Thanks to Southwark
Today is the deadline for local authorities to put in their bids for Cycle to School funding. Southwark officers have been working hard to plan visible, segregated space for cycling to make biking and walking even more attractive choices for the school run. We are confident that Southwark can deliver at least one excellent continuous route north-south as well as east-west through Dulwich Village. If Southwark Council is successful in its bid for funding, there will be further local consultation and detailed design work.
|Example of 'light segregation'|
Subject to consultation, this kind of light segregation scheme could be implemented relatively quickly on Dulwich Village and parts of College Road, Half Moon Lane, and the uphill/northbound stretch of Calton Avenue. Some parking spaces would be relocated.
Where the width of the carriageway is not sufficient and/or there are particularly wide pavements, more 'shared use' paths are also being considered. Of course confident cyclists can continue to use general traffic lanes.
Redesigning signalised junctions tends to be a longer, more complicated process, but there are definite improvements that can be made for pedestrians and cyclists.
With welcome support from TfLWe've had some very helpful support and advice from Brian Deegan from TfL this week. He cycled round the area with us and gave his thoughts on what is realistic and achievable from an engineering and funding perspective. Brian is a particularly useful person because of his role at TfL (where he's just written the new Design Standards for cycle routes), as well as his previous experience creating cycle routes in Camden and across the London Cycle Network.
We met Brian near the Charter School. He'd cycled from the north so was already aware of the hills that can wake up our teenagers in the morning and put some colour in their cheeks. Our cycle tour passed more than ten primary, prep and secondary school sites - south as far as Kingsdale, and then back through the village up Calton Avenue to the Greendale link, and finally west to Herne Hill and a quick look at the potential off road route via the velodrome. Much of this area is very pleasant and easy to cycle, but there are key points and certain times of day when carefully planned infrastructure will be necessary to encourage more children and teenagers onto two wheels for regular journeys to and from school.
|Islands - unfriendly for bikes?|
|Echelon parking, Dulwich Village|
Outside the shops in Dulwich Village, opposite the junior school, the echelon parking means that parked cars infringe into the cycle lane, creating conflict at peak times. Simply shifting the parking spaces to be parallel with the road would immediately improve the space available for cycling. Introducing some form of restricted parking (eg short stay only) would also make sense for local people.
We support Southwark's plan for a full review of parking in Dulwich Village, aiming to relocate uncontrolled parking and provide a lightly segregated cycle route through the busiest areas.
|Grass verges and wide pavements eg on College Road and Hunts Slip Road mean plenty of potential space for cycling|