Yesterday TfL revealed details of its new fund that will enable business groups to reduce car traffic, improve air quality, and mitigate the impacts of freight and van traffic in urban areas.

The fund follows on from the ‘Deliveries Reduction Fund’ which allocated £237,000 to business groups, including Team London Bridge for its cargo bike preferred suppliers scheme, which is currently being delivered by MP Smarter Travel.

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The new fund at glance

  • Up to £50,000 from TfL per project, to be match-funded by the applicant or a sponsor
  • Open to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and partnerships
  • Funding available to projects that either a) reduce vehicle trips and improve air quality, or b) evaluate the effectiveness of sustainable transport solutions to share best practice
  • Quantifiable outcomes are key to successful application
  • There is no fixed funding budget or cap on the number of successful applications. Funding will be awarded to applications that score sufficiently high across all elements of the assessment criteria.
  • Deadline for submissions is 19 March 2019

In addition to our current Team London Bridge cargo bike project, MP Smarter Travel supported Better Bankside’s Borough Market consolidation centre, and our staff have produced Delivery and Servicing Plans (DPS) for high-profile London businesses as part of Cross River Partnership’s ‘Clean Air Better Business’ programme.   

How we can help you secure funding

Our consultants are available to support business groups with applications to the Healthy Streets for Business fund. Here is how we can help:

  • Support with developing creative and feasible project concepts
  • Sharing knowledge of sustainable transport measures and best practice
  • Baseline data capture, a key element of your application as project outcomes will need to be quantified
  • Linking your business group with other business groups who may wish to joint bid
  • A named project delivery partner with an excellent track record and project portfolio

Deliveries reduction project idea toolkit

MP Smarter Travel has developed a comprehensive summary of all known behaviour change measures to reduce the impact of deliveries and freight at the Business Improvement District level. To download this free resource, click here.

If you would like to discuss your options for applying to the Healthy Streets Fund for Business, contact Arun Khagram on 0207 960 2553 or ank@mpsmartertravel.co.uk.

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The report, entitled Healthy Streets: a Business View, summarises the findings of a survey of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) regarding their attitudes towards the Healthy Streets Approach and their key project priorities.

According to the report, the overall message was that many BIDs strongly support the goals of the Healthy Streets Approach, even to the extent of being willing to contribute towards street changes. Only around half the BIDs rated their local area as good to walk or spend time in, and only just over a quarter said it was good for cycling.

Key report findings:

  • The top three types of interventions to improve the street environment proposed by BIDs were: improving public realm quality, reducing the amount of motor traffic, and improving pedestrian crossings.

  • Challenges included lack of funding and lack of organisational resources to deliver projects.

  • Places that performed better against the Healthy Streets Indicators tended to be those with priority for pedestrians over motor traffic, and places that performed worse tended to be dominated by motor traffic.

  • BIDs are interested in trialling schemes, including infrastructure schemes and projects to re-organise deliveries.

Key projects mentioned by BIDs:

  • Development of walking/cycling strategies to form a cohesive approach and unlock funding;

  • Reducing street clutter;

  • Increasing cycle parking and engaging with cyclists through a cycling forum; and

  • Reducing the number of motor vehicles, including measures to reduce the impact of delivery and servicing vehicles.

 

If you would like to discuss project ideas to improve the street environment feel free to get in touch

TfL Business views

 

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