Hackney LCC meeting Wednesday 7 September 2005

Venue:
Marcon Court Estate Community Hall, E8

Members present:
Brenda Puech, Brian Catchpole, Tim Evans, Marian Farrugia, Oliver Schick, Richard Lewis,
Trevor Parsons, Sally Haywill

Apologies:
Katie Hanson.

Topics discussed:
1. Matters arising
2. Car Free Day 22nd September
3. Burns Night
4. Cycling picnic on the marshes
5. Festivals etc
6. Council traffic schemes liaison
7. Route 38 bus priority
8. Cycling England: cycling demonstration town bid
9. A503 CRISP
10. Planning workshop on residential extensions
11. Cycle liaison meetings
12. London Fields LCN+ concept designs
13. Any other business

1. Matters arising

We ended up not doing a stall at the Hackney City Farm open day because we didn’t receive a response to our enquiry.

There will be another Hackney bike recycling project meeting on 15th September. Tim and Oliver plan to attend.

The first meeting of LCC’s Olympics working group was well attended – 15 LCC reps from a variety of boroughs. New LCC Olympics 2012 mailling list set up.

Windus Streets for People: we picked up an error in the traffic orders which was promptly corrected by Dave Eaglesham, head of traffic.

Whiston Road/Goldsmiths Row: there has been a very slight kerbline adjustment in response to our request for alterations to slow motors  turning left from Whiston Road on green, but it does not provide the  amount of deflection we had hoped for. Oliver thinks this new  signalisation scheme, which which we have repeatedly expressed our unhappiness, will lead to a large degree of non-compliance by those who currently do not experience any delay to their journeys on the LCN+ route 9 (Market Porters/Black Path route). Brenda is once again anxious to know about whether LCN+ money has been  contributed to this scheme in the face of our opposition.

Proposed Columbia Road/Hackney Road signalisation: we have had  an assurance that Waterson St would be kept two-way. It was  originally drawn up as one-way.

Another positive note is that the Fanshaw Street contraflow has now been re-constructed and looks generally good, though there is some  snagging – Trevor to follow up.

We did not manage to produce a response to Hackney’s Local Implementation Plan, Hackney Cycle Plan, Road Safety Plan and  School Travel Plan in time for the deadline for public consultation.  Members of our executive committee did at least have a good  meeting regarding the cycling plan with Hackney Streetscape.

The half of the Burns Night raffle proceeds which were earmarked for Re-Cycle, the bikes to Africa charity, have still to be sent. Pedal Power‘s Jo Roach still looking after them. Tim will inquire.

No progress yet on the campaign against ‘footway grabs’ AKA inset loading bays put in as part of intensified bus priority schemes eg on Lower Clapton Road. Brenda will send out email and press release to the Hackney Gazette and set a day for a stall and petition. Will ask Alan Coombs, the Hackney representative of Living Streets, and Disability Hackney to take the lead on the campaign.

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2. Car Free Day 22nd September

London Fields West Side Car Free Day
This is going ahead on 22nd September – Hackney’s first weekday CFD event. Trevor co-ordinating with help from Gayhurst primary school parents and Alix Stredwick, Hackney’s school travel plan advisor. Teacher and Finsbury Park Cycling Club member Hugh Vivian is our point of contact with the school, which has agreed that this day will be their first step towards producing a school travel plan.

Cyclists’ breakfasts at London Fields & Hackney Community College Satu Vaisanen of Hackney Streetscape is taking the lead on  organising these two simultaneous breakfasts, though we are providing the volunteers – Trevor to chase people up.

Sir Thomas Abney bikers’ breakfast and walking & cycling challenge
Sally reports that STA Bikes is organising another breakfast on the 22nd and also the walking and cycling challenge, which when they last ran it in the summer saw hot competition between classes to be the one which had most people arriving by the sustainable/active modes. Even more enthusiasm and record numbers parked on the bike racks expected this time..


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3. Burns Night

We chose 28th January 2005 as the date for the 10th edition of our celebrated Burns Night supper and dance, which is Hackney LCC’s main fundraising event of the year. Sally is sure that Sir Thomas Abney school will again be available. As it’s the tenth anniversary we know it will be extra special.

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4. Picnic on the marshes


Marian is looking at Friday 30th September for a picnic near Cow Bridge on the marshes. Food would be provided by the Hare Krishna crew from Camden. To be confirmed. [Since postponed to next Spring. Ed.]

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5. Festivals etc

Abney Park open day coming up, Oliver keen. We did a successful Dr Bike there two years ago. We’ll ask Paul Standeven if he’s free.

Tim asked if any volunteers to do an LCC stall at Frampton Park Estate bike fun day on 17th September. Possibility of stall as STA Bikes will be there doing training, maintenance etc. No takers unfortunately.

Mile of Art on Sunday 2nd October. Richard very keen and co-ordinating. Organiser Steven Selby of Off Broadway has been in touch. Cld be quite big. If we position a stall outside the City Farm it could be very busy. Planning one Dr Bike and one stall for us including perhaps some showy bikes. Will request for volunteers. £25 quid per stall. Budget approved of £50 plus up to £70 for Dr Bike.

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6. Council traffic schemes liaison

Andrews Rd, j/w Goldsmiths Row/Broadway Market
There’s some work planned here which we have advised on and feel is uncontroversial. Main result will be upgrade and extension of footway, thereby tightening up the side turnings.

Eagle Wharf Road
This is on the new LCN+ route 16, and will see cycle traffic able to use the street in both directions where now it is one-way eastbound only. Motor traffic will be blocked from entering at the east end by a point no entry. There ensued a discussion of the details, but in general we are happy with the general shape of the scheme, which sees most of the street returned to full two-way working, and traffic engineer Howard Klaasen is being very helpful and communicative.

Mare Street j/w Richmond Road
Another of Howard’s schemes. Oliver & Trevor will be meeting him on site next week.

Ruckholt Road bridge rebuilding – temporary arrangements
Trevor has been invited to attend a site meeting. Problem with fast left filter and straight-on cycle traffic. Marian observed that we spend a lot of time trying to undo stuff that has gone wrong…

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7. Route 38 bus priority

There is an exhibition of proposals for the whole of the length of route 38 within the borough at CLR James library until 24th Sept. The leaflet doesn’t give much detail on the Queensbridge Road junctions, so we’ll be asking for more detailed drawings of that. Mostly good proposals as far as Oliver can see, but some footway grabs as well. We will try to arrange a ride along the route with the consultant. Other important points are Dalston Lane and Kings Passage at its junction with Balls Pond Road. Marian raised concern about the Pembury Junction as well. Oliver said that the council has been hatching ideas for major town centre improvements which would take that junction in, but no specifics as yet.

8. Cycling England: Cycling Demonstration Town bid

Hackney has put in a bid to be picked as one of five cycling demonstration ‘towns’. Thanks to Olu Soyoye, Satu Vaisanen and Alix Stredwick of Hackney’s Streetscape division for putting together the bid from a standing start. Let’s hope we get it! Decision expected in late October.

9. A503 CRISP

We’re principal stakeholders in the CRISP (route inspection) for LCN+ links 71 & 69 (Seven Sisters Rd from Finsbury Park to Amhurst Park). Oliver has received a questionnaire. Manor House junction was made considerably worse for cycle traffic last year. TfL has produced a plan for coming years that will remove the central reservation and narrow the carriageway on the current dual-carriageway section of Seven Sisters Road. Also will strengthen the bridge over the New River which may permit junction improvements

10. Planning workshop on residential extesions

We’ve been invited to the above workshop which will help form the new planning guidance. We’re interested because it may affect what is permitted by way of exterior secure cycle parking. Trevor to check details. We should aim to provide written input. The overall consultation finishes in January so no great flap at the moment.

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11. Cycle liaison meetings

These still haven’t been re-established on a regular basis (pref. at least quarterly). Oliver will again ask Streetscape to set these  meetings up.

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12. London Fields LCN+ designs

Richard has drawn up two very exciting concepts/options, mainly focusing on the junction of Broadway Market with Westgate Street and the southern entrance to London Fields. He emphasised that these are very much starting concepts. Option 1 would give priority to the cycle route north-south over Westgate Street. The west of Westgate Street has a narrowing now, and this could be repeated on the east side to decrease speed & increase uncertainty. Option 2 is even more radical, drawing its inspiration from the Shared Space approach. The intention would be to reduce speeds to a crawl by making it deliberately difficult to perceive an unencumbered route ahead, using crosshatching to draw attention away from the existing line of the street while using bollards to protect services running under the current footway. Louise Brewood of the Broadway Market Traders is very enthusiastic. This approach could continue all the way down the market street. Brenda queried bus directness in ‘Shared Space’ option. Also concerned about s-bend in Option 1. LB Hackney is about to do a consultation on the mkt. Option 2 could be expensive to implement, but there is lots of s106 money around. Let’s get Olu  an award for this!

Richard’s designs also show proposals for the wider LCN+ around  and north of the Fields, including ideas for the crossing of Richmond  Road. The shared use nature of all of the paths in London Fields would be made clear. Oliver suggests that we should also look at the entrance onto Landsdowne Drive.

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13. Any other business

A total of 12 projects out of 30 funded by the Cycle London Promotion Partnership are in Hackney, including: Laburnum Boat Club, Hackney Play Association, Grazebrook and Jubilee schools, cityZEN, Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club (Drew & Leslie), Leyton Orient, UK Turkish Ride for Life for 11+, and London City YMCA  ‘build-a-bike’, as well as three bids for STA Bikes events and projects. Marian suggested we should do a networking event, because there are so many projects that should get to know each other. Oliver also keen to make contacts.

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Next meeting
Wednesday 6 October 2005, 8pm, Marcon Court Estate Community Hall, E8.