Monday, 9 July 2018

History Talk: Our Cycling Suffragette 21st July


A symbol of women’s emancipation since the 1890s,  the bicycle proved useful to the suffrage campaign. As part of Merton History Month, this talk by MCC's very own Hugh Morgan will feature the country’s most significant and influential cycling suffragette – Merton and Wimbledon campaigner, Rose Lamartine Yates.

It's completely free but please RSVP so they can plan for chairs and refreshments: tel. 020 8545 3239 or email: local.studies@merton.gov.uk

21 July, 2 – 4pm

Colliers Wood Library
105-109 High Street
Colliers Wood
London SW19 2HR 


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Creating a Liveable London - 2018 Election Campaign

Along with Living Streets, we've written to the Leaders of each of the parties standing in the Council elections on Thursday 3rd May to ask them to submit a high quality bid for Liveable Neighbourhoods funding from TfL and the GLA to help create safer, greener, cleaner and less congested streets that will be more pleasant places for everybody, but particularly cyclists and pedestrians.

Text of Letter:

The Merton group of London Living Streets and Merton Cycling Campaign (part of the London Cycling Campaign)  are working together ahead of the local elections to represent the interests of everyone in Merton who wants a safer and more enjoyable borough.

Our agenda is the improvement of London’s streets and neighbourhoods; safer, greener, cleaner, less congested streets that will  create more pleasant places for everybody. 

This kind of transformation of the public domain encourages people out of their cars and to choose active modes of travel such as walking, cycling and scootering instead, reducing air pollution, improving physical and mental health, tackling obesity and loneliness and aiding social cohesion. It is a win-win proposition for growing urban communities. All Londoners, young and old, benefit from safer, less congested, greener, calmer and more pleasant streetscapes and we hope that the London Borough of Merton can be a leading example in the coming years. 

We are seeking pledges from local party leadership in advance of the May elections, to support initiatives to create more liveable neighbourhoods in Merton.  LCC and London Living Streets are asking for a commitment that, if elected, your administration will submit a high-quality and safe, Liveable Neighbourhood bid, based in an area with high potential for walking and cycling, that provides big wins for both and that takes major steps to prioritise people walking and cycling over private cars in the area during the course of your term.

Councils with vision can help to bring about this kind of transformation with the help of funding available from the GLA and TfL to deliver real, on-street improvements to Merton’s neighbourhoods. Up to £10 million of funding from the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Transport for London’s (TfL) Liveable Neighbourhoods programme is available to every borough. (https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/boroughs/liveable-neighbourhoods).  

We hope that we can count on your pledge to create more liveable neighbourhoods for Merton and seek funding from the GLA and TfL’s Liveable Neighbourhoods programme to make on-street changes that will bring real improvements to the neighbourhoods where people live and work in Merton. 

We would welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this and answer any queries you may have. Please let us know a time that would be convenient for you to meet before the 3rd of May.

29th April update

So far the Green Party and Liberal Democrats have committed to submitting a Liveable Neighbourhoods bid if elected. Check the LCC website for updates

Tell party leaders you want to see a Liveable London 

With the council elections at the start of May, now is the moment to tell your next council leader you want them to help bring your borough to life.

Click here to tell candidates in Merton that you want a more Liveable London. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Tell us about cycling in Merton - 2018 MCC Survey

We'd love to know what you think of cycling in or through Merton, whether you live, work or play in the borough. We'll use what you tell us to focus our efforts over the next year.

Just click here to take https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZYYMHYB 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Christmas Bike Ride, Sunday 27 November 10.45am

Join us for a ‎festive group ride to get the season off to a fabulous start.

We'll meander through the borough before enjoying a ride along river and a stop for lunch at The Anglers pub at Teddington before we return to Wimbledon via Richmond Park and Putney Heath.

Sunday 27 November, 10.45am - 2.30pm (finish time is approximate)
Meet at the deer outside Wimbledon Train Station, SW19 7NL   

Members and non-members both welcome!

Sunday, 3 July 2016

MCC Annual General Meeting 14 July 2016

The Annual General Meeting of Merton Cycling Campaign will be held at 8pm on Thursday 14 July at All Saints Centre, All Saints Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1BX.

The main agenda item is to review and adopt the the revised constitution, which is solidly based on the model constitution for LCC Groups. Also on the agenda is:
  • Treasurer's Report 
  • Chairman's Report

All members of Merton Cycling Campaign are welcome to attend and participate in the meeting.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Road casualties in Merton: decade to 2014

Today, November the 15th is the World Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims. http://worlddayofremembrance.org/

Merton continues to show slow progress in addressing road danger, but the data provides worrying indicators for where that danger is likely to fall.  The group Travel Independent publishes annual analysis of road traffic casualties, 2014 recorded a rise for all groups of road users.

But when viewing the data over ten years, something else is very obvious. There is no significant change in the number of vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists) who have been killed or seriously injured over this period.



The only group which has seen a reduction in deaths and serious injuries were those inside the cars during a crash.


The considerable improvements that manufacturers have applied to cars have made them better at protecting their occupants from the results of a collisions.  Sadly the same cannot be said for those outside the car.

Making the roads fit for all requires safer design, the protection of the law and political will.

In remembrance of lives lost on the roads.

Reference: Travel Independent data for Merton



Thursday, 5 November 2015

Public meeting on road safety in Dundonald Ward

Following the crash on the 30th September in which a schoolboy was seriously injured while cycling on Merton Hall Road, the local Councillors for the Dundonald Ward have called a public meeting. This will be held on Wednesday the 11th November from 7:00-8:30pm at the Wimbledon Chase Primary School.

Rat running motor vehicles have been a growing problem in this area, as identified by the LCC in the 2014 local elections. The wards asks were as follows:
Prevent rat running and introduce ‘home zones’ in the Dundonald Park area The Dundonald Park area is a quiet residential area, which is used as a rat run to Wimbledon town Centre from Lower Downs Rd and Kingston Rd. This could be avoided by placing 2 or 3 bollards in the area to prevent through traffic.
The three local Councillors, Suzanne Grocott, Michael Bull and David Dean all pledged their support to the campaign. Dundonald Ward space4cycling campaign, 2014 local elections

Unfortunately since 2014 there has been no decline in traffic, instead the empirical evidence from our members who are local to the area suggests that it has worsened.


In addition to traffic running from Toynbee Rd through to Wimbledon Town Centre (point A to G), some drivers are also using the area to jump the queue of traffic on the Kingston Rd in the morning (point C to D or F).