Croydon has set out plans for a raft of new cycle schemes to boost sustainable travel, as part of the council’s first Carbon Neutral Action Plan to reach carbon neutrality by 2030.
Construction will begin shortly on Brighton Road to improve cycle lanes between Purley High Street and Nottingham Road, creating a safer and more direct route into the town centre. New safer crossings are also coming to the junction of Sanderstead Road following requests from local schools, and new zebra crossings will be added to several other junctions along this stretch of Brighton Road.
These plans have been developed with feedback from nearby businesses to support deliveries, and from working closely with local residents, schools and councillors. More information and the latest updates on the scheme can be found on the council website.
In the Old Town/Roman Way area, a consultation is underway for new cycle right-of-way. The proposals will see cyclists able to travel in both directions on 10 streets: Church Road, Old Palace Road, Scarbrook Road, Warrington Road, Southbridge Place, Duppas Hill Terrace, Laud Street, Sheldon Road, Wandle Road and Queen Street.
The Old Town consultation closes on 25 March, and submission instructions are available on the council website.
In the town centre, Dingwall Road would see a new public space at the Lansdowne Road roundabout, with increased taxi rank spaces, cycle hangers, and upgrades to the cycle lanes to improve safety.
Following a recent consultation, the decision has already been taken to make cycle lanes on Croydon High Street and London Road permanent, with the final plans for Dingwall Road to be decided at a committee meeting this evening (Monday 21 March).
Alongside the cycle lanes on London Road, the Business Low Emission Neighbourhood scheme is progressing. In response to residents’ concerns about parking issues and vehicle idling, proposals have been sent to the community that would see changes to the areas in front of 386 London Road and Gary Court.
These proposals would see new planting to help protect the residential apartments from queuing traffic and exposure to air pollution, and make the area more attractive. Trees and other greenery would be planted in a way to naturally help the drainage in the area through the use of ‘rain gardens’ that absorb water into the ground naturally.
Cycle lanes are just one piece of the borough’s cycling offer – in the next few months, 25 new cycle hangers will be installed in Croydon neighbourhoods as a result of resident requests. Each hanger has capacity for six bicycles. Residents can submit requests for cycle hangers on their street by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
“Enabling more people to cycle safely in and around Croydon is a key component to reaching our goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. We’ve seen so many residents more motivated than ever to leave the car at home for more journeys, both to reduce their carbon footprint and to combat air pollution, but also to take advantage of the mental and physical health benefits of cycling. It’s especially important to have worked so closely with the community to develop these plans, and I hope even more will take part in these new consultations and help us design the best schemes we possibly can.”
Councillor Muhammad Ali, cabinet member for sustainable Croydon