Wednesday, 25 March 2015

New Malden to Raynes Park Link

Our neighbouring borough of Kingston is holding a drop in session today to show the next stage of their Mini-Holland programme. This will provide a new route from Raynes Park in Merton to New Malden in Kingston for those on foot and on bicycle. Described as a "green link", it will run parallel with railway tracks and pass under the A3 away from motor vehicle traffic.

The plans can be seen today (25th March) at the Methodist Church Hall, New Malden High Street, from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Staff from Sustrans and the Royal Borough of Kingston will be attending to answer questions and listen to comments.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Wimbledon Town Centre Gyratory

TFL's relationship with Merton is described as a "partnership" by TFL's Commissioner Hendy. What might have been a Mini-Holland cycling partnership, is now a Local Implementation Plan (LIP) partnership to improve Wimbledon Town Centre. In 2015-2016 this means £200,000 towards improving cycling conditions in Wimbledon Town Centre, to include "identifying" how the gyratory can be madesafer and easier for cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Newham have £1m to remove Stratford gyratory.
  • Haringey have £1m for green spaces and 20mph zones.
  • Hammersmith & Fulham have £0.6m for cycling improvements and 20mph zones.
  • What will Merton make of their £0.2m?

The Mini Holland proposals for the Town Centre appear to have bitten the dust as the "partnership" seems intent on a gyratory, but with "safe" gyrations, and the funds are to include "identifying" how. Which sounds like another expensive report and little else…

BUT WAIT…Merton Voluntary Service to the rescue, they headlined this as
"Merton set to make cycling provision reality'

They proudly herald TfL's 2015-2016 allocation and state that: "the Council will look at the best ways to spend this funding to make cycling as safe and convenient for everyone, including children and families, as it is in the Netherlands". So that's alright.

Hugh Morgan

Sunday, 1 February 2015

The Merton Cycling Campaign needs volunteers!

At the Merton Cycling Campaign, we are simply ordinary residents of Merton who are passionate to see cycling become a safe and accessible of transport for everyone in the borough.

We wish to see riding a bicycle become a fully normal way of travelling in the borough, as is the case in Denmark, Holland and Germany.

We are volunteers and have limited time and resources. We can always do with extra help!

We welcome all Merton residents who want better cycling facilities to help us out:
  • Helping us at events
  • Accompanying us at local rides
  • Leafleting
  • Sending us ideas on how to improve the cycling experience
  • Sending us write-ups of your experiences cycling in Merton
  • Web developing/editing skills
  • Cycle infrastructure design skillls and ideas (Photoshop, AutoCAD)
Would you be able to help us? Please come to our monthly meeting on the first Thursday of every month @ 8pm, All Saints Centre, All Saints Road, Wimbledon,SW19 1BX to find out more.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

London's first Women's Cycle Forum

On Thursday 23rd October, the LCC will host London's first Women's Cycle Forum.  The event will welcome a panel of policy-makers, practitioners, politicians and advocates.  Booking is free and open to the public.  
6:30-8:30pm, Westminster University (Baker St Tube), registration required
Further details and booking on the LCC website here http://lcc.org.uk/pages/upcoming-seminars

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Space for Cycling Big Ride Report

The Big Ride was an amazing ride. It is estimated that about 5,000 people turned out to ask our politicians for safer, better streets.

The weather was great and the atmosphere was terrific. The ride made a big difference to the local air quality as many of the central London's roads that are ordinarily chock-a-block with fume-spewing motor traffic were closed off for the Big Ride. The pedestrians were cheering us and waving at us, as the ride snaked its way down Park Lane, Pall Mall, Whitehall and on to the Embankment.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Wandle Trail - Weir Road Section Complete

The MCC are delighted that the Wandle Trail Weir Road section between Plough Lane and Earlsfeeld is now complete.

The MCC has worked with Sustrans on this project over the past year and are very happy with the result. The path is much wider and the surface much improved. Barriers have been removed which really helps too.

The "Bridge to nowhere" in Colliers Wood s currently being built and should be completed soon.

South Wimbledon Area - Road Entry Improvements

The London Borough of Merton are currently improving many of the streets around South Wimbledon by replacing the rusty swing barriers with polished steel bollards. This is much better from a visual and from a permeability perspective i.e. bicycles can easily ride through. What's more high quality granite, steel and paving materials have been used and the transition surfaces are flush, which makes a very big difference for bicycles or reduced mobility scooters. This is perfect. Overall we congratulate the London Borough of Merton for their efforts.