To: Wandsworth Council and Transport for London

Let's make Tooting High Street safe for all

Let's make Tooting High Street safe for all

We, the undersigned, call on TfL and Wandsworth Council to make changes to Tooting High Street (from Tooting Broadway to the junction with Blackshaw Road) so that cycling can be an option for everyone, not just the fit and the brave.

Why is this important?

Tooting High Street is an 'A' road, and as such is an important route for people moving both within, and passing through the area. The width of the road, not including the pavement, varies from 10m to 12m in width (from Tooting Broadway to the junction with Blackshaw Road).

Using this road, on foot, or by bicycle is not straightforward. We believe space exists for high quality separated cycle routes to be placed on the road ensuring that people of whatever age or ability can choose to cycle locally. 'Armadillos' and planters which have been used on Royal College Street in Camden have been super-imposed onto the visual to give a simple idea of what could be.

Parking/delivery bays can be provided from adjacent roads. The space currently used between buses and delivery bays could be re-purposed. This narrowing of the carriageway should result in lower speeds by motorists, and make it easier for pedestrians and the less able to cross the road.

With 50% of car trips in London being less than or equal to two miles, many of those journeys could be cycled if the streets were designed in a more inviting manner.

Local businesses suffer from the dominance of motor traffic that the current street design facilitates. A more inviting and attractive public realm would boost footfall, and in turn increase trade for local businesses.

We need to show significant local support for this so that TfL listen to us and can ensure the next update / resurfacing includes installing proper cycle tracks. This post from the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain illustrates how using existing legislation, officers can install high quality cycle tracks: http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/blog/2013/07/26/a-view-from-the-drawing-board-cycle-track-priority-across-side-roads

Supported by Wandsworth Cycling Campaign, Wandsworth Living Streets and Tooting Lib Dems

Tooting High Street, London

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Reasons for signing

  • I suffer from severe COPD caused partly, I suspect, by pollution from road traffic on Garratt Lane where I have lived and worked for over 30 years.
  • I know people who have had close calls with drivers and it's often not the drivers fault, but the roads themselves
  • London should be a better place to cycle. Every little helps.

Updates

2014-04-27 11:08:01 +0100

Just checked all the paper signatures my team has got without emails. Total number of supporters is now 716! Less than 300 more to go to hit 1000. Can you help us reach that?

2014-03-27 17:22:27 +0000

With the paper signatures the local team have got without people's emails, the total number of supporters is now over 500. We are going to keep on going for a bit, as the earliest time it can be presented to the Mayor is in June. Let's show the Mayor how many people really want action to make our streets safer.