Tuesday 19 May 2020

Covid 19 and Cycling - How you can help

There's no doubt we live in unprecedented times. We face a huge challenge to change the way we travel to school, work and the shops in order to keep ourselves and those we love save. This means huge and rapid changes to our roads to create safe space for cycling and walking so that people can get where they need to safely and confidently. People of all ages are returning to cycling or taking it up for the first time.

Everyone is facing at least one challenge of some sort at the moment (we're no different) and we're really heartened by how many people are getting in touch to offer to help make sure that people can safely walk and cycle and enjoy the benefits of improved air quality, better health and economic benefits for local shops and businesses that comes with that. So we've put together a list of ways that you can help. 

Tell the Leader of Merton Council that you want to #StopTheTrafficTide

Take part in LCC's #StopTheTrafficTide Campaign and ask the Leader of Merton Council to commit to delivering a radical transformation of the roads, so that we can all cycle and walk safely across London. Send an email here https://membership.lcc.org.uk/help-london-stop-tide-motor-traffic-returning 

Tell your local Councillor that you support creating safe space for cycling in Merton 

Merton Council must implement bold and ambitious changes to create safe space for cycling quickly. Councillors need to know that residents (that's you) support these measures to give them confidence to take this action.
Please write to your local Councillor with general support for safe space for cycling, or specific ideas for changes you'd like in your local streets or ideas for safe routes. You can find the contact details for your local Councillor here  (click 'search by address or postcode if you don't know which ward you live in)

Submit your ideas for cycling improvements to the Officers at Merton Council  

Merton Council have proposed an emergency transport response to the Coronavirus pandemic to aid social distancing in the borough. We think they need to go further, faster.
Email your ideas for changes you'd like in your local streets or ideas for safe routes to future.merton@merton.gov.uk. They can be the same ideas you sent to your ward councillor.

You can also read MCC's response to the Council's plans here. When you write to your local Councillor you can express support for our ideas, or submit the ones we've missed. (We know we'll have missed out some great ideas.)

Sign this petition 

This petition is asking Merton Council to do more to create safe space for walking and cycling on our streets. Add your name and don't forget to share it with your friends, neighbours or colleagues.

Join the Merton Transport Resident's group 

This is a group of residents and community groups who want to see Merton Council act more quickly to: make walking and cycling viable options for all (including children and older people) while maintaining social distancing; create low traffic neighbourhoods and make Merton a more pleasant place to shop, visit and live. If you'd like to join, take part, or just keep up with plans please go to:
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/merton-transport-residents-group/join  and Request to Join. You can find out more and read the latest news of the group here. 

Tell everyone

Talk to your neighbours, workmates and friends about your ideas for where cycle routes could be provided or improved and why you support these changes. Get people talkign about how we can all benefit if more of us are able to safely walk and cycle - the more voices of support we have, the better!

Become a Member of London Cycling Campaign 

MCC is a Local Group of the London Cycling Campaign which is an 11,500-strong membership charity, making sure that everyone who cycles, or wants to cycle, has a voice in Greater London. They're working hard to ensure the GLA and TfL are implementing safe space for cycling. LCC membership means you’re helping to build a better London. But it also means peace of mind; the latest cycling news; great discounts; and the chance to get involved and #ridetogether.

Join up here - and don't forget if you work for a London NHS Trust or hospital and cycle to work, LCC is offering you free membership during the coronavirus crisis.

Come along to one of our meetings 

We're currently meeting via zoom on the first Thursday of the month at 8pm. We're only a small team so the more people who can help, the better. Find out more here.