Low traffic Neighbourhood – Step 2 – the Campaign
400 Bathonians were energised
Here’s a picture released today of Cllr Joanna Wright returning to Walthamstow with Cllr Clyde Loakes of Waltham Forest who masterminded their successful implementation of LTNs across Walthamstow. His talk was highly inspiring and left a packed Guildhall pretty much converted. I wrote this up two weeks ago here. We are now at an important next step.
There is now interest across several parts of Bath
Several areas of Bath are looking to consider LTNs now and are readily using our starting materials here to catch us up. It’s not a bad thing to have widespread support for this initiative but we do need to be leading the pack. It is likely in my view that funding will be very limited to start with and will go to those who show the most promise. The early adopters’ success could be the catalyst for further funding down the line sometime.
From the scientific evidence presented at a 3 day University Incubator workshop I attended last week, it’s clear that the public health risks from too much traffic are the most pressing and persuasive. Safety and lifestyle of our whole community are also highly important and together would far outweigh any inconveniences to us as residents – and any design for our LTN will be based on these priorities. We now need to act fast.
Next stage in the campaign
We met with our local councillors last summer. They said give us proof of your community’s support for the concept and we will fight for you be considered. So, first, a big thank you for 104 people for putting their names to the campaign. Just to remind you what we said…
Camden Road – that many know as a cut through to avoid the London Road needs to be returned to being a vibrant residential street – Camden Street, for short.
There are other rat runs used through Camden and Walcot which also make life for residents, walkers and cyclists difficult which could be included too.
How this is done using the LTN concept we’re not entirely sure as yet but it will certainly have to involve a larger area than just Camden. Please join our campaign and feed through your support and any ideas. We need several hundred of us to make a difference.
We now need two things which you can help with – neither requiring much time and both making a big difference.
Your Household: to keep the momentum going we really need to show that there is yet more support in our community for the concept at least. The simplest step is to make sure that anyone over 17 (i.e. eligible now or soon to vote) in your household has at least been asked to sign up – please do check.
Friends and Neighbours: not everyone in the community is in regular touch with the Camden Residents Association so please do mention our campaign to friends and neighbours. The 21 questions and answers here can be helpful when they trigger doubts or uncertainties, and do please feed through any arguments that are worrying you to us.
Please click on the button to join the campaign