To make cycling safer and more inviting the Dutch built a vast network of cycle paths that are clearly marked, have smooth surfaces, separate signs and lights for cyclists, and are wide enough to allow side-by-side cycling and overtaking. At roundabouts it is the cyclist that has prority.
In many cities the paths are completely segregated from motorised traffic. Sometimes, where space is scant and both must share, you can see signs showing an image of a cyclist with a car behind accompanied by the words 'Bike Street: Cars are guests'. The schools plays a part in this too, with cycling proficiency lessons a compulsory part of the Dutch school curriculum. All schools have places to park bikes and at some schools 90% of pupils cycle to class.
We have a Health and WellBeing strategy in Lambeth thats drafted by Lambeth Council and the CCG. Transport is clearly an important issues and some of these ideas could be included as suggestions to work with Lambeth council on.
I really like these suggestions. I cycle in and out of work everyday and it takes a fairly confident cyclists to negotiate the streets of London!
I'm guessing that some of the suggestions - segregated cycle routes are within the gift of Lambeth council to implement. The CCG would certainly be interetsed in working with the council to enable this to happen.
Other suggestions - such as making sure GP surgeries have good cycle locking facilities we should be able to do relatively easily and quickly.
I think the suggestions on a CCG travel policy are all good, and maybe they should be part of a wider sustainability policy?
In Lambeth we've had a Diabetes project in place for the last couple ofg years. Whats been the learning from that? Specifically on patient education and information? Is there something we should be doing differently, more / less of?
Suporting carers would be part of empowering communities to support themselves. A key theme that is continually being raised in the BIG Lambeth health debate.
The key principles are all principles that Lambeth CCG would sign up to. Maybe Lambeth CCG should include mapping existing carers needs and services, to enable commissioning advice, information and support services for carers in their commissioning intentions for 2014/15?