Sutton Council is to hold a cycling summit with the Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan as part of the council’s programme to improve cycling provision and encourage cycling in the borough.
The summit, which will be open to the public, will held at Sutton Civic Offices on Thursday (23 July) as part of a consultation into Sutton’s draft Cycling Delivery Strategy to be published this week. Views on the strategy are being sought either at the summit or online through the council’s website.
Liberal Democrat-led Sutton Council has been a great supporter of sustainable transport over many years. It published a new Sustainable Transport Strategy last year and as a result of the Smarter Travel Sutton project between 2006 and 2009, it achieved a 75% increase in cycling.
Sutton Council is also a supporter of the Mayor of London’s Vision for Cycling and has recently been granted funds by Transport for London for two Quietway routes from Morden to Sutton and Worcester Park to Croydon.
The new draft Cycling Delivery Strategy is in line with the Mayor’s vision to encourage the greater use of non-car forms of transport to reduce road congestion, increase air quality and improve public health.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, Lib Dem Chair of the Environment and Neighbourhood Committee, said: “Cycling is undergoing a revolution in London and we want to make sure Sutton is a key part of it.
“Our Sustainable Transport Strategy makes clear our intention to encourage people to cycle. We will now achieve that through our Cycling Delivery Strategy which will be improved through consultation in the coming weeks with residents, the Mayor of London and cycling groups
“By working alongside cycling groups and Transport for London we will be in a better position to bid for funding to develop infrastructure and improve safety on cycle routes.
“The cycling summit will bring everyone together and we encourage residents to attend. If they can’t then they can have their say through our online consultation.”
The Mayor's Cycling Commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, said: “We’re working hard to make cycling in London an everyday part of the transport network and are investing £913m over a period of 10 years to bring significant changes to the streets of the capital.
“The boroughs play a vital role in making the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London a reality and I am delighted that Sutton has shown its commitment to making this happen by launching its new cycling strategy.
“By creating an appropriate environment for cycling and providing proper routes that link the destinations people want to go, we will make a real change, not only for cyclists but for everyone in the city.”
The draft Cycling Delivery Strategy will have six objectives:
- Enhance and extend cycle routes to create a comprehensive network, making cycling an easy, pleasant choice
- Reduce traffic speeds in residential areas to create environments suitable for cycling
- Improve cycling to key destinations such as town centres, stations and schools
- Give people the confidence and skills to cycle and encourage positive and safe interactions between cyclists and other road users.
- Integrate the planning and delivery of cycling with the main stakeholders to maximise public health and wider outcomes and embed a cycling culture within the council and across the borough.
- Promote cycling through education, training and marketing, with focus on vulnerable and harder to reach groups.
Once the consultation is finished, and the views of residents, cycling groups and others are taken into account, the Cycling Delivery Strategy will go to Sutton Council’s Environment and Neighbourhood Committee for final approval.