Present:

Liam Mulrooney, Land Use and Transportation Section, LBH
Roger Blake, Land Use and Transportation Section, LBH
Dave Bracken, LCC
Trevor Parsons (LCC)

Apologies:

Julie Adams, Lea Valley Regional Park Authority
Representative of Environment and Health Section, LBH
Douglas Carnall, LCC

Agenda:
1. Minutes of last meeting
2. Matters arising
3. Training
4. Bike Week
5. Liam’s trip to Delft
6. Double parking
7. Cycle schemes update
8. Any other business
9. Date of next meeting

1. Minutes of last meeting

Agreed as a true record, except that DB clarified more precisely where green surfacing was needed at the southern end of Queen Elizabeth Walk.

2. Matters arising

Re: Cycle training
It was agreed at the March meeting that Liam would arrange a meeting with Roger Kite, LBH Road Safety Officer, and Claire Tansley, member of LCC in Hackney who has professional experience of environmental education in schools and is interested in furthering cycle training and ‘safe routes to school’ in Hackney. Liam apologised for not having organised this yet, but will endeavour to set up such a meeting. Liam mentioned that Memet Masar is the officer in the Land Use and Transportation Section who is charged with piloting a ‘safe routes’ scheme in two schools in the Millfields area.

Re: Consultation on major developments
Notice of planning applications will be available on the Council’s website as from 4th June 1998.

Re: Parking
There are still about 200 of the new parking stands not installed. Liam reported that the process of planning where to put them and installing them is rather slow, on top of a heavy workload. He will welcome any further suggestions for suitable sites. (Telephone 0181-356 8221). Councillors are being consulted, and Liam has had several replies, including a detailed list of suggestions from Councillor Bentley. On the question of taking road space rather than footway space, Liam said that generally the necessary build-outs are very expensive, but that he has identified one position on a street coming off Stoke Newington Church Street where a buildout would be useful.

3. Training

John I’Anson of Hackney’s Education Department was unfortunately not present, but Liam recalled that John had confirmed that cycling was technically available as a sports option in the national curriculum. Trevor said he would test the continuing enthusiasm of the LCC in Hackney for a training scheme at their next meeting.

4. Bike Week

Liam will have a stall at the Victoria Park Bike Festival on the 6th June. Trevor advertised LCC Bike Week activities in Hackney (see diary).

5. Liam’s trip to Delft

The London Boroughs Cycling Officers Group recently visited Delft in Holland to look at the way things are done there. Liam showed us pictures he had taken there of various accommodations for cycle traffic. In particular he noted that the Delft traffic planners were quite happy to make streets one way in order to provide extra room for contra- and with-flow cycle lanes. Trevor questioned the need for with-flow lanes, especially on quieter streets, and expressed LCC in Hackney’s long-standing preference for streets to be kept two-way for all traffic if at all possible.

6. Double parking

Crispin Truman had asked for this issue to be raised. He has noticed an increase in ‘double parking’, i.e. one motor vehicle being parked on the outside of another because of parking saturation, often causing an obstruction in the highway. Particular areas of concern were on Hackney’s north-south cycle route on St Jude’s Street (actually in Islington) and De Beauvoir Road.

Liam has checked with the Council’s parking enforcement section, and unfortunately they cannot take any action if there is no parking restriction in force on the street. If the double parked vehicle is causing an obstruction, it would be up to the police to deal with it, and experience shows that they do not generally place a high priority on such problems. If, however, parking restrictions are in force, the parking enforcement people have said that they would be willing to try ticketing double parked vehicles, although this is a legally untested area as far as they know.

If anyone knows of any particular problem areas – particularly corners – which require parking restrictions, they should get in contact with the parking enforcement section (call one of the One Stop Shops for number). Liam agreed with a comment from Dave that junctions giving access to cycle traffic but not motors should automatically have parking restrictions on. This is something the Council is working towards.

Trevor asked whether it might be possible to have a discussion with a representative of the parking enforcement section at the next meeting on the subject of priorities. Liam and Roger suggested that we should invite Ron Belgrave, Parking Manager.

7. Cycle schemes update

Liam said that he had not actually had much time to do route design recently, what with major schemes such as the Clapton Park area traffic management proposals taking up a lot of time. In fact, the Clapton Park area proposals will have a beneficial effect on two cycle routes which cross at the junctions of Powerscroft Road, Millfields Road and Chatsworth Road. With reference to this presently rather hairy junction, Liam mentioned a revision to their proposals: previously they had suggested a pair of mini-roundabouts, but now they are considering the feasibility of signalising the junction, which would be made possible by closing that end of Millfield Road to motor traffic. Just a back of the envelope job at the moment, but it sounds good. Liam reported that the consultation meetings being held this week on the Clapton Park proposals had been generally in favour of closing junctions to motor traffic.

East-west route. Liam has issued orders for signs and dropped kerbs around Northchurch Road, arising from Roger’s survey of the route.

The contraflow facilities passed at various committee meetings recently are going in. Trevor raised the issue of the planned contraflow facilities on Fanshaw Street, N1. The street is in a short narrow section and a longer, wide section. The current plan is to run a contraflow cycle lane on both sections, but Trevor reiterated his preference for the contraflow lane to be on the narrow section only, and for the longer, wide section to be made two way for all vehicles. Most motor traffic would still use the street in the one direction, but that solution would be more flexible all round. Liam said he would see if he could do anything about it, even though the plan is rather far advanced.

Liam has looked at the north-south cycle route’s crossing of Balls Pond Road again. It is agreed that this is a difficult section, and doesn’t yet meet the London Cycle Network design criterion which states that routes should be suitable for competent 12-year-old cyclists. LCC in Hackney had favoured a crossing from Kingsland Green to Bentley Road, but Liam has surveyed the area and thinks that the stagger on this would be too great, whatever crossing facility was employed. Another idea he has had is to keep the present route and provide some kind of central refuge on Balls Pond Road, to allow cyclists to cross the road in two stages. “We’ll solve it one day,” he hopefully concluded!

8. Any other business

Dave Bracken recounted more negative attitudes to cycling from individuals in the Clissold Park User Group, although there were also pro-cycling comments to report too, particularly from a local GP. Some people have come up with the idea of providing a route for cyclists around the perimeter fence, but we all agreed that this would not be very useful. Roger said that the most useful routes for cyclists across the park will continue to be the diagonals.

9. Date of next meeting

9th September 1998 at 4pm

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