Venue: Pub on the Park, London E8

Present:
Present: Ross Corben, Tim Evans, Patrick Field, Paul Golding, Sally Haywill, Trevor Parsons, Brenda Puech, Lucy Thomas, Ben Webster

Topics discussed (action points in italics):
1. Festival of Cycling
2. Stoke Newington Festival
3. Newsletter
4. Car Free Day
5. Junctions Campaign
6. Cycle Active
7. AOB

1. Festival of Cycling

a. London Fields Breakfast (Wednesday 20 June)

Ben reported that Tony from ‘Heroes of Nature’ (health food shop/cafe on Broadway Market) has offered to host the London Fields breakfast, and will provide free juice, coffee and cakes for cyclists. The breakfast will be between 8am to 10am. Chris is prepared to run a Doctor Bike. Placards and signs will be posted around London Fields directing people to the new location. Ben will invite local councillors and MPs to the event, as well as Hackney Gazette and the Hackney Transport Team.

b. Shacklewell Lane Breakfast (Thursday 21 June)

Paul reported that the mini-breakfast at the Shacklewell Lane/St Marks Rise Junction was in hand. The breakfast will be between 7.30 and 9.30am. Signs will go up prior to the event on Shacklewell Lane, and it was hoped that the initial report from the Junction Campaigns would be ready to hand out at the breakfast.

c. Eastway Festival (Saturday 22 June)

Lucy reported that ideas for the joint festival (with Newham, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge LCCs) were still needed. One suggestion was to have a cycling officers’ competition. Those interested in helping should contact Lucy. A feeder ride, to the festival, will leave from the Town Hall at 12 noon.

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2. Stoke Newington Festival

Sally reported that she was preparing a rota for the stall at the Stoke Newington Festival on Sunday 10 June. Set up was to start at 11.30am. The stall is to be located in Zone D (chill out zone), near the cafe in Clissold Park.

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3. Newsletter

Trevor asked for suggestions for items for the upcoming newsletter, which would be ready for the end of the week. Suggestions included profiles of members, upcoming events, Car Free Day, developments with the Shoreditch Triangle and the success at the reservoir. It was noted that the newsletter cost approximately £150 for printing and postage.

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4. Car Free Day

Brenda reported that Transport for London are interested in a proposal to close Curtain Road and Kingsland High Street to motor traffic for Car Free Day. However there have been no further responses recently. There are council meetings on 18 and 26 June for the Housing/Environmental Services and Regeneration committees respectively. Brenda is trying to get a deputation at each meeting. Jessica or Chit will hopefully introduce the deputations. Those interested in attending should contact Brenda. It was suggested that last year’s survey of Mare Street shopkeepers on their support of Car Free Day should be presented as part of the deputation.

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5. Junctions Campaign

Ross presented a detailed drawing of the Shacklewell Lane/ St Marks Rise junction. Trevor noted that plans for changes to the junction from several years ago were available on the web site. The initial report from the completed surveys was hoped to be ready for the mini-breakfast at the junction on 21 June.

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6. Cycle Active

Patrick reported that ways of taking Cycle Active forward are currently being sought. One possibility is the Finsbury Park Regeneration Scheme might take the project on. Also someone is needed to work on the administration, and it is possible that this could be a paid position.

The project was set up 2 years ago to teach people to ride bicycles and to improve their skills. There is money and equipment for the project to continue, if anyone is willing to take it on.

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7. Any Other Business

A new report has been produced by the GLA called “Summary: Towards the Plan – Initial proposals for the Mayor’s Spatial Development Strategy” This report also includes a response questionnaire and is available by calling 020 7983 4100 or visit http://www.london.gov.uk

Tim provided enlarged photocopies of maps of Hackney for attendees to mark their favoured cycling routes. These will be passed on to LCC head office, who are compiling routes for a new map.

Next Meeting: Wednesday 4th July, 8pm Pub on the Park, London Fields (drinks from 7pm).