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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.

August 2020 meeting

Our next meeting is on Tuesday 11 August 2020, 6.30 – 8 pm. Join on the link below

https://meet.google.com/wgd-jhtk-ioe

The meeting will be online at and we may meet physically alongside the online meeting for a small group at Margravine Cemetery, 19 St Dunstan’s Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 8RD

https://goo.gl/maps/Z3R1sUpPgfEqCAfr9

If you are thinking of joining in person please let us know on the WhatsApp group https://bit.ly/2Du5T6r

August 2020 newsletter

We, together with a host of other organisations, have written an Open Letter asking for Hammersmith Bridge to be opened for cycling while no works are going on and for its future to be designated car free. 

The letter is delivered to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport; Chris Heaton-Harris, Transport Minister; Stephen Cowan, Leader of the Council; Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport and Will Norman, TfL Walking and Cycling Commissioner. 

READ THE LETTER HERE

We rode from Hammersmith Bridge to the Council offices at 8.30 on Monday to hand deliver the letter. It was received on the council’s behalf by Paul Henry, himself a cycling commuter. 

A petition has been started to ask for the bridge to be opened to cycling. Please click here to support

Last month we rode to Crane Park. Our next ride is on Sunday 16 August 2020. Departure is from Pekoe Mellow Tea House, 22 Aldensley Road Hammersmith W6 0DH from 10am with a pick up in Fulham from outside Pedal Back Café, 24 Lillie Road SW6 1TS at 9.30am. If joining from Fulham text 07878327353 on let us know on the WhatsApp group. 

Death On The Streets by Robert Davis, Chair RDRF

Introducing: Road Danger Reduction Forum  

This month we introduce the Road Danger Reduction Forum. Please see their page to understand this vital resource body.  Click on the link above or the book picture.

Mums for Lungs is running a webinar on (emergency) School Streets in 3 weeks targeted at parents who are getting a School Street at their school in direct response to corona 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mums-for-lungs-school-streets-webinar-registration-115843052689?aff=Email

If you cycle in Richmond Park or you’re fond of walking there – and if you’re on Twitter or Facebook – then please give @TheRoyalParks (Twitter) and https://www.facebook.com/RichmondParkLondon lots of love because they’re under sustained pressure to reopen for through traffic. the current arrangement, with car parks next to the Roehampton, Sheen, Richmond and Kingston gates back open, but roads closed to cars beyond, works. It allows people with reduced mobility access to the park but keeps the roads largely car-free, safe and clean. “Last weekend, I saw more people milling around, cycling, walking, roller skating and so forth in the park than I think I’ve ever seen. Local residents… also seem really happy with the current arrangement.” 

“No money for Hammersmith Bridge in £1.3bn ‘shovel-ready’ fund” 

Petition from the climate charity Possible to get SUV adverts banned as harmful to the climate, please sign! https://actions.wearepossible.org/a/petition-ban-polluting-suv-advertising 

We’ll Build Thousands Of Miles Of Protected Cycleways, Pledges Boris Johnson  

Residents to get new decision-making powers in England cycling ‘revolution’  Measures include watchdog to ensure quality and safety of walking and cycling routes  

The Moffitt family cycled from London to Brighton to raise money for the London Cycling Campaign (since the annual London to Amsterdam ride is cancelled this year). Please support and donate via their Just Giving page.

Union Canal works closure 

We worked with London Cables, Martin Barratt of TfL and Ealing and Brent Cycling to look at options to the closure of sections of the canal towpath and cycling route while work is underway to renew cables by the National Grid. In order to avoid lengthy detours, we looked at options that could include a short ferry stretch. We are also asking them to include maintenance as part of the works. See observations written by Peter Mynors of Ealing CC  here

Thames Path cycling 

We are looking for clarification on the position as confusion seems to be arising due to old guidance and posters and confusion over the current state of restrictions. 

HF CYCLISTS MEETING NOTES 9th JULY 2019

  • FREECYCLE MARSHALS

We might be facing a possible issue over numbers of Marshals available for Prudential Freecycle. We will renew the call for volunteers to register. Training is available on Thursday 25th, July at 5:30pm at the LCC Offices in Wapping. Sign up https://membership.lcc.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=243 

  • PLAY STREETS

There are a few Play Streets currently being suggested and there has been a successful one held recently in Cobbold Street W12 https://nextdoor.co.uk/agency-post/england/london/hammersmith-council/play-street-cobbold-road-friday-12-july-join-the-fun-17592191544259/ Coinciding with London Car Free Day / Week we can support some suggested applications. These can be applied for with guidance from London Play  and we will look to create flyers, help knock on doors to discuss with neighbours and generate interest / mitigate opposition. Please email with possible street suggestions.

  • WHITE CITY – NOTTING HILL

Please continue to write in to your councillors to voice your support for this scheme. You can find your Representatives’ details either on the LBHF website http://democracy.lbhf.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1 or at www.writetothem.com.

  • ROYAL PARKS CONSULTATION

This closed on 14 July 2019. The Royal Parks are looking at reducing the presence of and pollution from the vast amounts of through traffic that goes through many of their parks. They have been consulting on this. As always you can still email in to voice your support for proposals to stop the parks being used as through-routes for motor traffic. People will still be able to access the parks by car but the main traffic passing through would be eliminated, creating safer, more pleasant environments. See details and stay updated here. https://membership.lcc.org.uk/royal-parks-consultation

  • LONDON CYCLING CAMPAIGN SUMMER SOCIAL

LCC Local Group members are organising a Summer Social event on July 31st at 6:00PM in Look Mum No Hands (49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX). There’ll be a talk at by the #MakeTheLane organisers, followed by a chance to get to know your fellow activists, make new contacts, and most importantly, have fun! More information is available on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/2204287269693061/ and on the LCC website https://lcc.org.uk/events/london-cycling-campaign-summer-social. Everybody is welcome!

  • EXTINCTION REBELLION AND HFCYCLISTS RIDE ON TOWN HALL

HFCyclists and Extinction Rebellion are riding to support the

Council on Wednesday 17 July 2019 to support the motion to declare a Climate Emergency in the borough and to call for action. Meet at Hammersmith Bridge on Wednesday at 5.30pm. We will ride across the bridge, convene on the opposite side for a photograph, turn and ride back to the Town Hall in time to meet councillors on their way into the meeting. An Extinction Rebellion group of riders will start out at Waterloo Millenium Green, Baylis Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7AA at 4.00pm and join us at Hammersmith Bridge for the Ride On The Town Hall. They will continue onwards after the assembly outside the Town Hall, returning to Marble Arch.

A number of us will attend the council meeting to support the motion.

We will write to contact the media regarding the ride.

  • HAMMERSMITH BRIDGE:

There are a few Facebook groups springing up to discuss the perceived impact of the closure of the bridge to motor vehicles. One such is The Impact of the Closure of Hammersmith Bridge https://facebook.com/groups/507440140087966/ . We suggest joining some of the discussions to counteract  the negativity and allusion that all that needs to happen is for cars to be returned to the bridge for traffic nirvana to occur.

Philippa wrote to St Pauls school asking them to measure absentee levels across the coming and previous terms. This is to see if the bridge closure has stopped children from attending school.

  • HFCYCLISTS MONTHLY RIDE

The next ride is to Osterley Park on Sunday Sunday, 21/07/2019, 10 am

From Pekoe Mellow Tea House, 22 Aldensley Road W6 0DH

We will start our ride about 10:15 am from Brackenbury Village meeting at Pekoe Mellow Tea House. Come early to experience quality fresh teas and British ‘teatime’ treats.

This is a leisurely ride to Osterley Park, using a 15 mile circular route through quiet streets, parks, canal paths and farmland. 
Rest and refreshments at Osterley House.

Families and Children are welcome.

  • DAVID EALES MEMORIAL RIDE TO AMSTERDAM

Registration https://membership.lcc.org.uk/london-amsterdam-ride-registration is now open for this ride. Details are on https://zork.net/amsterdam. On Monday 22nd July, there will be a little meet and greet to explain more at: 

The Queen’s Head in Holborn, 64 Theobalds Rd, Holborn, London WC1X 8SF from 6.30pm onwards. 

  1. RIDES AND SOCIAL EVENTS
  2. Heading For Extinction talk by Extinction Rebellion on 10 July 2019 – this was hugely successful and enlightening.
  3. Extinction Rebellion Summer Uprising – 15 – 20 July 2019 https://rebellion.earth/event/summer-uprising-act-now/
  4. Extinction Rebellion Ride On Hammersmith Town Hall – Wednesday 17 July 2019
  5. HFCyclists Ride – Sunday, 19th July 2019
  6. Stop Killing Cyclists – 7 September 2019 http://stopkillingcyclists.org/
  7. David Eales Memorial Ride to Amsterdam – Sep 2019 
  1. DATE AND PLACE OF NEXT MEETING
    13th August 2019, 19:00-21:00

Pekoe Mellow Tea House, 22 Aldensley Road, Hammersmith London W6 0DH