London Cycling Campaign in Hackney

Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012, 7:30pm

Marcon Court and Aspland Estates Community Hall

Present: Roger Blake, Michael Cordy (treasurer), Katie Hanson, Ben Kennedy, Richard King (Canal and River Trust Towpath Ranger), David Lukes (committee member without portfolio), Trevor Parsons (co-ordinator), Oliver Schick (secretary, minutes).

Apologies: Mohan de Benoit, Siobhan Blackshaw (rides co-ordinator), Patrick Field.

Agenda:

1. Minutes and matters arising

2. Mare Street scheme

3. Broadway Market/London Fields/Westgate Street/Lansdowne Drive

4. Clermont Road/Gore Road permeability scheme

5. Car-free Day

6. Other events

7. Rides

8. Bike pumps

9. Residential cycle parking pilot

10. Cycle parking in the carriageway

11. Transport Strategy

12. Cycling in parks

13. Stoke Newington town centre

14. Any other business

1. Minutes and matters arising

Some actions were still outstanding.

Goldsmith’s Row Book Market: Action carried over.

Green Lanes/Church Street/Collins Road: Action carried over.

Sustainable Hackney map: Action carried over.

Stamford Road/Hertford Road: Action carried over.

Queensbridge Road: Action carried over.

Cycle Hire docking station locations (Phase 3 Batch 3): Action carried over.

Lea Bridge schoolhouse cycling events: Action carried over.

2. Mare Street scheme

We had received a preliminary design for the section of Mare Street north and south of the junction with Well Street, including a proposal to modally filter Tudor Road and to revamp the ‘triangle’ at the junction of Westgate Street and Mare Street.

The meeting was strongly in favour of the modal filtering of Tudor Road. We discussed the best location for the modal filter. The draft scheme had it located west of the junction of Tudor Road and Tudor Grove, but we had heard from residents who wanted it to be at that junction.

We were also in favour of the proposed improvements to the ‘triangle’ at the Westgate Street/Mare Street junction, with the caveat that there would be conflict between the relocation of the bus stop and the alignment of the slip road from Westgate Street to Mare Street, which under these proposals would be stopped up. As cyclists would most likely wish to continue cutting off the corner here, a more satisfactory solution will have to be found. There may be scope for a cyclist slip which joins Mare Street south of the proposed new relocated bus stop. However, we supported the tightening of the junction and environmental improvements. TP highlighted that the scheme should also deal with the collapsing gully at the junction.

We were concerned about other aspects of the scheme. We would not support the shortening of bus lanes on Mare Street. This was proposed to be done because of worries about motor traffic capacity at the main Well Street junction in case of the modal filtering of Tudor Road. We agreed that we would welcome a reduction in motor traffic capacity at the junction and were keen to have the lane layout maintained as before short of a full redesign of the Well Street junction.

We discussed the ramifications of the scheme for the wider area, particularly as concerns back street rat-running. For instance, we thought it would be a good idea to look at Triangle Road, Warburton Road, and Mentmore Terrace in conjunction with this scheme. It might also be a good idea to switch the priority arrangement at the London Lane junction.

The Children’s Centre on Westgate Street was mentioned. We wondered whether access to it was compromised by rat-runners, as there was no crossing there.

Bayford Street could also be modally filtered.

Action: TP and OS to submit comments.

3. Broadway Market/London Fields/Westgate Street/Lansdowne Drive

We were not in favour of this draft scheme proposal. As we outlined in our response to the Broadway Market shared space scheme, we believe that the Council should undertake an ambitious redesign of this junction to create a public square, with associated modal filtering of through traffic in the streets to the west of the junction in particular.

The advantages of new proposal were that it would introduce a zebra crossing for pedestrians away from the crossing for cyclists, slightly remove visibility restrictions, straighten out (although still with a kink) the alignment of the Porters‘ Route for cycling, and not pursue the previous design proposal for a deviation of the route for north-south motor traffic.

This scheme proposal would lead to a perpetuation of the problematic through traffic arrangements at this point and would fall far short of realising the potential of the location. We decided to advise the Council to put a larger funding package together for a bigger scheme, as we were certain that a good scheme would attract good money.

Action: TP and OS to submit comments.

4. Clermont Road/Gore Road permeability scheme

This scheme had come back in a slightly different shape to a proposed layout that we had seen before. As we had previously commented, we were still in favour of switching sides for the scheme (to run the contraflow facility along the north side of Victoria Park Road instead of along the south side), but officers had ruled this out owing to the number of car parking spaces to be removed. We thought that with the introduction of the proposed Controlled Parking Zone there, car parking pressure would be reduced and that the scheme should perhaps be undertaken in conjunction with the CPZ. We also thought that the pedestrian crossing further west, near Fremont Street, was not in the right place. Good signage was also important at this location.

We were fully in favour of proposals for a footway-level table in the bend of Gore Road next to St Agnes’ Gate into Victoria Park.

The contraflow/crossing scheme at Barnabas Road/Wick Road/Bradstock Road also came up in discussion as a similar instance. It was commented that Bradstock Road is one-way south of Cassland Road and that the route should be continued there towards Gascoyne Road.

Action: TP and OS to submit comments.

5. Car-free Day

We decided to submit a traffic order application for Car-free Day on the 22nd September. There was a notice period required for a temporary closure of six weeks. There were seven and a half weeks left until the 22nd September.

The meeting authorised the committee to spend up to £500 at their discretion to make this CFD possible (e.g., including costs associated with the traffic order). As we were not envisaging any licensable activity, a Temporary Event Notice would not be required.

Action: OS and TP to submit traffic order.

6. Other events

No other events were announced.

7. Rides

No information on upcoming rides was available.

8. Bike pumps

BK reported that three public bike pumps had been installed outside London Fields Cycles in Mare Street, outside Lock-7 Cycle Cafe, and outside the Clissold Leisure. Following initial heavy usage, the two outside LFC and Lock-7 were taken back as Cyclehoop were fine-tuning the pumps, but were going to be back on the street before the end of the week.

9. Residential cycle parking pilot

This project was ongoing but had been delayed by some difficulties. It had been questioned whether Fietshangar-style shelters, which we would prefer, would be the best kind of solution, as there were potentially issues with liability and cost. There were other models, such as Cycle Shelters or Cycle Pods, which officers were investigating. They had already checked with LB Lambeth what their experience had been.

Fremont Street was mentioned as a street where such lockers might also be suitable.

Development of cycle parking guidance within developments was ongoing, in collaboration with the Planning service.

10. Cycle parking in the carriageway

The Council were going ahead with constructing cycle parking in the carriageway at a number of locations around the borough. We thought that more would be useful in the Mare Street/Town Hall/Reading Lane area, around the Hackney Service Centre, and in the Narroway (which was in line for major changes). We had also picked up a suggestion by the Elsdale Health Centre on the LCC‘s Cycle Parking 4 London web-site for in-carriageway parking outside the centre. (Since then, the adjacent street corner had been rebuilt and cycle stands installed on the footway.)

11. Transport Strategy

BK said that the Council was going to refresh the Transport Strategy soon. They were thinking of introducing a map-based interface for comments. The first step would be a brief note to explain the general strategy before focusing on individual areas.

The new TS would cover a period of ten years, to match the Mayor’s Transport Strategy.

There would be new census stats available (cycling stats were due to come out in late 2012 or early 2013).

To support the work on the Transport Strategy, we were going to continue to develop our Vision for Hackney.

12. Cycling in parks

The number of complaints about cycling in London Fields had risen recently, e.g. from parents using the playground and dog walkers. The Council was thinking of embarking on an awareness campaign similar to the one run by the Canal and River Trust on the towpaths (‘share the space, drop the pace‘). A study of conflict in London Fields didn’t find very significant levels of conflict three years ago. We had also contributed to a scrutiny by the Living in Hackney Scrutiny Panel on this topic a few years ago.

TP asked if there had been further investigation of removing the demarcation on the path, which the London Fields User Group is interested in. We agreed that there was a need to investigate by-laws in parks/commons/open spaces.

The meeting expressed support for considerate cycling in parks, with pedestrian priority.

13. Stoke Newington town centre

We discussed what our demands were going to be for the impending implementation of the Cycle Superhighway along the A10 and reconfirmed that we want to see it done only alongside returning the Stoke Newington one-way gyratory to two-way operation.

14. Any other business

Burns Night venue: We need to start thinking about BN venues. Action: OS to send a message to the mailing list to encourage everybody to investigate school venues.

Patrick Field farewell: After a long time in Hackney, former co-ordinator of this group and pioneer of cycle training is moving to a new home in the borough of Haringey. The meeting moved a vote of thanks to Patrick for all his excellent work over the years.

The meeting closed at 10pm.

Date of next meeting: Wednesday, 5th September, 2012, 7:30pm.

   Minutes of Hackney LCC meeting 8th August 2012 in PDF