Next Meeting: ‘WCC On Tour’
- July the 12th: The Telegraph, Putney Village, Putney Heath SW15 3TU
- August the 9th: The Dynamo Cycle Cafe, SW15 2NA
To keep things interesting and to make ourselves as accessible as possible to LCC Members across our borough (including our Resident Mayor!), WCC is now ‘On Tour’. We are alternating our venue each month. If you have a spot you’d like us to visit, join us at our next meeting and let us know!
We tend to choose venues which have somewhere secure to park our bikes and great food! Naturally, we also like to cycle there and back, so bring a lock and some lights and get involved.
Source: Evening Standard
Sign(ed) for Cycling!
London’s new Mayor resides right here in Wandsworth! Sadiq Khan gave his commitment to LCC’s three-point Sign for Cycling agenda. His full statement is as follows:
“I’m proud to support LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign, and will work towards achieving the campaign’s goals as part of my plans to make London a byword for cycling.
In my Manifesto for all Londoners, I set out my intention to continue the Cycle Superhighway programme, with a focus on segregated provision. I will keep us on course to triple the extent of current provision and I’ll look at what’s working best from the existing schemes and make sure we deliver the best, safest road cycling network possible.
I’ll complete the roll out of the current town-centre cycling improvement plans, and begin a new round of schemes. I am committed to ensuring that every London borough that wishes to do so, and can produce a viable, high quality plan, has a fair opportunity to benefit from a Mini-Holland style scheme.
And I will promote safer, cleaner lorries. I will work with the boroughs and using City Hall procurement to set new safety standards, work to make sure City Hall and TfL contracts specify ‘direct-vision’ lorries, and use planning and other powers available to me, so that the safest lorry types become the norm on London’s streets as soon as possible.
Making cycling a safer, and easier choice for Londoners to take is central to my vision of the greener, more modern, more affordable transport network that London needs. I look forward to working with cyclists, and all road users across London, to deliver it.”
“I don’t let my daughters cycle in London” Sadiq Khan
Asked by the Evening Standard how safe he believed cycling was in London, Mr Khan said he regarded it as “quite safe” when the number of cyclists was compared with the number of injuries.
But he added: “One injury, one fatality is one too many. Speaking as a parent, I don’t feel confident allowing my daughters to cycle on the roads. That is the key test for me. If I, as a parent, don’t feel safe for my children, then I’m sure many Londoners won’t either.”
We look forward to working in partnership with him to ensure that he fulfils his commitment to LCC’s Sign for Cycling campaign, both here in our borough and throughout our city.
Will our new Mayor allow his daughters to cycle in London by 2020?
A child born in the past 12 months will be ready to begin cycling to school at the end of Sadiq Khan’s first term. So yes, we certainly hope so!
Many of us with children feel the same way and are equally motivated to ensure that one day, they will cycle to school just as many of us did. Perhaps he’ll join us?
The Wandsworth Magazine Interviews Sadiq Khan
Q: Do you plan to implement more cycle highways in London?
A: “I’m determined to make London a byword for cycling by making it easier and safer. I am 100 per cent committed to the Cycle Superhighway programme and will concentrate on segregated cycle lanes. Not only is it a greener way of getting around the city, and it cuts congestion, but it is also healthier too.”
Q: …do you genuinely believe we shouldn’t expand Heathrow?
A: “Poor air quality is directly responsible for the deaths of 10,000 Londoners a year. I myself have developed adult-onset asthma because of our poor air quality. The guidance on Heathrow has changed since I supported expansion, and it now makes clear that another runway would be catastrophic for the air quality in parts of London. That’s why I changed my mind.”
Read the full interview in The Wandsworth Magazine.
Wandsworth in Photographs
Ever wondered what your street looked like before it was turned into a carpark? Well, there’s a website for that! Featuring 3,500 images from Wandsworth Local Studies and Archives, this is one collection to treasure:
BBC News: Tom Edwards visits Putney High Street
With Putney High Street having breached the hourly annual NO2 pollution limit # just 8 days into 2016, the BBC’s Transport Correspondent Tom Edwards and his team visited to see how our community feels about the impact of air pollution on public health.
According to TfL, 85% of traffic on Putney High Street contributes nothing more to the Borough than increased pollution and traffic: this ‘non-local traffic’ simply passes right through. Even so, a staggering 15% of local journeys are taken by bicycle with no meaningful infrastructure whatsoever away from intersections.
With transport spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook already supporting plans for a raised cycle route running the length of Putney High Street (formalising the 145-155cm of available space on both sides of the road, with no adverse effect on vehicular traffic), will this be the catalyst for change? More about this on the Six O’Clock news via BBC iPlayer! (08/01/16)
Click here for raw data and further information.
# There must not be more than 18 hours per year when the upper limit for nitrogen dioxide concentration is exceeded. On the 8th of January 2016 the testing station on Putney High Street recorded its 19th hour during the morning rush hour, according to London Air.
This is approximately the same spot where the sensors are housed today, in around 1895:
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We are delighted to have been featured on the PutneySW15.com website this month! Our borough’s new cycling strategy is expected to get the go-ahead next week too.
In the words of transport spokesman Councillor Jonathan Cook:
“I’d like to thank everyone who gave their feedback on this strategy, which will hope will encourage people to cycle and so help us achieve our aims of improving people’s health, improving air quality and reducing congestion.
To see our latest inclusion and learn more about how to improve cycling in our borough with 20Mph limits in residential areas and more, the page is here. Get involved!!!
This website is the central repository for all cyclists in the Borough of Wandsworth, South West London. Every LCC member who lives in Wandsworth is automatically a member of Wandsworth Cycling Campaign. If you have information to share with the group, local concerns or simply wish to participate, you can get in touch here!
Why is cycling such a good choice?
- It helps you keep fit, both mentally and physically.
- It is low-cost with no congestion charge, petrol or fares to pay.
- It is usually much quicker than a car or public transport for short distances -a bicycle is ideally suited for trips of under 5 miles.
- It lets you plan your life because you know exactly how long each journey will take.
- It gives independence and freedom to travel where and when you choose.
- It is entirely non-polluting, so you are helping to improve air quality for us all.
- It reduces road congestion and the need for consuming valuable green spaces.
And not many other Londoners would say that they enjoy their journey to work! If you would like more information about our activities, or anything else on this website, please contact us.
Consultation on Wandsworth’s air quality action plan
The latest information following the Draft Proposals circulated in June 2015 are here.
The Big Ride 2014 #space4cycling