Jan 20th, 2017
Safer A23 in Streatham Campaign
By Nicole G
There’s a new petition on the 38 Degrees website started by someone who lives near you, which you might be interested in. They’re handing in the petition this weekend, so sign today if you’d like your name included:
SAFER A23 IN STREATHAM
Campaign created by Charly Lewis
To: Mayor of London
What: The entire length of the A23 through Streatham should be improved and the public, pedestrian environment upgraded.
Speed restriction measures must be implemented. Signs showing the speed limit is 30mph (and enforce 20mph in certain sections) along with speed cameras and/or speed bumps, more pedestrian crossings and a cycle lane.
Why is this important: There is, on average, a significant incident every four days, with someone being fatally or seriously injured every month on Streatham High Road. The road is trying to serve too many purposes. It’s a commuter route, a haulier route, a bus route as well as a busy shopping street. These needs are incompatible.
Drivers see the wide road, 3 lanes and lack of speed signs and treat it as a dual carriageway. Research shows half of them break the 30mph speed limit.
On the other hand, residents see it as their High Street and dart between cars to make it to the middle section where they stand between six lanes of traffic before making the final dash to Sainsbury’s to pick up some milk. Streatham’s population is growing. There’s the redevelopment of the bowling alley and work’s started on Caesar’s. This is brilliant and such an exciting time for the area but it will only make the risks of the A23 greater.