Hackney LCC meeting Wednesday 6 March 2002

Venue: Pub on the Park, London E8

Present:
Oliver, Jim Bradley, Ian Wingrove, Lucy, Trevor, Katie, Marian, Andy, Brenda, Crispin, Vincent.

Apologies for absence
Tim.

Topics discussed:
1. Policing and road safety in London
2. Cycle workshops at the Radical Dairy
3. Diary of activities
4. Clapton – St John’s Churchyard regeneration
5. London Bus Initiative
6. Cycleactive
7. Shoreditch triangle
8. Council Liaison

1. Policing and road safety

Ian Wingrove, research officer for Jenny Jones, kindly came to our meeting to talk about policing and road safety. Jenny is a member of the GLA (Green Party), is on the Metropolitan Police Authority and has just been appointed Ken’s Ambassador for Road Safety.

Ian reported some of the ‘downs’:

  • traffic police halved in the last 14 years
  • only one in eight speed cameras has film in it
  • road safety is supposed to be a ‘sustained priority’ for the police, yet London lost 100 traffic police last year

and also some of the ‘ups’:

  • arguments for more traffic policing have been won in many quarters, such as the GLA – though some senior police officers still need convincing
  • in LB Havering two police officers have been assigned solely to road safety, and are having a significant impact
  • in Leicester police are working in partnership with the Community Safety Officer to good effect

Ian said that if all boroughs followed Havering’s example and appointed two officers to road safety, we could see big improvements.

He also said that we have gone as far as we can with engineering solutions to road safety, we now need to look to enforcement and education if we are going to reduce casualties. The government has set a target of 40 percent reduction in Killed and Seriously Injured on the roads by 2010.

Putting resources into driving offences can affect other crime statistics, since the two are frequently related. For example, three quarters of disqualified drivers have criminal records.

A related issue that the Greens are concerned about is the number of untaxed and uninsured cars in London.

Ian asked us to keep Jenny Jones informed of any local developments in policing and road safety.

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2. Cycle workshops at the Radical Dairy

Jim Bradley came to the meeting to tell us about this project in Kynaston Road, Stoke Newington. The Radical Dairy already houses a cafe and various other activities, and they are thinking about putting on Saturday morning cycle workshops for local people. The workshops would be organised on a self-help basis.

LCC members in Hackney are invited to help out on Saturday mornings. Could you help to advise other people on how to carry out minor repairs? You don’t need to be an expert, just have a reasonable knowledge of fixing a bike. Please get in touch with Jim (JB@red-star-research.org.uk, 07770 381 308) for more details. If you have any spare cycle tools these are also needed.

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3. Diary of activities

i) Bike Week June 15 – 23rd

• Cyclists’ breakfasts

we would like to repeat the success of last year’s. Marian suggested Clissold Park / corner of Green Lanes as a location, and will make enquiries about cafes that might sponsor it (Fresh and Wild?). We also want to do Broadway Market again. Proposed dates:

Clissold Park: Tuesday 18 June

Broadway market: Thursday 20 June
• Inter-borough event

We would like some form of event which brings together the boroughs adjoining the Lea Valley. A fundraiser was suggested, perhaps a summer version of our famous Burns Night event, with music and a bar but not a sit-down meal. The provisional date is Saturday 22 June.

ii) Car Free Day: Sunday 22 September

Crispin suggested that, if Curtain Road is unavailable because of Shoreditch Triangle work, then Stoke Newington Church Street should be considered. This year’s Stoke Newington Festival is not having a road closure.

Trevor proposed a CFD working group and Oliver, Lucy, Katie, Marian, Brenda and Crispin all volunteered. Other LCC members in Hackney are welcome to join.

iii) Junctions Day of Action

This will be on Thursday 18 April at Shacklewell Lane / St Mark’s Rise, and may involve some temporary ‘improvements’ to the junction. More details nearer the time, or contact Oliver at oliver.schick@kcl.ac.uk.

Note: this date is likely to be put back watch out for more information on the e-list.

iv) Volcano Festival 10 August

The cycle park organised by Groundwork with help from us was a huge success last year. We hope to do the same again bigger and better this year.

The suggestion was made that we spend some money on some good display / decoration for our stall.

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4. Clapton – St John’s Churchyard regeneration

Groundwork, the Hackney Society and LBH are jointly involved in regeneration of the St John’s Churchyard area, which includes an LCN route running along Churchwell Path and crossing Lower Clapton Road.

There was general agreement that the current zebra crossing should be replaced by a Toucan (combined pedestrian and cycle). It was also agreed that the current side-by-side cycle and pedestrian paths through the churchyard would work better as a shared use path.

There was some discussion about alternatives to car parking in front of the church. Market stalls and a farmers’ market were suggested.

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5. London Bus Initiative

Engineering work is already underway for some routes, e.g. along Kingsland Road. Having made an input into the consultations, we are looking forward to seeing benefits for cyclists resulting from these bus lane improvements, once completed.

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6. Cycleactive

[Cycleactive was a local health and cycling project, taking referrals from GPs]. There was a query recently about whether to continue paying for the domain name ‘cyclactive.org’. Apparently there are funds still left in the account, and Patrick Field is considering reviving the project.

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7. Shoreditch triangle

Trevor reported that the Pitfield Street rat-run looks like it will be retained in the Shoreditch Triangle scheme. This despite opposition from a number of organisations, individuals and Hackney Council. The pressure is from Transport for London, who are concerned that the Congestion Charging boundary (Old Street is a boundary round) should have as many exit routes as possible.

Stop press: latest news is more hopeful that Pitfield St might be resolved.

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8. Council Liaison

We discussed the need to reinstate regular meetings with council officers. It was pointed out that new engineers are in the process of being appointed, so we should wait a month or two. Katie suggested that a good way to get things moving would be to invite the Chair of the Environment Committee, Jamie Carswell. This was agreed and Katie will contact him.

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Next Meeting: Wednesday, 3rd April 2002, Pub on the Park, London Fields, 8:00pm (social get together from 7:00 pm)