Please build a pedestrian and bicycle crossing by St Peter's Church to reunite the forest.
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The A104 Woodford New Road is a very busy main road that carves right through the middle of Epping Forest. Traffic is fast (40mph speed limit) and almost constant throughout the day. As a result, few walkers or cyclists cross it, and remain hemmed-in on one side or the other.
Epping Forest is a wonderful resource that our great borough is fortunate to have part of within it's boundaries. It gives countless fantastic opportunities for improving the health and welfare of borough residents, yet the cost of management is paid for by the City of London Corporation. However, as the council control the roads, safe access to the forest is down to them.
Epping Forest conservators have said they would welcome a crossing near St. Peter's Church, and would assist the council to implement one. A crossing here, re-uniting the two 'islands' of forest, would enable walkers and cyclists a choice of safe routes through the forest and encourage greater use and exploration of the forest by residents of the urban environment on both sides of the divide. It would also allow passengers accessing the number 20 southbound bus stop here safe passage to the pavement network.
Waltham Forest Council has conducted a site survey and agreed to the principle of a crossing here, but hasn't as yet been able to fund it.
Waltham Forest Council has just been given thirty million pounds by Transport for London to encourage cycling in Walthamstow. The mini-Holland planners have yet to properly consider this suggestion as it is outside of their self-defined geographical limits, despite being in E17. A crossing here would meet many of the stated aims of the mini-Holland scheme. It would:
o-o Provide a new crossing point for people who walk and cycle
o-o Improve the borough's cycle infrastructure
o-o Support a step change in the numbers of local people choosing to cycle
o-o Encourage people (to cycle) who might currently be put off because of safety concerns
o-o Benefit the whole community, not just cyclists
o-o Improve health and fitness levels in the borough
o-o Offer activities that encourage confidence in cycling
o-o Prioritise pedestrians
o-o Improve community interaction
o-o Provide a safer route for people to cycle through
o-o Provide facilities to benefit public transport users
o-o Help increase the number of people choosing to walk, cycle or use public transport, by improving road safety
The effects of mini-Holland will only make these main A-routes busier and harder to cross. So come on mini-Holland planners, why not?
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