The goal of the London Living Streets Fairer Pedestrian Crossingsproject is to rebalance the way in which London’s network of signalised road crossings is operated to give the best possible service and experience for those travelling on foot.
“The zeitgeist is changing. The politics of the street are changing. People are asking how we want to live.”
Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets
This was Boys Smith, one of the chairs at the Central London Walking Network conference on 28 November, responding to the energy, ideas and enthusiasm in the room. The event, organised with Urban Design Group, was a turning point in London Living Street’s campaign for a dense web of walking routes connecting major destinations in Central London.
by Robert Molteno and Jeremy Leach, London Living Streets
For a number of years, ‘smoothing traffic flow’ was at the heart of roads transport policy in London. This policy of facilitating journeys by motor vehicle infected everything – and negatively from the point of view of Londoners wanting to walk short trips, or cycle, or have clean air. 30mph and higher speed limits were largely unquestioned; pedestrian crossing timings were geared to keeping motor vehicles moving; signalised pedestrian crossings were removed; and roads capacity was increased, for example by adding more lanes, narrowing pavements or building wide turning radii at intersections.
by Jeremy Leach, Paul Gasson, Robert Molteno and Emma Griffin
In response to public alarm over climate change, nearly two thirds of London councils had declared a climate emergency by October 2019. While it is relatively straightforward for a council to declare an emergency, it is far more challenging to commit to specific interventions that will deliver big cuts in carbon emissions.