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.

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).

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

The revised Colliers Wood junction, your views wanted.

Transport for London have recently completed their work to transform the busy junction in Colliers Wood between Merton High St and the start of CS7. The most welcome feature is the bypass lane which avoids an unnecessary wait at the lights.

However there is concern at how well the rest of the changes function.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Petition to support the New Malden to Raynes Park Mini Holland cycling and walking route

Please sign our petition in favour of the proposed New Malden to Raynes Park Mini Holland Cycling and walking route;


The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames has a once in a generation opportunity to improve its facilities for walking and cycling and for environment and community friendly travel for all its residents and visitors. Last year the Borough was awarded more than £30million from the Mayor’s Outer London Cycling Fund (the Mini Holland Programme) and has christened the project “GoCycle”. The idea is to promote active travel for all, particularly children, the old and women.

A vital part of this programme is this connection between New Malden and Raynes Park; a new walking and cycling route about a mile in length. It will run alongside the railway on the north side on Thames Water supply pipes and go under the A3 dual carriageway. The new route will open up an area of valuable green space, for all ages to enjoy, cycle, walk, learn and relax. We hope it can be a linear park like the Crane river route in Richmond or the Parkland walk in Haringey. It will provide a quick, direct and easy traffic free route between the two town centres in a way that is not possible at present and reduces the severance, and even sense of dystopia, in this part of London caused by the A3 urban motorway.

The plan is that this route will link with the Transport for London cycling Quietways 4 and 5 from Waterloo to Clapham and on to Wimbledon which will extend to Raynes Park. It will also link to the Cycle Superhighway at Colliers Wood. This route will, in fact, join Kingston town centre and the Mini Holland or GoCycle routes to Central London. The prospects for the route are good. It is intended to link to the bridge over the railway in the middle and with the Cut in New Malden at one end and Raynes Park Sports Ground at the other.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Prudential FreeCycle Feeder Ride, 1st August

Join a family-friendly ride along quiet roads to and from the RideLondon FreeCycle 2015, led by experienced ride leaders from London Cycling Campaign’s Merton Group.

  • Route: Wimbledon to Green Park (Constitution Hill)
  • Start point: Wimbledon Police Station, 15-23 Queens Road, Wimbledon SW19 8NN
  • End point: Green Park (Constitution Hill)
  • Start time: 09:00
  • Distance: 9 miles
  • Return ride start point: Green Park (Constitution Hill)
  • Return ride start time: 15:00

This ride is one of 31 led rides organised by LCC to the 2015 FreeCycle, aimed at giving less confident cyclists the opportunity to ride into the FreeCycle event on a pre-planned quiet route.

To see details of all 31 rides and register to join this ride, please see the Guided Rides Schedule on the FreeCycle website at:

The RideLondon FreeCycle offers the chance for all the family to enjoy a traffic-free route on closed roads through central London, passing some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks. Everyone is welcome, no matter what their age or ability. Cyclists may cycle at any pace and as many times round the route as they like, stopping along the way to enjoy a range of free bike-based entertainment and activities at Festival Zones.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

New Malden to Raynes Park link, community event this Saturday

Community event on footbridge between Alric and Dukes Avenue
Saturday 20 June 10am to 1pm

The New Malden to Raynes Park link is a project progressing under Kingston's successful Mini-Holland bid. The aim of the event is to provide local residents with detailed feedback from previous engagement events with particular focus on safety and local ecology issues. Sustrans, who are developing the route on behalf of Kingston Council will be attending, along with LCC representatives from Merton and Kingston.

Please do join us to find out more about the project and have your questions answered.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Become a FreeCycle 2015 Marshal.

Last year, our volunteer marshals helped to successfully lead over 2500 riders into Central London from over 30 London Boroughs. These rides are aimed at giving less confident cyclists the opportunity to ride into the event in the company of experienced cyclists, and on a pre-planned quiet route. For many people these rides provide the confidence to start cycling regularly.

We’re looking for friendly, helpful and chatty people who want to encourage others to join us in our shared love of cycling. You don’t have to be a pro, but some experience of marshalling led rides would be desirable along with having reached Level 3 Bikeability. Your main role will be to work with your Ride Leader to ensure the ride is safe and the participants enjoy the experience.

Marshals will be expected to be available for both inbound and return rides, and in return for their help will be given a RideLondon t-shirt, a marshal tabard, access to the marshal welfare area and a packed lunch.

If you are interested, please sign up by Sunday 5th July