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We want physically segregated cycle lanes on Albany Rd & Thurlow St and Dutch standard prioritised protected crossings for cyclists/pedestrians at cycle route junctions, in the Aylesbury Estate plan.

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The proposed totally inadequate painted cycle-lanes in the Aylesbury Estate Phase 1 and Masterplan planning application, lethally squash children cycling to school in between buses and the opening doors of the proposed new parking slots along both streets, as can be seen in the attached graphic produced by the developers.

The best way to protect our kids cycling to local schools and the new busy BMX track is to install segregated cycle lanes along these two busy bus routes. Across the world, major cities have found the best way to encourage those afraid of cycling is to separate them from trucks and buses.

The rebuilding of the Aylesbury Estate provides us with a once in a century opportunity to build in fully segregated protection along these two busy roads.

30% of Southwark's kids want to cycle to school but only 4% do currently, as their parents are afraid to let them share the road with HGV trucks. This despite the fact that Southwark is in the middle of a childhood and adult obesity epidemic.

Encouraging cycling would help reduce the hundreds of people dying and ill in the Borough from carcinogenic traffic pollution. It would also help reduce the high mortality illness rates from diabetes, heart and other unfitness diseases, due to the lack of exercise, due to the tens of thousands of Southwark's residents who want to cycle but are currently afraid to.

For the last four years, Southwark's Transport Officers have instigated a de facto ban on all new segregated cycle lanes and they called instead for cyclists to be used to slow down buses and trucks by insisting they share our major roads, despite numerous deputations, presentations and protests by the cycling campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists and others.

It is crucial that this dangerous policy of using children, adults and pensioners when cycling as speed restrictors is brought to an end immediately.

It is time for Southwark to adopt modern European standards for our pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.



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