Claire Tansley, Jonathan Edwardes, Douglas Carnall, Vicky Lack, Simon Hughes, Gill Dibden, David Solomon, Trevor Parsons
Re: Wick area access study
Douglas reported that someone rang him from the London School of Economics wanting to do a three-month study on the feasibility of setting up some kind of cycle-related project on an estate, e.g. a bike workshop. Douglas told him about Brenda Puech’s involvement a couple of years ago along those lines in the Single Regeneration Bid on the Kingsmead Estate.
Trevor let people know what had been discussed and decided the day before (read the full report).
On the subject of travel to school, it was reported that the newly-elected Green councillors are putting this at the top of their agenda. Claire suggested that those councillors be invited to the meeting on ‘safe routes’ proposed at the Cycle Liaison Meeting.
Re: cycle schemes report and the Downs Park Road contraflow
Gill welcomed the Downs Park Road news and would like to see something done about the cycle-unfriendly design of the nearby junction of St. Mark’s Rise and Shacklewell Lane. We asked her to write to Liam Mulrooney about the problem.
David raised a general question about the way in which we raise problems with the Council and get them prioritised. Douglas said that we had asked LCC members in Hackney to specify problem areas a couple of years ago and had sent the results to Liam. However, it was agreed that this was all rather unsorted and indigestible. We decided to repeat the exercise with an appeal in our August/September Cycling in Hackney News, and then decide how to prioritise the results.
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Douglas told the meeting about the ‘Hackney 2020’ meeting happening on 5th June, at which the Council and interested local organisations and individuals are invited to continue to put forward their vision of the borough in the years to come. Since the first Hackney 2020 conference a few months ago, the Council has conducted focus groups with various communities of interest, and on the subject of transport and access (in this exercise entitled ‘A good place to get around’), a consensus emerged in favour of tube provision, trams, improved bus reliability, fewer cars, and better planning for cycle traffic, which we were pleased to hear. LCC in Hackney has been invited to put forward its visions in this category over the 2-year, 5-year, 10-year and 25-year terms. Douglas has put in many useful suggestions, and Trevor suggested adding the establishment of a walking and cycling audit of all highway plans into the 2-year frame.
Claire said that she has booked our stall for the show of shows, but can’t make it herself. The hours are from 10am to 6pm. We established a rota, to which you can add your name by contacting Trevor by email or ‘phone on 0171-729 2273.
We made detailed plans and established a rota for the LCC bikepark and stall at the Church Street bash on Sunday 14th June. We also hope to have the Micro Sound System in attendance courtesy of Patrick Field and Daniel James.