Our aim is for Harrow’s streets to be safe and pleasant for walking, cycling and enjoying, to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Currently Harrow’s streets are polluted, congested, dangerous and noisy. People tend to travel by car even for short journeys, distances that could easily be walked or cycled if the street design made it easy.
Physical inactivity causes obesity, diabetes and many other diseases – Harrow has the third highest level of diabetes in England. The only solution is to build our streets in a way that enables and encourages active travel, so that everyone can incorporate healthy physical activity in their everyday lives. For example, two thirds of car journeys in London are less than 5km, many of which could be switched to walking or cycling. This would also reduce congestion for people who really need to drive.
We would like Harrow to be more like the Netherlands, which has a comprehensive cycle network (and a much better driving experience). The London Borough of Waltham Forest has recently built a successful ‘mini-Holland’, following Dutch best practice, and Harrow should do likewise.
We would like Harrow Council to:
- Create low-traffic neighbourhoods by removing through traffic from minor residential roads. This will reduce car traffic, encourage walking and cycling, and make these areas quieter, less polluted, safer, more sociable and nicer to live in.
- Set the default speed limit at 20mph, with higher speeds only on major roads where it is safe.
- Build safe, convenient cycle paths along major roads and better pedestrian crossings.
- Promote walking and cycling through all council activities, and help people take up cycling by providing bike parking, training and bike hire.