Present:

Douglas Carnall (Hackney LCC)

Trevor Parsons (Hackney LCC)

Roger Kite (LBH Planning)

Dave Bracken (Hackney LCC)

Roger Blake (LBH, Town Planning, Transport)

Liam Mulrooney (LBH, Engineers)

LBH Environment-type person (sorry, didn’t get your name, mate)

Apologies:

Patrick Field (Hackney LCC)

The Police


Agenda:

1. Minutes of last meeting

2. Matters arising

3. Cycle Proficiency

4. Dalston – Cow Bridge and Market Porters Cycle Routes

5. TRL cycle flow study

6. Clissold Park

7. Stoke Newington Church St proposals

8. Hackney Cycle Map

9. Project Modal Shift

10. Any other business

11. Date of next meeting

1. Minutes of last meeting

Minutes approved.

2. Matters arising

Parking at stations:

LM is planning a media launch after the signing has been put in.

Cycle proficiency/training:

LM did send an invitation to the meeting to John Ianson, the Health Advisory Officer, but had no response. It was reported that in Waltham Forest 120 school students have been trained on-road under the Personal and Social Education slot in the National Curriculum. The cost was about £30 per head. No-one was quite sure how the money had been raised, i.e. whether from parents or from the school budgets.

Hoxton Controlled Parking Zone:

Results of consultation not yet known. LM will put the results in the (official) minutes sent round with the agenda for the next Cycle Liaison Meeting.

Shoreditch One-Way System:

Further to consultants’ report that it would be feasible for a return to two-way working, LM reported that funding had not yet been identified to progress the scheme. Bernie Hewing of Highways will be going to committee with the consultants’ report.

Cyclists’ representation on Traffic Schemes Liaison Meetings:

There had been a request that cyclists should have a rep. at this meeting. It is usually attended by emergency services, London Transport Buses, etc., and is intended to comment on the practicality of proposed changes to the road network. Paul Douglass is of the opinion that cyclists’ input is not necessary. DB spoke once again in favour of our representation. LM said that he thinks that the communication is improving between himself and the rest of the traffic section. RB mentioned that the Director of Regulatory Services is now in post and that things may be very different by the time of our next meeting. For example, it has already been decided that the people dealing with street furniture, potholes, drains etc. are going to have their own new section.

3. Cycle Proficiency

Apart from the above, discussion was postponed because of no-show by education officer.

4. Dalston – Cow Bridge and Market Porters Cycle Routes

Included plans for the reversion of Powerscroft Road to 2-way, signalisation of the junction with Lower Clapton Road, in conjunction with the red route scheme. Median Rd will be closed to motors. Sorry, there was more than this, but I didn’t note it all. LM is going to sketch out the plans in detail for us, so those who want to know will do so!

5. TRL cycle flow study

Research is beginning into how best to assess cycle traffic. Three automatic trafic counters are to be set up: Lea Bridge Road, Kingsland Rd, Whitmore Rd. The Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) wish to use Hackney as a test area, and are therefore topping up LM’s budget for the cycle count he was already planning.

The electronic equipment being used even counts carbon fibre bikes! It will be completed end ’98, but the hope is that it will go on longer, maybe for five years(?). Will give us a chance to monitor variations by change in weather and seasons, and also growth/diminution overall. PLUS there will be a screen line survey, which was planned already before TRL came in. The probable screen lines are along Regent’s Canal and River Lea, chosen for simplicity and therefore cost-effectiveness. Dave Bracken said there could be better screen lines, e.g. railways, but LM explained that that would be too complex and expensive, unfortunately. There will be a quick questionnaire done of cyclists crossing the lines.

There was discussion of the fact that we could calculate, e.g. accidents per km, from this data, to show that, if the number of collisions involving cyclists increases in the next year(s), this is prob. due to increased number of cyclists/distance cycled etc. DC and TP expressed their preference, in place of ‘accidents per km’, for statistics expressing collisions per time exposed, or per trip. This is because cyclists tend naturally to adapt their lifestyles to require shorter journey distances than their motoring counterparts, meaning that a typical cyclist’s commute time, for instance, is often similar to a typical motorist’s. LM was interested in this idea.

6. Clissold Park

Discussion pretty much as in Hackney LCC’s August meeting.

7. Stoke Newington Church St

For background, refer to minutes of Hackney LCC’s August meeting.

LM gave some background. It all very much depends on the progress of Stokey High St 2-way proposals (prob. for buses and cycles) – LT buses very keen, of course, as are the council’s highway officers. Traffic Director is positive. LT are giving money for study, but didn’t realise that the scheme requires an area-wide study of impact, and therefore more money than they’d bargained for. Nonetheless, LT are presently conducting a feasibility study focussing on the physical possibility of getting vehicles round the junctions involved. When they’ve finished that, the area-wide study may go ahead, and thus we’ll have a clearer picture of what can happen in Church Street.

8. Hackney Cycle Map

We like it!

9. Project Modal Shift

Thanks and praise was relayed from the modally shifted to the organisers. LM wanted to point out, having read Patrick Field’s write-up on Cycling In Hackney, that officers were NOT unaware of the fact that it’s quicker by bike, but perhaps learnt during the project just how much more pleasant it is. TP thought that the next candidates for modal shift might usefully be the pothole inspectors! LM suggested speaking to Dave Timson (i/c), or Richard Parish, a senior inspector.

10. Any other business

LM: Greg McNeil of Groundwork has some cycle stand money if matched funding given by LBH. LM has identified 60 places around the A10 corridor, many in ‘The Waste’ market area. May involve loss of a couple of pitches, which would be a shame if jobs were lost as a result.

DC and TP raised the question of the Broadgate Traffic Study – a prelude to the extension of the ‘ring of steel’ into Hackney. They are concerned that this should not inconvenience cycle traffic. LM said that the City is paying the bill for the new scheme, and that therefore there should be no problem in putting in palliative measures for bikes, e.g. contraflows on new one-way streets. Watch this space! LCC should speak to all officers i/c.

11. Date of next meeting

10th December 1997