In response to the pandemic, 2020 saw a major move towards encouraging cycling and walking in the City of London and across the capital. As an alternative to public transport and car use, making the most of the fresh air suddenly became very attractive. Golden Lane residents created an initiative to encourage increased cycling and walking. A report Healthy and Safe summarised an iniative to encourage cycling on Golden Lane Estate. The publication brought together a survey of residents; an overview of current storage on the Estate; an analysis of places to build new cycle storage; and suggestions for improved ways of creating safe and secure bicycle storage.
Report and Grant Application
Residents realised that encouraging people to walk and cycle was a good idea but a key aspect for making this happen was the provision of safe storage for cycles, something sorely missing on the estate. Following publication of the report, a grant application was made for funding to encourage cycling; refurbish existing bike sheds; add new public bicycle racks and create a set of safe and secure places for cycle storage. Read the report to understand our plans. The grant application was made to the City of London Community Infrastructure Fund. The application was successful and detailed planning has now started to implement the project. Download a copy of the report below.
Over the spring extensive consultations have taken place to establish the best approach to installing new equipment and improving existing facilities. Local residents and experts in consultation STBY, led this process. The results of their consultation can be read here.
Appointment of a Project Manager
The next step for the project was the appointment of a Project Manager to implement the plans. A project management team is now in place.