Venue: Pub on the Park, London E8

Present:

Members: Tim Evans, Marian Farrugia, Patrick Field, Katie Hanson, Trevor Parsons, Oliver Schick, Dave Fowler, Helen Walters, Paul Golding.
Guests: Vincent Stops, Rita Krishna

Chair: Tim Evans

Minute taker: Marian Farrugia

Topics discussed:

1. Car Free Day
2. HGV / cyclist campaign leafleting
3. Regents Canal
4. Coming events
5. Junctions campaign
6. Transport Sub-Partnership projects
7. Hackney’s new LCN engineer
8. AOB

1. Car Free Day

There was detailed discussion of preparations for Car Free Day in Mare Street on 22 September, including stewarding, stalls, entertainment, publicity, and important details such as toilets and refuse collection.

It was also decided to set aside a contingency of £1500 against expenses not covered by the £10,000 budget allotted to the council’s traffic and transportation department by Transport for London. (The majority of that budget has been consumed by traffic management measures). Tim requested Hackney LCC members who are in a trade union to ask their branch whether they would consider contributing, as most unions have policies on sustainable transport and have budgets to spend on appropriate activities.

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2. HGV / cyclist campaign leafleting

The group decided to undertake some local distribution of publicity material produced as part of an awareness campaign run jointly by LCC and TfL aimed at both lorry drivers and cyclists. For cyclists the message is “Stay alive, don’t cut inside lorries”, while the message to HGV drivers is “Watch out for cyclists, they are often difficult for you to see”. The main publicity method for reaching cyclists will be by distributing leaflets on the saddles of parked bikes, held on with a clear saddle cover (which doubles as a rainproof cover – rather like an upmarket shower cap).

We will order 800 copies which will be delivered to Patrick’s house. Volunteers are needed for distribution. Patrick will co-ordinate, so anyone who wants to help get this basic safety advice out to fellow cyclists, please contact him by email or call 020 7249 3779.

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3. Regents Canal

This is a plan for improvements of the towpath of the Regents Canal. Patrick recently led several members on a ride to look at the planned changes on the Hackney section of the canal, and all were satisfied that the proposals were sensible, and would not result in cycle traffic dominating too much, which had been our concern. All in all it was felt that the plan included very common-sense proposals which should be approved.

Action: LCC Parks and Canals Group to be contacted with Hackney feedback and congratulated on this thorough bit of work. Patrick to continue to be our representative on this issue.

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4. Coming events

15th September, 12 noon onwards: Hackney Show and Mardi Gras. Oliver to co-ordinate leafleting this event with Car Free Day publicity.

18th September, 7.30-9am: Homerton Hospital Bicycle User Group Breakfast. Hackney LCC will have a high profile in this.

18th September, 8-8.30am: cyclists’ breakfast with the Mayor at City Hall. Three Hackney LCC members to attend.

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5. Junctions campaign

Good news on Shacklewell Lane/St Mark’s Rise, our current target junction. The traffic and transportation department is to apply for funding to undertake a large-scale makeover of the junction, probably along the lines of the plan drafted in 1999.

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6. Transport Sub-Partnership projects

The first three proposals to be submitted for Neighbourhood Renewal Fund funding through the Transport Sub-Partnership are all to do with cycling! They are:

  • Safe routes to school = £30000 – applicant: Groundwork Hackney
  • Schools cycle training = approx. £30000 – applicant is LCC member Sally Haywill’s STAbikes project, plus a new federation of schools which want to start projects modelled on STAbikes. The federation is codenamed SuperNova.
  • Cycle parking = total of £10000, consisting of a £4,000 project to research and map at least 100 high quality, high demand parking locations (partners are Transport Management Solutions and ourselves), and a £6000 project administered entirely by the traffic and transportation section to install at least 40 existing stands. We think that £150 a pop for installation of pre-existing stands from the stock in the depot is a bit high, so we hope that T&T can be encouraged to put in some more than the specified 40.

Decisions on these proposals will be made on 12th September. It might also be possible to put in future bids for cycle parking on estates. Brenda will co-ordinate with her neighbours on her estate to assess demand for cycle parking for both residents and visitors, and all other LCC members are encouraged to do likewise and let Trevor know their conclusions.

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7. Hackney’s new LCN engineer

Hackney has a new highway engineer in post with responsibility for the London Cycle Network in the borough. (His name is Anthony Oke, tel: 020 8356 8181).The post is as yet on a short-term basis, and we understand that Anthony does not (yet!) use a bike. While it is welcome that someone is looking at improving the official cycle network, it’s clear that this is an engineering position narrowly focused on the LCN routes, rather than a post with an overall view of promoting cycling in the borough. However, members should definitely direct any comments specifically on issues to do with the LCN in the borough to Anthony. Please copy our co-ordinator Tim Evans into any such correspondence.

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8. AOB

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Next Meeting

Wednesday 2 October, 8pm, same venue, preceded by mini-hustings with mayoral candidates starting at 7pm.