The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and his Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman have put together a long-term plan to encourage more Londoners to walk and cycle. They aim do this by making London's streets healthier, safer and more welcoming. Better Bankside has been working with its businesses and other partners to deliver better streets and spaces across Bankside through its Bankside Urban Forest programme.
Recent projects that are making a colourful splash in the neighbourhood include our 2017 Colourful Crossing - by artist Thierry Noir - and Bankside's Metal Box Garden, both recently implemented to coincide with London Design Festival 2017.
The Thierry Noir x Bankside crossing brightens up the pedestrian crossing by the Table Cafe on Southwark Street and is the third crossing on Southwark Street to get a colourful makeover. As a testament to the success of the programme, Better Bankside's Colourful Crossings has been shortlisted in the Best Innovation category in this year's Healthy Streets Awards.
Meanwhile on Bankside's Low Line on America Street, a new temporary garden has popped up in a parking space. The Metal Box Garden (inspired by the history of the nearby Metal Box Factory) is part of London's only Clean Air Mini Neighbourhood. Plans are afoot to improve Keppel Row as part of a network of healthy and tranquil routes across the neighbourhood, in a bid to reduce peoples' exposure to harmful air pollution. Better Bankside is working with the network of businesses in the immediate vicinity to reduce traffic generated through business operations.