Gill Dibben, Douglas Carnall, Vicky, Claire Tansley, Patrick Field, Trevor Parsons
Douglas has let John Dryden of Urban Initiatives know about our views on the survey he is conducting on sustainable access to the Wick (see last month’s meeting). John has let us know that there will be an exhibition of proposals on May 14th and 15th at the Wally Foster centre, Homerton High Street, from 10am till 6pm. We should go. Since the consultants do not themselves cycle, we should be guiding them.
The show is early-ish this year, on the 20th June. Claire has made enquiries about a stall, and was worried about a price hike from £24 last year to £38.50 plus VAT this year. Pretty steep, it has to be said, but we decided to swallow the rise.
Trevor said that he’d just bumped into Cycling Officer Liam Mulrooney, who mentioned that he had been asked to contribute to a ‘Vision of Hackney 2020’ presentation at the Show. He wanted to know whether someone from LCC would be willing to do a Dr Bike there, and was interested in the idea of providing valet parking. Douglas said that he’d go down to the workshop on Thursday and ask Martin and David about the Dr Bike.
Douglas talked about the sort of things he’d like to see us offering on the stall, for instance information on bike ‘buddying’ (where experienced cyclists help less experienced people with their route choice etc.). This encouraged a broader discussion about what sort of services we as a group could be offering. Gill and Claire both talked about ways in which we could act as a knowledge base for Hackney’s cyclists, collecting tips and wrinkles and collating views on detailed improvements needed, e.g. places where exceptions to traffic regulations for cyclists are needed.
Les Moore of LETSgo London has been providing us with the meeting room free of charge for a while, but now is being charged full rent for the premises, so he wondered if we could make a small contribution towards overheads. We agreed to offer £5 per meeting, i.e. £60 per year.
We talked about the practicalities of the Cyclists’ Breakfast which we have planned for Friday 12th June. Douglas met someone from Brent LCC who has a open-sided tent-style shelter which would be good if the weather lets us down. He said he would try to sort this out, and also find out what the LCC office has to offer. Patrick said he’d be delighted to help out with his array of camping equipment, if needed.
Claire said that she was still up for organising some sort of tour on Saturday 13th, probably in the form of a local history quiz/tour, maybe even with a prize! She’d like people to bring cameras to take pix to compare with some archive photos she has of various places.
Trevor reported that Liam still has 200 or so stands to install, and is finding considerable opposition from individual shopkeepers who don’t quite get it. We should be persuading our favourite retailers to request cycle parking from the Council, seeing as it’s FREE!!!!
Patrick had some news items:
Groundwork say it’s pretty sure that the money will be granted for the Greenfleet feasibility study.
Jonathan Edwardes (of Hackney City Farm) is starting a pedal-powered taxi-home-with-your-groceries service from Sainsbury’s in Liverpool Road in Islington, and is looking to recruit ‘pilots’. If you’d like to know more, call Jonathan on 0171-729 6381.
Starting this month, Red Star will be using cycle-power to transfer some of their freight between London rail termini.
There will be a Hackney sustainability conference on the evening of Tuesday 16th June. For details, email Patrick.