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Councils call for more power to clamp down on pavement parking - Click here to read the whole article on ITV News.

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DRAG Proposes an Exemplar Scheme

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DRAG have proposed an exemplar scheme to make our streets safer to cross, reduce pollution in the area as a whole and encourage more people to walk, cycle and access public transport.  please click here to see our detailed presentation

Ideas discussed included better crossing points, pedestrian routes to parks and schools and removing HGVs by improving signage and limiting their ability to rat-run through Telegraph Hill

The deputy Mayor for Lewisham, Cllr Alan Smith, advised that the Council had commissioned a report to look into how best to achieve this and to ensure that HGVs use suitable routes that do not cut through any part of Telegraph Hill.

DRAG are keen to have feedback from residents and has launched its 2017 Survey so that you can have your say.
We also intend to organise a local event to give residents a chance to discuss these issues together.

Watch this space and please continue sending us your pictures and reporting incidents, as we develop a scheme to improve the streets for everyone.

DRAG's solution: better designed streets

Street calmedDrakefell Road suffers with speeding traffic, which makes it difficult to cross, and results in cars being damaged by speeding lorries and vans. It also suffers with congestion during the late afternoons and early evenings, which also makes it difficult to cross between the parked cars on the pavement, and the limited gaps left by frustrated drivers.

Residents have commented in the online survey that they are often forced to make dangerous detours into the road, as the pavements are blocked. Mothers with pushchairs have to take their lives in their hands by venturing into the road when the pavements are blocked.

However DRAG is proposing to Lewisham Council that we deal with the problem of speeding traffic, limited opportunities to cross the road safely and blocked pavements, by developing solutions to deal with all these problems at once.
The answer to these problems is - better designed streets. By re-designing the street for residents, we can rebalance the street towards a fairer allocation of the limited space towards residents, making it easier to walk and cycle.
Bike standWe are not calling for a ban on all traffic, we want a better designed street which enables safe parking for cars, 2 metre pavements and traffic calming measures with safe places to cross. This would make a tremendous difference to the way we use the street; drivers would be forced to slow down – to within the 20mph limit. It would not only be safer, it would also reduce noise and vibration. And there would be a change in attitudes, where streets are improved, drivers change their behaviour – they would be more respectful if they were forced to notice us.