At City Hall, on the 3rd June, a petition to make Tooting Bec Road safer was presented to the London Assembly by Lib Dem member Caroline Pidgeon. Over 500 people have signed the petition led by Jon Irwin, with the support of the local Lib Dems.
Jon commented, "I've been delighted by the huge show of support for the petition. Many people have told me that the road just isn't safe enough at the moment. From people using the crossing near the athletics track, to the few that currently cycle along the road. With the new developments in the centre of London, we know that TfL can build high quality streets which work better for everyone. It's time for them to start improving streets in and around Tooting!"
Comments from supporters of the petition illustrate the difficulties that the current layout presents.
Derek left this message "I was recently almost ‘mowed down’ turning right on my bicycle ... So yes, layout AND driver awareness of cyclists need to be desperately improved".
Daniel added "I currently prefer to bypass it using back roads, yet this entails significant detours and a number of hazardous junctions. I would never ride either route with my children. A segregated track would be quicker, more convenient and safer, and enable my family to ride there too."
Lucinda regularly rides along the road, and commented "I feel very vulnerable and exposed so a separate cycle path would be the safest option."
With traffic levels having dropped by 38% (2005-2013) and the support for this petition, it really does seem like the time for high quality cycle lanes to be installed on Tooting Bec Road has come.
Jon added, "I only hope that TfL and the Mayor listen to local people, and put forward high quality designs."