Future Streets: Wandsworth’s ambitious plans for cleaner, greener, safer travel
Published: Friday, November 4, 2022
Wandsworth Council has announced Future Streets, a new far-reaching package of cleaner, greener and safer travel options.
The Future Streets plan will:
- Launch a comprehensive new Walking and Cycling Strategy to promote these eco-friendly forms of travel.
- Bring forward plans for an extensive new cycle route on Burntwood Lane.
- Expand Wandsworth’s programme of School Streets working towards a target of introducing them at 50 per cent of the borough’s primaries.
- Improve pedestrian safety at the busy crossing points on Putney High Street near Putney Bridge.
- Give the green light to proposals that could see an e-scooter trial coming to Wandsworth along with measures to ensure more responsible use of e-bike hire schemes – and fewer pavement obstructions.
- Introduce safer cycle routes in and around Putney High Street.
- Provide more bike hangars
- Agree to expand the borough’s network of electric vehicle charging points to support emissions-free motoring - building on Wandsworth’s enviable record of delivering the second highest number of charging points in London.
Launching the borough’s Future Streets active travel strategy, Cabinet Member for Transport Cllr Clare Fraser said these measures were in addition to an ongoing series of initiatives to support cleaner and greener modes of travel which includes unveiling the borough’s 100th bike hangar – with a commitment to provide secure storage space for another 1,000 bikes in the next two years.
She said: “We are serious about delivering the kind of sustainable active travel options that will help people to take up cleaner and greener forms of travel.
“We want to radically increase the number of journeys made on foot, by bicycle and on public transport. Reducing unnecessary car usage will have significant benefits for people’s health and well-being and help raise air quality standards. And in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis where family finances are under severe pressure, choosing to travel on foot or by bike can offer big savings to residents.
“This package of measures is just the beginning. We are committed to tackling congestion, improving air quality and making our roads and streets safer for all.”
The council’s growing commitment to active travel has been welcomed by London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman, who said: “We’ve seen a huge rise in walking and cycling over recent years as more and more Londoners, across all ages, enjoy using sustainable ways to get around the capital. It’s fantastic to see great boroughs like Wandsworth taking bold action to deliver these greener and more sustainable transport options for residents. “
“The Mayor and I are determined to continue building a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous London for everyone and we will continue to support Wandsworth’s efforts to make it easier for people to cycle and walk around the borough.”