Present: Douglas Carnall, Rory Brooke, Keith Butcher, Roz Savourin, Patrick Field

Apologies: Trevor Parsons, Crispin Truman, Charlie Lloyd, Dave Bracken

Topics discussed:
1. Matters arising
2. Hackney Wick
3. Fassett Square
4. Parking
5. Clissold Park User Group
6. Changing the date of the meeting
7. Library publicity
8. Hackney Greenfleet
9. LETS
10. Amhurst Road/Sandringham Road

1. Matters arising

Bike week and Stoke Newington Summer Festival

The meeting assumed preparations for the above are in hand. Application forms for stalls for the festival are not yet ready. An SAE should be sent to the festival office in the Prince of Wales so that we get the form when it is ready.

Pavement cycling

We agreed that the recent meetings held with the council and the police were a success. The police are not interested in ticketing pavement cyclists, we have established the point that pavement cycling is generally symptomatic of the wider problem of fear of using the road or unfriendly infrastructure, and have got agreement that the way to solve the problem is for a programme of education and publicity.

Douglas is writing up a code of conduct to be launched at an event similar to the one that launched the cyclists’ manifesto. This was amended at the meeting and will be further developed.

Patrick suggested that the launch could co-incide with a clear statement by the council that two-way cycle traffic would be re-introduced in the Narroway.

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2. Hackney Wick

John Dryden of Urban Initiatives (a planning consultancy) is studying sustainable access to the Wick. He sent the meeting a map and his analysis of cycle routes in the area to date. Douglas had spoken to him by phone, and offered to take him out on a tour of the area, but he doesn’t have a bike. (!)

We considered the maps. Dryden has correctly identified three desire lines (indicated by red broken lines on the map), and that “the area’s dominance by through [motor] traffic and the existing road infrastructure conspire to create serious problems of accessibility for cyclists”.

The key areas for cycle solutions are:

1) removal of ‘diffacilities’ on Regents Canal towpath.
2) Serious cycle provision north of Victoria Park: contraflow along Victoria Park Road – junction treatments at Victoria Park Road/Grove Road roundabout, Wick Road/Victoria Park Road, Wick Road/Cassland Road
3) Cycle facilities to enable cyclists to move north/south and east/west along Eastway, recognising Sustrans plan for national cycleway through Lee Valley Park
specifically: facilties at Homerton Road/Eastway, cycle contraflow bound north-east up the Eastway slip road to enable easy access to the cycle stadium
4) Recognition of our proposal for a cycle route through the railway lands to link Stratford with the Wick area

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3. Fassett Square

Councillor David Bentley has gathered local support for a plan to prevent rat-running through Fassett Road/Square (on which Albert Square in Eastenders is based). He proposes a set of nibs and a point no entry to prevent south bound traffic turning right off Greenwood Road to go through the square to Graham Road.

The meeting supported this provided there was a cycle gap/exemption.

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4. Parking

The meeting considered a set of maps provided by Greg McNeill of Groundwork Hackney. There is a budget for 170 stands in Heart of Hackney regeneration funds. Cycle stands were proposed in several locations on Mare Street, Broadway Market, Morning Lane, outside Sutton House, Well Street and Downs Road.

The plans will be returned to Greg for implementation.

The meeting heard that Liam Mulrooney has been getting a fair amount of telephone grief about the new brushed steel curved stands from some local residents and traders.

Several people had found the stands satisfactory in use, but there was unease that they have been used to serve a dual purpose of preventing pavement parking – ideally they should always be installed at the expense of car parking. In the Netherlands, such arrangements are very common, with the stands separated from traffic by a fluorescent scaffold.

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5. Clissold Park User Group

Dave Bracken sent notice that he will be unable to make it to the next Clissold Park User Group, to be held on Tuesday 14th April. As Dave is the boy with his finger in the dyke of anti-cycling opinion here, he thinks someone should go in his stead.
Contact him: (0181 800 4942, bracken@netmatters.co.uk) if you can go.

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6. Changing the date of the meeting

The scant attendance at the meeting was due to key activists being elsewhere: the first Wednesday in the month is the date of several other LCC meetings and also the Neighbourhood committees.

The meeting resolved to meet on the first Thursday of the month starting from June, which gives us time to let people know via the next newsletter.

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7. Library publicity

Trevor Parsons sent word that the libraries have a budget for exhibitions. It was resolved to hold a photographic competition closing date 31st August 1998 seeking the images that best illustrate the delights of cycling in Hackney, with cycling-related prizes. The judging should coincide with our donation of copies of Franklin’s Cyclecraft to the libraries: it is currently out of print.

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8. Hackney Greenfleet

Patrick reported that a bid for public money to start a cycle freight organisation in “the heart of the East End” is looking hopeful. Bids have been put in for a £10,000 feasibility study, and £50,000 for a scheme to employ fifteen people.

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9. LETS

Les of LETSgo London gave a short presentation on LETS, a scheme that allows people to trade goods and services without using money. He hoped that we might accept LETS payments in the workshop, and pay a LETS rent for the meeting room.

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10. Amhurst Road/Sandringham Road

The meeting approved a budget of £50 for a leaflet to support a proposal to maintain the current traffic calming produced by civil engineering work at this junction, and install a children’s playpark and cycle contraflows. Patrick will contact Roger Blake to take this forward.