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"Die-in" outside Transport for London's Palestra office in Southwark at 5pm on Friday 29 November 2013
The protest is being organised by Donnachadh McCarty and Steve Icame Isawi, and is calling for – among other things – cycling organisations to have two members on the Transport for London board, and Dutch levels of expenditure on cycling infrastructure in London.
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This planning application has very poor cycling facilities planned, but extensive new junctions and wide roads for cars
However on their website they say they will promote cycling.
You have to look at the details to see what they are actually planning - full planning documents are available online (http://www.brentcrosscricklewood.com/planningapps/2013/planningapp.htm) but look at page 54 of BXC05 Volume 4 which shows the planned cycle 'network' (click to enlarge):
Harrow Council are proposing to build a new mini-roundabout on Eastcote Lane, at the junction with King's Road.
(Download their plans here: http://ubuntuone.com/2FM3QfOMyxLNTTMPm3sGj9)
Eastcote Lane is a road marked as a cycle route, but which is not attractive for cycling. It has intermittent advisory cycle lanes which are usually blocked by parked cars, a 30mph speed limit, traffic islands and other road narrowings which make it dangerous for cars to overtake cyclists.
Eastcote Lane has a local shopping parade and Rooks Heath High School, which are important destinations to which shoppers and schoolchildren should be able to cycle easily. It connects with the existing segregated cycle paths on Alexandra Avenue and Roxeth Green Avenue.
Rooks Heath High School:
The London Cycling Campaign's focus this year will be on local, ward-based campaigning leading up to the local elections on 22 May 2014.
Ward level 'asks'
We aim to target every candidate in every ward, asking them to support our pro-cycling policies and measures. We will determine one ‘ask’ per ward based on one of 6 policy themes:
We will be asked to make suggestions for the ward asks in the coming weeks. These will be ratified at a group meeting in January or February 2014.
How you can help
Please let us know or email email@example.com if you can help with e.g.:
We previously thought that Harrow's byelaws prohibited cycling in Harrow's parks. The council is keen to encourage cycling in parks but the cost of changing the byelaws was prohibitive. However, they now say the byelaws only prohibit cycling where there are signs stating that cycling is not allowed.
This means that cycling is permitted in all Harrow parks unless there are signs stating otherwise. Harrow aims to remove the no-cycling signs and signpost official cycle routes through parks, as they have done recently in West Harrow recreation ground.
You can download Harrow council's cycling vision from the link below:
Beware it is a large file - 19MB!
They should be giving a copy to Tony so you will be able to see it at the meeting on Monday 14 October.
Bear in mind that they have produced this to a tight deadline so the details of the schemes will require more thought and development.
Thank you for contacting me recently regarding cycling safety.
As a keen cyclist myself, I appreciate the importance of encouraging more people to cycle and I agree that the Government and local authorities should consider ways to help improve cycle use and safety.
I know that a number of campaign organisations have helped to raise awareness of the importance of this issue and I fully support The Times’ ‘Cities fit for cycling’ campaign.
I am very concerned, therefore, that the number of cyclist deaths are now at a five year high, reversing the progress that was starting to be made, and I agree that more needs to be done to improve safety for cyclists and to overcome the barriers that prevent people from taking up cycling.
Although Harrow was not shortlisted to be one of the 'mini-Holland' boroughs, the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner said that "the identification of cycle routes in Harrow's submission was exactly right and in keeping with the guidance and he is excited by the potential identified. The Mayor is minded to award the council substantial amounts of money to achieve many of the objectives outlined and is keen to explore [Harrow's] suggestions of tackling the segregation caused by the Northwick Park gyratory and the roundabouts at Roxborough Road as well as introducing a network of Quietways."
Officers are expecting to meet with the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner in early October to discuss releasing funding for design work in 2013-2014 with some work implemented in 2014-2015.
Harrow's mini-Holland bid: http://harrowcyclists.org.uk/node/193
We are very pleased with this news and hope to collaborate with the council in developing high quality cycle routes.
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
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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.