Hackney LCC meeting 7 April 2010

Venue:

Marcon Court Estate Community Hall

Members present:

Trevor Parsons, Siobhan Owens, Brenda Puech, Michael Cordy, Patrick Field

Guests:

Keith Angus (Lib Dem Hackney North candidate), Adrian Gee-Turner (Lib Dem Hackney mayoral candidate).

Apologies: Oliver Schick and Ben Edmonds

Topics discussed:

1. Matters arising
2. Local and parliamentary elections
3. HGV working group
4. Rivington Street two-way cycling
5. Southgate Road police car collision
6. Social rides
7. Events
8. Access to membership database for local groups
9. Any other business

1. Matters arising
OS still to reply to Rik Andrew regarding possibility of diverting ‘superhighway’ funding to LCN routes 8 and 9.

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2. Local and parliamentary elections
KA and AG-T say that Lib Dems have already made cycling one of their top ten priority areas. They claim some credit for starting the process of removing the Shoreditch one-way system. Lib Dems also interested in building secure central parking facilities near stations.

Hackney Cyclists are trying to get a stronger commitment from the parties to two-way cycling in all streets and a full permeability audit.

We intend to do an email blast to members. Possibly also postal.

We should publish a slightly different set of manifesto priorities for the parliamentary election. The current LCC manifesto / letter for this contains the same manifesto points as for the local election. An example of the type of issue which is more the province of parliament is strict liability. Brenda: parliament can remove many of the obstacles such as requirement to put a road sign every 50 metres to achieve 20mph limits.

[Full Hackney Cyclists manifesto plus parties’ responses here. Ed.]

Patrick Field: cycle training, buying a bike are big issues for poorer people. bike2work usually only available to higher paid people.

Brenda: bike2work not popular in the public sector because salary sacrifice results in reduction to final salary pension.

Hustings being organised by Hackney Friends of the Earth on the 27th.

3. HGV working group

TP reported that he and Charlie Lloyd had attended the first meeting of the revived Hackney HGV Safety Working Group. Discussion had centred on the scope of the group. We succeeded in keeping the focus on lorries in particular, rather than having it broadened out into a generic cycling safety working group.

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4. Rivington Street two-way cycling
TP has spoken to bar owners and other frontagers, who would like motors excluded from the eastern section of Rivington Street during the evenings. He will work with them to produce a proposal.

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5. Southgate Road police car collision
Donald MacLeod was hit by a speeding police car while crossing the junction of Southgate Road and Northchurch Terrace on 24 March. The police car was responding to an emergency call. Mr MacLeod is in a critical condition. Our sympathies are with him and his family and friends. It was noted that in discussing the junction, we need to bear in mind that this collision was atypical. Local resident David Smith has frequently voiced his concerns about this junction. SO feels it’s not too bad. PF draws comparison between Southgate Road and Tufnell Park Rd in N5. The latter has a 20mph limit and bumps, and Southgate Road could do too. Consensus of meeting was that the junction should be put back to being a normal priority junction. We have previously asked the councils (this is on the border of Islington and Hackney) to continue the blacktop surface through the eastern cycle-only arm of the junction, to make it clearer to road users on Southgate Road that the eastern arm is open. We weren’t particularly enamoured of the idea of traffic lights. There are traffic lights immediately north and south anyway. The north-south traffic is being pulsed by the lights already.

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6. Social rides
We had a good evening ride on 24th March. It was a joint event with Tower Hamlets Wheelers and Hackney Cyclists. Good response from Hackney City Farm people and everyone else to the idea of shutting Goldsmiths Row to motors and making the crossing of Hackney Road direct through to Ion Square. Needs buy-in from Tower Hamlets council. We went on to do a tour of Hackney and Tower Hamlets. On the way we stopped to look at the new secure bike parking at Frampton Park Estate. At the end of the ride, we stopped to add flowers to the memorial display where Shivon Watson was killed by a lorry, on Victoria Park Road.

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7. Events
We decided to set the third Wednesday of each month for our social rides, viz 21st April, 19th May, 16th June, 21st July, 18th Aug, 15th Sept, 20th Oct, 17th November, 15th December

Possible topics: Olympopolis, ‘great lost routes’. Could put it to the egroup to ask for suggestions of junctions / places to visit.

Bike Week
Wednesday 23rd london fields breakfast
Feeder to TH Wheelers ‘glamour ride’ on Friday 25th from the town hall
Bike the bounds TBC
Ask Marian and Katherine if they’d like to do a social / picnic in n16, poss 24th / 25th or the Friday
Pitstops — Tyler at the council’s travel awareness team wants to do four or five more. One happened two weeks ago, very successful despite rain.

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8. Access to membership database for local groups

We are encountering some reluctance from LCC central office to supply us with membership data. We have had dumps from the database within recent years for our own mailouts. TP to remind LCC officers of the research done by Tim Evans to show that releasing membership data to approved branch officers is perfectly legal under Data Protection Act.

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9. Any other business
None.

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Next meeting
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 5 May, same venue.