Beckenham Liberal Democrats have launched the road safety campaign Safer to School | Safer for All. By making our roads safer for the journey to school we can make them safer for all.
The campaign was started in Beckenham by of Lib Dem campaigners Chloe-Jane Ross, Alison Davis and Rich Wilsher, all parents with school-age children.
Beckenham may have a Kent postcode, but like other parts of the borough traffic problems are inner-London. Many roads are notorious for speeding, rat-running and lack of safe crossings. The school-run is especially problematic on residential roads. Families who walk to school are concerned about the lack of safe crossings on route, but some routes are so dangerous families choose to drive, which of course adds to the congestion. And the Council have proved resistant to the pleas for change from local residents – pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.
Copers Cope Road, Brackley Road and Worsley Bridge Road are really bad for speeding and have no proper crossings. We campaigned for a proper crossing on Copers Cope Road by New Beckenham station to help families heading to school and rail users. It would also help slow down speeds along Copers Cope Road. The Council dismissed our petition and the views of local people. Instead installing a refuge that is too small and, as many local people have complained, on the wrong side of the junction. We think our Council can and should do better than this.
Many London councils have already invested in innovative road safety schemes to make our streets safer and more liveable. Bromley is lagging behind with out-of-date traffic policies that rely on KSI (Killed or Seriously Injured) statistics before implementing road safety schemes.
This is completely unacceptable and local people have had enough. We want Bromley Council to listen to residents’ testimonials on near misses and lucky escapes – before someone is killed or seriously injured.
We ask all local citizens who are concerned about road safety to sign the Safer to School | Safer for All Pledge, calling for:
- Traffic calming measures and safe crossing places on school routes.
- Prompt action to deal with road safety and traffic issues, on residential as well as main roads.
- A common sense Road Safety policy that listens to local people.
Together we can influence change and make our streets safer and more liveable for all.