Sebastian Dunnett – Ecology Officer, HF Climate Emergency Team.
Pat Tookey – resident member of climate emergency commission.
Nicky – pedal back cycling
Angela Grashoff – Hounslow cycle group.
Sebastian Dunnett is Visiting H&F cyclists to talk about Greenfest. The climate emergency commission & the council are keen to restart Greenfest.
Groups we might invite:
Friends of the earth
Climate emergency commission
Car Free Day
Any possibility of involving schools?
Universities in H&F?
Imperial College Greening team?
(Air pollution team at imperial college doing study on white city.)
Greenfest used to have a music stage, electricity, insurance from the council. We rented tables etc from a company and then sublet them to the stall holders.
Discussion on Furnival Gardens – Greenfest always used to be held in Furnival Gardens. Most central, easiest to get to, point of the borough. However, maybe too small & difficult to get to with social distancing, Town Hall redevelopment blocking one of the underpasses, Dove Passage closed for social distancing etc.
Pedal Gives Back
Reconditioning bikes for people who otherwise would not cycle.
Partnership with United Hammersmith & Fulham charities.
Donations of abandoned bikes from SW railways.
Upcycles are another group elsewhere in London doing the same.
Free for people in need. To get people who wouldn’t usually cycle out on a bicycle.
Application process up and running through United Hammersmith & Fulham charities.
Referral thorough non profit groups in the borough. Aim for 50 people a year.
They were doing this in a small way last year with the food bank and a charity for children nearby.
Pat Tookey suggested asking Westfield for more abandoned bicycles.
Casey had a similar scheme to restore bikes for imperial.
Lively discussion on the WhatsApp group about cold fingers & toes and electrically heated gloves.
Can have a big impact – it puts Casey off cycling in the winter. Fulham to Wimbledon – maybe 20 minute ride. Casey can find after 10 minutes his fingers get too cold and painful to cycle. Casey was first diagnosed by a friend.
Could possibly be a problem for other would be cyclists.
Local Group Survey
LCC sends a survey out every year to ask what the local groups need and what our experience of the LCC is, what community outreach we have done, rides etc. We will fill this in at a later date.
What would our members like of LCC & H&F cyclists?
King St Cycleway.
Not much progress. The Cycling Commission will meet next week. TFL may take over part of the project, to ensure Hammersmith Gyratory will be OK.
South Fulham Low Traffic neighbourhood.
Area within the LTN has seen traffic fall by around 80%. Plan to create a West Fulham LTN.
Wandsworth Bridge Road Residents don’t want to have traffic displacement. They would like a cycle lane on Wandsworth Bridge Road, with one fewer lanes of traffic.
Casey has met with the Wandsworth Bridge Road residents to discuss their plans and possible outcomes.
John Everard – councils are coming under lots of pressure by motorists to remove LTN & the temporary cycle routes.
Council in talks with Brackenbury residents association and Hammersmith grove. Council got funding from TFL for 6 cycle routes. We don’t know which they are.
Casey – in S Fulham the council has cameras installed and working. The council sends out PCN notices to motorists. Traffic within the S Fulham LTN has fallen a lot – 90%???. Non compliance rate started at 60%, now fallen to 30% of traffic – those who get a PCN. Now council looking at west side of Wandsworth road. Next they will look at Wandsworth bridge road itself.
Everywhere in the world traffic has risen by 120 to 150%
Please write to your councillors to support cycle routes & LTN’s. Please keep Making the case for sustainable transport on social media. The council listens to what they hear on social media, next door, in the newspapers etc. We believe the silent majority want cleaner air and quieter streets, but to get them we need to be LOUD.
Also online, Tuesday Oct 20th, Wednesday Oct 21st, Tuesday Oct 27th, 18:30 to 20:30.
Lots of advice, tools, tips, discussions etc.
There is still time to nominate people for cycle campaigner awards. Lots of Categories, for both LCC campaigners and people outside of the LCC, including: Best Campaign Initiative, Campaigner of the Year, Streetspace Council of the Year, Best Communication Initiative etc.
Casey is nominating Ken McCosh, for Community Outreach. He has created a wonderful series of rides. Once a month, Ken takes people to places we haven’t been to before, exploring parts of London many didn’t know exist, and also has a wealth of historical information about the places we visit. These bike rides have helped reinvigorate the group and are attracting more and more riders.
Weekly bike Rides
The leisurely shorter rides on Sunday are also helping to give inexperienced and older returning cyclists more confidence. These are very popular for all ages – children to people over 80. Last Sunday we went to China Town to eat cake.
This Sunday – Monthly Leisurely Ride to Greenwich. Goes through some very nice areas and a nice market at the end. Start Pekoe Mellow tea shop in Brackenbury. If too tired to cycle both ways, can go home with the bike on the train.
This ride departs from Pekoe Mellow Tea House, 22 Aldensley Road, Hammersmith W6 0DH at 10am.
We will have a local pick up from Empress State Building, Lillie Road, West Brompton, SW6 1TR at 9.30am. If you wish to join from there please confirm on the WhatsApp group or text 07975612368.
We are comfortable with two groups of 6, so 12 in total. We are hoping that the rule of 6 outdoors will continue to be OK for a while.
Cycle buddy scheme with Toby Hopkins.
Pairing experienced riders with inexperienced riders over 18. One to one. Our own Peri took Karen on a ride to find a good route for her to cycle with her son to school. Not the same as bikeability and cycle training which is free from local authorities.
HFCyclists would love to set up cycle buddies. If you would like to volunteer to help a novice rider, please contact cycle buddies LCC.org.uk/cyclebuddies or email@example.com. They are doing the same for K&C. If there are enough volunteers in H&F, we could have our own group.
Please talk about this with as many people as possible, and write about it in NextDoor, Covid response groups, parents chat rooms etc, so that the less confident riders get to know about it.
There is vocal, organised opposition to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods. Everyone who has experienced a LTN would not go back to normal traffic levels. Better air quality, less traffic, better quality of life.
There is one new LTN in S Fulham, on the East side of Wandsworth Bridge road.
At the moment Hammersmith bridge is closed, Vauxhall Bridge and Wandsworth bridge are being repaired so narrowed.
People in Sands End West are complaining that there is more traffic through their area. We need people in Sands End to call for their own Low Traffic Neighbourhood to stop the extra traffic. The people who are complaining are a minority (most H&F residents do not have a car), but they are very vocal. We need the silent majority to become vocal supporters of Low traffic neighbourhoods.
There is a link in the newsletter, to send an email to the councillors to support LTN. Please fill in and send the email, and pass it on to as many people as possible.
Casey will circulate to WhatsApp groups and NextDoor.
Leo Murray – member of Possible, W6 families for Safe cycling etc, is running a campaign against the advertising (badvertising) of SUVs.
These cars are 25% more polluting, kill and injure more people, and take up more space. They are popular because of the advertising that sells them as safe for the occupants, but ignores the reduction of safety for other road users.
The LCC and other organisations have been successful in lobbying the Department of Transport to update the highway code with lots of cycle and pedestrian friendly changes. Please participate in the consultation to strongly support the proposals.
People should be walking, cycling, or scooting to school. Most car journeys to school are less than half a mile. These are ideal for switching to sustainable transport.
H&F council are trialling 13 schools. This will involve closure of part of the street outside the school, at drop off and collection times.
Residents and trades people can drive along the road.
In some boroughs the council workers erect the barriers. In some the children man the barriers. It has been very successful where schools have championed the traffic free school streets.
If the parent tries to drive and has to park away from the school, and then leaves their car to walk their child to the school gates, they risk the parking attendants fining their car.
Ken pointed out that Avonmoor school is on a busy road. Here it might be possible to:
Introduce a 10 mile an hour speed limit
Have no stopping or pickup or dropoff.
This would make the road outside the school much safer.
Petrina Beaufoy pointed out that most parents with cars don’t want to put their children on bikes. David pointed out that in Chelsea school children these days often come home on scooters.
Pollution inside a car is 140% higher than outside the car. Driving kids half a mile to school is a waste of petrol, creates congestion, makes the roads dangerous for children to cycle, encourages children and parents to be lazy, and contributes to unhealthy lifestyles and killer air pollution.
A car hit children outside a Beatrix potter primary school in Earlesfield. 7 children and 2 parents were hit. We need to encourage safer streets by stopping using vehicles near school.
David, Casey & Ken have started a successful run of Sunday rides for the last 3 weeks from Empress State building North Fulham.
Some small, short and local, 2 hours, 10 till 2pm.
Huge success. Very positive response from the participants
2nd ride went to Chiswick Flower market – very busy – 20 minute wait to go in, but very good ride. Almost entirely off main roads – small roads and long the river – plotted by Ken McCosh.
Peri is doing recci ride for one of the Sunday riders to find a suitable cycle route for her son to go to school.
We propose to run a ride every Sunday with a longer ride once a month. Maybe an extra sunday when we could have 2 groups, or start a short ride, and then the keen cyclists could carry on?
David said there is a group of cyclists setting off from the design centre by Holland Park every Sunday 10 am – they have 2 groups, one for a longer ride, and one for a shorter.
There was a discussion about starting our H&F Sunday rides from Brook Green, as being more central to H&F.
Saturday 12th September. Please log on to Facebook and log how many miles you have done. Aim to be the biggest big ride ever in the world. Strava app – aiming for a million cycle miles.
This could be an opportunity to ride the new cycle infrastructure? A critical mass to ride around Hammersmith and Fulham? Casey will get in touch with Ealing, Hounslow, Better streets K&C, to ask what they are doing. Provisionally will meet on Brook Green, 10am. Near Dunsany Road.
Watch this space!
London to Brighton has been postponed till September 2021.
This Sunday 13th September:
Casey and Peri leading the ride. 10am – 12:00 Empress state building short ride, probably around H&F
Note: In light of the Saturday ride we will not hold a ride on Sunday 13th.
20th September – long ride
Ken proposing one of 24 miles: Round ride out west. Along Grand Union Canal, Cranford Park, South of Southall, Hounslow Heath, Crane River Park, Cafe Nellor Gardens, Home along river Thames from Twickenham.
The physical Buckingham palace to Windsor Castle 40 miles ride / walk is replaced this year by a virtual ride over 21st -27th September. Create your own cycling or walking challenge!
Like to ride Fulham palace to Windsor castle? Remember that there is a train to come back from Windsor to Putney if you are too tired to ride back.
27th September Dave next ride – a suggestion to go to Greenwich market – 22 miles.
There was some discussion about starting the rides earlier – if we started at 9am a short ride would be finished at 11. Petrine would like a Sunday afternoon ride, but everyone else has things to do in the afternoon, and would like to go out if anything earlier on a Sunday morning.
The LCC has increased the regulatory requirements for LCC insured rides. The rides have to be advertised on the LCC website. Dave has offered to do the risk assessment . Casey, Peri, Dave and Ken will have a separate meeting to check the new leading LCC rides rules. 5pm Friday Brompton Cemetery.
The Sands End Low Traffic Neighbourhood continues to draw controversy with many residents from the streets on the opposite side of Wandsworth Bridge Road complaining that it is responsible for increased traffic in their streets and calling for it to be abandoned so traffic can “flow”.
Greg Hands MP and Tony Devenish GLA Member have again taken to campaigning with the local Conservatives, claiming it is a failure and should be scrapped. They are whipping up public opinion in direct opposition to their own party and government’s position on Active Travel.
Please click here to write in to support Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
As schools reopen the council has announced measures to enable safer journeys to school and advises us they are working on School Streets around 13 local schools. School Streets restrict traffic from the immediate vicinity of schools, making them safer for children to get to and discouraging car parking and trips. It is hoped they will encourage active journeys to schools and are widely supported by children and many parents.
Our next monthly Leisurely Ride is on Sunday 20 September 2020, 10am from Pekoe Mellow Tea House, 22 Aldensley Rd, Hammersmith W6 0DH.
We will have a pick up from outside the Empress Building, Lillie Road, Fulham SW6 1TR. It is next to Pedal Back Cafe, 22 Lillie Road.
We have had some success with shorter easy rides for families, elders and the less confident. These have been on Sundays at 10am starting from the Empress Building. If you would like to join one of these rides please notify us via the WhatsApp group.
Cycling UK is giving everyone a great reason to get out on their bikes, show support for a new era of transport and remind us all how awesome cycling is.
When we look around the globe at the effect of the pandemic, the world is experiencing the biggest bike ride in years: many people who haven’t cycled before, or for many years, are enjoying getting in the saddle.
By joining the World’s Biggest Bike Ride on Saturday 12 September, together we can get behind this exciting step change for cycling and realise the benefits for our health and for the future.
The Hammersmith and Fulham branch of the London Cycling Campaign