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May News

Dear All
There’s plenty going on in May and we thought you might be interested in progress on the Hyperloop rapid transport system under development…..Plant Sale at Wallington
It’s Wallington Farmers’ Market this Saturday 14th 9am-1pm. As well as the usual range of local quality produce, Bessborough Farm will be bringing the first of the English summer strawberries!

Plus EcoLocal will be holding a plant sale stall outside the front of the Old Town Hall. We’ll have Cornflowers, Forget-me-nots, Sunflowers, mint, oregano, strawberry plants, peas, onions, garlic, Crown Prince squash, lettuce, chicory, heritage tomato varieties (Black Russian, Ryders Midday Sun, Yellow Currant, Orange Heart, Snow Cherry), unusual spinach (Seabeet, Red orach) as well as gooseberry and loganberry. All at amazing prices, and funds raised go to Carshalton Community Allotment activities.

Easy cycling for all
Do you like the idea of cycling, but not been on a bike for years and want to cycle in a safe environment? We have the perfect solution. Come to our Gear-Up cycling sessions on the athletics track at the David Weir Leisure Centre. We have an array of cycles you can try out; ladies and men’s two wheelers, adult trikes, side-by-sides where two people cycle together, recumbent bikes and lots of other fun cycles which are also helpful for those who might have limited mobility. Sessions are aimed at adults but 14+ year olds are welcome. For dates and price see

During half term we have a special family cycling session on Wednesday 1 June 12-1pm for families with children aged 7+. No need to book – just drop in

Speedy Green Travel!
SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk put forward proposals a while back for a new rapid transit train system. Called the Hyperloop it will travel at the ‘speed of sound’ and will be solar powered. The plan is that the system will eventually export energy to the grid. Tests are underway

And for those interested in more down to earth transport technology, has interesting reading. The use of electric assist bikes is becoming ever more popular in the UK having become a huge thing in China. If you can’t afford one of the fancy new electric bikes on the market, why not look on ebay for kits to convert your existing bike. Could this be part of the solution to London’s problems with air pollution?

Enjoy Sutton Farmers’ and Artisan Market
Following the successful launch of this new market last month, the Enjoy Sutton market returns on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May to Sutton High Street outside Waterstones. New this month will be Julian’s Artisan Bakery, Wrights Originals ginger preserves, Cocoa Jones chocolatier, Jennifer’s Passion Flowers and Herbs, Fair Trade clothing, plus lots more quality food and craft. EcoLocal are working with Successful Sutton to bring you this market.

School Allotment sessions
EcoLocal have launched a new school allotment programme. Available in summer after half term, Key Stage 2 classes can visit Carshalton Community Allotment to get hands on food growing experience and go on a quiz trail around the allotment plot. Download a flyer for more information.

A Peace Symposium
Held on Saturday 21st May 6.30pm, Thomas Wall Centre, Benhill Avenue, Sutton, this Peace Symposium aims to create awareness about many local, national and international issues, including extremism, prejudice, human rights abuse and wars. There will be plenty of well-known speakers. Click here for more information.

Volunteer at People’s Kitchen
Sutton People’s Kitchen are looking for volunteers to help set up and run their healthy eating promotion market stalls and assist with banquets; setting up, cooking, serving or welcoming people. Click here to find out more.



PS – whilst we are keen to include a variety of activities that we consider are worth covering in our e-newsletters, EcoLocal does not take responsibility for the content of other websites or activities being run by other organisations and individuals.

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Caroline Pidgeon’s Cycling News

Tom Brake MP, Caroline Pidgeon AM and Hamish, Jill and Alan by the Pond Railings before the major TFL works started recently
Tom Brake MP, Caroline Pidgeon AM and Hamish, Jill and Alan by the Ponds in Carshalton

From Caroline Pidgeon AM’s recent news bulletin sent to Sutton councillors…

Caroline Pidgeon AM was delighted to join Carshalton Central’s Cllr Jill Whitehead and the Mayor of London’s Cycling Ambassador Andrew Gilligan at Sutton Council’s cycling summit on Thursday 23rd July.

Caroline spoke about the Council’s draft strategy which has an ambitious target of 4% cycle modal share by 2025 from 1% currently. The strategy also plans to audit the current cycle network and to try to segregate cycle lanes where possible.

Caroline also talked about the work she has done to push the Mayor to spend more money in the Boroughs, especially outer London, to deliver a citywide cycling revolution.

Sutton Council’s Cycling Strategy


Sutton Council has been a great supporter of sustainable transport over the years. This has included publishing a new Sustainable Transport Strategy last year and achieving a 75% increase in cycling during its Smarter Travel Sutton project which ran from 2006 to 2009.

Sutton Council is also a supporter of the Mayor of London’s Vision for Cycling and has recently been promised funds by Transport for London for two Quietway routes from Morden to Sutton and Worcester Park to Croydon.

Sutton’s draft Cycling Delivery Strategy is in line with the Mayor’s vision to encourage more non-car forms of transport to reduce road congestion, increase air quality and improve public health.

Why We Are Consulting

We would like to get your views on whether the objectives and targets in the draft Strategy  – which is attached below – are correct and ask whether you have any other suggestions about how cycling in the borough could be improved.

Give Us Your Views