London Bridge Cycling Strategy

Team London Bridge is a business improvement district in south London which represents over 400 members in an area stretching from Tower Bridge in the east to Borough Market in the west; the River Thames to the north and the small streets around King's College London to the south. The BID is confirmed by business votes every five years and funded by annual 'subscriptions' made by rate-paying businesses towards services, projects and events that benefit businesses, employees and visitors in the area. 

The BID is highly progressive and has a strong remit to deliver its far-reaching and ambitious London Bridge Plan which includes a "PlaceShaping" strand. As part of this theme, the BID commissioned lead consultant MP Smarter Travel and ActivePlanning to prepare a cycling strategy for its area, integrated with policies and proposals at Transport for London and the London Borough of Southwark.

The strategy adds detail to the strategic London Bridge Plan document which sets out the BID's long term ambition to create 'high street' conditions on Tooley Street and to create better linkages across the wide railway viaduct. The London Bridge Plan was prepared against the background of a major redevelopment by National Rail of London Bridge station. The process of preparation included:

  • A business workshop arranged by the client and facilitated by MP Smarter Travel and ActivePlanning

  • One-to-one business meetings to discuss cycle access and cycle freight logistics. This included a meeting with Network Rail.

  • A public-facing pop-up stall by the new London Bridge Station main entrance, to gather the views of people who work in and visit the area. This was promoted locally by VeloAds and their striking velomobile.

The output was the cycling strategy incorporating five strands:

  • Cycling infrastructure (cycleways, quiet routes, permeability, car restraint)

  • Cycle parking (potential public locations and incorporating a KCL / NHS estate tour to identify opportunities

  • Cycle freight logistics (opportunities to introduce cycle freight activity into London Bridge and overcome access and security issues)

  • Cycle hire (exploring dockless cycles and recommending additional Santander docking points)

  • Behaviour change (raising awareness and encouraging uptake).

After the strategy's launch in late 2018 by London's cycling commissioner Will Norman, MP Smarter Travel was reappointed to develop the cycle freight strategy and ActivePlanning was reappointed to develop proposals for secure cycle storage at the western end of London Bridge Station.