Get on Your Bike - Brake
‘Get on Your Bike’, that’s the call from Tom Brake, Carshalton and Wallington’s cycling MP after the Sutton Cycling Delivery Strategy Consultation Workshop on Thursday 23 July at Sutton Civic Offices.
The event, hosted by lead Councillor Jill Whitehead, was set up to explore ways in which Sutton Council could improve provision in the local area for cyclists. This month saw the publication of Sutton Council’s Cycling Delivery Strategy report, which outlines the policies that Sutton will implement to improve services for cyclists. Sutton already has its own cycling champion, Cllr Manuel Abellan, who leads on cycling issues in the Borough.
Tom, a regular cyclist who often uses his bike to get round the constituency, said after the event:
“Cycling is a fantastic way to get around. So I definitely recommend ‘getting on your bike’. But more needs to be done to make it safer and events like this one help identify how Sutton can become much safer and more enjoyable for cyclists.”
The summit workshop focused on six key objectives:
extending cycle routes, reducing traffic speeds
enabling cycling to town centres
stations and schools
encouraging people to start cycling
embedding a cycling culture within the Council
promoting cycling through education, training and marketing with focus on vulnerable and harder to reach groups.
The cycling summit featured presentations by Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner and cycling award-winning Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon.
This was Sutton’s second cycle summit, after Tom hosted the first summit in January 2014.