In addition, we want to reconsider how we use our road space in some areas. We briefly discussed what makes a good place to live - Herne Hill and Dulwich tick most boxes! But there was shared anxiety about the exceptional traffic due to the unique density of popular schools (some of which have large catchment areas), patchy public transport in some parts of Dulwich, and many feeling dependent on the car. Concerns raised by people at the meeting included:
- the challenge of thousands of children on the move at peak times of day, and the growing number of new schools and bulge classes,
- dangers, disruption and pollution caused by large vehicles (including nearly 30 school coaches carrying more than 1,000 children),
- crowded pavements with not enough dropped kerbs and too many people in a rush on bikes or scooters,
- congestion and poor parking during school rush hours, and rat running and frightening traffic speed at other times.
Ben spoke about the DIY Streets method which involves short term temporary interventions which can be trialled for a few weeks or months and adapted, adopted, or rejected - as a way of tackling problems while reassuring residents about the potential effect of any changes on their streets. College Ward Councillors Helen Hayes and Andy Simmons explained how the Dulwich Community Council might be able to support small pilot projects.