This week marks pedestrian campaigners’, Living Streets, Walk to School Week as part of National Walking Month. Sadiq is supporting Living Streets’ call to encourage more children to walk to school.
As the local MP Sadiq has long campaigned to improve road safety in Tooting. Since first being elected in 2005 Sadiq has worked with local residents to improve road safety for both cyclists and pedestrians. Sadiq has attended and spoken in a number of road safety debates in Parliament – and as a Transport Minister in the last Labour Government Sadiq regularly championed road safety concerns. He has also supported campaigns such as ‘flash ride’ and ‘Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling’ as part of his efforts to improve road safety for local cyclists.
In the last year, Sadiq worked with local residents to lead the fight against Wandsworth Council’s cuts to our lollipop ladies and men.
After years of campaigning, Wandsworth Council have finally installed two new crossings at two dangerous crossing points in Tooting; Mitcham Road, outside St Boniface Church and on Furzedown Road, near to the junction with Thrale Road.
Sadiq celebrated the installation of these new crossings with Living Streets, children from St Boniface School, Fr. Tom McElhone from St Boniface Church and volunteers from Wandsworth Living Streets.
With these crossings now in place, Sadiq is encouraging children to take part in Living Streets’ Walk to School campaign and for the people of Tooting to take part in National Walking Month.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“I am delighted to be supporting Living Streets during National Walking Month and hope people in Wandsworth are inspired to give walking a go. Building some walking into your day is great for your health and wellbeing, and for the environment, but it is vital that London streets are safe and designed with pedestrians in mind.
“It is incredibly important that children are able to travel to school safely – that is why I fought cuts to our lollipop patrollers and continue to lobby the council to keep road safety as a council priority.
“My campaign for safer streets in Tooting is far from over, but I am extremely pleased to welcome these two new crossings on what have been very dangerous roads for pedestrians. We fought long and hard for them and I am glad the hard work finally paid off.”