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17 April 2009
Southwark has been named the most pedestrian friendly authority in the country, by an organisation which promotes walking.
The council was awarded the prize by Living Streets, formerly known as the Pedestrians Association, at its 80th birthday celebrations last week. Living Streets said the work the council undertook was constantly pro-pedestrian and welcomed initiatives such as the 20mph scheme being considered for the borough.
It also cited the Walworth Road project, which has seen pavements widened, some crossings made safer, guard railings removed and improved lighting.
Tony Armstrong, Chief Executive of Living Streets, said: "We were really impressed by some of the changes already made in Southwark and we are delighted by some of the plans for the future. "Walworth Road is a fine example of a scheme which has transformed an area that was once just seen as a traffic corridor, into a people friendly public space. We were most impressed that local people, those who use the area regularly, were consulted throughout the project."
One other project run by the council, also praised by Living Streets, is for kids from Tower Bridge Primary School, who were taken over Tower Bridge to learn about road safety.
The school is one of 30 in the borough which takes part in an incentive scheme, known as 'Walk on Wednesday', that encourages children to walk.
Cllr Jeff Hook, the executive member for the environment at the council, said: "We are very pleased to receive this national recognition from Living Streets. In Southwark we work hard to ensure that our streets are designed and maintained for all users and we remain committed to making places that are safe, attractive and enjoyable."
In its eighty year history Living Streets has trumpeted a number of issues on road safety, including campaigning for the driving test in the 1920s, the 30mph city speed limit and helping write the Highway Code.
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