This week Southwark Street becomes a 20 miles per hour street. It's all part of a pilot initiative by Transport for London to reduce road accidents, increase active levels of cycling and walking and enhance the areas where people live, work and shop. The pilot will last 18 months during which traffic speeds, casualty data, safety perceptions and the number of cycling and walking trips will be monitored. The change follows a complete resurfacing of the street and the installation of new ‘countdown’ pedestrian lights at the junction with Sumner Street and Great Suffolk Street.
All roads that are under the control of Southwark Council are now 20 miles per hour as part of an objective to make streets better for walkers and cyclists. Other major roads that TfL are piloting with the reduced speed limit include Stamford Street and the Waterloo IMAX Roundabout. It's part of a wider strategy to look at how some roads in London are major traffic routes whilst, others are also important places in their own right.
The move follows Better Bankside 'Colourful Crossings' project on locations on Southwark Street which aimed to make the streets more pleasant for those walking. The project was part of the 'Avenue of Art' programme which aims to enrich peoples’ experience of the neighbourhood, encourages exploration and foster happiness.
For more information about the work TfL is carrying out to make roads safer, please visit tfl.gov.uk/roadsafety