Category Archives: Meetings

We have on-going discussions on our email group. We also hold a regular meeting for which we provide an Agenda before and Minutes afterwards, details of meetings between December 2001 and June 2013 are on our old website.

Minutes April 2015

 

 

NEXT  MEETING – 28 July 2015

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday the 28th of July 2015

at 7.15pm  for 7.30pm at the home and garden of Susie Gretz

4a Eynham Rd, W12 9HA

THERE WILL BE REFRESHMENTS AT THIS MEETING. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU, SO FEEL FREE TO JOIN!

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS JUNE MEETING

 

TUESDAY 16 June 2015, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh

12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT:

Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson,, Lynn Seveke, Tim Day, Susie Gretz, PCSO Jules Chao.

 

APOLOGIES:

Elizabeth Hopkirk, Roger de Freitas, Petrina Beaufoy Helm,

 

WELCOME

We were pleased to meet Tim Day, a retired journalist who has had experience teaching cycling. He has offered to be a marshal for our RideLondon feeder ride on Saturday 1 August.

 

Paul had invited Jules along, who is part of the Shepherds Bush Transport Hub, which deals with surface transport matters, largely buses, but not the tube. He told us of his work and how it dealt with cycling. Lynn took some notes and may send an email with more details.

 

20MPH

Our input was very successful at the recent LBHF PAC meeting. Now we need to get people to fill in the online consultation. At the North End Road market stall we will show collision map indicating that most cyclist injuries and fatalities are on main roads. We would like the limit to extend to shopping streets if not all main roads. Some people in our group against blanket 20mph limit.

 

Information and an online version of the questionnaire can be found here:http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/directory/news/20mph_consultation.asp

 

GOLDHAWK ROAD

At the PAC Ruth Mayorcas spoke to Cllr Wesley Harcourt about problems she finds on the Goldhawk Rd. As a consequence John and Ruth will meet some Councillors on Monday 22 June for a site visit. Nobody at tonight’s meeting uses the Goldhawk road much. Tim had problems at the intersection with Paddenswick rd where there are the double roundabouts, but that is outside the area where there road is being redesigned. Others have been in touch with us and LBHF about problems on Goldhawk road.

 

NORTH END ROAD STALL

We have just heard that we have a stall for the festival on Saturday 27 June. Our main objective is to find new active members for the group. We will concentrate on 20mph limit, NO2 pollution, the Summer Feeder ride as subjects to engage with people. We will with A3 colour graphics. Susie will look at prices for printing and laminating and John will see if it is cheaper to have a banner printed which we can cut up. Konstantinos, Elizabeth, Ken, Suzie, Jose, John will be available on the day, and perhaps Janusz. Elizabeth and John will work on credit card sized cards that give info about the group and also how to report potholes.

 

If others wish to be part of the event please contact John.

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

We now have the final results.  The plan is to meet with senior people at the council in a few weeks time to discuss the results and see how we can influence plans for Hammersmith Gyratory.  Also we will try to get media coverage of the results.

The EU limit for NO2 is 40 µg / m^3 [micrograms per cubic metre] . The LBHF measurement for Hammersmith Broadway near St Pauls Church was about 80 µg / m^3 . Our results for Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush Green were roughly in the range 80 – 100 µg / m^3. at push chair height we found the levels to be about 30% higher than at the 3m height that LBHF uses for measurements.

 

Andrea would like to see us have a public meeting on air pollution, preferably before the end of July when her present funding runs out.. We discussed this. However the much publicised LBHF meeting on 20mph only brought in a very few people apart from ourselves. Other meeting such as on the flyunder, the Thames sewer and Heathrow expansion have been highly attended.

[Lynn mentioned the proposed Maastricht tunnel]

 

We felt the  time scale for a public meeting in July is too rushed. Perhaps later., especially if the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, produces an awaited report on the mortality figures for NO2.

 

 

HFCYCLISTS ACCOUNTS AND GRANT FROM LCC

Ken has prepared the accounts and we have told LCC we do not wish to waive the grant this year.

 

WEBSITE

Lynn is maintaing and we discussed the difference between pages and posts on the wordpress site. If anyone else wants to be involved please get in touch.

 

SUNSET RIDE

Wednesday 17 June, 7pm for 7.15pm departure.

See http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2015/05/sunset-ride-17th-june-2015/

Paul suggested bringing your own drink and picnic for the public terrace with the spectacular view as queues may be long at the pub across the street.

 

OUR GARDEN PARTY AT ROGER DE FREITAS’

This will be on Thursday 16 July at 7pm. Roger and Vicky live in Hartswood Rd. This is our great event of the year and please put in your diary now. We will send an email out with details nearer the time.

 

RIDE LONDON FEEDER SATURDAY 1 AUGUST

Tim Day says he would like to be a marshal. John will forward his details to Konstantinos.

 

EALING NEWSLETTER

Paul brought in a Ealing Cycling campaign newsletter that was attached to his bike. It is very impressive. Perhaps we could do something similar, and Lynn thinking about it. If others want to be involved please get in touch.

See http://lcc.org.uk/articles/local-group-news-june-2015

 

EXPENSES

John; Refreshments after PAC meeting £25.20

Ken: For tonights refreshments £35

 

OUR AGM

We will have this later in the year when some recent members may have gained more experience, perhaps to be officers.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 14 July, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home and garden of Susie Gretz [later changed to 28th July]

4a Eynham Rd, W12 9HA

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290  /  07789 095 748 truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MAY MEETING

 

TUESDAY 12 May 2015, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith Road, W14 9AP.

 

PRESENT:

John Griffiths, Ken McCosh, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Elizabeth Hopkirk, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson,, Lars Laamann, Sima John

 

APOLOGIES:

Lynn Seveke, Roger de Freitas, Susie Gretz, Alan Rowden

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We were pleased to see Kpnstantinos, who was a marshal at last years Ride London, and Elizabeth, who came to a meeting last year and was on the Hammersmith Bridge ride.

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

We now have the results for our February and April NO2 measurements. A correction factor still has to be applied to them by Client Earth, our partners in this.

 

The results indicate that there are a few places in Hammersmith and SBG where the results are considerably higher than at the place where LBHF takes its measurement for Hammersmith Gyratory.

 

We took readings at heights of 3m and 2.25m. We were expecting the reading closer to the ground to be higher as it was closer to the source of local exhaust gases. There was no significant difference at these heights. Near the entrance to King Street the 3m reading was surprisingly higher than the 2.25m reading. We speculated this might be gases from the flyover dispersing down, or turbulence , or random errors.

 

Where we measured at 4 different heights on two posts, from 3m down to 0.5m, this showed a significant increase as you got down to pushchair height.

 

John will do some further work on the statistics behind the results. This is to see how meaningful the figures are, as there are inherent random errors in the NO2 tube approach, and variations due to the weather. John will collaborate on this with Konstantinos and Lynn. And also show to someone in the group who works in statistics.

 

Konstantinos, an engineer, had several suggestions. He will discuss with some colleagues. We will collaborate with Andrea Lee of client Earth in producing a report. We should approach LBHF and TfL with a view to trying to influence them into taking mitigation measures, especially as the plans for Hammersmith Gyratory are being developed now.

 

Konstantinos said that normally bodies would expect to see at least 3 months of data before something was taken seriously. In the light of our experience so far we may carry out further studies, using our money, or from any grant we may be able to get.

 

Recently Client Earth were successful in taking the UK government to the UK Supreme Court, with the result that the UK has to take more stringent action to meet an EU directive on NO2 pollution levels. NO2 mainly comes from diesel vehicles and causes health problems sometimes leading to earlier death.

 

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE

 

On 25 April about ten of us along with Chris Bainbridge, Cllrs Ben Coleman, Lisa Homan, Max Schmid and PJ Murphy rode over Hammersmith Bridge. Cllr Wesley Harcourt was also there. We were pressing for large signs on the roadway  saying “CYCLIST PRIORITY”.

 

In January 2016 Hammersmith Bridge will be closed for a year for repairs and strengthening work.

 

RIDE LONDON

LCC is asking if we can organise a feeder ride for Ride London on 1 August. We need a lead rider and marshals. We discussed last years ride. John will send to LCC the following:

Ride Leader Konstantinos Parsalidis,

Marshals: Richard Radmore, Ken McCosh, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson, John Griffiths

 

BIKE WEEK

Bike week 13 – 21 June

There will probably be a ride on the Wednesday evening June 17thgoing to the Roebuck on Richmond Hill to join other west London groups.

 

London Prison Ride 2015

This will be on 21 June. I will send a separate message on this as the details are quite long.

 

STALL IN NORTH END ROAD

June 27 –  extended bike week – Stall at North End Road Market Festival

John will apply for a stall for the group. It will be a long day –perhaps from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Konstantinos, Elizabeth, Ken, Suzie, Petrina and John say they will be involved. Interacting with non-cyclists encouraging them to cycle, and with cyclists telling them of our causes. And giving info. Possibly measuring BMI for example.

Please contact John as soon as possible if others want to be involved in planning and being there on the day.

 

SPACE4CYCLING

LCC are seeking people to hand in petitions to our Council at a photoshoot. The petitions are reminders to keep pursuenig the Spce4Cycling pledges they made. Lars, Elizabeth, Ken and John said they would, depending on the date.

 

HOUNSLOW SUGGESTION for A4 and A316

Hounslow Cycling Campaign are planning to run a positive campaign giving a vision of what TfL’s roads could be like, particularly asking for protected cycle lanes on the A4 and A316. That is the Great West Road and the road that leads to Chiswick Bridge.

 

The website has great diagrams of how it might be. I was sent this by Timothy Harris. You can leave comments on the website and also send messages to the London Assembly members.

See www.hounslowcycling.org/revitalise-hogarth

We should be doing something like that for Hammersmith gyratory.

 

POTHOLE ON A4

John and Ken have noted a serious pothole on the A4 around a drain. John has reported on https://reportit.tfl.gov.uk/

Elizabeth suggested we have cards we can give out giving that address. Cards that would fit in a wallet with our details also would be good.

 

CENTRAL LCC MATTERS

There are a lot of documents to read on Governance. Policies. Constitutions etc. Anyone keen to read any please email me.

 

LCC GRANT

As our budget for next year is considerable, including publicity, events, possible further expenses involved with NO2 and refreshments, we decided not to forgo our annual grant from lCC

 

EXPENSES

Ken for refreshments after Hammersmith Bridge ride

John for refreshments tonight £31.03

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

On Tuesday 16 June, at 7,15 for 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh,

12 Stanwick Road, West Kensington, W14 8UH

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290  /  07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS APRIL MEETING

 

TUESDAY 14 April 2015, 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh

 

PRESENT: Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Susie Gretz, Paul Saunderson, Janusch Carmello, Alan Rowden, Lynn Seveke

 

APOLOGIES: Roger de Freitas, Lars Laamann, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Sima John

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

With Andrea Lee from Client Earth we placed some small devices around the borough to test for air pollution. These have now all been collected, and we have the results for the first month. The results for the second month are due soon.

 

Early indications are that as you drop down from 3m to adult breathing height and to push-chair height the NO2 reading increases considerably. 3m is the height at which LBHF makes measurements.

Also compared to the point near St Paul’s Church where LBHF makes it measurements, there are places at Hammersmith gyratory and Shepherds Bush Green where the NO2 values are higher.

We await the results of the second month’s trial. We shall then decide how to use them, and to see whether it is advisable to collect more data. John and Lynn will be involved in this, and any others welcome.

 

HFCYCLISTS ACCOUNTS AND GRANT FROM LCC

Ken is now preparing the accounts for the last financial year.

Normally we receive a grant from LCC of around £250 to £300, approximately 50p for each LCC member living in the Borough, taken from their subscriptions. Last year LCC had financial problems and we decided to forego the grant that year. As we are fairly well off the question is should we forego it again this year? After discussion we decided to delay any decision, depending on whether we will be spending money on the pollution project.

 

UPDATES FROM LBHF

John spoke to Chris Bainbridge of LBHF before the meeting. Chris said that he was planning to retire and had given his notice to LBHF. However Chris will be continuing at LBHF for a while in some capacity. Chris gave the following updates

1] The Bridge Avenue contraflow has now been installed

2] Only one Quietway in the Borough has so far received funding from TfL. This comes out of K&C on North Pole Road and crosses the Scrubs, going east.

 

3] Nick Reston Boyle of LBHF has taken suggestions to TfL. Concerning the Holland Park roundabout, there may be a “Hamburger “ solution, where a cycle track goes east – west across the roundabout. This has some problems where it meets the apex of Shepherds Bush Common, ie at the Ginglik that was. Another possibility there is to have peninsularisation, ie taking out a section of the roundabout and connecting to the surrounding land. But this has more drastic traffic flow implications

4]Nick has also taken suggestions for Hammersmith Gyratory to TfL. These include peninsularisation [cutting out Queen Caroline St] or a 2-way cycle track around the outside of the gyratory.

Alan pointed out that Coca –Cola has now vacated its premises at the gyratory, and Disney may also be leaving. John said that TfL would like to remove the temporary bus station. Perhaps there will be some major changes there.

20MPH

We thought that plans for a consultation on 20mph was going to be put forward by Officers to Councillors for their approval at the LBHF Policy and Accountability Committee [PAC] meeting on Tuesday 21 April at 7pm. However this will not be and it will be presented to a later meeting.

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE

At the last PAC meeting John had asked for a ride with Councillors and their families so that they could experience the difficulties of riding on the bridge. The idea is that they would agree signs saying “Cyclists Priority” or “Do not Overtake Cyclists”. This will probably be on the morning of Saturday 25 April. We will be looking for a small number of vulnerable cyclists ie parents carrying children on their bikes, cargo bikes with children, or parents cycling with children to demonstrate the type of cyclist the bridge should be designed for. You would not be expected to cycle on the bridge if you do not want to.

This is not a demonstration or protest, and is not suitable for anyone likely to antagonise the Councillors. We only want a few to come along as in the past with a larger group conversation has proven difficult. John will send a separate message about this.

WEBSITE

Lynn has contacted Alex Ingram and we now have more control of the website. John and Lynn will work on getting it revised and updated. Lynn will see about contacting Loretta Reehill about the password for the facebook page.

LIGHTS ON BASKETS

Paul said he had seen a good design for fitting a light bracket to a basket. The idea is that you split a cork lengthwise, and then tape it around a narrow wire on the basket. The bracket can then be attached to the cork instead of the frame of the bike.

RIDES and EVENTS

Thames Bridges Bike Ride

Sunday 10 May   —   www.stroke.org.uk/tbbr

 

LCC rides page

http://lcc.org.uk/events

 

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £36.24 for tonight’s refreshments.

John had expenses of £8.10 for refreshments when we last picked up the NO2 tubes.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 12 May 7.15 for 7.30pm

At the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith rd, West Kensington. W14 9AP

[please put in your diary now]

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290  /  07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

Next meeting

OUR NEXT  MEETING – 

Tuesday 13 June at  7.15pm for 7.30pm.

At the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick Rd  West Kensington, W14 8UH

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MAY MEETING

 

TUESDAY 9 May 2017, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith Road, W14 9AP. [corner of North End Rd]

 

PRESENT

John Griffiths, Vin Aithal, Fernando Oliviero, David Blackett, Janusz Carmillo, Paul Saunderson

 

APOLOGIES

Lars Laamann, Ken McCosh, Elliot Herbertson, Charlotte Herbertson, Roger de Freitas, Alan, Rowden, Sima John, Abigail Dubiniecki, Casey Abaraonye, Petrina Beaufoy Helm

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We were pleased to meet David and Fernando. David has been a member for a long time but spends a lot of time in the Republic of Ireland working on IT systems. He first raised the issue on our email group of the footway and the road space of Glenthorne Rd being taken over by developers. He has a normal bike and a road bike which he takes to the Surrey hills.

 

Fernando is a friend of Vin. He cycles to commute. During the meeting he showed that he is a mine of information about cycling matters.

 

UPDATE ON THE STATE OF CYCING IN THE BOROUGH

 

Richard Duffill, the cycling Officer for LBHF, has kindly sent us this update on the various cycling schemes in the borough.

 

1          Better Junction scheme. The Detailed Design for the junction is ongoing but is now awaiting development of a scheme for Beadon Road.

 

2          Beadon Road. Background work on this part of the project has been ongoing, with emphasis now being placed on gathering as much traffic data and pedestrian movement data for the area as possible. This will enable us to be better informed for creating possible designs. It is likely that any workshops will now be held after the General Election.

 

3          CS9.No change from last month. Outline concept plans for the route are being finalised which will enable TfL to carry out initial traffic modelling. Once this modelling is completed, and analysed, a date will be agreed for public consultation.

 

4          Quietway 2.Construction is well under way of Quietway 2 through Wormwood Scrubs. It is expected that work will continue until June where we will be organising an opening ride. HF Cyclist are invited to that event.

 

5          Brackenbury Parklet. The ‘Parklet’ has been a huge success with many cyclists now using it as a stopping place for a break. Further cycle stands are planned to be installed in the near future at this location.

 

6          On Street secure cycle parking Units.

Planning locations for the on-street parking units is ongoing.

 

OUR DISCUSSION ON THIS

 

TfL were going to review the plans for Cycling Superhighway 9 but have postponed this to the end of the month. It is frustrating not having access to the plans, possibly not until they go out for consultation.

 

1,2       Local residents have complained about a proposed bus lane in Beadon Rd, hearing that it will create rat runs in local streets. At one point Cllr Stephan Cowan decreed that there would not be a bus lane, but that position appears to have gone away.

 

The Better Junction Review is to make Hammersmith Gyratory more cycle friendly. It appears mainly to be on the W – E, E – W corridor across the north of the gyratory. On the last seen plans there is no safe access to it from Shepherds Bush Rd. John has concerns that it does not take into account the behaviour of pedestrians who will cross the road against a red light if the way is clear, or if the traffic is at a stand still. These pedestrians may hamper cyclists. There could be a situation where cyclists from King St have gone through a green light , are slowed down, and continue to cross Beadon Rd just as the Beadon Rd traffic is accelerating away from the lights. John thinks there must be a red light at that point.

 

Vin and Fernando pointed out that at Blackfriars they did not consider the  Superhighway to be good for either cyclists or pedestrians. Vin questioned why a brake was being put on new superhighways by Sadiq Khan.

 

3          Plans for CS9 in LBHF include a 2-way segregated track along King Street. The latest plans were for it to be on the north side of King street from the gyratory to around Macbeth St, and then switch to the south side. [by the way Hammersmith Broadway strictly refers only to the short bit of road to the north of the Piccadilly line station entrance, which was once an old fashioned main street.]

 

Stephen Donnelly of the Hounslow Cycling Campaign has questioned whether such a track is suitable where there are many side turnings. He refers to TfL’s London Cycling Design Standards, which state the model of two-way tracks should be applied only very selectively, and points to the last few paragraphs of Section 5.3.4, which recommend closing side roads or, subject to site specific risk assessment, ‘bending out’ the cycle track away from the road to create a five metre long waiting space for turning vehicles.

 

Richard Duffill has replied to Stephen saying that the designs are safe and fully comply with the LCDS. The LCDS can be downloaded for free from

http://lcc.org.uk/pages/lcds

 

This link also provides the Cycling Level of Service Tools. I have been to a discussion group with Brian Deegan of TfL who introduced this way of assessing cycling schemes. One of the features is a “critical fail” where some part is just considered too dangerous. I hope these tools will be used in this case to assure us that the scheme is safe.

 

4          We welcome the invitation. John wonders how many of the potential cyclists will want to go north up to mitre way, rather than take the existing route south to go further south towards Wood Lane. The exit to turn right is particularly difficult there.

 

6          David reported that he had heard that whereas sometimes there was opposition to installing these bike shelters, when they were installed residents were pleased as less bikes were attached to lampposts etc. To suggest a location go to http://www.cyclehoop.rentals/ and then to http://www.cyclehoop.rentals/suggest-location/

 

 

PUBLICITY

We now have a new banner suitable for putting in front of a table at a stand, or attaching to a low wall etc.

 

One day soon we will organise an hour or two in Furnival Gardens to see if we can attract more members to the group. John will try to get some cycling maps to hand out for then.

 

RIDES AND EVENTS

Azaleas are out at the Isabella plantation in Richmond Park, and time to organise a ride there.

 

You might want to go to this, London Vision, 6-7 June

http://newlondonarchitecture.org/whats-on/events/2017/june-2017/london-design-capital-at-vision-2017

 

AOB

Vin mentioned a lot of traffic measuring devices on the roads around West Kensington. Perhaps the Council are looking at rat runs and how to remove them/

 

Alan wants to bring up rogue cyclists on the pavement, in King Street and at the Broadway. when the CS9 is in that should not be a problem.

 

EXPENSES

John has expenses of £61.60 for a banner, and £20.40 for refreshments tonight.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 13 June. at 7.30pm. Probably at Ken’s place, but we will confirm when Ken returns from holiday.

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748  / truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS APRIL MEETING

 

Held on TUESDAY 11 April 2017, 7.30pm

at the home of John Griffiths, 122c Edith Road, W14 9AP.

 

PRESENT:

John Griffiths, Ken McCosh, Paul Saunderson.

 

APOLOGIES:

Alan Rowden, Vin Aithal, Casey Abaraonye

 

UPDATE ON THE STATE OF CYCING IN THE BOROUGH

 

Richard Duffill, the Cycling Officer for LBHF has sent us the following update. My comments in square brackets.

 

  1. Better Junction scheme.[Hammersmith Gyratory]

We are currently carrying out the Detailed Design Section of work for this project which means that we are determining the General Arrangement for the scheme, or Kerb lines. This is a process that enables us to make changes to the concept design and is a process that involves regular meetings with TfL to agree those changes.

 

  1. Beadon Road.

The section of Beadon Road that is included in the Better Junction scheme was discussed at the recent PAC meeting, and following that meeting the Council and TfL agreed to review the design and modelling of the Bus lane which had been included in the consultation. It was agreed that a design workshop with stakeholders would be set up in the next few weeks (probably after Easter) to work through possible solutions and ideas.

 

  1. CS9. [Segregated 2-way cycle route along King Street from borough boundary at Goldhawk rd to the gyratory, and then on to Olympia]

Outline concept plans for the route are being finalised which will enable TfL to carry out initial traffic modelling. Once this modelling is completed, and analysed, a date will be agreed for public consultation.

 

  1. Quietway 2.

Construction is well under way of Quietway 2 through Wormwood Scrubs. It is expected that work will continue until June where we will be organising an opening ride. HF Cyclists are invited to that event.

 

  1. Brackenbury Parklet.

I’d invite you all to visit the newly installed ‘parklet’ on two car parking spaces in Brackenbury village outside the Deli.

[RD attached a photo].

This is our first ‘statement’ that says that there are other uses for car parking spaces, and we intend to roll out more units in the borough. Any locations that members suggest will be considered.

 

  1. On Street secure cycle parking Units.

Thank you for those of your membership who sent me requests. We’re working with CycleHoops who have a data base of requests and currently there are around 16 locations that have been identified. Our next action is to evaluate these and work with residents to get them installed.

 

We discussed all these points. The expectation of a parklet was some provision for cycle parking. We were surprised at the photo. Think of piglet and you may get some idea of what a parklet may be. It is a little wooden sculptured area for sitting and plants. If you have any suggestions of places for a micro-park please let John know and I will pass it on, also for locations for secure parking units.

 

Paul told us that he had heard that QPR may be moving to the Linford Christie Stadium which is alongside the Scrubs quietway.

 

On Beadon Road John may suggest a design that allows buses to get away first, by separate lights for the bus lane, so that buses do not have to cross the other traffic to get to the bus station. The current problem with Beadon Road has come about because residents are upset that modelling predicts that the double bus lane will cause a back up of other traffic, and increased traffic on Hammersmith Grove to avoid the delays.

 

PREPARATIONS FOR NORTH END ROAD SPRING FESTIVAL

Saturday 29 April 9am to 5pm

 

We have a stand next to Casey’s stand where he will be selling bike stuff. It will be in the middle of the market near Coomer Place. We need volunteers to spend some time on the stand throughout the day. Please reply [Not reply all] if you can spend some time there. It will be a very pleasant time dealing with the public, collecting emails for our email group, and encouraging people to go on the ride on the next day.

 

PREPARATIONS FOR BLUEBELL RIDE

Sunday 30 April. We will depart 11am from the observation platform at the end of Queen Caroline street, beside Hammersmith Bridge. Bring a picnic and enjoy meeting new people on this family ride to Richmond Park. Suitable for accompanied children. If you want to help with the ride please let John know.

 

PUBLICITY

For the North End Road stand we will have notices of which people can take a photo, rather than giving out leaflets. We need to invigorate the facebook page website.

 

QUESTIONAIRE

As so few of our members are actively involved in the group, Casey has suggested we have a questionnaire or survey of what people might want from the group and how they might help. We will try and do this after Easter. In the meantime if you wish to help in any way now that it is sunny, or let us know your special interests, please let John know.

 

ACCOUNTS and BUDGET

It is that time of year when LCC expects our accounts and budget for the coming year. Ken, our treasurer, is dealing with this. We discussed the budget for this year.

 

The LCC would also like local groups that have adequate funds to forgo the annual grant, which is about £300. We decided we would forgo this, but would resist more requests that the LCC might make for money from us.

 

REFRESHMENTS

We all preferred not providing wine at the meeting, as it led to a faster more business-like meeting.

 

EXPENSES

John had expenses for refreshments of £21.90

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 9 May, 7.15pm for 7.30pm,

at the home of John Griffiths, 122c Edith Rd, W14 9AP

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748  / truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MARCH MEETING

 

TUESDAY 7 March 2017, 7.30pm

at the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT:

Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Janusz Carmillo, Laza Stojnic, Paul Saunderson, Alan Rowden, Sima John

 

APOLOGIES:

Vin Aithal, Casey Abaraonye, Petrina Beaufoy Helm

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We were pleased to greet Laza. He is particularly interested in air pollution and the effect on the body. We told him that we are a part of the LCC,

www.lcc.org.uk for more info on that.

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9

We went through our notes of the recent PAC meeting,

Our latest proposal for Beadon Rd can be found here

http://hfcyclists.org.uk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/hfcyclists-Proposed-layout-for-Beadon-Road-Ver4.pdf

 

We discussed Richard Duffill’s clarification about Fulham Broadway, where he said LBHF did not have any active plans at the moment, but did not rule out something happening.

 

Elizabeth Hopkirk will write to her local councillors in Palace Riverside and also Cllr Ben Coleman of Fulham Broadway about Chelsea FC’s vision in 2014 for improving cycling and walking in the area of Fulham Broadway.

 

>> In a statement Chelsea said: “This study will review the potential for improvements to publicly owned areas along Fulham Road and the area around the football ground, including the possibility of decking over the railway lines to the east and north of the ground. This could create landscaped public walkways and cycleways, while also reducing pedestrian traffic on Fulham Road and nearby streets on match days. >> in an article written by Elizabeth.

 

From: http://m.bdonline.co.uk/news/lifschutz-davidson-sandilands-scores-chelsea-fc-commission/5069360.mobile

 

Residents in Hammersmith Grove are becoming very organised in opposing plans for Beadon Road. It is possible that residents south of the gyratory will become more savvy and organised in opposing plans for the gyratory. We need somehow to attract more members who are interested in making the gyratory plans work.

 

John will be meeting Richard Duffill, the LBHF cycling officer, to discus the latest news.

 

AIR POLLUTION

Laza was interested about air pollution. We told him about our experiments a year ago. see http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2015/02/latest-issues/

 

LBHF have anti vehicle idling events, where a group of people ask parked up vehicles to turn their engines off. for more info contact

Chloe Lyons –  chloe@projectdirt.com

 

Janusz recently suggested a driver turn off his engine and received an unwelcome reply. So safety in numbers.

 

WILL NORMAN

Will Norman is the new Walking and Cycling commissioner appointed by Sadiq Khan. There will be a meeting with him on Thursday 16 March organised by Ealing LCC. It will be held at the Grove Café. More details later.

 

NORTH END ROAD FESTIVAL

Possibility of a stall on Saturday 29 April. We agreed that we would have a stall, if that can be arranged through Casey as on previous occasions.

 

FEEDER RIDE TO RIDE LONDON

Saturday 29 July – LCC have asked whether we want to organise a led feeder ride for the Freecycle London event  We agreed that we would.

 

Paul pointed out that although we collected many email addresses here and elsewhere, not many people actually become involved in our activities.

 

John said that when people gather in Brook Green for the ride we should make more effort to welcome them and collect all email addresses. And encourage the riders to interact with each other more. And perhaps we can make the group more interesting.

 

Laza said that the emotional content of our message is what is important, and we should use video clips to promote ourselves. Basically we need some publicity if anyone is willing to come forward and help work on it. Please contact John if you want to be involved.

 

LANDMARK HOUSE PLANNING

The date for submitting planning comments is 10 March 2017. The planned hotel is close to the kerb of the A4. The first floor overhangs the ground floor footprint, and is 3m from the kerb. A support pillar is just over 3m from the kerb. Will the footway from Blacks Lane to the crossings of the A4 be blocked during construction?  Will there be space for any cycling links afterwards?

On the LBHF planning site  2017/00172/FUL

 

John will make a comment on the planning portal.

 

THE TRIANGLE SITE
The Planning Inspectorate will meet in Hammersmith Town Hall starting on 22 March for about 5 days. John plans to raise 3 point as objections or comments

1] The provision of cycle stands for offices is only about half of the LBHF planning requirement.

2] they plan to park lorries in Beadon Rd while they are waiting for space to get in.

3] if our plans for moving the bus stop back to beside the Triangle site go ahead, making sure the pavement space is not blocked, and hopefully including more space for a bus layby.

 

RIDES AND EVENTS

Bluebell ride 30 April. This will be to Richmond park and Barnes Common where some bluebells may be found. hopefully we can promote this widely.

 

 

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £21 for refreshments for cyclists after the recent PAC meeting.

Ken Had expenses of £30 for tonight’s excellent refreshments.

John had expenses of £16.95 for a colour printer cartridge.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

 

On Tuesday 11 April, 7.15pm for 7.30pm

at the home of John Griffiths, 122c Edith Rd W14 9AP

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS JANUARY MEETINGS

 

TUESDAY 10 January 2017, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

 

PRESENT:

John Griffiths, Ken McCosh, Casey Abaraonye, Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello.

 

APLOLGIES:

Vin Aithal, Ian Jones, Alan Rowden, Lars Laamann, Amanda Simpson

 

HFCYCLISTS EGM

At our first AGM several posts were not filled. So to fill any gaps we are including this section. However as no new LCC members turned up, this part was skipped.

 

To join the London Cycling Campaign, and get a free set of lights worth £45,

http://lcc.org.uk/pages/joining-options

 

NORMAL HFCYCLISTS MEETING

 

UPDATE ON THE STATE OF CYCING IN THE BOROUGH

 

Richard Duffill, the Cycling Officer at LBHF, has kindly sent John an update. The various sections were read out at the meeting and discussed, as follows.

 

RD – Richard Duffill, JG – John Griffiths, HFC – our group in general

 

JG: I had asked RD about the future of the Westway Cycling Superhighway, as Sadiq Khan has announced its abandonment. I had heard that an alternative route was going to be put forward.

 

RD: If Westfield did object I can only assume it was because the transport modelling done by TfL showed queues on the Westway once the vehicle lane had been removed. We didn’t actually believe the modelling results as it didn’t seem to reflect our knowledge of traffic in the area.

If you can’t use the elevated section of Westway, actually creating a new route is really difficult, (I think TfL would have proposed it if one existed).

 

 

RD: Gyratory.

We have now entered into a detailed design agreement with TfL so that the next stage of the Gyratory scheme can be progressed. Engineers have been engaged by H&F  to develop the detailed design for H&F. This enables us to have complete control of the design of the scheme.

 

JG: I have previously mentioned to RD that I had some questions about how it would work. It appears that eastbound cyclists would be going from the west of the pedestrian crossing on King St to reach the north of Beadon Rd in one swoop.

a] This is a distance of about 50m. Slower cyclists turning a sharp corner and with pedestrians waiting close to the track might be doing only 6mph. 1mph = 0.447 m/s, and it would take such cyclists 16s to complete that passage. The light phases at the moment are about 20s long. The designers have to avoid cyclists being stuck in the path of pedestrians, or worse crossing Beadon Rd, when the lights change.

b] The plans at the moment are for south bound cyclists to go further south beyond the entrance to King Street. But traffic is likely to be flowing in King St and they will be held up and hold up the cyclists heading for King Street. Another problem to be surmounted.

 

RD CS9.

We are awaiting revised drawings from the Cycle Superhighway team at TfL to comment upon and agree. The next stage will be to run these provisional drawings through a modelling programme to see what the impact is on all modes of transport.

 

HFC: We hope this goes ahead OK. This 2-way segregated track was designed after we had raised safety concerns about the original 1-way contra-flow stepped track on King Street.

 

RD: Quietways:

The East Acton to Kensington Quietway is at detailed design stage and changes have been made to the alignment to meet the requirements of the Wormwood Scrubs Trust. This was only a slight amendment so no problem for our designers or the cost of the scheme.

 

North – South Quietways.

We have been approached by TfL to develop two new Quietways. One will be south of the Gyratory and will follow the Thames path alignment, the second will head northwards and follow an alignment to the East of Shepherds Bush Road. We are expecting confirmation of funding later in January.

 

HFC: We speculated on where this route might be. For the route following the Thames we were concerned about the part through Bishops Park if it ran next to the Palace grounds. Here the path is narrow and there are humps covering tree routes. John understands some cyclists have fallen off when avoiding the humps and then rejoining the path at an angle. One of us at the meeting recently came a cropper in Kensington Gardens in the same way, rejoining the path after a rumble strip. If the path is in this vicinity it must be made safe for cyclists, however they treat it.

 

RD: On-Street parking.

We will be opening up a brief consultation this month asking for locations for the following on-street parking stands. Firstly, I would like to hear from any residents who wish to have additional on-street cycle parking hoops. I have a budget to spend, so any requests for additional ‘ Sheffield stands’ should be submitted to me as soon as possible. [RD’s details at end of this passage]

 

In addition I am also able to consider sites in the borough for secure cycle units , similar to the ‘Bikehangers’ being installed in other boroughs. We are keen to start to install more secure cycle parking units in the borough . For information, we have been supplied with the locations of a number of these units from the Cyclehoops company who have a web site that shows requested locations.

JG: http://www.cyclehoop.rentals/ shows a big gap in the H&Fand K&C area.

 

RD: Brackenbury Parklet.

We have designed a ‘cycle parklet’ to replace two car parking spaces in Brackenbury village outside the Deli. Currently we have located our Bike Hoop, which is a car shaped cycle park in one of the spaces in advance of the parklet being supplied in march. This unit will be located around the borough to replace car parking spaces.

 

 

Brickfields secure cycle parking initiative.

We have been working with the Brickfields resident group (Brickfields is an area adjacent to the Imperial College site on Wood Lane) to install a number of secure cycle parking units in their streets. The initiative will work with a review of parking in the area to create space for on street cycle parking units.

 

Grand Union Canal .

The Canal and Rivers Trust have been allocated funding to upgrade the towpath through Hammersmith, making it a consistent and wider shared use path, we are expecting work to commence in February.

 

HFC: Paul, who is a volunteer towpath ranger for the canal, does not know about this, but hopes to find out next week. Casey was concerned that there should be railings where the path goes under bridges.

 

RD: We are also keen to work with the HF Cyclist group to develop and promote more events in 2017. I therefore welcome any discussions that will promote cycling further in the borough.

 

HFC: We discussed possible events. The Greenfest which we used to organise was mentioned, but that is too much of an undertaking. Perhaps a cycling jamboree in Furnival Gardens where people who do not normally cycle can try out bikes. Particularly children. Perhaps tfl will give lend us some TfL bikes for the occasion.

 

Other rides suggested, a bluebell ride going to Richmond Park and Barnes Common where Bluebells may be found. It would be good if lBHF could help promote it. Paul was thinking of a ride in about a months time ending up somewhere for tea.

 

RD: Best Regards

Richard

 

Richard Duffill

Cycling Officer

Transportation and Highways

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

 

Direct Tel : (0208) 753 1749

Email : Richard.Duffill@lbhf.gov.uk

 

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FACEBOOK

John has invited Casey to be an editor on our facebook page. hfcyclists. We have not used it for a while.

 

CYCLE SHOW

Paul raised this, which is at the NEC this year. and the following

http://www.cycleshow.co.uk/

 

ADVENTURE TRAVEL SHOW

Olympia 21 / 22 January 2017 – half price with code

http://ats.seetickets.com/event/adventure-travel-show/olympia/976199?OfferCode=CYCLESHOW

 

EXPENSES

Casey had expenses of £35 for booking our stand at the North End Road Xmas Market.

John had expenses of £28.01 for tonight’s refreshments.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

At Ken’s place, 7.30pm on Tuesday 7 March

[Note we are skipping next month]

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748  / truefeelings@gmail.com

www.hfcyclists.org.uk

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Notes of HFCYCLISTS November meeting

 

TUESDAY 8 November 2016, 7.30pm

held at the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT: Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Vin Aithal, Roger de Freitas, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson, Petrina Beaufoy Helm

 

APOLOGIES: Alan Rowden, Casey Abaraonye

 

JOINING OUR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

At least one more person who will become a member of the LCC wishes to join our MC. So our next meeting [in January] will be an EGM, an Extraordinary General Meeting. We discussed a little what was required of a co-ordinator, a position which is presently unfilled.

 

 

JOINING THE LCC

To be on the MC of hfcyclists one now needs to be a member of the LLC. See www.lcc.org.uk for details.

 

 

THE COMMUNITY ROAD WATCH SCHEME

Slobodan Vuckovic has sent a request for volunteers to help. The CRW is a scheme involving the public to try and stop speeding. Volunteers needed for launch in Boscombe Rd on 10 November at 1.30pm. Already Mireille Glossop has said she will attend. Anyone else please call  SV on 020 8753 3360 asap.

 

The group was very supportive of this initiative.

 

 

NORTH END ROAD FESTIVAL

We will have an extra stall next to Casey’s stall at this event on Saturday 3 December. The following hope to be on the stall for a couple of hours during the day. Ken pm, Paul late am, Janusz, Vin, John. Others welcome, we will organise a rota later.

 

 

RIDES

We will collaborate with other West London LCC groups to have a ride to the White Cross in Richmond one Sunday morning in December. John will be in touch with other groups to decide the date. Paul, Janusz, Ken may marshal / lead the ride.

 

 

CYCLISTS DISMOUNT SIGN

 

This correspondence concerns a Cyclists Dismount sign outside the cinema on King Street, right by the Town Hall, whereas a “Narrow lanes, do not overtake cyclists” is the appropriate sign.

 

The emails are between John and  Richard Duffill, Chris Bainbridge, Cllr Wesley Harcourt. The latest is at the top. The group were very pleased with the stronger line John took in the last message, and believed that the Cycling Officer should support the safety of cyclists in this way..

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Dear Richard, Chris, Wesley

 

Further to my earlier reply, I checked out the scene today. I could not see any sign of a notice that said narrow lanes in the area.

 

As my photo clearly shows that the cycle lane has been completely taken over, I really think that the contractors should be using the alternative sign. They obviously thought that a sign was necessary, they just got the wrong one.

 

Though I agree with you that most cyclists would adopt a primary position in the road, some less experienced ones will hug the kerb. And it only takes one to be in that position when a vehicle passes too close for a tragedy to happen.  Are the contractors or the Council liable in that situation?

 

I really think that the alternative sign should be used, and the contractors forced to use it. This should be a precedent for every time a cycle lane is blocked.

 

I am attaching the photos again.

 

Thanks

 

John Griffiths [chair hfcyclists]

 

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On Thu, Nov 3, 2016 at 9:24 AM, John Griffiths <truefeelings@gmail.com> wrote:

Richard

 

Thanks for this prompt action.

 

It would be good if planning can somehow circulate this message to all developers so we do not have to keep reacting when it does occur.

 

Thanks a lot, and see you next week

 

John

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On Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 3:51 PM, Duffill Richard: H&F <Richard.Duffill@lbhf.gov.uk> wrote:

Hi John,

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

The Traffic Management team at H&F did not recommend or request this sign, and it was added by the developer. I have asked that it be removed immediately as it sends out the wrong message completely, and having observed the cyclists today, none are taking any notice of the sign because they are all adopting a dominant cycling position on the carriageway through the crossing.(Which is where they should be!).

Having made that observation I don’t see any need for the advance sign you suggest, there are actually narrow lane signs already on King Street.

Best Regards

Richard

 

Richard Duffill

 

Cycling Officer

Transportation and Highways

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

 

Direct Tel : (0208) 753 1749

Mob : 07799 413551

Email : Richard.Duffill@lbhf.gov.uk

 

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From: John Griffiths [mailto:truefeelings@gmail.com]
Sent: 31 October 2016 22:51
To: Bainbridge Chris: H&F <Chris.Bainbridge@lbhf.gov.uk>; Duffill Richard: H&F <Richard.Duffill@lbhf.gov.uk>; Cllr Harcourt Wesley: H&F <wesley.harcourt@lbhf.gov.uk>
Subject: Cyclists dismount and use footway.

 

Dear Chris, Richard, Wesley.

 

I saw this sign outside the cinema right next to the Town hall this afternoon, Monday, saying

 

Cyclists dismount and use footway.

 

We discussed this about a year ago. The sign that should be used is

 

Narrow Lanes. do not overtake cyclists

 

I hope that this can be rectified rapidly and all contractors can told about this.

 

Thanks

 

John Griffiths

Chair hfcyclists.

 

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UPDATE ON LBHF NEWS

 

The following was sent by Richard Duffill to John for tonight’s meeting. We thanked Richard for this, and discussed each section in detail.

 

Hi John,

 

Updates.

 

Gyratory Cycle lanes – The additional consultation carried out by TfL to ensure that some residents and businesses who didn’t receive all the original consultation material has now closed, and the results are being incorporated into a new summary report. Initial overview of those results suggests that the Resident groups from Hammersmith Grove have issues with the proposed Bus lane and additional traffic that will be directed to Hammersmith Grove. This latter comment is unfortunately the result of miss-information from members of a ‘blue-sky’ working group and is wholly incorrect.

The leader of the Council met with members of the resident groups but as of today I’m not aware of the outcome.

The council is in the process of agreeing the Design Services agreement with TfL which means that we (the council) are doing all the detailed design for the scheme.

 

CS9 – The original Quietway scheme has now been upgraded to a full Cycle Superhighway scheme and the initial concept design has been passed to the Super Highway team in TfL.

We are currently working with TfL on the links to the Gyratory scheme, in particular, the provision of a bi-directional track along the section of King street that passes Lyric Square.

 

Quietway from East Acton to Kensington. The consultation closed in September and indicated over 80% support for the Quietway route. Unfortunately the section of the route that entered Wormwood Scrubs and was a new track,  has been re-routed following a meeting with the Wormwood Scrubs Trust. Plans are currently being revised to show this routing, which doesn’t add too much of a diversion. Delivery of the route is by the end of March 2017.

 

On Street cycle parking. We are currently working on two schemes in the Borough. The first is a scheme for the Brickfields area  (Aynham Road) where we are proposing to install a number of Bikehanger products in the area.

The second project is to provide a cycle parklet in brackenbury which we are aiming to install in early December.

 

[Vin said he had a key to a bikehanger in Fulham and was using it]

 

Best Regards

Richard

 

Richard Duffill

 

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NEW CYCLE PATH ON TALGARTH RD

 

https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/10/grass-greener-innovative-hammersmith-cycle-path-scheme?

 

This is the revamped cycle path beside the Talgarth Rd. It was funded in part by Air Quality money. I truly hope that testing will be done to see if the tall grass used actually has any effect.

 

 

AOB

Paul brought up the subject of the Councils public cycle pumps at Hammersmith and Barons Court. Paul said that the Hammersmith one at the gyratory by Nandos did not work, and complained that there was no indication to find the one at Barons Court [Opposite the cemetery entrance]. Paul said that elsewhere they used taller versions of the pump, and it was difficult to support the bike when using the pump. Perhaps LBHF can look at these again.

 

 

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £35 for tonight’s refreshments.

 

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Because of everyone’s busy schedules we decided not to have a meeting in December. The next meeting will be on Tuesday 10 January 2017 at the home of John Griffiths. It will be a EGM to allow us to recruit more members to the MC, and perhaps elect a co-ordinator or two.

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

www.hfcyclists.org.uk

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS OCTOBER MEETINGS

OUR AGM / OUR FIRST ANNUAL MEETING

11 October, 7.30pm, at the home of John Griffiths

 

PRESENT: John Griffiths, Janusz Carmello, Casey Abaraonye, Ken McCosh, Paul Saunderson

 

APOLOGIES: Roger de Freitas, Alan Rowden, Jules Chao, Will Jungman, Lars Laamann, Vin Aithal, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Konstantinos Parsalidis

 

HFCYCLISTS AGM

 

CHAIR’S ADDRESS,

 

Here are some of the things we have been involved with Since April 2015

 

  • Promoted our NO2 results, which may have led to the Council setting up its Air Quality Commission
  • PAC meetings on 20mph
  • Central LCC meetings
  • 3x Stalls in North End Road Extended Market, and at White City.
  • Recruited new members in Furnival Gardens, and at breakfast events organised by LBHF
  • 2x Ride London feeder rides from Brook Green.
  • Midsummer Rides to the Roebuck in Richmond, and Winter rides to the White Cross in Richmond.
  • Ride along Wandle trail
  • Responded to Hammersmith Gyratory consultation, which may have led Council to changing plans for King Street. Also suggested cycle route for Beadon Road.
  • Responded to consultation on quietway that goes through Wormwood Scrubs
  • Attempted to get a bike–kitchen going at the Macbeth Centre
  • Produced business cards, and some newsletters for LCC magazine
  • Rogers Summer Garden Party.
  • Hosted regular monthly meetings
  • Website maintenance, and writing notes of meetings
  • Maintaining email group
  • Co-operated with Richard Duffill of LBHF.
  • Through email group, pressed for Glenthorne Rd signing for cyclists.
  • Produced accounts for us and LCC
  • Changed our status to being a Charity as part of LCC.

 

John Griffiths, Chair, 11 October 2016

 

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TREASURERS REPORT

 

London Cycling Campaign – Hammersmith & Fulham Branch

Financial Statement 2015 –16  (brackets refer to amount in bank)

 

Bals. free//     restricted//      total                 Bank

31.03.15 balances b/f          £2987.81 +    3541.85          6529.66          (6823.94)

 

Income

LCC grant                  279.80

Interest                       15.29

Expend.

Projects                     87.33

Entertain/promo       402.87

 

Bals. free//     restricted//      total                 Bank

 

Net expenditure                   195.11                                    195.11

 

31.03.16 balances c/f          £2792.70 + 3541.85             £6334.55       (6696.40)

 

Reconciliation at 31.03.16

Balance at bank 6696.40

Less unpaid cheques 361.85

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Book balance £ 6334.55

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Ken McCosh

Hon. Treasurer

 

Those present accepted the accounts and thanked Ken for all his hard work.

 

DISCUSSION

 

Casey opened a discussion on the purpose of the group, and how we communicate. He felt email was something that people mainly ignored. However it serves us well. When there are a lot of emails on a subject that does not concern some, you find a lot of people leave the group. It has been a bit like that with the Glenthorne Rd emails. These emails all went to the leader of the Council and many other officers. Finally John wrote to those writing on the subject and said please cut out these others copied in unnecessarily, and an email that just says hear-hear is not very useful. And David Blackett wrote to those writing saying keep to the subject, and start another thread if you want to talk about other problems. Lets use the group wisely to get things accomplished.

 

John thinks the email group is very useful, and we could have specialised sections if people wanted to develop a special interest. The email group has over 450 members. We have a twitter account and a facebook page, but we do not use them much.

 

Casey also questioned what we should concentrate on, but that really depends on peoples interests. As far as infrastructure goes there is a lot happening at the moment, with Hammersmith Gyratory, and rumours of King Street being pedestrianised.

 

At the North End Road market we collected 27 email addresses. We send those to Yahoo who sends out invites, and we hope many will actually join our email group.

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REFRESHMENT BREAK

 

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HFCYCLISTS FIRST ANNUAL MEETING as part of the Charity LCC.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

The new constitution shall apply.  Officers and members to be elected must be members of the LCC. Only those who are members of the LCC may take part in the elections.

http://hfcyclists.org.uk/about-us/new-constitution-for-hfcyclists-proposed-by-lcc/

 

Only 2 LCC members were present at the meeting.

 

The following positions were filled.

 

Chair: John Griffiths

Coordinator:

Treasurer; Ken McCosh

Secretary:

Management Committee Members

Vinod Aithal

Roger de Freitas.

 

Anyone else who would like to be involved in directing the way the group develops, please contact John.

 

EXPENSES

John for refreshments: £10 + £9.60 + £14.79 =  £34.39

John for webname [hfcyclists.org.uk] renewal for 2 years: £19.57

Casey, for fee for stand £35

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 8 November, at 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick Road, W14 8UH.

 

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748  / truefeelings@gmail.com

 

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING AND SEPTEMBER MEETING

TUESDAY 13 September 2016, 7.15 for 7.30pm

at the home of Konstantinos Parsalidis, 18 Challoner Mansions, Challoner Street, W14 9LD

 

PRESENT: Konstantinos Parsalidis, Karen Parsalidis, John Griffiths, Vin Aithal, Janusz Carmello, Richard Radmore, Casey Abaraonye, Ken McCosh, Naila Khairallah [later], Paul Saunderson [later still].

 

APOLOGIES: Roger de Freitas, Alan Rowden, Jules Chao.

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We welcomed Vin, who although he has helped at events and has been pressing for a bike workshop at Macbeth Centre, has not been to a meeting before. Later after the formal meeting had closed we were very pleased to meet Naila, who is an environmental consultant, and hopefully will be involved where she is able.

 

CHANGE OF CONSTITUTION

 

We discussed the pros and cons of whether the group should change its Constitution from its present one at

 

http://hfcyclists.org.uk/about-us/constitution/

 

—- to a new one that fits in with LCC’s charity status —

 

http://hfcyclists.org.uk/about-us/new-constitution-for-hfcyclists-proposed-by-lcc/

 

We AGREED to change to the new one, approved at the meeting for adoption at our AGM / AM on 11 October

 

Under the Charity Status the Officers and MC must all be members of the LCC. All members of hfcyclists are encouraged to be members of the LCC.

 

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FOLLOWED BY OUR REGULAR MEETING

 

SHALL WE TRANSFER £1000 OF OUR FUNDS TO LCC

LCC are requesting that we give them some of our funds. They say as a charity we should only be holding funds that we can spend in the next year, and they have a financial problem. We AGREED to transfer £1000 to the LCC.

 

GREEN TRANSPORT DAY Thursday 22 September

Richard Duffill of LBHF has invited us to have a stand at the “Green Transport Day”

Most of the day is fun event for children, but from 3pm to 5pm adults are encouraged to come. It is in the open air and we will be provided with a table, btu probably no cover. Casey says he will come to represent hfcyclists. If anyone is able to help him please contact Casey on 07975 612 368.

 

POSSIBLE PRESENCE AT NORTH END ROAD EVENT

This is at the North End Road Autumn Market on Saturday 8 October, when the road would be closed to cars. John explained that it was a lot of work, and that just greeting cyclists in Furnival Gardens was a much more effective way of recruiting new members. However Casey already has a stall there promoting his cycling business and we agreed to pay to enlarge his stall and we would have a presence on it. We will organise a rota of people interested in helping nearer the time. Meanwhile please let John know if you are interested in helping on that day – by replying to this email, NOT reply all.

 

PAC MEETING ON WEDNESDAY 21 SEPT

 

From Cllr Larry Culhane
Chair – Community Safety, Environment and Residents Services PAC

 

I’d like to invite you to the Community Safety, Environment and Residents Services Policy & Accountability Committee (PAC) on Wednesday 21st September.

I’ll be chairing what promises to be a busy and productive meeting where we’ll be discussing:
–       The borough’s new Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation Strategy
–       The draft report of the H&F Air Quality Commission
–       The council’s Environmental Planning Requirements

The meeting will start at 19.00 and will be in the Small Hall at Hammersmith Town Hall. You can find a copy of the agenda here.<http://democracy.lbhf.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=486&MId=4925>

I hope to see you there, the more people we have contributing to the discussion, the better.

[John unable to go this as he will be having his knee done next week. I hope many of you will be able to go and contribute to the discussion]

 

RIDES

A couple of weeks ago Ken and Janusz led a ride along the Wandle way. Their report of the ride sounds like it was a very interesting day out.

 

The day after this meeting Casey, his wife Peri, Ken and two others guided new cyclists to work on the LCC’s BikeTube scheme, early in the morning from Shepherds Bush to Oxford Circus. This went very well, and the weather amazing.

 

EXPENSES

Konstantinos had expenses of £39.58 for refreshments.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING/ OUR AGM

Our AGM / AM under the new constitution will be on

Tuesday 11 October at 7.15 pm for 7.30pm.

At the home of John Griffiths

112 Edith Rd, West Kensington, W14 9AP [ at corner of North End road]

 

Notes by John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748 truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS JULY MEETING

TUESDAY 12 July 2016, 7.30pm

at the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT: Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Janusz Carmello.

 

APOLOGIES: Vin Aithal

 

NEW MEMBERS

Quite a few members have joined our email group recently. We hope to see or hear from some of you soon. Perhaps at our Summer Garden Party next week on Tuesday 19 July at 7.30pm or at the RideLondon Freecycle on Saturday 30 July.

 

OUR SUMMER GARDEN PARTY – THIS IS THE EVENT OF THE YEAR.

We now have a date for our garden party, next Tuesday 19 July at 7.30pm. Sorry about the short notice, but hope many of you will be able to make it.

At the home of Roger de Freitas, 31 Hartswood Road, W12 9NE. Please bring some drink with you and you are also welcome to bring a contribution to the feast. Advisable to come early to catch some rays, and the best of the food.  There will be some cover if it rains, but forecast is good.

Please let John know by replying to this email if you are likely to come so that Roger will have some idea of the numbers for catering.

 

RIDELONDON FREECYCLE

We decided that the route for the led feeder ride from Brook Green would be along Kensington High Street and along South Carriage Drive.

 

H&F Route: Hammersmith to Green Park (Constitution Hill)
Start time: 10:30 [meet from 10am]

Start point: Brook Green, Dunsany Road Junction, Hammersmith W14 0JR
End point: Green Park (Constitution Hill), Distance: Five miles

Return ride from Green Park (Constitution Hill), start time: 15:00
You can just turn up or you can sign up with Prudential and get the t-shirt

https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/rider-info/guided-rides/

 

MARSHALS

Konstantinos will lead the ride and Ken, John and Janusz will be marshals.

Konstantinos will contact others who have been marshals previously. If you would like to be a marshal please contact Konstantinos on 07904 843 005, kparsalidis@yahoo.com

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9

Nothing is happening fast on this. Richard Duffill of LBHF reports that the results of the consultation with recommendations will be published in the autumn. We had heard previously that LBHF not happy with the King Street plans and consultants were looking at a way of making a 2-way cycle lane go all the way to the gyratory [instead of it only being one way eastbound from Bridge Avenue to the gyratory as in the consultation.]

Our response to the consultation at http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2015/08/hammersmith-gyratory/

 

THE TRIANGLE SITE

This is a planning application that has been refused by LBHF. It is for the development of the area between Beadon Rd, Glenthorne Rd and Hammersmith Grove. The appeal against this refusal has turned into a government public inquiry, likely to be heard early next year.

What ever happens with the King Street route, it is likely to be tricky at the gyratory getting through the pedestrian crossings. If the Eastbound route for cyclists along Glenthorne road and Beadon Rd were made easier for cyclists it would take some pressure of the CS9 route.

John explained that we have an opportunity to register with the Public Enquiry  to present a case why land on the site should be reserved for improving traffic conditions in the area, and for making cyclists and other traffic move in a more satisfactory way. We decided to go ahead with this approach. If anyone is interested in helping to produce a case please contact John [as below].

2015/02573/FUL | Demolition of all existing buildings on the site and redevelopment to provide a building of between 8 and 14 storeys in height plus two basement levels,

Access to planning documents.

http://public-access.lbhf.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=NPAMK2BII8G00

 

BIKE MAINTENANCE AT MACBETH

 

Vin Aithal had a meeting with the person responsible at Macbeth today. Some of the points he has brought back

 

– they are very positive about the idea of making the centre ‘open access’ during periods of downtime

– on the negative side, they can’t do anything when a government funded course is taking place. This mainly leaves a few weekday afternoons and maybe bits of Saturday available to use for bike maintenance.

– there is a possibility to set up a bike maintenance ‘club’, where members pay a sub and get access to the workshop during certain periods. The sub pays for insurance and an on site technician. If a club member is competent, they may be able to take the place of the technician for supervision. Times when this club could exist are still being worked on.

here will be further meetings. I [John] am hoping that perhaps this is something LBHF could fund out of some sort of travel awareness funds.

EXCHANGING PLACES

This is where you can get inside an HGV to see where the blind spots are.

 

http://content.met.police.uk/Article/Exchanging-Places-Events/1400007586440/1400007586440

 

14/07/16 1600-1830 Sutton Row off Soho Square
22/07/16 0730-1000 Fulham Reach, Chancellor’s Road, W6

ELECTRIC BIKES

Konstantinos praised electric bikes as the future to get people out of cars. Janusz not so keen on them.

POLLUTION

H&F schools exposed to high levels of pollution

http://www.hammersmithtoday.co.uk/default.asp?section=community&spage=common/hfschools079.htm

 

OUR CONSTITUTION

The London Cycling Campaign would like us to update our constitution [hfcyclists] to fit in with the LCC charity status. Konstantinos to go to a meeting on 28 July at Central LCC where this will be discussed.

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £33.35 for refreshments.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

7.30pm on Tuesday 13 SEPTEMBER

at the home of Konstantinos Parsalidis,

18 Challoner Mansions, Challoner Street, W14 9LD

[opposite Fairholms rd, and a bit to the right.]

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS JUNE MEETING

 

TUESDAY 7 June 2016,  7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith Road, W14 9AP. [corner of North End Rd]

 

PRESENT: John Griffiths, Mike Robinson, Janusz Carmello, Ken McCosh, Paul Saunderson [later]

 

APOLOGIES: Alan Rowden, Roger de Freitas, Vin Aithal, Lars Laarmann, Casey Abaraonye, Konstantinos Parsalidis.

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We were pleased to see Mike here who is a member of the Hounslow LCC group. He is an electrical engineer who commutes from Chiswick to Baker Street via the A315, CS9 route.

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9

TfL were expected to release the results of Hammersmith Gyratory consultation by 20 June. But this has been delayed.

 

My understanding of the situation is as follows.

 

CS9 – Chiswick High Road to Bridge Avenue

This will be a 2-way 3m wide segregated track on the South side of the road.

 

CS9 – Bridge Avenue to Hammersmith Gyratory

The consultation showed a stepped track in places and a segregated track elsewhere on this stretch of King Street. But it was eastbound only. We saw the plans for this section as unacceptably dangerous to cyclists, and LBHF want it to be 2-way. So this is back to the drawing board. The hope is to have a 2-way track on the North side of this section.

 

Hammersmith Gyratory

TfL are redesigning the plans so that the pedestrian crossing does not have to be removed.

 

Hammersmith Gyratory to border RBKC

This will be a 2-way segregated track on the North side of the road.

 

MIKE told us of the progress further west. This is under the control of various design consultancies for different stretches. TfL is treating the stretch between Wellesley Rd and Kew Bridge as part of a Better Junction Review.

 

Wellesley Rd is being considered as a link cutting out Gunnersbury station and the Chiswick roundabout. The plan is to treat this as a quiet way. But the guideline for a quiet way is 2000 vehicles a day, whereas Wellesley Rd has 7,000 cars a day. Some way to stop cars using this rat-run to avoid all the lights on the main roads has to be found. There is presently a consultation directed at local residents at

Mike is a local resident and has been involved in measuring car speeds and volumes. He has done this from his first floor window pointing a webcam down on two chalk marks he has made on the carriageway. Software on his computer detects when each white line is broken, and images and time of transit are recorded, and converted to speeds. He has found the 85 percentile speed is 30mph in this 20mph area. [ie 15% of vehicles over 30mph]. Mike has taken part in the Community SpeedWatch scheme

 

Mike and his group are also interested in air pollution, and Andrea Lee recently spoke to a residents group concerned about the developments around Chiswick roundabout. Hounslow LCC at http://hounslowcycling.org/

 

PREPARING FOR BIKEWEEK 11 – 19 June

 

Saturday 11 June 10am – noon Meeting new cyclists

Join us in Furnival Gardens, at the Dove Inn end, to talk to passing cyclists and to let them know what we are doing and what is happening. John, Ken, Lars, Vin, Sima and perhaps Janusz are expected. We would hope to recruit new members. If any one else would like to join us please let me know. I will be sending a briefing guide to people coming. If there are light showers we can shelter in the Dove, or if forecast really miserable I will cancel the night before.

 

 

Wednesday 15 June 7pm Sunset ride to Richmond

Join us for our Sunset Ride to Richmond Hill. This will be a leisurely ride from Hammersmith to Richmond Park. We will end up at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill where we will meet up with other West London Groups for some drinks and laughs. Remember to bring lights for the ride back.

 

Meet from 7pm for 7.15 departure. At the observation platform overlooking the Thames at the end of Queen Caroline street, almost under Hammersmith Bridge. W6 9DA

Contact Konstantinos Parsalidis for details. 07904 843 005 – kparsalidis@yahoo.com

 

Wednesday 15 June Cyclists Breakfast. 8am – 10am

On the forecourt of Hammersmith Town Hall. Laid on by LBHF, mainly for their employees, but they have extended a warm welcome to our members. Come and meet other cyclists, and the team responsible for cycling matters at the council. There will be a Dr Bike there.

Also if anyone is available to recruit new members during this time, or at the next day’s event, please contact John.

 

Thursday 16 June 8am – 10am Cyclists breakfast for people employed in Hammersmith. The Council is hoping to recruit cycling champions from the employers in Central Hammersmith. At the St Pauls Church café, the Kettle and Crust. The capacity at the café is limited so to  give an idea of the numbers, lbhf are requiring employees to register for the event first.

Contact Richard Duffill the Cycling Officer  on 020 8753 1749

Richard.Duffill@lbhf.gov.uk

 

 

RIDES AND EVENTS

 

KEN talked of his trip with his son to the Netherlands. They went by train and ferry to the island Texel where they hired bikes for a few days. And then back to Amsterdam where they again hired bikes. In Amsterdam Ken was very impressed by the school run, where there were often two children perched on a bike.

 

11 SEPTEMBER

DoItForCharity London – Brighton Bike Ride

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/sponsored-events/cycle-london-brighton-charity-bike-ride

 

AOB

John works as a volunteer in the Amnesty Bookshop next to the Town Hall in King Street, usually Monday 10am -2pm and Friday 2pm – 6pm. Drop in if you want to discuss any cycling matters, and this week there is an exhibition of photos by Franco Chen and of carnival masks by Carl Gabriel.

 

 

EXPENSES

John had expenses for refreshments of £27.56 + £4.50 = £32.06

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 12 July 7.30pm at the home of Ken Mccosh.

12 Stanwick Rd W14 8UH

 

John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

 

 

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MAY MEETING

 

Held TUESDAY 10 May 2016, 7.30pm

at the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT

Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Janusz Carmello, Casey Abaraonye, Petrina Beaufoy Helm.

 

APOLOGIES

Roger de Freitas, Elizabeth Hopkirk, Lars Laamann, Alan Rowden

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We welcomed Casey, whom John met recently at a meeting concerning the improvement of North End Road. Casey’s family all cycle and he has a business dealing with children’s bikes.

 

SIGN FOR CYCLING CAMPAIGN

Sadiq Khan has signed up for safer cycling. Well done to those involved in the campaign, including Konstantinos.

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9

Richard Duffill of LBHF has sent John the following as an update for the meeting.

 

>>>>>>

Hammersmith Gyratory consultation.

 

I’ve been in touch with TfL and they have given me some provisional outcome figures from the recent Gyratory consultation.  There have been 656 responses, which is considered to be a good response.

Of those who responded, 57% were in favour of the scheme, 22% in favour but with a few concerns and 16% were not in favour.

TfL will analyse and evaluate the feedback from the consultation and will provide H&F Council with a full consultation report and provide recommendations for the council to consider.The council will evaluate the response and report to the Cabinet member.

 

I will share with you the report as soon as I have it.

 

In informal talks with TfL it seems that they will re-introduce the Pedestrian crossing from Shepherds Bush Road to the Broadway.

 

 

Cycle Superhighway 9.

 

Both Hounslow and ourselves are keen to progress Cycle Superhighway 9, and we recently presented our outline designs to the Cycling commissioner. He was impressed with the overall scheme but wanted us to investigate a few amendments. It will be interesting to see what happens now that London has a new mayor and if he retains the Cycling Commissioner. If we are to believe the new mayor, he has said London needs more Cycle Superhighways, and there should be more ‘Mini-Holland’ projects. However we will wait and see what happens in reality.

<<<<<<<

 

Richard Duffill has also indicated that LBHF are not satisfied with the plans drawn up by TfL for King Street and other consultants are expected to be working on a new design.

 

We were very critical of the design for King Street. – see our response at http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2015/08/hammersmith-gyratory/

 

QUIETWAYS

Casey asked about improvements to roads other than the cycling superhighways. The LBHF cycling strategy has

 

Working with Transport for London, we have identified six potential “Quietways” to cater for less confident cyclists and those looking for a slower pace. These are:

  • From Hammersmith Bridge to Hounslow via the Thames path
  • From Putney Bridge to the east-west superhighway at White City, via Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush
  • From Putney Bridge to Earl’s Court
  • From East Acton to Kensington and Chelsea border
  • From Earl’s Court to King Street
  • Along the Grand Union Canal towpath.

 

https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/sites/default/files/cycling-strategy-2015-in-brief.pdf

 

OUR PARENTS AND CHILDREN CYCLING PROJECT

Casey is interested in this project, and in defining what we will do. John will get together with him and perhaps design leaflets.

 

BIKE WEEK 11-19 June

Casey suggested having the Police marking bikes. John will see if they have anything organised.

 

RIDES AND EVENTS

 

Petrina is keen to go on a ride, butas yet no one is organising one. If you feel like leading one please let John know. On the first Sunday of the month Ealing LCC has a ride, and on the same day there is the Chiswick car boot sale and nearby farmers market which is lovely ride along the river.

 

31 July – Prudential ride London

Elizabeth Hopkirk has asked if we will be holding a feeder ride this year as she would like to be a marshal. John presumes we will be holding one. Last year Konstantinos organised it.

 

FLYUNDER COMPETITION

Roger de Freitas has sent John a link for a competition on how Hammersmith might be with the flyunder, with a £1000 prize.

http://westlondonlink.com/news.php

 

John explained that the flyunder is not quite as portrayed in the publicity. With a short tunnel there will still be as much traffic on the gyratory as at present. With a longer tunnel there will be more traffic on the gyratory as traffic from Barons Court, and the North End road will not be able to use the tunnel and will now be added to the gyratory traffic.  There will still need to be traffic from Hammersmith going towards Heathrow, which will have to pass through the meadows between the Town Hall and the river.

 

Hfcyclists probably will not put in a joint entry, but everyone welcome to put in an entry.

 

Roger has also indicated that he hopes to arrange our traditional Summer Garden Party.

 

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £30 for tonight’s refreshments.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 7 May at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start

At the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith Road W14 9AP

 

Notes by John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

 

Co-ordinator

Konstantinos Parsalidis

kparsalidis@yahoo.com

07904 843 005

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS  APRIL MEETINGS

 

TUESDAY 12 April 2016, 7.30pm

at the home of Konstantinos Parsalidis,

18 Challoner Mansions, Challoner Street, W14 9LD

 

PRESENT

Konstantinos Parsalidis, Karen, Jeremy Burge, Paul Saunderson, John Griffiths, Janusz Carmello, Ken McCosh

 

APOLOGIES

Alan Rowden, Jules

 

SIGN FOR CYCLING CAMPAIGN

To get Mayoral Candidates to sign up for safer cycling.

Konstantinos has given out leaflets and collected signatures for a petition in Shepherds Bush, Barons Court and Hammersmith.

 

LCC are having a big push for signatures 18- 29th April

LCC are organising with The times Hustings on 29th April 9am to 10.30am

A 1 London Bridge St. SE1 9GF

Apply to events@lcc.org.uk

 

 

ANY NEW PROJECTS and PUBLICITY

Including possible flyer and poster. Konstantinos has offered to design, and we would like to draw other people into it, so if anyone keen please contact Konstantinos. It should aim to get people to join our email group. At the moment what is going on at Hammersmith Gyratory should be a point of major interest.

 

If we have an event or news we should get it into the Hammersmith Today newsletter. Also the local newspapers. More possible events listed below under our budget considerations.

 

North End Road is having an extended market on both 21 and 28 May. The road will not be closed but there will be space for more stalls. If anyone wants to be involved please reply to John [Not reply all] so that we can see if we have enough people to go ahead.

 

LBHF NEWS

 

LETTER OF SUPPORT

John will be sending a letter to Richard Duffill of support for finance from TfL for an Air Quality project for measures around the south side of the gyratory. Konstantinos will send out a separate message asking members to send an email to Richard in support of this financial bid.

 

20MPH

20 mph limit has been passed by the Council on main roads as they go through town centres. There is talk of studying which measures might be needed to make it self enforcing. Their decision is at item 169 in

 

http://democracy.lbhf.gov.uk/documents/g4150/Printed%20minutes%2007th-Mar-2016%2019.00%20Cabinet.pdf?T=1

 

CYCLING BESIDE THE RIVER

Richard Duffill was also asking us of our views on cycling beside the river. LBHF are beginning to look at the measures set out to reduce cyclist / pedestrian conflict. We agreed to support that the measures set out in the Cycling Strategy. We would not like to see cycling banned there.

https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/sites/default/files/cycling-strategy-2015-in-brief.pdf at p11

 

RIDES AND EVENTS

Now spring is here we hope to have some.

 

PREPARATION OF END OF YEAR ACCOUNTS – BUDGET

Ken, our treasurer is preparing this. It also includes a budget for next year.

Possible expenditures include

a] refreshments at meetings

b] flyers and posters

c] film night

d] stall at North End Road festival, [Parsons Green fair not happening this year]

e] Information sessions in Furnival Gardens and other parks, with the object of getting new members. This would only be for a couple of hours or so at a time so less effort required than for a full day event. We may have a Dr Bike,

f] having an on-line survey on some subject, which means giving flyers to possible new members.

 

AOB

John suggested having a bike hangar to replace the SUDS Sustainable Drainage Systems that was abandoned in Edith Rd. He will write to richard.duffill@lbhf.gov.uk

 

EXPENSES

Konstantinos had expenses of £63.57 for cards and £38.93 for refreshments.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

10 May 2016, 7.15pm for 7.30pm

At the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick Rd W14 8UH

 

Co-ordinator Konstantinos Parsalidis

kparsalidis@yahoo.com 07904 843 005,

 

These notes by Chair John Griffiths –

truefeelings@gmail.com 020 7371 1290 /07789 085 748

 

NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MARCH MEETINGS

 

TUESDAY 8 March 2016, 7.30pm

at the home of Ken Mccosh, 12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT:

Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello, Alan Rowden, Konstantinos Parsalidis.

 

APOLOGIES:

Roger de Freitas, Lars Laamann, Jeremy Burge, Amanda Stoker,

 

EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

 

Lynn has sent an email to Konstantinos explaining how her new work commitments in Surrey meant that she has had little time to adequately fulfil her role as chair. We thanked her for what she had done whilst she was Chair.

 

ELECTION OF A NEW CHAIR.

 

Januscz proposed John, Konstantinos proposed Paul. John was elected by 4 votes to 1 with 1 abstention. Accordingly John Griffiths is the new Chair.

 

HFCYCLISTS MARCH MEETING

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9

 

See https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/hammersmith-gyratory/consult_view

There is still time, until March 15, to respond to consultation.

 

Our response made by John Griffiths at http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2015/08/hammersmith-gyratory/

 

At the recent LBHF Policy and Accountability Committee meeting Richard Duffill of LBHF agreed with many of the points made in John’s submission.

 

This was that on the gyratory mainly OK, but no links to Shepherds Bush Road or Butterwick. At the main crossing by the station entrance if there are many cyclists it may not work.

 

The main Problem is on King Street where the road is too narrow to put in a safer link, and a narrow stepped track has been put in between Bridge Avenue and Lyric Square. This introduces many problems, such as wing mirrors overlapping the dynamic profile of cyclists, pedestrians darting across the road looking at the one way traffic and not noticing a cyclist coming from the other direction. This link is east bound only, with no provision for west bound cyclists.

 

Also the consultation does not deal with whole gyratory, but only the northern part. It is meant to be part of a Better Junction Review. [Janusz and Konstantinos praised how good Vauxhaul Bridge and the junction the other side are now. We want something of quality that that is safe for parents to use riding to school with children, and for inexperienced cyclists to use without fear]

 

Please respond to the consultation as you wish, and you may just say you support our response, or not.

 

John met with Richard Duffill, the LBHF project manager for the gyratory, this morning to look at opportunities on the south side of the gyratory. Perhaps there could be a straight across crossing of Fulham Palace road?

 

We also mentioned Shepherds Bush Green, and John hopes the Hamburger solution [cycle route across the centre] at Holland Park Roundabout will be looked at again so that it may give impetus for SBG to get sorted out.

 

OTHER CONSULTATIONS

 

East-West Cycle Superhighway from Paddington to Acton

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/east-west-phase-2 Ends 20 March

 

E-W quietway in LBHF from

http://democracy.lbhf.gov.uk/documents/s75462/Quietway%20Appendix%201.pdf

 

SIGN FOR CYCLING CAMPAIGN

 

This is a campaign to get Mayoral Candidates to sign up for safer cycling.

 

LCC says

We’re campaigning for a better London, where cycling is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities. If enough of us Sign for Cycling today, we can get our next Mayor to commit to:

1.More space for cycling on main roads and at junctions

2.A ‘Mini-Holland’ for every London borough

3.An end to lorry danger

 

Please sign the campaign at http://signforcycling.org/#signThePetition

 

LEAFLETTING

 

Konstantinos is organising a leafletting campaign on Sunday 13 March at Shepherds Bush Green [late morning, two others coming along], and on Saturday 19 March near Putney Bridge [early morning]. Konstantinos will send out details later. Or contact him on 07904 843 005

 

OUR PARENTS AND CHILDREN CYCLING PROJECT

Our request for parents with school age children to come forward did not produce a response. But we see children as a powerful symbol of vulnerable cyclists, and we would like to work with groups of parents with children.

 

John notes that a lot of parents can be seen outside nursery and infant schools with their bikes to carry children. Often they have their own informal groups. We would like to contact them.

 

And then what? Help them organise to raise local cycling issues. Have rides or gatherings so that they can meet parents from other schools?

 

ANY NEW PROJECTS and PUBLICITY

John has given Konstantinos copies of our business card which never got printed, and the old flyer as a basis of something new. If anyone wants to design a new flyer please get in touch with Konstantinos or John.

 

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £30 for refreshments at the meeting.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

On Tuesday 12 April at the home of Konstantinos. 7.15pm for 7.30pm

18 Challoner Mansions, Challoner Street, W14 9LD

[opposite Fairholme rd, and a bit to the right]

 

Coordinator; Konstantinos Parsalidis.

07904 843 005, kparsalidis@yahoo.com

 

Notes by John Griffiths [Chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS FEBRUARY MEETING

 

TUESDAY 9 February 2016, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

 

PRESENT: John Griffiths, Jeremy Burge, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson.

 

APOLOGIES: Alex Ingram, Alan Rowden, Sussanah Woodgate, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Cllr Larry Culhane

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9

 

John met with Richard Duffill, the project manager from LBHF, earlier in the day to discuss some aspects of the consultation.

 

The consultation deals only the CS9 superhighway as it goes through Hammersmith Gyratory. Although the plan shows details on King street and Hammersmith Road, they are not part of the financial package being consulted on. However for the gyratory plan to work, it must connect satisfactorily with what is to the east and the west. At the moment the plan is only for a 1-way eastbound track on King street. West bound cyclists, if they do not just go straight into King Street, are supposed to enter Blacks rd.

 

Although the plan is welcome, there appear to be problems which need to be resolved.

 

Going from the west to east

1] Cyclists on the stepped track may be hit by wing mirrors

2] Why at the moment is the kerb built up on the outside curve as vehicles enter King street. Perhaps some vehicles do not make the bend and you want to make sure pedestrians are not wiped out. Now you are putting cyclists there in front of the barrier.

3] For east bound cyclists entering the gyratory the curve is very sharp, like you might topple off your bike.

4] The pedestrian crossing across Hammersmith rd has been removed because TfL think that the cycle track across the bottom of Shepherds bush road will act as a reservoir for waiting cyclists, and pedestrians will not be able to get through. We need to look at how the signals work, and to make sure cyclists will not be blocking the crossings at the entry to King Street. It would be good to reinstall the removed crossing. Richard Duffill talks of a green wave for cyclists in each direction.

5] Southbound cyclists on Shepherds Bush rd need provision to access the superhighway going west.

6] LBHF want a 2-way cycle track on the south side of Hammersmith rd going to Olympia and beyond, not 1-way tracks as shown. This means 2-way cycle tracks on the island at the top of Butterwick, and also they must keep the access to the Hammersmith central island. You also need access to go south towards the Talgarth rd crossing.

7] On the west side hope vehicles entering Blacks road do not take out cyclists cycling north on the cycle track.

 

TfL sessions will take place at St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9PJ on:
•Thursday 18 February 15:00-19:00
•Wednesday 24 February 9.00-12.00
•Saturday 5 March 09:00-12:00

Which may prove instructive.

 

If any one wants to work with John doing things like checking the signals, checking the dimensions, looking at the protective barrier for scratch marks etc, please contact John.

 

John will enter a response on behalf of the group after more information has been obtained. It would be good if everyone responded to the consultation. If you want to send your views to John please do.

 

See the plan and respond to consultation here.

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/hammersmith-gyratory/consult_view

 

 

OTHER CONSULTATIONS

 

Acton to Paddington Cycle Superhighway

https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/east-west-phase-2

 

Ealing LCC’s initial response at

http://www.ealingcycling.org.uk/2016/02/acton-to-paddington-cycle-superhighway.html

 

Also https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/kensington-high-street

 

WEBSITE

Konstantinos has met Alex Ingram, and K and Jeremy may do things on the website.

 

CENTRAL LCC MATTERS

The Sign for Cycling Campaign for the Mayoral election. This is to try and get mass support to pressure the Mayoral candidates to commit to making London safe for cycling.

  1. Create more safe space for cycling on main roads and at junctions
  2. Create ‘Mini-Hollands‘ – cycle friendly town centres – in every borough
  3. End lorry danger with smarter, safer lorries

Konstantinos is going to a LCC Local groups Forum on 25 February, and LCC hopes that local group members will become active in the campaign.

 

MEETING ROOM

Konstantinos will be meeting Richard Duffill soon to discuss use of a room at the Council for meetings or events. Paul checked out the Hop Poles and they would like £200 for the use of their upstairs room.

 

PUBLICITY

John will get some business cards printed to promote us and our activities.

 

LCC NEWSLETTER

Deadline 22 February. John and Konstantinos may put something together.

 

EVENTS

 

Next LBHF PAC meeting March 2nd  discussing the gyratory and East Acton quiet way

 

LCC forum, Andrew Gilligan 7 March 6.30pm

For the next (25th!) LCC Policy Forum seminar we are pleased to welcome back Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor’s Cycling Commissioner, almost three years after he opened the series. Come and hear Andrew talk about progress made, what still needs to change, and likely challenges and priorities under a new mayoralty. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Booking is now open here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11Va2y60a0snHqxSCLJ_vmkcjJ3OBCR0SkyRwCZzkhwY/

 

EXPENSES

John had expenses of £30.71 for tonight’s meeting.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

This will be an Extraordinary General Meeting to elect a new Chair and possibly a Secretary. Tuesday 8 March, 7.30pm for 7.45pm start at the home of Ken McCosh. Please put in diary now

 

John Griffiths [acting chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748 truefeelings@gmail.com

 

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MEETING HELD ON 12 JANUARY AT THE HOME OF KEN McCOSH

Present: Ken mcCosh, John Griffiths, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Lynn Seveke, Janusz Carmello. Paul Saunderson, Jules.
Lynn talked of her meeting with Cllr Iain Cassidy. they talked mainly of how we could help LBHF in its effort to promote cycling. One idea was a large ride with 50 or 100 youngsters riding around the Borough. Konstantinos was keen on this.
John pointed out that at the LCC AGM a lot of time was spent on the problems of safeguarding, and LCC decided that, as it did not want to force members to take Criminal Record Checks, it would not undertake rides or events with unaccompanied minors.
Konstantinos said that we could do this under an umbrella organisation, or with the council taking the lead.
Lynn wanted to produce a news sheet each month where we had an interview with a local non-lycra cyclist and was asking for suitable questions for an interview. Lynn would conduct the first interview..
Konstatinos wanted to organise a film night showing cycling films, perhaps using a room at the Town Hall which Lynn had discussed with Richard Duffill of LBHF
Lynn had written to Rosemary Pettit saying our group would be happy to meet her and the Air Quality Commission to discuss air pollution. It was agreed that John should write to Rosemary on behalf of the group about our NO2 results and other evidence for the Commission.
We discussed possible future meeting places. Paul had explored the Plough and Harrow, the Blue Anchor and had yet to examine the Hop Poles.
A meeting date of 2 February was agreed with venue to be confirmed.
Ken was reimbursed £30 for the refreshments he had laid on.
John Griffiths / 020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MEETING HELD ON 8 DECTMBER AT THE HOME OF JOHN GRIFFITHS

 

PRESENT: John Griffiths, Will White, Jeremy Burge, Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello

 

APOLOGIES: Ken McCosh, Deborah White, Timon Day, Lars Laamann, Roger de Freitas, Lynn Seveke

 

WELCOME

It was good to see Will, who we had met at the North End Rd Market Festival. He is an engineer working in the Kings Cross area on projects that include cycle access and parking / storage. And it was good to see Jeremy again after his trip to the US. He is the founder of http://emojipedia.org/

 

VISION ZERO UK

www.visionzero.org.uk

Campaigning for a zero killed or seriously road injured policy

 

There is a launch conference for this on !9 January 2016. Jeremy is likely to go to this as our representative. Hopefully we can convince H&F to become a VZ borough.

 

HFCYCLISTS .ORG.UK WEBSITE

At the moment John and Lynn make occasional stabs at maintaining it. It is constructed in WordPress which means that you enter changes directly to the website, rather than using a program to design it and upload it.

 

It has six featured posts with thumbnails, and a mixture of posts and pages under a menu structure.

 

Will has looked at it and his initial comments are that it should make the meetings look more friendly, and emphasise that we are a conduit to the Council for people to raise concerns. We should ask ourselves why someone would want to become involved in our organisation.

 

Jeremy and Will will look at the site in more detail and come up with suggestions. If you have any suggestions to give them please send an email to both of them at jeremyburge@jeremyburge.com and williamwhite2@gmail.com

 

Lynn sent John some ideas about interviewing people about their cycling experience so this could put this on the website. Unfortunately that document was blank, so Lynn will send out separately.

 

RIDE TO WHITE CROSS IN RICHMOND.

Sunday 13 December. This is a gentle ride suitable for the less experienced. It is a annual get together of West London LCC groups at this spectacular pub on the water front at Richmond. Most people have lunch there as well as a drink. All welcome. http://thewhitecrossrichmond.com/

 

Leaving from the observation platform at the end of Queen Caroline St where it meets the riverside path, almost under Hammersmith Bridge. Meeting from 10.30am for 10.40am sharp departure. Remember to bring lights and have your bike in good condition. To be led by Janusz Carmello [07809 611 077] and Paul Saunderson. Lynn will advertise the ride on Facebook and twitter and on the website.

 

 

PUBLICITY

We talked about promoting the group. Lynn was going to order some business cards with our info on it. It would be good to have some one third A4 leaflets similar to ones we used to have to distribute in bike shops, libraries, surgeries, friendly shops. Also a poster that could be put in some shop windows where their window space is not critical, like dry cleaners, minicab firms etc.

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY

This is subject to the Cycling Superhighway 9 going through it as a segregated 2-way track in an East to West direction, and also subject of a Better Junction Review, which is meant to make the whole junction safer for cyclists from all directions.

 

John has been told in the past by the LBHF Cycling Officer Richard Duffill that the Better Junction Review part will only look at the area around Blacks Road, and is contracted out to Sustrans for the design work. John has been pressing for improvements for cyclists going to Hammersmith Bridge, and also on a north to south axis. Going in a southerly direction a route from Shepherds Bush Rd to Fulham Palace rd via the footway of Butterwick [the eastern side of the gyratory ] should be easy to include. Going in the opposite direction is not so simple as you have to cross Fulham Palace rd and then Shepherds Bush rd at the other end, or go around the other side of the gyratory, which is quite a detour.

 

UPDATE FROM RICHARD DUFFILL

 

Richard has written to Lynn today as follows

 

Hi Lynn,
>
> I hope you are well and that your first weekend on the market went well.
>
> I understand that you have a group meeting tonight so I thought that I’d drop you a quick update note.
>
> At the moment I’m spending most of my time making initial comments on the first draft of designs for the Hammersmith Gyratory Better Junction scheme, and the linked Cycle superhighway. With the Xmas break due fairly soon I think that I will arrange a meeting with you at the start of the new year where we can go through the proposals. At that meeting I’ll be able to also show you the modelling and journey time predictions for the junction.
>
> Tfl are also progressing the design for the A40 Westway which joins our borough at the Wood lane flyover and heads westwards to Old Oak road. Again I will be able to show you what they are proposing and explain the modelling.
>
> I attended a series of interesting meetings and presentations recently that all related to ‘On Street parking’ and the use of secure units throughout the street network. It would be interesting to hear from your group of any specific locations that are regularly requested. I’ve taken the locations requested from the main LCC cycle parking site already. Please contact Richard at Richard.Duffill@lbhf.gov.uk with your suggestions
>
> Please pass on my best wishes for a safe cycling Xmas to all your members, and I look forward to a busy and fruitful new year for cycling.
>
> Best Regards
> Richard.
>
> Richard Duffill,  Cycling Officer , Transportation and Highways, LBHF

 

UPDATE FROM LYNN

Lynn Seveke [our Chair] thanks everyone who took part in the North End rd Market Stall.

 

Lynn meets with Cllr Iain Cassidy [LBHF’s cycling ambassador] next week (date tbd)

 

John and Lynn attended PAC meeting. The results of the consultation are strong, but concerns arose whether this should be implemented on the main roads as traffic is often going below 20mph (ie. When it’s stuck). So, Lynn will discuss this with Iain Cassidy next week, and send an extra letter to the Council.

 

The council needs as much support as possible for them to be comfortable to implement 20mph everywhere. Would the other members also like to write a short email to the councillors? The key for them is to be able to justify this measure and the more local support the easier it is to justify!

Larry Culhane, chair responsible committee   Larry.Culhane@lbhf.gov.uk

Stephen Cowan, head of cabinet     stephen.cowan@lbhf.gov.uk

 

NEXT MEETING

Normally meetings have been held in member’s homes, and a few times in a pub. In January John and Ken who normally hold the meetings may not be available. We are looking at a meeting probably in the second week of January.

 

Other possibilities.

Richard Duffill has offered to Lynn the use of a room in the Town Hall

Paul has been looking into using a suitable room in a pub, and still has to explore the Hop Poles.

 

The group had no particular preference, but noted that a friendly atmosphere and some refreshments were important. To be decided later.

 

HORS DE COMBAT

John is having a heart operation next week at Hammersmith Hospital. It is for replacement of the aortic valve as it has become very narrow. Going in on the 15 December and hopefully out by the 22 December. But may be out of action for a while.

 

John would like to give a plug for the Amnesty Bookshop which has reopened in spacious premises next to the Town Hall. Great books there and your donations of quality books welcome. John working there this coming Friday afternoon and Monday Morning.

 

EXPENSES

John had expenses of £29.56 for tonights refreshments.

 

END

 

These notes by John Griffiths

Chair: Lynn Seveke  lynnseveke@live.nl

 

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BELOW NOTES OF NOVEMBER MEETING,

written by Ken McCosh and Lynn Seveke

 

Notes of Meeting of LCC Hammersmith & Fulham at John Griffiths’s home on Tuesday 3 November 2015

 

Present at the meeting: Lynn Seveke, John Griffiths Janusz Carmello, Sima John, Jules Chao, Ken McCosh, Paul Saunderson.

Apologies: Margaret Spector, Timon Day, Lars Laarmann.

  1. Meeting opened by Lynn Seveke as Chair. Welcomed those present and hoped to understand and encourage the input of members.
  2. In the past month:

Lynn, Janusz and John independently attended the LCC’s A.G.M. Reported the introduction of the draft constitution. The control over branches needs examination and we must hold over any acceptance until this is clarified and approved. John has detected a tendency towards the imposition of policy and attitudes which may not be universally shared out among the branches. Example was the passing of a motion approving the presumption of blame, and therefore damages liability on the part of the motorist in any accident between a motorist and a cyclist.

Of interest too: campaign training. Lynn interested in undertaking such training.

Local news. The recent accident in Fulham Palace Road is still under investigation, so the cause is still uncertain.

  1. Presentation and discussion of 15/16 strategies:

It was generally agreed that we should work to get more people involved in our activities and we could increase verbal interaction with people at street level, assisted by leaflets or cards.. Also we could concentrate on campaigning to influence the Borough Council to adopt cycle-friendly policy. Support for programme of social rides and meetings.

Venues for meetings were discussed, including pubs with quiet areas. (Ken will be away throughout December and John is to have a serious operation.) We should attend the Council’s annual breakfast meeting. Apparently this year it was held on the18th.June but hardly anyone knew of this.

We shall apply for a stall in the North End Road Christmas Market – Saturday, 28th. November. (Who is applying?). If we are allocated a stall, Lynn will publicise this and ask for volunteers.

  1. Council lobbying:

There is to be Council-engendered consultation about the upgrading of the Hammersmith Gyratory , with acknowledgement of the numbers and needs of cyclists. Lynn will prepare for this. The 20 m.p.h. question is still to be decided. A Council poll returned roughly equal support for each of the three options. We should maintain contact with Richard Duffield and obtain any available information. He has undertaken to show us the proposal plan when ready. We also need news about the Hammersmith Bridge traffic markings .

We could use Twitter to comment or seek support.and publicise.

 

5.. December Ride:

This might be on Sunday 13th. December – with a number of local groups involved. – riding to a venue in Richmond. Lynn to inquire.But we should make a short-ride programme starting in Spring, unless there is a special reason for an earlier ride. Considering the needs of families with small children. Konstantinos is now away on holiday, but he intends to be fully involved in this project.

  1. Other business: (none noted by me)
  2. Summary and closure:

Refreshments tonight cost £30.73 – John refunded.

Next meeting: Paul to find venue – possibly pub Plough & Harrow or Distillers or Hop Poles. Date of next meeting – 08th December

 

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Notes of hfcyclists AGM held Tuesday 6 October at 7.30pm,

at the home of Ken Mccosh, 12 Stanwick Street, West Kensington, W14 8UH.

 

PRESENT:

Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Lynn Seveke. Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello, Timon Day, Jules Chao, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Keren Parsalidis

 

APOLOGIES:

Susie Gretz, Alan Rowden, Petrina Balfour Helm, David Marsh, Alex Ingram

 

CHAIR’S ADDRESS

 

These are some of the things we have been involved with / achieved over the last year

 

  • PAC meeting on 20mph  John, Lynn, Susie, Vikki, Ruth
  • NO2 joint project with ClientEarth, Andrea, John, Susie, Paul, Janusz, Lynn
  • Stall North End Rd, Colin, Elizabeth, John, Susie, Ken, Paul
  • Central LCC meetings, John, Lynn,
  • NO2 / pollution  events, John, Lynn, Janusz
  • Meeting with LBHF Cllrs on air pollution, John, Lynn
  • Ride London Konstantinos, Paul, others
  • Rogers Party, Roger and Vikki
  • Cycle Count at Hammersmith Gyratory Lynn, John
  • Inspection of Goldhawk rd with LBHF Cllrs, Officers, John , Ruth
  • Website maintenance Lynn, John
  • Hosted regular meetings, Ken, John, Susie
  • Co-operation with Richard Duffill of LBHF

 

Thanks to all who have been involved via the email group, and to all who come to meetings.

 

John Griffiths [Chair hfcyclists] / 6 October 2015

 

TREASURERS’S REPORT

 

Financial Statement 2014- 2015

 

31 March 2014 Book Balance b/f £7148.97

31 March 2015 Book Balance c/f £6529.66

 

The nett expenditure of £619.31 comprised

 

Events                                    132.22

Internet service                     88.12

Entertain / promotion           414,60

Offset by interest of                         15.63

 

£3541.85 of the balance was considered as restricted funds, as it had originated from grants involved with the GREENFEST. Most of the rest of our moneys also originated from the GREENFEST, but came from things like food concessions.

 

Normally the LCC gives us a grant in the region of £300 each year, but in the year in question we forwent it.

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Lynn pointed out that there was a difference between doing stuff and achieving something, and we should put emphasis on achieving results. Although a lot of what we do contributes towards an end, such as our efforts on 20mph and air pollution. Lynn also wanted to put more emphasis on using Twitter and Facebook.

 

It was noted that on the rides we organise we normally do not have many riders compared to some other groups such as Ealing.

 

Konstantinos looked at our aims in our constitution,

 

hfcyclists exists to:

encourage more people to cycle

improve conditions for cyclists

raise the profile of cycling

particularly in the area covered by LBHF, but not restricted to it.

[Our Constitution: http://hfcyclists.org.uk/about-us/constitution/]

 

He noted that most of our expenditure was on refreshments for meetings and thought more money should be spent on promoting ourselves, our activities.

 

BANK ACCOUNT

The present signatories are Ken McCosh, John Griffiths and Roger de Freitas. Lynn Seveke and Konstantinos Parsalidis will be added to this list. If the bank only allows 3 signatories, then John and Roger will be removed from the list.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

 

Our constitution provides for a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. These are required to set up or alter bank accounts. The Chair is the person who can represent the group. From the LCC’s perspective the person co-ordinating the group is the Co-ordinator.

 

The following positions were duly proposed and seconded and elected.

 

Chair              Lynn Seveke

Treasurer       Ken McCosh

Secretary       Konstantinos Parsalidis,

 

The following were duly proposed and seconded and elected as Members of the Management Committee

 

John Griffiths, Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello, Timon Day, Keren Parsalidis, Roger de Fretas, Alex Ingram.

 

Konstantinos Parsalidis was elected as Co-ordinator.

 

It was noted that the Parsalidis family would be away in New Zealand for two months from late October.

 

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Hfcyclists OCTOBER MEETING

 

COMMUNITY ROADWATCH.

 

Nick Dove and Susannah Woodgate had expressed interest in this. This is where civilians record speeding offenders and give this information to the police, who take some action.

 

John has contacted the Hammersmith Safer Transport Team to see if it can be done in LBHF. Jules, who is a member of the team will also follow up. Jules had brought with him some crime prevention literature.

 

HOSTS

 

Paul said that he thought the minutes of the last meeting were incorrect as they reported, concerning the meeting before that:

 

>This took place in the home of Susie Gretz, and was in the garden and then shifted indoors as it became dark. Susie was concerned people may have not been happy with the meeting. All of those here today who were there expressed warm thanks to Susie for hosting the meeting and had no complaints and hope we will have future meetings at her place.<

 

Paul said tonight that he thought Susie’s place was unacceptable for meetings as the room was small and when people were in the garden you could not hear the door bell.  The group tonight , other than Paul, saw no problem that could not be easily resolved.

 

John noted the reason Susie gave for her apologies tonight was that she felt intimidated by Paul because of unpleasant emails she had received from him after that meeting. It is a shame if we have lost a host and an active member of the group over this.

 

EVENTS

 

LCC AGM & Campaigner’s Conference

17 October 2015 9:30am – 5:30pm

http://lcc.org.uk/events/agm-and-campaigners-conference?esid=5752

 

EXPENSES

Ken had expenses of £35 for tonights refreshments.

 

NEXT MEETING

This will be on TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER [Altered from Wed 4 November which was agreed at meeting].

The venue to be decided later.

 

Notes by John Griffiths

 

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS SEPTEMBER MEETING

 

HELD ON TUESDAY 8 September 2015, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith Road, W14 9AP

 

PRESENT:

John Griffiths, Ken McCosh, Jeremy Burge, Margaret Spector, Timon Day, Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello.

 

APOLOGIES:

Suzie Gretz, Alan Rowden, Petrins Balfour Helm, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Lynn Seveke. Richard Duffill

 

WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS

We were pleased to see Jeremy who joined our email list at the North End Rd stall. Jeremy is from Australia and knows a bit about computers. He has his own company at the Google Campus in Shoreditch.

 

Margaret joined in the FreeCycle ride to London and is involved in many community projects, including the North End Rd market project.

 

THE CYCLING SUPERHIGHWAY 9 IN RBKC

Last week, on Tuesday 1 September, John joined an inspection ride with K&C LCC chair Martin Carr, Councillor Robert Thompson of RBKC, Darren Johnson, Green Party Member of the London Assembly, and his PA Rachel Carlill. Apart from the fact the RBKC do not want a cycle route constructed through Kensington High street, there are also poor links for example from where the cycle route through Kensington Gardens ends at Kensington Gore. Darren is going to ask TfL some questions concerning CS9.

 

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY and CS9 in LBHF

Last week I wrote to some LBHF Councillors expressing concern about what may be happening at Hammersmith Gyratory. On Friday I was informed by Nick Boyle of LBHF that Andrew Gilligan, the Cycling Commissioner, was going to ride along the path of the CS9 in LBHF, including the gyratory, on Monday 7 September, though I was not invited to join in. I was told that Richard Duffill, the new Cycling Oficer in the the borough would send me an update before our meeting.

 

This he has kindly done, and this update which refers to many projects is included at the end of these notes. In the update Richard introduces himself, and he is very experienced.

 

Concerning CS9 and the gyratory Richard writes

 

>>

Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) (Including Gyratory)

Today, Monday, I met with the London Cycling Commissioner along with colleagues from Tfl, Sustrans and H&F Council to ride the proposed East West route through our borough. The good news is that there is strong support from all the aforementioned to deliver this East-West route in 2016-17.

 

To clarify what this involves I should start by advising that the key element of the route involves a proposed solution to cycling across the north side of the Hammersmith Gyratory. Our desire is to have a segregated bi-directional route that is as direct as possible from Chiswick to Kensington.

As you know, the Tfl plan is to go to public consultation with the design in January.

 

We have not ignored the links with other connecting routes and we are working on a design that will accommodate not only the existing volumes of cyclists we recorded earlier in the year, (similar to those that you recorded),  but also the key links to Hammersmith Bridge and Fulham Palace road, and a provision for more cyclists in the future.

 

It is my intention to share more details of this proposal with you when I have something more ‘concrete’ to show you.

<<

 

I have asked Richard for more details of the cycle count, because if it is the same as the one I was shown previously at a central LCC meeting, that one was appalling. Several major cycling facilities have been built in recent years and are now not able to cater for the numbers of cyclists using them. So lets make sure they are at least starting from a correct knowledge of today’s cycling use.

 

Lynn and I hope to meet with Richard soon.

 

PAC MEETING

There is Policy and Accountability Committee meeting at Hammersmith Town Hall on the evening of 21 September. This may include news of the Air Quality Commission that Rosemary Pettit is going to set up.

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

We may still continue in some form, but will leave it for the moment.

 

I was contacted by a company called Cleanspace about trying out an app for measuring pollution. I passed this on to Lynn, who may be happier with apps than me. You can read about it in Guardian  or take a look at their website  https://our.clean.space/ to find out more about it. You could try registering as a beta tester, Note this is a commercial thing, and there are

 

A detector measures carbon monoxide levels as a surrogate for vehicle pollutants, such as fine particulates known as PM2.5s and a toxic gas, nitrogen dioxide, generated by diesel vehicles. It communicates via blue tooth to your phone. [A possible problem is that a more polluting diesel engine gives out less CO than a petrol engine]

Perhaps we can use their technology or app to check things in our borough.

 

There is also http://www.londonair.org.uk/london/asp/nowcast.asp

Free, and which gives up to the hour readings of pollution on a map with 20m resolution, either a combined reading of four pollutants or you can chose you own poison.

 

PUBLICITY

For the North End Stall John ordered some business cards promoting the group, but they never arrived. John will get some printed at a local printers. Margaret gave John the name of a printer she uses.

 

RIDES AND EVENTS

See http://lcc.org.uk/events

 

Open House London is the capital’s largest annual festival of architecture and design, taking place on 19 & 20 September 2015

http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

 

OUR LAST MEETING

This took place in the home of Susie Gretz, and was in the garden and then shifted indoors as it became dark. Susie was concerned people may have not been happy with the meeting. All of those here today who were there expressed warm thanks to Susie for hosting the meeting and had no complaints and hope we will have future meetings at her place.

 

EXPENSES

John had expenses of £37.85 for refreshments at tonights meeting

 

LCC AGM AND CAMPAIGNERS CONFERENCE

Saturday 17 October.

http://lcc.org.uk/pages/agm-and-campaigners-conference

We urge members of hfcyclists to become members of the LCC. There are many benefits to being a member.

 

At the AGM various motions will be discussed and voted upon. http://lcc.org.uk/pages/agm-motions-2015

These include for example Special Resolution 3, All financial and other assets of Groups shall ultimately be under the control of the Charity.

 

There is also a proposed model constitution for groups being discussed at the moment. If anyone wants to see it I can send it to them,

Our constitution is at http://hfcyclists.org.uk/about-us/constitution/.

 

OUR AGM AND NEXT MEETING

Will take place on Tuesday 6 October at 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh

12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH. We hope to see you there.

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290 / 07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

 

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Cycling in Hammersmith and Fulham Update

 

From: Richard Duffill,          Cycling Officer

Hammersmith and Fulham Council

 

Date:  7th September 2015

 

 

General Update.

 

It’s been a hectic few months since I took over the reins of the Cycling officer at Hammersmith and Fulham Council, and the time has flown by.

 

I’ve spent all my life in the Cycle Industry both on the manufacturing and import side, but more recently in Local Government, building cycling infrastructure and using my sales and marketing skills to get more people cycling.

 

I can see a huge opportunity in the borough to get more people cycling, not only for their commute, but also for their leisure time. To achieve this we need to raise the profile of cycling locally, and initially make improvements to what we have already, followed on with a long term plan. The Cycling Strategy is a great place to start and in its revised form, it contains all the elements that we need to move forward.

 

This update is unfortunately in place of me attending your meeting tonight, so apologies for this. As I said at the start, the time has flown by,  mainly because there are many cycling projects underway that show the level of commitment the council are now showing towards cycling. I don’t intend to go into great detail in this update, but intend to give you a broad feel of the main initiatives that I’m progressing with the team here.

 

In no particular order :

 

Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9) (Including Gyratory)

Today, Monday, I met with the London Cycling Commissioner along with colleagues from Tfl, Sustrans and H&F Council to ride the proposed East West route through our borough. The good news is that there is strong support from all the aforementioned to deliver this East-West route in 2016-17.

 

To clarify what this involves I should start by advising that the key element of the route involves a proposed solution to cycling across the north side of the Hammersmith Gyratory. Our desire is to have a segregated bi-directional route that is as direct as possible from Chiswick to Kensington.

As you know, the Tfl plan is to go to public consultation with the design in January.

 

We have not ignored the links with other connecting routes and we are working on a design that will accommodate not only the existing volumes of cyclists we recorded earlier in the year, (similar to those that you recorded),  but also the key links to Hammersmith Bridge and Fulham Palace road, and a provision for more cyclists in the future.

 

It is my intention to share more details of this proposal with you when I have something more ‘concrete’ to show you.

 

A40 Westway Cycle Superhighway.

We have begun working with Tfl on the Westway Cycle Superhighway. The initial work involves exploring possible routes from and including the Wood lane junction along the Westway to Old Oak Road. The intention is again to get a scheme that will be delivered in 2016-17.

 

East Acton – St Marks Road Quietway.

The outline work has so far investigated creating an upgraded Quietway along the edge of Wormwood scrubs and linking into Kensington in the east and Acton  (westway) in the west.

 

Grand Union Canal path upgrade.

We are working with Tfl and the Canals Trust to develop a scheme that will upgrade the section of canal path in our borough and which will enable the full length of the canal to be more easily accessible to cyclists.

 

Cycling Strategy.

We have incorporated all the comments received form the consultation in a revised document that will be presented to Cabinet in October. I am developing the Action Plan from the Strategy.

 

Capital Programme for 2015-2016

There are a number of ‘cycling’ schemes that are currently being programmed for delivery in the 2015-16 programme including The Talgarth Road SUD scheme, as well as projects on the Thames path, a number of main junctions and minor changes to cycle infrastructure. I will update these in more detail when we meet.

 

On street cycle Parking –Residents cycle parking

I am currently developing a number of on street and residents car parking schemes throughout the borough. These are intended to increase the capacity and ensure that we have cycle parking in the right places where demand is the highest.

 

I hope this gives you a flavour of the work that I’m now involved in and I look forward to sharing and discussing cycling matters with you on a regular basis.

 

Richard Duffill

7th September 2015.

 

 

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS JULY MEETING

 

HELD ON TUESDAY 28 July 2015, 7.30pm at the home of Susie Gretz

 

PRESENT: Susie Gretz, John Griffiths, Janusz Carmello, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Konstantinos Parsalidos, Paul Saunderson, Alan Rowden, Richard Radmore, Ken McCosh.

 

APOLOGIES: Ayse Kardes

 

ROGER DE FREITAS’ SUMMER PARTY

A great thanks to Roger and Vicki for the really splendid evening they provided. A great joy and culinary feast for all who came along.

 

RIDE LONDON FEEDER SATURDAY 1 AUGUST

We hope many of you will come along. Konstantinos is leading it. Meeting from 10am for 10.30pm departure. Meeting at corner of Dunsany rd and Brook Green. We have 7 marshals. If anyone else who is competent would like be a marshal, please contact Konstantinos.

kparsalidis@gmail.com  or 07904 843 005

 

The feeder ride will take you to Constiitution Hill, after which you will be on the FREECYCLE car-free roads leading to Tower of London. We provide a return ride at 3pm. It would be good to have some people at the start talking to newcomers about our group and collecting email addresses.

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

We now have the final results. The headline results for Hammersmith Gyratory and SBG are that at most locations the NO2 values are between 2 to 3 times the EU limit, and most results are higher than at the LBHF reference point near St Pauls Church.

At a height of 0.5m [pushchair ht] values are 30% than at 3m, and at 0.8m [buggy height] values are 25% greater than at 3m.

 

A summary report of our work can be found at

http://bit.ly/1OypQlW

And details of our measurements and analysis can be found at

http://bit.ly/1VKRWQD

 

John, Lynn, Andrea and perhaps Konstantinos are meeting with some Councillors next Monday evening to discuss the significance of our results. We are also looking at publicising our results in the media.

 

We may consider continuing the programme ourselves, particularly refining the pushchair measurements. We hope our work, combined with recent and expected results on the harmful and deadly effects of NO2, will lead to consideration of giving more safe road space to cyclists in the redesign of Hammersmith Gyratory.

 

20MPH

There is still time to fill in the questionnaire, 2 more days. Susie had an A5 leaflet through her door from the Association of British Drivers suggesting people vote NO. So if you have not already done so please do so, and say YES.

Information and an online version of the questionnaire can be found here: http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/directory/news/20mph_consultation.asp

 

NORTH END ROAD STALLS

There will be a further car free North End Road festival on Saturday 12 December, Several people here today said they would like to participate in another hfcyclists stall then. We will see nearer he time.

 

FURTHER SUMMER RIDES

You can find out about rides offered by other LCC groups at http://lcc.org.uk/events

 

Konstantinos suggested a themed ride like those given by bikeminded of RBKC. http://www.bikeminded.org/whats-on/  His idea is to have a ride visiting blue plaques, architecture or the like in the borough. Probably around the end of September. Susie will send Konstantinos suggestions she once prepared with David. Other suggestions to Konstantinos.

 

HOW TO USE TWITTER

There is a guide on the LCC website here.

http://lcc.org.uk/pages/activism-and-local-groups

 

Konstantinos showed us some things about twitter. He uses the platform tweetdeck to manage his tweets. At the moment Alex, Lynn and John have access to send tweets on the @hfcyclists account. John will give Konstantinos the password. Anyone can follow @hfcyclists, or refer to us or search for us using #hfcyclists.

 

WEBSITE

With a lot going on it would be good to have more help with the maintenance.

 

PLANNING FOR OUR AGM

Discussing who may be interested in which roles after the AGM. Our AGM will probably be in October. Anyone interested in having a special role as an Officer or as a Member of the Management Committee should talk to John at some stage.

 

BIKE SHOW

Paul reminded us of the Cycle Show 24 to 27 September at the Birmingham NEC. http://www.cycleshow.co.uk/

 

EXPENSES

John had expenses of £23.76 for printing and laminating at the North End Rd Festival. Susie had expenses of £42.99 for refreshments.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 8 September, 7.15pm fo 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290  /  07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS JUNE MEETING

TUESDAY 16 June 2015, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh

12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

 

PRESENT:

Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson,, Lynn Seveke, Tim Day, Susie Gretz, PCSO Jules Chao.

 

APOLOGIES:

Elizabeth Hopkirk, Roger de Freitas, Petrina Beaufoy Helm,

 

WELCOME

We were pleased to meet Tim Day, a retired journalist who has had experience teaching cycling. He has offered to be a marshal for our RideLondon feeder ride on Saturday 1 August.

 

Paul had invited Jules along, who is part of the Shepherds Bush Transport Hub, which deals with surface transport matters, largely buses, but not the tube. He told us of his work and how it dealt with cycling. Lynn took some notes and may send an email with more details.

 

20MPH

Our input was very successful at the recent LBHF PAC meeting. Now we need to get people to fill in the online consultation. At the North End Road market stall we will show collision map indicating that most cyclist injuries and fatalities are on main roads. We would like the limit to extend to shopping streets if not all main roads. Some people in our group against blanket 20mph limit.

 

Information and an online version of the questionnaire can be found here:http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/directory/news/20mph_consultation.asp

 

GOLDHAWK ROAD

At the PAC Ruth Mayorcas spoke to Cllr Wesley Harcourt about problems she finds on the Goldhawk Rd. As a consequence John and Ruth will meet some Councillors on Monday 22 June for a site visit. Nobody at tonight’s meeting uses the Goldhawk road much. Tim had problems at the intersection with Paddenswick rd where there are the double roundabouts, but that is outside the area where there road is being redesigned. Others have been in touch with us and LBHF about problems on Goldhawk road.

 

NORTH END ROAD STALL

We have just heard that we have a stall for the festival on Saturday 27 June. Our main objective is to find new active members for the group. We will concentrate on 20mph limit, NO2 pollution, the Summer Feeder ride as subjects to engage with people. We will with A3 colour graphics. Susie will look at prices for printing and laminating and John will see if it is cheaper to have a banner printed which we can cut up. Konstantinos, Elizabeth, Ken, Suzie, Jose, John will be available on the day, and perhaps Janusz. Elizabeth and John will work on credit card sized cards that give info about the group and also how to report potholes.

 

If others wish to be part of the event please contact John.

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

We now have the final results.  The plan is to meet with senior people at the council in a few weeks time to discuss the results and see how we can influence plans for Hammersmith Gyratory.  Also we will try to get media coverage of the results.

The EU limit for NO2 is 40 µg / m^3 [micrograms per cubic metre] . The LBHF measurement for Hammersmith Broadway near St Pauls Church was about 80 µg / m^3 . Our results for Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush Green were roughly in the range 80 – 100 µg / m^3. at push chair height we found the levels to be about 30% higher than at the 3m height that LBHF uses for measurements.

 

Andrea would like to see us have a public meeting on air pollution, preferably before the end of July when her present funding runs out.. We discussed this. However the much publicised LBHF meeting on 20mph only brought in a very few people apart from ourselves. Other meeting such as on the flyunder, the Thames sewer and Heathrow expansion have been highly attended.

[Lynn mentioned the proposed Maastricht tunnel]

 

We felt the  time scale for a public meeting in July is too rushed. Perhaps later., especially if the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants, produces an awaited report on the mortality figures for NO2.

 

 

HFCYCLISTS ACCOUNTS AND GRANT FROM LCC

Ken has prepared the accounts and we have told LCC we do not wish to waive the grant this year.

 

WEBSITE

Lynn is maintaing and we discussed the difference between pages and posts on the wordpress site. If anyone else wants to be involved please get in touch.

 

SUNSET RIDE

Wednesday 17 June, 7pm for 7.15pm departure.

See http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2015/05/sunset-ride-17th-june-2015/

Paul suggested bringing your own drink and picnic for the public terrace with the spectacular view as queues may be long at the pub across the street.

 

OUR GARDEN PARTY AT ROGER DE FREITAS’

This will be on Thursday 16 July at 7pm. Roger and Vicky live in Hartswood Rd. This is our great event of the year and please put in your diary now. We will send an email out with details nearer the time.

 

RIDE LONDON FEEDER SATURDAY 1 AUGUST

Tim Day says he would like to be a marshal. John will forward his details to Konstantinos.

 

EALING NEWSLETTER

Paul brought in a Ealing Cycling campaign newsletter that was attached to his bike. It is very impressive. Perhaps we could do something similar, and Lynn thinking about it. If others want to be involved please get in touch.

See http://lcc.org.uk/articles/local-group-news-june-2015

 

EXPENSES

John; Refreshments after PAC meeting £25.20

Ken: For tonights refreshments £35

 

OUR AGM

We will have this later in the year when some recent members may have gained more experience, perhaps to be officers.

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 14 July, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home and garden of Susie Gretz [later changed to 28th July]

4a Eynham Rd, W12 9HA

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290  /  07789 095 748 truefeelings@gmail.com

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NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MAY MEETING

 

TUESDAY 12 May 2015, 7.15 for 7.30pm at the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith Road, W14 9AP.

 

PRESENT:

John Griffiths, Ken McCosh, Konstantinos Parsalidis, Elizabeth Hopkirk, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson,, Lars Laamann, Sima John

 

APOLOGIES:

Lynn Seveke, Roger de Freitas, Susie Gretz, Alan Rowden

 

WELCOME TO ANY NEW MEMBERS

We were pleased to see Kpnstantinos, who was a marshal at last years Ride London, and Elizabeth, who came to a meeting last year and was on the Hammersmith Bridge ride.

 

NO2 DIFFUSION TUBE PROJECT

We now have the results for our February and April NO2 measurements. A correction factor still has to be applied to them by Client Earth, our partners in this.

 

The results indicate that there are a few places in Hammersmith and SBG where the results are considerably higher than at the place where LBHF takes its measurement for Hammersmith Gyratory.

 

We took readings at heights of 3m and 2.25m. We were expecting the reading closer to the ground to be higher as it was closer to the source of local exhaust gases. There was no significant difference at these heights. Near the entrance to King Street the 3m reading was surprisingly higher than the 2.25m reading. We speculated this might be gases from the flyover dispersing down, or turbulence , or random errors.

 

Where we measured at 4 different heights on two posts, from 3m down to 0.5m, this showed a significant increase as you got down to pushchair height.

 

John will do some further work on the statistics behind the results. This is to see how meaningful the figures are, as there are inherent random errors in the NO2 tube approach, and variations due to the weather. John will collaborate on this with Konstantinos and Lynn. And also show to someone in the group who works in statistics.

 

Konstantinos, an engineer, had several suggestions. He will discuss with some colleagues. We will collaborate with Andrea Lee of client Earth in producing a report. We should approach LBHF and TfL with a view to trying to influence them into taking mitigation measures, especially as the plans for Hammersmith Gyratory are being developed now.

 

Konstantinos said that normally bodies would expect to see at least 3 months of data before something was taken seriously. In the light of our experience so far we may carry out further studies, using our money, or from any grant we may be able to get.

 

Recently Client Earth were successful in taking the UK government to the UK Supreme Court, with the result that the UK has to take more stringent action to meet an EU directive on NO2 pollution levels. NO2 mainly comes from diesel vehicles and causes health problems sometimes leading to earlier death.

 

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE

 

On 25 April about ten of us along with Chris Bainbridge, Cllrs Ben Coleman, Lisa Homan, Max Schmid and PJ Murphy rode over Hammersmith Bridge. Cllr Wesley Harcourt was also there. We were pressing for large signs on the roadway  saying “CYCLIST PRIORITY”.

 

In January 2016 Hammersmith Bridge will be closed for a year for repairs and strengthening work.

 

RIDE LONDON

LCC is asking if we can organise a feeder ride for Ride London on 1 August. We need a lead rider and marshals. We discussed last years ride. John will send to LCC the following:

Ride Leader Konstantinos Parsalidis,

Marshals: Richard Radmore, Ken McCosh, Janusz Carmello, Paul Saunderson, John Griffiths

 

BIKE WEEK

Bike week 13 – 21 June

There will probably be a ride on the Wednesday evening June 17th going to the Roebuck on Richmond Hill to join other west London groups.

 

London Prison Ride 2015

This will be on 21 June. I will send a separate message on this as the details are quite long.

 

STALL IN NORTH END ROAD

June 27 –  extended bike week – Stall at North End Road Market Festival

John will apply for a stall for the group. It will be a long day –perhaps from 8.30am to 5.30pm. Konstantinos, Elizabeth, Ken, Suzie, Petrina and John say they will be involved. Interacting with non-cyclists encouraging them to cycle, and with cyclists telling them of our causes. And giving info. Possibly measuring BMI for example.

Please contact John as soon as possible if others want to be involved in planning and being there on the day.

 

SPACE4CYCLING

LCC are seeking people to hand in petitions to our Council at a photoshoot. The petitions are reminders to keep pursuenig the Spce4Cycling pledges they made. Lars, Elizabeth, Ken and John said they would, depending on the date.

 

HOUNSLOW SUGGESTION for A4 and A316

Hounslow Cycling Campaign are planning to run a positive campaign giving a vision of what TfL’s roads could be like, particularly asking for protected cycle lanes on the A4 and A316. That is the Great West Road and the road that leads to Chiswick Bridge.

 

The website has great diagrams of how it might be. I was sent this by Timothy Harris. You can leave comments on the website and also send messages to the London Assembly members.

See www.hounslowcycling.org/revitalise-hogarth

We should be doing something like that for Hammersmith gyratory.

 

POTHOLE ON A4

John and Ken have noted a serious pothole on the A4 around a drain. John has reported on https://reportit.tfl.gov.uk/

Elizabeth suggested we have cards we can give out giving that address. Cards that would fit in a wallet with our details also would be good.

 

CENTRAL LCC MATTERS

There are a lot of documents to read on Governance. Policies. Constitutions etc. Anyone keen to read any please email me.

 

LCC GRANT

As our budget for next year is considerable, including publicity, events, possible further expenses involved with NO2 and refreshments, we decided not to forgo our annual grant from lCC

 

EXPENSES

Ken for refreshments after Hammersmith Bridge ride

John for refreshments tonight £31.03

 

DATE / PLACE OF NEXT MEETING

On Tuesday 16 June, at 7,15 for 7.30pm at the home of Ken McCosh,

12 Stanwick Road, West Kensington, W14 8UH

 

John Griffiths [chair]
020 7371 1290  /  07789 095 748

truefeelings@gmail.com

NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS AGM 2014

NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS AGM 2014

Held at the home of Ken McCosh, 12 Stanwick rd, W14 8UH

Tuesday 13 October 7.30pm.

PRESENT

Ken McCosh, Lars Laamann, John Grifffiths, Alex Ingram, Janusz Carmello, Paul Fox, Paul Saunderson, Susie Gretz, David Marsh

APOLOGIES

Roger de Freitas, Sima John, Richard Radmore, Derek Fordham, Ayse Kardes

WELCOME

We were happy to have Paul Fox with us. He lives in the Brackenbury area and his family all cycle. He has offered to help where it is suitable. He has experience in communications.

CHAIRS REPORT. John Griffiths

April 2013 to March 2014

For the first time we have had two people instead of one taking the roles of Chair and Co-ordinator; I the Chair and Alex Ingram the Co-ordinator.

The group has had regular meetings. Thanks to everyone who has participated, and particularly the hosts. We held a few rides, which were very enjoyable, including some large ones into Central London. We had our usual midsummer ride and Christmas ride to hostelries in Richmond. And of course thanks to Roger de Freitas for hosting the summer garden party.

We had good relations with Officers at LBHF. We were involved in consultations on Shepherds Bush Town Centre West and elsewhere. We carried out a survey on Hammersmith Bridge which may have been instrumental in later developments.

Alex led the Space4cycling campaign which resulted later to the new Labour Party agreeing to all the asks in the different wards. Alex was involved in many meetings at the LCC head office and he has also reinvented the website and introduced a twitter account.

Since April 2014.

There have been many developments, including the Labour Party winning the local elections in May 2014. They set up Policy and Accountability Committees, to the first of which nine of our group sent written material, and three of us spoke, all to great effect.

It looks like Hammersmith Bridge will be made 20mph, and things are afoot at Hammersmith Gyratory. Also the Labour Party manifesto offers a Borough wide 20mph speed limit to some undecided extent.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved, including Ken McCosh our Treasurer, and let’s keep the momentum going.

COORDINATOR’S REPORT Alex Ingram

We are in theory covering only the period from April 2013 to March 2014, I took over as coordinator in June of 2013

Since June we have seen significant changes in the wider London Cycle Campaign, which have as I’m sure I’ve said before, been part of the reason I’ve been more active myself along with the opportunities from enhanced Mayoral spending on cycling.

In August 2013 we ran a very successful RideLondon feeder ride with 75 riders including many children. (And again in August of this year). We have had a few other rides, but clearly need to develop our rides programme.

During the autumn of 2013 I reworked the branch website so that it was in a more modern, mobile friendly template and able to handle much more vibrant presentation of our content.

We have detailed feedback on the shepherds bush town centre west scheme. This helped engage us with many local active cyclists.

Hammersmith Bridge was promoted by John as in need of change. I assisted john with this and hope we can see a way to use the way we did that – in the real world with leafleting, online promotion, and email discussions with interested parties. It showed that even outside Space For Cycling we can reach out well.

I have had much contact with local journalists, and have good contacts and have even managed to get us coverage on the BBC London News around Putney Bridge’s closure. The key item in the period is obviously Space For Cycling though it spilled over into May 2014. The highlights of that are not just support from the new Labour council elected in the local elections but also a high number of responses in our borough and a very successful meeting to set our ward asks. I also personally provided some very technical support to keep the website for Space For Cycling functioning and helped train campaigners in other boroughs.

However, it is with some regret that I must state clearly that I cannot continue as coordinator, not least as I will be moving out of the borough in the coming weeks. I am very keen to remain on the management committee and continue contact with the council, but cannot guarantee my time to either arrange these meetings or attend them any more often than once every two months.

I’d just round off by noting we stand on the cusp of some, but not enough change. We will see more 20mph I am fairly certain though it will be a fight to get it. Hammersmith Broadway will change, and I think Hammersmith Bridge will too. However, with Superhighway 9 failing due to blocks by Kensington and Chelsea we risk being the only side of London without a highly trafficked upgraded cycle connection into Central London. In all honesty, that, along with the absurd price and availability of housing for my generation mean I cannot continue to campaign alongside you in this borough, but I will not give up that fight.

TREASURER’S REPORT – Ken McCosh

Income

LCC grant 287.90

LCC contrib. 160.00

Interest 16.16

TOTAL 464.06

Expenditure

Website 32.40

Catering 315.98

TOTAL 348.38

Nett income 115.68

At 31.03.13 Balance b/f

Unrestricted 3491.44

Restricted 3541.85

TOTAL 7033.29

At 31.03.14 Balance

Unrestricted 3607.12

Restricted 3541.85

TOTAL 7148.97

Allowing for outstanding cheques this tallies with the opening and closing bank balances at the Unity Trust Bank of 7118.57 and 7275.12.

Alex proposed and Paul S seconded that these accounts should be accepted as a true record and this was passed unanimously.

Thanks was given to Ken, John and Alex for the work they had done.

DISCUSSION

The website, it is great that it is now in a format suitable for mobile devices.

John would like to see a policy on what is covered. He would like the content to include notes of the meetings we have held with LBHF and also notes of all our monthly group meetings. At the moment there is only a note of one meeting, for November 2013. Another problem is that the website has not been updated much for about 5 months, so for example it has the Hammersmith Bridge survey on it which is finished. It should be showing the results of the survey.

Previously the site was updated via an html editing program, now it is based on WordPress. Alex says he will show people how to update it. We need several people to come forward to look after the website. Please contact John if you are willing to help. Website at www.hfcyclists.org.uk.

Alex says the Twitter account has over 400 followers. It is used to point people to our website and talk about latest news.

Ken and Paul S suggested that we transfer some of our funds to an account which pays higher interest. The Unity Trust bank which we use does not have any suitable accounts to switch to.

Although we, hfcyclists, are a completely independent organisation, the London Cycling Campaign which is a charity registers our funds as part of its reserves. Alex pointed out that a charity is frowned upon if it has unused reserves, and the LCC would like us to use our reserves and would be happy to use our money. Ken pointed out that in the present financial year we have forgone the grant of nearly £300 which is due to us from the LCC.

We should look into moving part of our monies, particularly the part we call our reserved assets, into another account, so that the LCC would feel under less pressure from the Charity Commissioners, and we would have greater interest. We should also be more active in the pursuit of our goals, recognising that a lack of resources is not a problem.

ELECTION OF MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

The following people were elected as Officers

CHAIR John Griffiths proposed by Susie, seconded by Ken

TREASURER Ken McCosh proposed by Alex, seconded by Paul S

SECRETARY Alex Ingram proposed by Paul S, seconded by Susie

Other members of the Management Committee were proposed by John and seconded by Alex and duly elected. They are

Lars Laamann, Paul Saunderson, Susie Gretz, David Marsh, Janusz Carmello, Roger de Freitas, Richard Radmore.

REFRESHMENT BREAK

HFCYCLISTS OCTOBER MEETING

We updated Susie, who has been away, on what is happening at the Hammersmith Gyratory, which was covered in the notes of our recent meeting with LBHF.

Susie showed a cutting from this week’s local paper that discussed how RBKC had effectively blocked superhighway 9. Alex had provided some of the information for it. http://tinyurl.com/nyryfnw

We discussed air pollution in the Borough. The monitor at Shepherds Bush has been put out of action by a collision. The report on air pollution in LBHF made by Elizabeth Fonseca at the PAC meeting we attended can be found here at page 8. The report on cycling appears at page 1.

http://tinyurl.com/lnccj8r .

Chris Bainbridge of LBHF reported to John earlier in the day that the February PAC meeting should be dealing with 20 mph speed limits and a cycling strategy that Officers are writing. The consultation on Hammersmith Bridge should be coming out in the next couple of weeks. Works on the Bridge involving a bus gate bypass and 20mph limit [and signs to prioritise cyclists] should be finished by the end of this financial year.

Paul S considered that a 20mph limit in the Borough at 2am for a minicab driver was unreasonable. Alex said that collisions often happened then, and other drivers might have been drinking.

THANKS

We thanked Ken for his hospitality and for the preparation of the refreshments.

EXPENSES

John had expenses of £16.12 for the renewal of the domain hfcyclists.org.uk

Ken had expenses of £53 for refreshments.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

This will be held on TUESDAY 11 November. 7.15pm for 7.30pm

at the home of John Griffiths

122c Edith road, West Kensington, W14 9AP

Notes by John Griffiths [Chair]

NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MEETING 3 JUNE 2014

NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS MEETING 3 JUNE 2014
Held at the home of John Griffiths, 122c Edith rd, W14 9AP at 7.30pm

PRESENT:
John Grifiths, Alex Ingram, Roy Instrall, Susie Gretz, Paul Saunderson, Janusz Carmello, Petrina Beaufoy Helm, Ken McCosh, David Marsh, Sima John

APOLOGIES:
Roger de Freitas, John Gilbert, Ayse Kardes, Sophie Glossop, John Gilbert.

SPECIAL GUEST
We were pleased to welcome Roy Instrall to the meeting. Roy leads the LBHF Streetscene Enforcement Team. This deals with a wide range of matters including fly-tipping, market traders etc. It also covers dead bikes.

Roy told us of the procedures for removing bikes that are deemed abandoned or derelict and those that are causing an obstruction. Deciding whether a bike is dead or not is not simply a matter of seeing if a wheel or saddle is missing. The owner may have removed them as a precaution against theft. If the tyres are flat as well that is a good indication.

The bike is given a yellow ticket and is then removed a day or two later, using an angle grinder if necessary to cut through D-locks. It is then stored at the depot in Glenthorne road for 21 days at least. In a year about 250 bikes are picked up, and about 5 are reclaimed by their owners..

At the moment the bikes are not recycled in any useful way, other than being taken away as scrap. This is because the Council does not want to be responsible for forwarding bikes that have possibly been stolen or in case the bike has been in a collision and the frame is damaged.

Roy is going to look at the matter to see if there are any alternative ways in which the stockpile of dead bikes can be put to better use by the community.

Roy’s team does not deal with bikes that are removed during pavement works. This is handled by the Council’s contractor.

Roy is a keen cyclist and here is a short clip of him on the Bec Hill Climb.

Roy can be contacted on roy.instrall@lbhf.gov.uk.

COUNCIL CHANGES
The new Council does not become fully operational until after its AGM on 16 June. We understand that Cllr Wesley Harcourt will be the Cabinet Member for Transport, the Environment and Resident Services. Also that Cllr Larry Coherne will head the Policy and Accountability Committee for that section.

HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE SURVEY
We now have had 134 responses to our online survey. The survey was distributed by email, twitter and leaflet. Thanks to all who have filled in the survey, and to those who helped hand out the leaflets

On the question of 20mph on the bridge, there was overwhelming [96%] support for it.
One third of the respondents thought that the bike logos meant cyclists should ride so that they could be overtaken, two thirds that they should ride so that thet cannot be overtaken. For signing meant to convey that cyclists should hold the lane this is not a good result, especially if car and van drivers interpret the logos in the same way.

On seeing the survey Tom Bogdanovicz of LCC told us that Councils can use a sign that states “Narrow lanes – do not overtake cyclists”, even though it is not an officially recognised road sign.

Reading all the responses to thr other questions, John thinks that the best solution for the bridge is a 20mph limit, and very clear signing stating the above, or “cyclist priority” at the pinch points.

We will approach the council with our proposals at some point after 16 June.

The survey has also been useful as a way of introducing cyclists to the group, and many have joined the email group after taking this survey or being on the space4cycling ride.

If you have not done so, please look at the survey now.
surveymonkey.com/s/HBconcepts

SPACE FOR CYCLING
The leader of the Council Cllr Stephen Cowan has asked officers to start seeing how the Councils manifesto can be implemented. Alex will be contacting Chris Bainbridge of LBHF soon with suggestions based on our asks and our mini manifesto.

Some of the asks could be of use in wards other than where they were originally proposed, where applicable, such as a car parking space being given over to cycle parking. One suggestion is to use cycle hangars, miniature aircraft hangars, where perhaps 8 bikes can be stored by their owners who each have a key for the hangar.

20 MPH
The Councils manifesto includes
“Extend the Home Zone programme so that all residential streets, not trunk roads, become 20 mph”

The A4 and A40 were trunk roads, but are now designated as part of the Transport for London Road Network. The other main roads are part of the Borough’s Strategic Road Network, over which the Council does not have complete control as TfL has some control.

John and Alex have met with Jeremy Leach of 20splentyforus, and would like to see a Borough wide scheme rather than incremental home zones. Jeremy is working on an active travel scheme that we hope might help us influence the Council.

HAMMERSMITH GYRATORY
LBHF are carrying out modelling on proposals for the gyratory post flyunder. This probably includes the scenarios indicated in the proposals for the flyunder, such as no traffic on the west side of the gyratory, two way working on the rest of it, perhaps two way working on King street for buses and cycles.

The flyunder should not much alter the local traffic in the centre of Hammersmith, as the flyunder just replaces the flyover, so there is no reason if the modelling is successful it cannot be implemented straight away.

The gyratory refers to Hammersmith Broadway, the old main drag on the north side, Butterwick, the ghastly racetrack on the east side, Talgarth rd to the south and Queen Caroline street on the west. In the interim it would be good if this was made 20mph.

GLENTHORNE ROAD
In recent emails Morag has asked what has happened to the short contra flow cycle lane on Glenthorne rd. Chris has explained this is now incorporated into shared use on the footway. Alex asked what has happened to the elephant footprints indicating where a cycle route crosses Glenthorne rd. Chris explained that these markings can officially only be used at a signalled crossing, and so they have been removed.

THE SCRUBS CYCLE ROUTE
John noticed that there is now a ramp barrier across the entrance from Wood Lane. Chris has passed this on to Simon Franklin, LBHF cycling Officer. Alex and Paul added that there had been problems with travellers on the Scrubs six months ago and that the dormant barrier had since been put back into operation.

This update from Simon Franklin, since the meeting

[Parks Police and Parks have been discussing the replacement of the barrier and potential installation of automated bollards or another form of barrier. Consideration will be made for cyclists, but unfortunately there is no particular time scale for this scheme at present as we need to determine an accurate cost estimate for the works and find the appropriate funds.

I am pressing for this work to be prioritised .

Good news is that Parks have a programme to upgrade sections of the cycle route – possibly to be shared use as in Bishops Park.]

RIDE LEADER TRAINING
LCC organise ride leader training for a group of up to ten people for five hours for £250. hfcyclists could pay for this but we would expect you to lead or help out on rides.

If you are interested in participating please contact Alex on alex@hfcyclists.org.uk and state whether you can do weekdays or weekends or both.

SUNSET RIDE
Join us on our annual ride through Richmond Park to the Roebuck on Richmond Hill. This legendary ride is a highlight of BikeWeek. Local groups ride to meet up there to the greet the sunset.

Meet at 7pm for 7.15pm departure. On the platform overlooking the Thames at the end of Queen Caroline Street almost under Hammersmith Bridge.

Contact Janusz on januszcarmello@hotmail.com , 07809 611 077

CYCLE BREAKFAST
Simon Franklin of the council has invited all local cyclists to their Cycle Week breakfast
8-10AM outside Hammersmith Town Hall, Thursday 19th June

ROGER’S GARDEN PARTY
Roger de Freitas is hoping to hold a splendid garden party again this year, perhaps towards the end of July. More later.

BILLIE FLEMING
Paul wanted us to mention Billie. She died recently aged 100. She was a pioneer of long distance riding. She has an entry in wikipedia.
Obirtuary:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/10865425/Billie-Fleming-obituary.html
Interview on her 100th Birthday:
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/cycling-weekly/billie-fleming-happy-100th-birthday-121964

EXPENSES
Alex had expenses of £57.22 for buying a banner, and printing and laminating costs involved with space for cycling
John had expenses of £24 for Monkey survey [ Hammersmith Bridge survey]
And £33.43 for refreshments.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Tuesday 8 July, 7.15 for 7.30pm, at the home of Susie Gretz, using the lovely garden if clement.

Susie at 4a Eynham rd, W12 0HA
susanna.gretz@gmail.com
020 8749 1969

MINUTES of hfcyclists meeting Thursday 8th May 2014

MINUTES of hfcyclists meeting Thursday 8th May 2014, at the home of Ken McCosh
Attending – Janusz Carmello, Alex Ingram, Ken McCosh, John Griffiths, Paul Saunderson, Richard Radmore, Suzie Gretz, Patrina, Sima John
Apologies – John Gilbert, Alan Rowden, Elizabeth Hopkirk, Milan Desai, Ruth Mayorcas, Roger De Freitas

– Hammersmith Bridge –
NOTE – survey now live here – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HBconcepts
Already good response – but do share widely if you can.
John took group through his survey on Hammersmith Bridge, developed with
some assistance from Alex. Aim was to gather how people interpreting
newly painted lines, and test some concepts as well. Seeking feedback
from pedestrians and less confident cyclists in particular.
Paul queried about how some of the setups might work in rush hour, John
acknowledged workings showed some pressure there. John also cited
particular issues shown in working out concepts with oncoming traffic
versus lane widths. Visibility of cyclists to others vs. subjective
safety they experience a problem. Suzie expressed doubts change was
likely, Ken noted that as a lesser bridge traffic is more local even if
through.
Survey is using surveymonkey – cost is £24/month. Likely could run for 3
months so £72 total cost. No objections cited, Alex noted that though he
disagreed with technical argument, for using it he felt no issue in cost
given size of reserves.

– Space For Cycling Update –
Alex said support mostly happening at party level rather than wards.
Greens, Lib Dems and Labour all signed up in full to the ward asks.
Being nagged for a firmer detailed commitment on manifesto, but this
essentially there with Greens and Lib Dems. Conservatives now (14th May)
finally responding to queries – await responses but expect it may well
be at least partly negative. John said he had an email saying his ask
hadn’t been submitted fully, Alex asked him to forward on to him to see.
Alex checked with John on date for council being active. Not until July
– can discuss response/welcome to elected council post-election at next
meeting

– Big Ride Update –
http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2014/05/ride-us-support-space-cycling/
Confirmed date of Saturday 17th May, Alex coordinating and John to lead
ride (at least outbound). Alex, Ken, John, Paul S and Richard R signed
up currently with Janusz to confirm if able. More still welcome to help,
Alex noted that not just help with ride leading, but also helping
organize riders. Alex detailed leaflets, placards and other plans for
the start, all since out in public. Also demoed chalkboard to enable
people to take photos with a message of their choosing. As this was
cheap (£1) group reckoned worth getting a couple spare (now done). Alex
noted banner was now due back from printers (now arrived). Alex also
sought later clarification that we supported inviting politicians and
police to do bike marking. Both agreed. Bikeworks also invited to run Dr
Bike. No notable response on those so far, alas.

– Training – for Ride leaders –
Paul S suggested that we should look at funding training for rider
leaders. Alex notes for the minutes (after checking) that LCC has been
devising ride leader training and is developing a course with a
certificate. This is £250 for 10 ride leaders to be trained for 5 hours,
training by 2 experienced trainers and LCC can award certificate if
course roughly mid-June or later. Riders for that need to be experienced
and likely commit to lead at least one ride. This will go onto agenda at
next meeting – Can we get 10 riders? If not who could/should we invite?

– Training – for ordinary riders –
Patrina asked about this, most boroughs provide training at a low cost
for residents and workers. In Hammersmith & Fulham, this if £5 (can be
waived if unwaged) details on council page here:
http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Transport_and_Streets/Walking_and_Cycling/Road_safety_-_cycling_and_walking_to_school/92182_Cycle_training.asp
Elsewhere in London, training is mentioned on TfL site, but they need to
fill in form. Probably still worth it though.
http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/cycling/start-cycling/cycle-training?cid=fs033
Note, LBHF also offer free training on bike maintenance:
http://www.lbhf.gov.uk/Directory/Community_and_Living/Safety/Personal_injury/156360_Cycle_Maintenance_Courses.asp

– John Gilbert –
had emailed on various issues supplementary to agenda – possible pontoon
routes, but outside borough. Still, would be interesting to hear more.
John also noted his company Bikeitup, stall at Acton market sometimes.
Had been in greenfest when we ran it, no clear opportunity from us for
similar opportunities at present.

– LCC Grant –
Ken – we can apply year by year, it’s about £2-300/yr, paid based on
members in borough. LCC anxious about large reserves. Asking branches to
waive grants and use reserves better. Reserve is 7200, grant this yr
would be 283. Seems sensible to waive from LCCs POV. John said he was
previously against waiving, but now not against that. Paul S asked if we
had waived before. Ken confirmed we hadn’t. Alex supportive. Context of
tight resources in LCC especially as supporting smaller/newer/busier
borough groups. LCC expressed thanks for waiver and said due to ours and
others now several additional £k funding in their campaigning.
AGM/ Next Meeting – Alex noted AGM last year was in June. Management
team felt ready but Ken noted we can put it off a month, then AGM in
July. Meeting agreed to knock back a month. Instead next meeting agreed
to be June at Suzie’s. July meeting may be delayed as Ken away, August
usually no meeting? September as AGM.

– Rides –
Sunset ride. Date confirmed by David Lomas as 18th June (bike week),
ride from Hammersmith to plan. Alex noted opportunity still there to do
rides on reworked Wandle trail (though Janusz noted not much reworked!)
and perhaps to an Ealing festival (but not the beer festival, by comment
agreement).

Other actions noted briefly at end
Potholes – Suzie said part of issue at Wood Lane, is that green surface
applied on top. Green surface flakes off. Alex said baked in colour
would help, but then protected space would be better still.
Summer canal meeting! Need to get in touch with Canal/River Trust.
School fairs – can we contact the schools, check dates of school fairs?
Alex noted he’d got schools directory as part of Space For Cycling,
would get in touch.

Costs – £30 for refreshments at the meeting. Alex notes he has some
further Space For Cycling expenses, but hard to know exact until
placards made. Roughly looking like about £15-20 extra. Receipts to be
totalled later.

Space For Cycling meeting on Monday 17th February 2014

Note, no formal minutes exist for this meeting (an audio recording was used to decide our asks but not retained). The final asks from this meeting are published on the site.

AGENDA for Space For Cycling meeting on Monday 17th February upstairs in local pub, Blue Anchor at 13, Lower Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9DJ from 6:30PM, starting just after 7PM.

Contact – Alex Ingram – 07717725120 – alex@hfcyclists.org.uk

6:30PM – start to arrive (remember, upstairs!)
7:00PM – kick off meeting with introductions
7:05PM – Space For Cycling – Shepherd’s Bush cluster and Hammersmith Cluster
8:00/8:15PM – break
by 8:30PM – Space For Cycling – Fulham Cluster
9:00PM – AOB

Details of asks by ward and maps of the clusters and asks now live on the website: http://hfcyclists.org.uk/2014/02/space-cycling-themes-colour-agenda-decide/

Note – this timetable is HUGELY pessimistic on our pace and we may find the process faster and more straightforward.

The key to the meeting is that we must come up with one ask for each ward in the borough. Some roads are on the boundaries of boroughs, additionally some wards (especially Hammersmith Broadway) have a lot of suggested ideas. In such wards we may find combining several ideas into a bigger ask the best solution. We should also discuss how we might create extra material (especially video) by the end of the month to support the asks. I’m quite happy to take charge of production of such pieces but I’m keen for extra ideas on how to make that work! And if anyone wants to feature in a video that is especially welcome.

Let me know if you’ve any queries and feel free to start to comment on the email list replying to this message as well. I know not everyone can make the meeting, but feedback ahead is especially welcome.