Our work in London 2019: Streets ahead

We’re proud to be working with London boroughs, Transport for London (TFL), the Mayor of London as well as inspirational community groups and schools to build a healthier, happier city.

Our work in London looks at some of the exciting projects we’ve been doing with partners.

Creating a sense of place where people are prioritised over cars is critical to an area’s success as a place to live, work and spend time. We have been instrumental in the development of the co-design and Healthy Streets approach to place making that helps boroughs make walking and cycling safer and a part of people’s everyday lives. 

Our team of designers is passionate about championing ambitious designs that make our streets safer, greener and more welcoming for all users. This approach is shared by many of our partners, including The Royal Borough of Greenwich who commissioned us to help progress a new cycle link connecting Woolwich Town Centre to Woolwich Hospital.

Our work as Transport for London’s (TfL) Quietways Delivery Agent over four busy years has given us extensive experience in project managing a multi-million pound cycling programme across London which is helping to transform how Londoners travel.

“Sustrans have done a truly excellent job in helping to deliver Quietways for London and can be proud of what they have achieved.” Will Norman, the Mayor of London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner

We were commissioned by Barking & Dagenham Council, together with Living Streets, to ask people who regularly use Dagenham Heathway about their thoughts on the busy street environment and how it could be redesigned. Our work provided Barking & Dagenham with comprehensive research, design concepts and practical ways in which Dagenham Heathway can be vastly improved for residents and businesses.

“We engaged Sustrans to help us develop a vision for Bermondsey Street because of their track record in engagement, and they have definitely delivered. The Sustrans team has been out there on the street in all weathers engaging with local residents, businesses and visitors. So we’re very confident that the recommendations that come out of the work will be well-founded and powerful.” Clare Birks, Chair of BermondseyStreet, London

Our behaviour change team helps boroughs tackle traffic congestion and improve air quality, especially around schools. We provide schools with information and resources, and develop young people’s cycling skills to help families change the school run from an inactive car journey to a happy scoot, walk or cycle.

We were delighted to deliver a pilot scheme, commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to help one of their local businesses switch from diesel power to assisted pedal power for their deliveries. Traditional butcher Drings supplies many customers in London, but a large number are Greenwich residents, requiring multiple short-distance deliveries. Their vision was to provide these customers with an efficient and more personalised service while doing their bit to help improve air quality.

Our 40-strong national Research and Monitoring Unit helps partners by providing robust evidence to make the case for promoting walking and cycling. For the first time ever, a London borough has been included in Bike Life, the UK’s largest assessment of attitudes to cycling. Sustrans is working with Tower Hamlets to find out the views of residents (non-cyclists and cyclists) about cycling and will be collating results for publication in 2020. 

Working with the local community in Barking and Dagenham, we have designed a 2.3km (1.4 miles) walking and cycling route and linear park which will open up 13 hectares (32 acres) of disused green space and link communities east and west of Barking Riverside with the River Thames. The greenway will provide safer routes to school, away from the busy Thames Road and easy access to nature. The park will include natural play features, a community orchard, places to sit and improved wildlife habitats. 

“Commissioning Sustrans to work with us meant that we were able to provide our residents and visitors with four Quietways in under two years. The expertise and resource they provided were superb.” Joel De Mowbray, Principal Transport Planner, Royal Borough of Greenwich

“Thanks so much Sustrans for the study tour in London, it was truly inspiring. I enjoyed discussing our shared opportunities and challenges. Great that so many amazing people took time out to talk to us about learnings from London. The combination of political leadership, positive activism and borough expertise creates a fantastic result. That’s my overriding message from the visit.” Daisy Narayanan, Project Director, Edinburgh City Centre Transformation

We helped the London Borough of Lambeth to engage the community around Estreham Road to trial a scheme that significantly reduced through-traffic on a residential street. 3,000 vehicles used Estreham road every day and 70% were using the route as a cut-through. Our work in the borough saw a 75% drop in traffic volume and a 40% drop in car use for local journeys.

Read all of the above case studies in detail in Our work in London 2019: Streets ahead.

Do you have a question about the review? Get in touch with our London team via email or call: 0207 017 2350