Lee Green Modal Filter Map

In order to help people navigate into and out of the new Lee Green Low traffic neighbourhood, we thought a colour coded map would help.

Each set of roads are coloured in a particular colour to show how they are accessible by car, from either A21 Lewisham High Street, Burnt Ash Road, A205 South Circular or A20 Lee High Road to get into the area or out of it (in a motor vehicle).

It also shows the route of the 273 bus (pink), the proposed temporary cycle lane along Burnt Ash Road (blue line), the proposed locations for school streets and the locations of all of the modal filters (bollard filters in blue, camera filters in pink).

Lee Green Modal Filter Installation Starts!

Modal filters are being installed this week in Lee Green and Lewisham, with contractors from Meristem Design and Conway on site on Upwood Road and Woodyates Road earlier on Monday.

Upwood Road

Bollards are due to be installed to fill the gaps in the next few days.

Woodyates Road

We’ll be updating this blog as they go in. In the meanwhile, you can follow us on Twitter for the most upto date news (@makeleegreen).

For the full plans, you can find them here .

Guest family blog

The following is guest blog entry from Hayley, a resident living with her family on Leahurst road.

As a resident of Leahurst Road I sat with the letter this morning and talked to my husband about the impact of the changes that have been bought in and how they will effect us, and others. Covid meant that the last few months have been very different for us, as they have been for a lot of us. I have been asked by the NHS to shield so I have not been out

much at all and I have not been to a supermarket for over 12 weeks. Luckily I have a husband who has shopped for us, once a week. We did not shop like this before, we shopped 2 or 3 times a week using the car each time. We now realise we can shop smarter and using our car less. My parents live outside of London and have also been shielding. I have organised 2-3 weekly internet shops for  them. They had never had food delivered for them in this way before and they too can see some benefits of trying something new.

We have all noticed we can live differently. So, I have been home with a  husband working from home and 2 children I have been, and still are,  homeschooling, so sometimes we needed to get out. We embraced the bikes we already had and started cycling as family. I found it much less stressful with regard to social distancing and obviously it was good exercise for all of us. We regularly cycle from our house through Blackheath to Greenwich Park and down the hill. I would happily keep cycling but they just wanted to sit and chill out until we cycled home, they loved it and felt the difference of the quieter, safer roads, they even embraced cycle helmets, a battle I thought I would never win. We often went to Greenwich Park walking, scooting or skating, yup and sometimes driving. Now it’s totally natural for them to want to cyle there.

So as a family we have anticipated what the new world will look like. Our children who will be at Trinity Primary and Secondary will be able to walk or cycle to school safer than they have ever experienced. This for them and us as a family is a god send, we do not want them dicing with the traffic as they currently have done. We will continue to shop and use the car once a week, we won’t go to the Lidl in Lee High road but we will go to the Aldi in Kidbrooke. I have friends in Catford who I will now walk or cycle to. When the cat gets sick we will drive to Ringstead Road. The cat doesn’t get sick often thankfully. We will continue to walk to Lewisham and Lewisham hospital. In the instances of the few times we have to get there in a hurry, we will drive.

I have no idea whether everyone will embrace the need for people to think about using their car less, or if they can drive at less busy times but I really hope that for the common good those people that don’t need to drive won’t. That those people than can walk or cycle, can and can do safely.

I chose a local secondary for my son because I want him to be at school in the community within which he lives. There are many positives about this and him being safe is one of them.

I hope post covid we can all see the importance of making the right decision not the easy decisions. I know there are people embracing the scheme who really will have thier lives altered in a negative way, parents with children who really need transport etc etc.But if they can accept that we are all looking for a cleaner safer environment for everyone then I can too.

Lewisham Council Release Plan for Lewisham & Lee Green Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial scheme

Today, thousands of residents in Lee Green will have received a letter explaining Lewisham Council’s updated plan for the healthy neighbourhood scheme. You can find a copy of the letter here .

The letter explains how the situation has changed during lockdown and the scheme has now been fast tracked, with a view to implementing the scheme on 29th June, using a temporary traffic order. It allows the council to implement measures after providing 7 days notice from the letter date.

The letter also includes the following map. The council have one further change since the last draft version, including further camera enforced modal filters at Manor Lane, Ennersdale Road, Dermody Road as well as indicating the location of recently installed temporary measures for social distancing on Staplehurst Road outside Sainsbury’s. The council also explain the additional features such as seating space, tree planting and cycle parking won’t be provided at this stage due to conditions of funding from Transport for London.

We tweeted the below picture when barriers on Staplehurst Road were installed last week.

We look forward to the planters, bollards and cameras being finally installed. We haven’t yet back from Lewisham council about the camera enforcement and hope they will use a similar approach to Lambeth council (as described by Lambeth Cyclists here). We will report more back once they’re in.

Local Residents share the benefits of cycling in Lewisham

Lewisham Council have published a new blog talking to residents who are sharing their experiences of cycling in the borough (Published on the council webpage here).

The council already offers free cycle training, runs a scheme (currently for Keyworkers only) where you can rent a bike for a month and is installing bike hangers. However some of these have been suspended during the pandemic (the bike hire scheme has seen unprecedented demand), but we’re hopeful they’ll return soon.

Info here for reference.

You can also find out more information from the local borough group for the London Cycling Campaign, Lewisham Cyclists, on their website here.

Welcome to our site

First up, if you’re reading this, welcome.

Why are we doing this?

  • Because we want Lewisham Council to implement the Healthy Neighbourhood Scheme in Lee Green as planned back in 2019.
  • Because we want our local streets to be for people rather than motor traffic cutting through residential streets.
  • Because we want to enable more people, including kids, to walk and cycle to school and work.

We’ll be updating this site in the coming weeks as a number of things have changed since the original consultations back in 2019 mainly due to the pandemic, which has shown us what low traffic streets in Lewisham and Lee Green could look and feel like.

To find out more, click on the links at the top of the page.

Lewisham Council Announces COVID-19 Transport Response

In response to lockdown measures, Lewisham Council announced it “is taking emergency action to help the public safely make the essential trips they need to on foot or by bicycle. Enabling people to keep two metres apart will help protect the health and safety of the public and minimise pressure on the NHS.”

The plans were announced on the Council website and also on social media by Lewisham Council Cabinet Member for Transport, Sophie McGeevor.

You can find out more about the plans here