London Borough of Southwark
Southwark Council set themselves an ambitious target to process and install 200 cycle hangar bays over the last 12 months across the Borough to address a surge in demand and the resultant backlog of outstanding requests. Cycle hangars are a priority for Southwark as they are seen as a crucial way in which residents can make more sustainable travel choices, adopt healthier lifestyles, and crucially help the borough achieve the mayor’s ambition of a net-zero London by 2030.
Councils managing their traffic orders digitally is not an entirely new concept, however, using traffic order management to improve active travel outcomes and help the borough reach net-zero targets puts Southwark at the forefront of traffic order management practices.
Southwark Council were the first highway authority to sign up to AppyWay’s traffic order management software Traffic Suite and quickly realised the potential that the Traffic Suite offered in tackling the backlog of cycle hangar requests. Traffic Suite enables Southwark to easily record the location of proposed cycle bays and set up the required documentation and statutory consultation.
The AppyWay award-winning traffic order management software being map-based saved Southwark officers a significant amount of time by enabling bay locations to be drawn/modified on an interactive map rather than be defined via the previous/traditional text-based approach which typically requires multiple site visits. The use of the automatically generated map schedules via AppyWay’s Traffic Suite provides a format which is easily understood by consultees which has helped reduce the burden on Southwark’s officers in explaining the details of what is being consulted upon, something that happened more often prior to adopting Traffic Suite.
By adopting a more streamlined, flexible, and shareable approach to traffic order management and data handling, Southwark Council has shown that traffic orders can unlock innovation and decarbonisation.
The use of AppyWay’s Traffic Suite has enabled Southwark Council to deliver above and beyond their original goal. Via the suite Southwark has:
60 cycle hangar traffic orders made within the AppyWay Traffic Suite
Figure 1, cycle hangar scheme created 13th January 2022
Figure 2, cycle hangar scheme created 10th March 2022
Figure 3, Cycle hangar scheme created 23rd March 2022