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Bankside Smarter Travel Vision 2020

Ensuring the area remains accessible is key to the vision of making Bankside the best neighbourhood in the world.

Bankside is located in one of the most dynamic areas of Central London. There are an estimated 60,000 people working in the area and high levels of development.

Since 2005, Better Bankside has been working with local businesses to make it easier to travel sustainably to, from and around the area. Bankside has changed massively in that time and is set to evolve even more in the future with new high density buildings offering a mix of new offices, shops and places to eat, plus more intensive use of spaces in railway viaducts.

Bankside can only remain a great place to work, live and visit if travel also evolves to, from and within the area.

Our Smarter Travel Vision 2020 outlines Better Bankside’s strategic response to addressing travel issues and their knock-on impact on the quality of life of staff and businesses. It is based on five key guiding principles:

  • Attraction - making Bankside the Best Neighbourhood in the world in terms of moving to, from and around the area.
  • Amenity - creating the best possible facilities for sustainable travel in Bankside.
  • Congestion - services to make it easier to get around central London on business.
  • Air Quality - responding to the need to reduce emissions to improve health and mitigate the impact of climate change.
  • Future Proofing - ensuring that what is developed and built in the next five years takes into account future travel needs from 2020 and beyond.

Our programme

Space reallocation - Working in collaboration with the Bankside Urban Forest, trying out new ways to make our streets pleasant places in which to walk, cycle and dwell.

Freight and deliveries - Support to reduce the number of trips made by lorries and vans, which contribute to congestion, air pollution and unpleasant conditions for cycling and walking.

Business travel - Services to make it easier to get around central London on business.

Employee benefits - From weekly speed walks to cycle maintenance training, a comprehensive package to keep staff healthy, safe and happy.

Visitor travel - Working with Bankside attractions, venues and hotels to promeote walking and cycling for visitors to the area.

Policy making and lobbying - Ensuring business needs of the future are addressed by policies, plans and new transport facilities.

Our Targets

- Increase the mode share of cycling from 20% - 30% for commutes of less than 10 miles to Bankside

- Increase the number of people using Great Suffolk Street & Borough High Street on foot who report it to be a 'very pleasant' or 'pleasant' experience compared to in the 2015 Bankside Employee Travel Survey

- Ensure 95% of BID members with a rateable value of over £100,000 self-reporting as prepared for implementation of the Ultra Low Emission Zone, planned for September 2020, by March 2019

- Increase the number of Better Bankside member businesses working to a Delivery and Service Plan (DSP) to 20, across at least 10 different buildings

Measuring Progress

The first Bankside Employee Travel Survey was carried out in 2006. The data collected was used by the Travel Planning Group to set targets for commuting and business travel. The second survey collected data in the same way. These means that the results can be directly compared to see if the 2006 target have been met. In between the major Travel Surveys, questions on commuting are included in the annual Bankside Employee Survey.

The figure below demonstrates changes in the commuting habits of area employees between the survey periods.

Main mode for Commuting 2006 2010
Cycling 11.5% 9.95%
Walking 12.5% 4.71%
Taxi   0%
Train 27% 50.86%
Tube 26.5% 22.63%
Bus 17% 8.1%
Motorcycle 2% 1.13%
Car Driver 2% 2.62%
Car Passenger 0.5%
River 0.5%

Measuring progress in Cycling and Walking in Bankside

Progress is measured towards the achievement of the 2015 targets using the following indicators:

For commuting cycling

  • Regular cycle parking audits:  these take place every month and include looking at where cycles are parking on-street  and in businesses own secure facilities. 

For walking:

  • Footfall counters:  the number of walkers during the morning peak (5am to 10am) are measured every day and from November 2012, can be compared with the previous year.

Regular snap shot surveys are also carried out withing businesses.   If you are interested in running a snapshot surveys in your workplace, please contact Sophie Tyler

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