Why Residential Streets became Rat-Runs

Here’s an amazing and frightening figure;

Between 2006 and 2019 the number of miles driven on main roads in London

FELL by 800 million.

In the same time the number of miles driven on residential roads 

ROSE by 3.7 Billion!

What happened in 2006?

Sat Navs & Smart Phones!

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Basically sat navs and smart phones sent traffic down residential streets, like Ringslade Road, so drivers could save a few minutes off their journey time. The only way to reverse this trend is to lobby the council to introduce filtered roads and low traffic neighbourhoods which puts the traffic back onto the main roads where it belongs. 

Councillor Matt White has been put in charge of introducing low traffic neighbourhoods in Haringey and has pledged to improve the walking and cycling infrastructure in the borough. Why not send him an email or tweet in support of what he’s doing and point out that our neighbourhood has borne the brunt of this increase of traffic on residential roads.

twitter – @mattwhiteski

email – Matt.White@haringey.gov.uk

Some Covid 19 Low Traffic Neighbourhoods initiatives in London Boroughs




Ward Budget Grant

We’ve been successful in our bid to get funds from the Haringey Council Woodside Ward Budget to brighten up our neighbourhood. A big thank you to our councillors for backing our bid.

We’ve been given £1500 to;

Provide two new trees on Bradley Road

Position 3 sizeable planters on the pavement at junctions of Ringslade Road/Cumberland Road and Warberry Road/Cumberland Road (subject to planning permission). There’s also the money to fill them with plants for the first year – after that we have to maintain them ourselves.

Place mini-planters around the base of pavement trees in out area.


We’re going to work on raising funds/applying for grants for the other ideas put forward such as decorating  the junction boxes, a book-swap box and a local mural.

Ideas To Improve Our Neighbourhood!

Our ward councillors have a small budget – £9500 – which they can draw on to make recommendations for ideas that improve and brighten up local neighbourhoods. The details are here …
The sort of projects that are covered are things like the planting of trees, community gardens, neighbourhood events. It would be great if we could come up with some ideas and make a bid for the funds. The deadline is the end of February.
Let us know what you think and we can get the process underway.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods



On the ‘Council Plans and Documents’ page are two campaign guides from the London Cycling Campaign about LOW TRAFFIC NEIGHBOURHOODS – what they are, how to campaign for them and some mythbusters about what happens to traffic if you block a rat run. If you’ve got the time they make interesting reading – they’re a useful guide for residents and local policy makers.