We invited representatives from the Council as well as from Living Streets and Southwark Cyclists to discuss future plans for cycling in Burgess Park.
FOBP want to see the proposed Southwark Spine cycle route go down Wells Way and for this route to be improved to benefit pedestrians crossing from one side of the park to the other as well as benefiting cyclists who need a safe, high quality cycle route.
Southwark Council’s Burgess Park 2015 developments:
The council has agreed £6 million for further enhancement work to Burgess Park.
During summer 2015 the detailed plans for the Camberwell entrance and New Church Road will be consulted on. More details on Revitalisation and our responses to the latest plans for the park including underpass success and the proposed cycling spine route across Burgess Park. The new masterplan for the park will also be presented in the summer and this will respond to the early consultation and identify immediate priorities.
New planting, fencing and hedge and tree pruning have enhanced this small pocket park along the Surrey Canal Walk. FOBP raised funds for this from Southwark Council and the Mayor of London pocket parks. A number of events took place including bulb and hedge planting, find out more about the Friends’ Jowett Street park project.
Bridge to Nowhere history project – completed
The Bridge to Nowhere heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund involved loads of people to learn more about the history and heritage of Burgess Park. The project included the Wells Way underpass artwork – a reminder of the main feature of the area which lead to the creation of the park – the Grand Surrey Canal. And we have launched the new Burgess Park Heritage Trail. Look out for the blue plaques around the park.
Both FOBP and Southwark Cyclists support improvements to Wells Way to green the route and improve conditions for cyclists and pedestrians. Read Joe Parker’s presentation on Southwark Cyclists’ Wells Way proposal. At the meeting, FOBP members proposed working together with Southwark Cyclists to lobby for these improvements including linking with Quietway 7 (QW7 Elephant and Castle to Crystal Palace).
Abigail Tripp of Wheels for Wellbeing advocated a better crossing on Wells Way linking Burgess Park East and West so that adapted cycles for disabled children and adults could travel across all of the park. At the moment, these cycles are unable to use the underpass which is too steep for them. A better crossing is also needed on Trafalgar Avenue to access the Community Garden and Surrey Canal Walk section of Burgess Park.
Wheels for Wellbeing provides cycling sessions for disabled children and adults in south London parks. Abigail also hoped to find a Burgess Park base for a fleet of the specially adapted cycles for these sessions. She will be attending the cycling festival at the BMX track on Saturday, 14 Nov 2015.
Thanks to everyone who came along to see us at the Festival. We talked about greening Wells Way and enhancing it as a cycle route as well as the proposed cycle spine route across the park.
This is what some of you had to say about cycling in the park and adding the Southwark Spine route:
Why do we need another cycling route in the park — there are plenty already?
The roads should be safe for cyclists — it isn’t right to take space away from the park.
Roads feel safer — it is less confusing than dealing with pedestrians on park paths. Hyde Park cycle route is extremely problematic — large groups of pedestrians are in conflict with cyclists.
Branding a route as a cycling route will draw more cyclists and overwhelm the park.
Warn cyclists at park entrances to give way to pedestrians.
Find out what all users of the park feel about sharing space.
Cyclists should be off roads — park paths should be for cyclists and pedestrians.
Exits from the park should be improved for cyclists particularly at Albany Road and Wells Way.
NO to the Southwark Cycle Spine Route through Burgess Park — the FOBP view
Southwark Council have agreed the cycling strategy which includes the cycle spine route. A petition against the spine was presented by local residents at the cabinet meeting 2 June which approved the overall cycle strategy. The Leader agreed that a further report should be made to cabinet before the work commences with further details on the cycle spine route.
The petition against the spine route crossing Burgess Park is still open. (The paper petition with 500 signatures has been presented to Southwark Council.) FOBP are focusing on one aspect of the spine route and cycling in green space. We are not against the cycling strategy aim to increase cycling and improve cycle routes.
1. FOBP do not support the proposed Southwark Council spine route cutting directly across Burgess Park. The preferred alternative is to direct cyclists through Wells Way – which FOBP propose as a greenway.
2. Commuter cyclists should be encouraged to use non-park routes, and these routes should be improved.
3. Greater numbers of cycling journeys are part of Southwark Council and Mayor of London’s strategy. However, the solution cannot be that Burgess Park is carved up into cycling routes to suit all cyclists’ needs or alternatively cycling and non-cycling paths to the detriment of other park users and the park environment itself
4. A pro-active approach to responsible cycling behaviour is needed which recognises that the park provides freedom of movement away from roads – an aspect which is essential to all park users. Back to the top