Venue: Pub on the Park, London E8
Members: Tim Evans, Patrick Field, Trevor Parsons, Oliver Schick, Adrian, Katie.
Brenda, Paul, Marian
Chair: Tim Evans
Adrian is interested in helping out with our self-help cycle maintenance workshop. He sees is as an opportunity to promote LCC to people who might be interested in joining – it’d be a good idea to have membership forms and so on to give to people who come to fix their bikes. Patrick agreed, and added that it would also be a good chance to capture useful data. Tim reports that there’s an average of half a dozen users at each of the fortnightly sessions, and the workshop still very much depends on the efforts of Paul and Ross. Oliver said that the workshop attracts people from neighbouring boroughs as well as from Hackney, which is welcome.
LCC’s new campaigns manager Tom Bogdanovich has been doing effective media work around the congestion charge and the opportunities it presents to increase the number of people cycling. We will do our own release for local press, focusing around people stories, and may offer a ‘starter pack’ for people who are thinking about switching to cycing – pack could contain a recent newsletter, membership form, one of LCC’s ‘It’s easier than you think’ leaflets, plus maps’. Also offer the chance to match them up with a volunteer ‘bike mate’.
The LCC and Transport for London have collaborated on a widely approved publicity campaign to increase awareness of the interaction between HGVs and cyclists, with the intention of reducing the number of collisions. Andy was one of the volunteers who took part in an all-day publicity blitz in central London on 18 September, putting leaflets on the saddles of parked bikes (held on with waterproof saddle covers, AKA shower caps), so congratulations to him for doing that. Various members picked up more leaflets for distribution in the borough.
Ralph Smyth of the City of London LCC group is asking for reps from neighbouring boroughs to liaise with his group on a regular basis. Trevor and Tim expressed some interest in this, and Vincent said he would be interested in going along to meetings if they were at lunchtime in the City.
We have nominated STAbikes and the St Leonard’s Hospital bicycle user group for the LCC awards.
We discussed our perceptions of the success or otherwise of Hackney Car Free Day 2002. Trevor passed on the predominantly critical comments from Kay Wagland, who had contributed a lot of time and effort to the event but was by no means convinced that it had met its aims. Trevor said he was in sympathy with many of her criticisms, but overall saw the event as a useful stepping stone on the way from having no support for CFD from the borough towards having some really significant events in the future.
Oliver passed on some comments about the local businesses and organisations in the vicinity of the town hall square and Mare Street, saying that it would be good another time to set up a round table meeting a long time in advance with them.
Tim said that he wouldn’t support doing a similar event again unless there was proper support and finance available from the council for all aspects of the event, rather than just the traffic management measures. He felt that CFD02 had put unreasonable demands on key activists and sapped energy from volunteers to questionable benefit.
Hackney has a new highway engineer in post with responsibility for the London Cycle Network in the borough. (His name is Anthony Oke, tel: 020 8356 8181).The post is as yet on a short-term basis, and we understand that Anthony does not (yet!) use a bike. While it is welcome that someone is looking at improving the official cycle network, it’s clear that this is an engineering position narrowly focused on the LCN routes, rather than a post with an overall view of promoting cycling in the borough. However, members should definitely direct any comments specifically on issues to do with the LCN in the borough to Anthony. Please copy our co-ordinator Tim Evans into any such correspondence.
Wednesday 2 October, 8pm, same venue, preceded by mini-hustings with mayoral candidates starting at 7pm.