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About Us

Who we are

We’re a group of local volunteers united by a common wish to make our streets safer, healthier and happier, now and for future generations.

Across the borough, from North Kensington to Chelsea to Earl’s Court to South Kensington or Notting Hill we bring people together, whether parents with young families, wanting to be able to walk, scoot or cycle safely to school with their children, students getting to lectures, business people getting to meetings, people shopping locally rather than at superstores, enjoying some clean air and exercise, we have a broad group of all ages.

Over time we have built good working relations with RBKC, TfL and other residents’ groups, and we work collaboratively with all whose interests like ours are to improve our great borough.

We have a committee that helps organise things and many other active volunteers. We always welcome new people, whether because of a particular issue you have to raise or whether you’d like to get involved.

Background

Too many of our streets are unhealthy, unsafe and unhappy.  We know why – it’s too many unnecessary car journeys and insufficient infrastructure for people to make other choices.

We want to change our streets so that those who can walk or cycle are able to do so safely and enjoyably, and those who can’t face less congestion, bringing cleaner air, reducing deaths and life-changing injuries, encouraging community and more active healthier lives.  

Increased Traffic

Car traffic keeps going up, encouraged by navigation and ride-hailing apps.  Since 2013 in RBKC alone, average yearly traffic has increased by 50 million miles

Rat Running

Since 2009 traffic on residential roads in London – known as “rat-running” has increased from 5.4 billion miles per year to 9.3 billion miles per year

Congestion

Cars – whether private cars or taxis – are the least efficient use of road space, and are the main cause of congestion.

Unnecessary Car Journeys

Most London car journeys are short and could be cycled or walked

Waste of Space

Most car journeys carry only one person – so using on average 1,300 kilos of metal measuring over six feet across to transport a single person

Pollution

Vehicular transport is a major cause of city pollution.  This includes electric vehicles (EVs) which not only have a very large carbon footprint in their manufacture but emit harmful particles through brake tire dust, as well as stirring up particulates lying on the road surface

Danger to Lives

Vehicles are dangerous to people on foot or bike. There have been and inevitably will continue to be life changing injuries and deaths on our roads unless we put in place safe infrastructure

We see the results – children going to school in the back of an SUV, the young and fit going to the gym in an Uber, rat-running and the vicious circle continues.

We have the tools to make our streets better, tried and tested in numerous examples across the world and increasingly closer to home too. 

RBKC is our home and we want to make it better.  We’re currently towards the bottom of the Healthy Streets Scorecard.  We’re proud of the potential of our borough and we want to be at the top.

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Whether you’d like to join us for a specific campaign, want to know more about how you could help, or even just to get updates on how we are doing, please don’t hesitate to join us! 

Our Team

Pip Vice

Pip Vice

Jonathan Kelly

Jonathan Kelly

Sara French

Sara French

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A reminder we are co-hosting a cross party meetup this Tuesday evening, 11th Jan at a pub near Westminster - everyone working for pro-cycling change welcome - please sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cross-party-cycling-drinks-tickets-221367946487

Not one, not two, but three protected 🚲 lanes promised by @rbkc that haven't been done or have been taken out. Great to have plans - and promises - , pointless puff and corrosive of trust though if you don't deliver on them.

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Cllr Johnny Thalassites@jthalassites

Not one, not two, but three Environmental Action Plans in @RBKC https://twitter.com/rbkc/status/1479474201274699779

Hammersmith can make the gyratory safer, why can’t Kensington even make its High Street safe?

Why is @RBKC intent on presiding over a 1.5 miles death trap in what will otherwise be a safe cycle lane transversing London East to West? https://twitter.com/MichielJoseph/status/1479029399475396609

MJ@MichielJoseph

A safe cycle lane is coming to Hammersmith Gyratory! @LBHF

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