On May 22, 2024, the London Environmental Network was proud to sponsor a film screening of “The Street Project” at Museum London. We were met with a large crowd of cycling and active transportation enthusiasts! Together we watched the Street Project and listened to panelists Tom Flood, Cedric Richards, and Sheryl Rooth, share their reflections on the film.

If you missed the event, we encourage you to view this fantastic film on PBS or continue reading for our main takeaways. As highlighted in many examples throughout the film, streets have not always been unsafe, and it is up to us to reclaim that space. And the value of a human life is well worth the cost of infrastructure to protect it - morally and financially speaking. The film (American-based) shows cities struggling with pedestrian/cyclist collisions and also cities that have reclaimed the space. The discussion then took us back to London and how we can implement proper infrastructure for safer commuting throughout the city for all.

Thanks to the event organizers for putting together this awesome event!

  • Event Sponsors: City of London, Centre for Urban Policy and Local Governance, Western University, Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL), Western University, London Environmental Network
  • Community partners: London Bicycle Cafe, London Cycle Link, Urban League of London, ELMO Active & Safe Routes to School

You can learn more about these organizations advocating for sustainable transportation by visiting our member directory here.

What you can do to create safe streets in London: 

Watch The Street Project

Learn about The Street Project

Contact your Ward Councillor to let them know you want to see safe streets in your neighbourhood. Examples of this include (but aren’t limited to) crosswalks, protected bike lanes, accessibility infrastructure, speed reductions, and closed street days.

Use sustainable transportation such as cycling, walking/rolling, or public transit for your next commute or errand. 

Talk about what you learned & share this blog post with a friend.

Further Reading:

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. By: Jeff Speck (Available at the London Library)

Learn about Vision Zero

Learn about Vision Zero Canada

The 15-Minute City: A Solution to Saving Our Time and Our Planet, By Carlos Moreno (Available at the London Library)

In the city of bikes: the story of the Amsterdam cyclist. By Pete Jordan (Available at the London Library)