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Hfcyclists meeting September 8th 2020

Present:

Perunika Petkova

Casey Aberaonye

David Ford

Petrina Beaufoy HELM

Ken Mc Cosh 

On google meet, which seemed to work ok.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.

https://www.lcc.org.uk/pages/news

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.

‘Badvertising’

Leo Murray – member of Possible, W6 families for Safe cycling etc, is running a campaign against the advertising (badvertising) of SUVs.  

https://e-activist.com/page/66459/petition/1

Please sign the petition and circulate.

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.

More information:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidrvetter/2020/08/04/just-how-polluting-is-your-suv-this-new-campaign-might-shock-you/#725ac7232b13

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53607147

Consultation on making the Highway code more cycle friendly

https://www.lcc.org.uk/articles/common-sense-coming-for-the-highway-code

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/K736D5/

Closing date October 27th.

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.

School Streets

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:

  1. Introduce a 10 mile an hour speed limit
  2. 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.

Rides:

Sunday rides.  

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.

World’s Biggest Bike Ride- cycling UK

https://www.cyclinguk.org/pumpedup/wbbr

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.

Palace to Palace 

https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support-our-work/events/your-palace-to-palace

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.

september 2020 newsletter

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 

See a letter signed by ourselves among 134 organisations supporting Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

LCC guidance on supporting LTNs https://www.lcc.org.uk/pages/beat-the-bikelash

Petition from the climate charity Possible to get SUV adverts banned as harmful to the climate, please sign! https://e-activist.com/page/66459/petition/1

SCHOOL STREETS

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.

BIKE RIDES

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.

Palace to Palace 2020

The physical event has been cancelled for this year but you are encouraged to take part in the virtual event, a DIY version.

WORLD’S BIGGEST BIKE RIDE 12 SEPTEMBER 2020

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.