Venue:
Pub on the Park, London Fields, London E8

Present:
Jane Willdigg, Trevor Parsons, Daniel Victorio, Patrick Field, Ross Corben, Richard Lewis (minute taker), Emanuelle Modica, Katie Hanson, Oliver Schick (chair)
Apologies:
Brenda Puech

Topics discussed:

1. Minutes and reports back
2. Bike Week
3. ECMC
4. Trailers
5. LCN+ routes
6. CPEG
7. Shacklewell Lane/St Mark’s Rise
8. Latham’s
9. Maintenance workshop
10. AOB

1. Minutes and reports back

The minutes of the last meeting were agreed to be a true record.

Oliver reported back on progress since last month’s meeting and welcomed newcomers.

No progress has been made on relocation of our monthly meetings to the EcoActive Centre (which has moved).

Trevor reported, with relief, that the website is finally back up and running.

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2. Bike week

Oliver outlined the timetable for Bike Week events. The biggest event in Hackney will be the Eastway cycling day, involving five Boroughs. Events are to include races, trial-a-bike and stalls. There could be possible feeder rides to the event, which will be held from 1200 – 1700. The event unfortunately clashes with Bloomsbury Bikefest and
Stokefest.

The Eastway event needs volunteers – an organising meeting had been arranged for May 14th.

Eastway’s clash with Stokefest can be overcome – discussions about the use of rickshaws and Bikefix’s new cargo bike culminated in a decision to investigate using our big Vitelli trailer (bought for the Cycle Active training project a few years back) to distribute maps and, perhaps, liven up the occasion with some Brazilian dancing girls.

Other events are as listed on our diary page.

Richard is to put together the wording for a poster to be laid out by Trevor and distributed to cyclists in Hackney.

3. ECMC

Richard introduced the European Cycle Messenger Championships (ECMC), the main competitive events of which were to be held over the bank holiday weekend – May 24-26. He asked for possible volunteers to man cycle parking areas and undertake other tasks as appropriate. Oliver suggested that ‘shift’ times should be established and Richard agreed to do this.

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4. Trailers

We discussed progress with plans to buy a trailer for the group. The Columbus model was still agreed to be the most promising choice. Richard reminded the group that we had agreed to source the trailer from a local bike shop, and we agreed that we should purchase a Columbus from London Fields Cycles (who have offered a discount).

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5. LCN+

Oliver said that we have now established a useful working relationship with Anthony Odie, the traffic engineer who is currently working on London Cycle Network (LCN) within Hackney. Anthony has asked us to come forward with ideas for improvements to existing routes, and we will forward him the list of suggestions which were compiled at a recent meeting of our committee.

Funding this year is significant and will be enhanced considerably by a potential additional £300k from other authorities’ excess funding. On this basis it may be possible to make additional linkages in the network within Hackney. Patrick suggested that Route 10 could benefit from attention, particularly by providing a crossing of Balls Pond Road. Oliver and Richard are to participate in a proper inspection of the route, possibly in early June.

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6. LCC Cycle Planning and Engineering Group

LCC has revived a working group to discuss cycle engineering, in particular relating to the LCN+. Anyone wishing to be kept informed about this should send a blank email to lcc-cpecplus-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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7. Shacklewell Lane/St Mark’s Rise

Oliver reported on encouraging progress towards a cycle-friendly re-ordering of this junction, which has been our focus as part of the LCC’s London-wide Junctions Campaign. Work is planned for this financial year.

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8. Latham’s development

Oliver commented that the main issue with the proposed development at the site of Latham’s woodyard is the over-provision of car parking spaces. He has also identified material considerations that militate against the development being permitted. Richard commented that whilst the borough council may permit this development in outline, this should not stop us from making representations at detailed planning stage that could substantially change its design in relation to car parking provision and other issues.

[Update: The application was twin-tracked by the developer, meaning that two applications were submitted for the same development. The developer has appealed against non-determination of one of the applications. This is a standard procedure that will be outlawed when the Government’s proposals for the modernisation of the planning system become law. This means that we have to object, both to the planning application being considered by the council and to the application going to appeal – with more evidence. Clearly this system is intended to baffle objectors and enables the developer, if successful in either case, to proceed to detailed stage sooner than by the ‘conventional’ procedure].

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9. Maintenance workshop

The issue of our self-help maintenance workshop is still to be resolved – following a meeting with the City Farm management and our decision not to continue the workshop at the City Farm on grounds of cost, we have not yet identified a more permanent home for it. Watch this space for more details.

10. Any other business

Patrick remarked on the continuing problem for cycle traffic travelling southbound on Blackfriars Bridge of the blocking of the previously existing right turn into Lower Ground, due to the installation of guard railing for a pedestrian and (theoretically at least) cycle crossing. Although this is outside the borough it is a useful route for people heading from this part of London to the South Bank and beyond. Some time ago Patrick and others raised the issue with Sustrans, which is apparently one of the
agencies responsible for this, but apart from their acknowledgement of the problem there has been no sign of progress.

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Next Meeting

Wednesday 4 June, 8pm, Pub on the Park.