The scale of the challenge 

Transport emissions in Merton equate to 27% of the borough’s total greenhouse gas inventory. By 2050, all residents, businesses and organisations in Merton will need to use cleaner, lower carbon forms of transport like walking, cycling or using public transport. Where vehicles are necessary, these will need to be replaced by low-carbon alternatives, like electric vehicles.

What we are doing  

Please see Workstream 4 of our Resident Summary Report, to see how we are improving the transport infrastructure to support more walking, cycling and electric vehicle use.

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What you can do

Step 1 - Reduce emissions from travel

  • Ask your local school to get in touch with Merton’s Road Safety Officers to develop a School Travel Plan to encourage sustainable modes of transport to and from school.

  • Support our School Streets and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods designed to reduce traffic in residential areas and around schools.

  • Sign up for Merton’s cycle training for adults or children, or receive bike maintenance for free.

  • Connect with experienced cyclists to build your confidence with Cycle Buddies

  • Trial a bike, before fully committing to cycling through Try Before You Bike.

  • Donate your bike, or buy a refurbished one through The Bike Project

  • Report a problem with a cycling route, or request cycle parking through Merton Council’s Website. 

  • Find a low pollution walking or cycling route through the Mayor of London’s Clean Air Route Finder

  • Find some of the best walks in London using Go Jauntly

Step 2 – Take action, get involved

Get involved - in the Climate Action Group, or join one of the many community-driven climate projects which are happening in the borough. You can check out what Sustainable Merton are up to and become one of their Community Champions. You can also find out more about voluntary services in Merton.

Bid for Funding - If you are part of a group who have great ideas for local climate projects, why not consider bidding for the next round of the council’s Community Climate Action Fund? The next round is due to open in Autumn 2024, but we recommend that residents and local organisations start developing their proposals as early as possible. See the 2023 bidding page.