disabled cyclists from NCN20, Wandle Trail

Cyclehoops and contraflows: five years of failed cycling promises by Wandsworth Council

(Updated 29 March 2018) In 2013 and 2014, Wandsworth Council committed to trialling 10 Cyclehoop on-street bike hangers, put contraflow cycle lanes 10 one-way streets, and put five dropped-kerb through-ways between adjacent streets which have been closed to through motorised traffic.  Each year since, Wandsworth Council has requested funds from TfL towards these initiatives. Five … Continue reading Cyclehoops and contraflows: five years of failed cycling promises by Wandsworth Council

Wandworth Council’s Priory Lane (Richmond Park) Consultation, February 2018

Wandsworth Council is holding a consultation into its plan for cycling infrastructure in Priory Lane, a road which runs north-east from Roehampton Gate in Richmond Park towards Barnes.  The consultation closes on Friday 16 February. Linkies to Wandsworth Council’s key documents: Overview and explanation; Consultation document with designs (PDF, 500kb); Survey form for feedback. You’ll … Continue reading Wandworth Council’s Priory Lane (Richmond Park) Consultation, February 2018

Ham Quietway (Richmond Park to Teddington Lock) Consultation

Richmond Council’s latest consultation on its sections of the Wandsworth to Teddington Quietway closes on Monday 12 February.  This consultation focuses on revised proposals for the section of the quietway route in Ham, running from Richmond Park to Teddington Lock on the River Thames. Linkies to Richmond Council’s relevant pages and documents: Consultation overview page; … Continue reading Ham Quietway (Richmond Park to Teddington Lock) Consultation

Richmond: the only council in London charging for cycle training

Updated 29 January to include response from Cllr Jean Loveland of Richmond Council Buried deep in the papers for this Tuesday’s Scrutiny Committee of Richmond Council (30 January), there’s a document with proposed fees and charges for 2018/19 by Richmond’s Environment & Community Services Directorate.  Its innocuous title is “paper vii, Appendix E ECSD Attachment … Continue reading Richmond: the only council in London charging for cycle training

Merton Council Surprises South Londoners by Starting Shovelling on Sort-of-Secret Shared-Use Strolling & Cycling Scheme to Sutton

In London, we’ve got accustomed to local authorities telling us in excruciating detail their plans to tweak traffic lights, paint yellow lines, install zebra crossings and build cycle lanes. Hardly a day goes by without an angry dust-up on social media and in the letters pages of local papers about the latest proposals: residents demanding … Continue reading Merton Council Surprises South Londoners by Starting Shovelling on Sort-of-Secret Shared-Use Strolling & Cycling Scheme to Sutton