Lambeth council claim to have spent £55 million over the past four years on cycling and air quality improvement
A report to next Monday’s meeting of Lambeth’s Labour-only cabinet says: “Over the last four years Lambeth has invested £55 million pounds in cycling projects and projects with direct benefits for people who cycle” – but doesn’t say where and what the vast majority of the money has specifically been spent on.
“From cycle routes, cycle parking, junction improvements and speed reduction to cycle hire expansion, cycle training, road danger reduction and school cycling” (sic)
The report – which is accompanied by around a dozen colour photographs – says Lambeth has been at the forefront of the Mayor’s Quietway programme with two new strategic cycle routes serving the borough. Q5 runs from Waterloo to Norbury and Q7 runs from Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace. Much of Q5 has already been delivered and Q7 will be completed next year.
Other points in the report – which cabinet members are only being asked to note – include:
Allowing two-way cycling already in 45 one-way streets across the borough. “Our ambition is to make every street accessible by bike” it says.
Providing 24Km of new cycle routes
Fixed over 6,000 bikes as part of our ‘Dr Bike’ maintenance programme
Provided almost 200 Bike Hangars with more to come in 2018.
The report says officers are exploring how the benefits of cycle hire, including electric bikes, can be brought to the rest of the borough.
The next few years will see the transformation of the Vauxhall Gyratory, Waterloo IMAX roundabout, Westminster Bridge Road and Tulse Hill among other locations where space for cycling is being prioritized.
We now have two established estate cycle hubs, one at the Remakery in Camberwell and one on the Loughborough Estate, where we offer training opportunities for local people.
Positive Spin: We also work with older people, people suffering from dementia and care providers as part of our Silver Cycling and Positive Spin programmes. We run targeted programmes for parents and carers as well as family cycling courses. We work in partnership with Wheel for Wellbeing to deliver inclusive group rides such as the Festive Lights Ride.
Our Bike Markets enable children and parents to get old disused bikes refurbished so they can be offered to other families. The project has processed 732 bikes, many of which have gone to children from deprived areas to allow them to take part in Bikeability cycle trainiang in school.
Lambeth’s forthcoming Transport Strategy will set out a clear vision for the future, with walking, cycling and ‘healthy streets’ at the core of this. Lambeth has tremendous potential for more cycling in particular and the Strategy will identify what needs to happen to realise this.
WHERE (SOME OF) THE MONEY HAS GONE:
Fast charge points which can charge an (Electric Vehicle)in approximately 3-4 hours. This represents an investment of £200,000.
In addition to this we have secured a further £325,000 to install additional charge points in the 2018/19 financial year. Beyond this we will seek further funding so that over the next four years we can continue to install electric vehicle charging points in Lambeth.
We are continuing to invest in new road humps and trees to narrow the road to achieve self enforcement. Since the 20mph speed limit was introduced the council has allocated £540,000 to this task.
To help reduce exposure to poor air quality we built a green screen at St Helen’s School, Brixton at a cost of £15,000 in June 2017. In partnership with TfL and University College London we are currently building a living wall at St Anne’s School, Vauxhall. Our contribution to the project is £14,000.
In 2017 we wrote a leaflet available on our website for citizens in the borough who suffer from heart and lung conditions to help reduce their exposure to poor air quality at a cost of £1,000. Also in 2017 we provided all Business Improvement Districts with an information pack for their members to show how they can help reduce emissions in the borough, again at a cost of £1,000.
Love Lambeth Air Project 2.25 In both 2016/17 and 2017/18 we provided citizens with diffusion tubes to monitor air quality at home or work at a total cost of £8,000.