The next meeting of Harrow cyclists will be on Wednesday 9 October 2013 at Tony's house (address will be sent on the Yahoo groups email). Please try to attend.
Anoop will attend Harrow's Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel meeting on Tuesday 8 October 2013.
Minutes of our previous meetings are available here:
September meeting: http://harrowcyclists.org.uk/node/207
Annual general meeting: http://harrowcyclists.org.uk/node/192
Adopt your ward
We would like members to suggest local cycling improvements and write to or meet local councillors, to make cycling an important issue in every ward for the 2014 local elections. This was successful on a London-wide basis at the Mayoral elections, and has led to the Mayor's Cycling Vision. We want to replicate this at a local level. Politicians need to understand why cycling is so important and beneficial to everyone.
Harrow cycling plan
Harrow cyclists led a ride from Harrow to the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle festival on 3 August. People could cycle around an 8 mile circuit of central London which was closed to motor vehicles for the day.
There were 50 people on our ride into London (seen here gathering at Harrow on the Hill station to start) and 18 on the return ride.
Harrow Council have made some progress on opening up the Belmont Trail (limited by funding).
This is the new ramp which has been built to Christchurch Avenue (previously you had to push your bike through some bushes and down a steep slope -- see http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/44339/).
The rest of the trail is a narrow unsurfaced dirt track, which is accessible for walking and off-road cycling.
This is part of the planned Stanmore to the Thames Sustrans route.
The main path through West Harrow Recreation Ground has been resurfaced in preparation for being converted to a shared cycle/pedestrian route (currently cycling is prohibited according to local byelaws).
This new link will allow people to cycle between Wilson Gardens / Butler Road and Welbeck Road, which are minor residential roads suitable for cycling.
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group published its report today, which calls for a national cycling champion to lead a drive for 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain to be by bike by 2025.
Please sign this epetition to urge the Government to implement these recommendations in full:
Key recommendations include:
• More of the transport budget should be spent on supporting cycling, at a rate initially set to at least £10 per person per year, and increasing as cycling levels increase
• Cycling should be considered at an earlier stage in all planning decisions, whether transport schemes or new houses or businesses
• More use should be made of segregated cycle lanes, learning from the Dutch experience
• Urban speed limits should generally be reduced to 20 mph
• Just as children learn to swim at school they should learn to ride a bike
Halfords on Sheepcote Rd 2pm-5.30pm on Sat 13 April
St Albans church in North Harrow at 10am-12pm on Sat 20 April
The Metropolitan Police Safer Transport Team in Harrow are offering FREE bike marking to anyone who would like it. They use the equipment supplied by Bike Register.com (usual cost £16.90) and send you an email with the registration details.
This Wednesday (5th December) is the deadline for submissions of evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group. They are writing a report to advise ministers on how to Get Britain Cycling.
Submissions should be sent via e-mail to Adam Coffman (email@example.com). Submissions should be brief and any submissions of more than six pages long should include a table of contents.
Please send them your ideas by Wednesday.
Harrow, Ealing and Brent councils are planning to construct a signed cycle route from Stanmore to the Thames. The report and map can be downloaded from here:
Our opinion is here: http://ubuntuone.com/2Nn9ZitXKfUjBghCwZb3yi
The idea is that the route should run through as many open spaces as possible with the remainder on quiet roads. There will be some new infrastructure built (making some roads two-way, some toucan crossings, resurfacing some off-road routes).
Tony and Anoop rode this route on 19 August, and we have posted some photos of the route:
The proposed route will be:
Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine modelled possible changes in occurrence of diseases if people walked and cycled more. If, on average, people walked 1.6km and cycled 3.4km compared to walking 0.6km and cycling 0.4km, there would be a significant decrease in diabetes, cancer, dementia, heart disease, stroke and depression. This is estimated to save the NHS in England and Wales £17 billion over the next 20 years.
This implies that building better cycle infrastructure which encourages people to cycle will be good for the economy.
Read the article here (it is available free of charge but you have to choose a Lancet username and password)
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Facebook & Mailing List
Join the Harrow Cyclists community to keep up to date on rides and campaign information. We have a Facebook Group and a Yahoo Group mailing list. Either of these can also be used to ask cycle related questions.