hfcyclists is the Hammersmith and Fulham Branch of the London Cycling Campaign. Our three key aims are to encourage more people to cycle, improve conditions for cyclists and raise the profile of cycling.
Our Space for Cycling campaign is only one borough’s part of the whole London Space for Cycling Campaign, please refer to the wider campaign’s Space for Cycling site to see the whole campaign and search for wards by postcode.
For the 2014 local elections we are promoting the following ‘mini manifesto’ of themes where action can improve cycling throughout the borough alongside more specific demands for each ward. These have been agreed after consultation with our membership and beyond over a number of months. The mini-manifesto places the ward asks into a context within the borough as a whole, and we are discussing it and the asks with local candidates.
These plans are a start towards a more open conversation with politicians and officials on cycling in Hammersmith and Fulham. We are keen to see open discussion on how opportunities for funding and change can improve the lives of people locally whether they cycle or not. Many of the issues people who cycle face such as threatening through traffic or potholes are common to all residents and tackling them will be good for all.
In order that cycling can grow further and be a genuine choice for more people in Hammersmith and Fulham, we believe that there should be:
- A complete cycling network in Hammersmith and Fulham connecting neighbourhoods, schools and town centres addressing key barriers (e.g. Hammersmith Gyratory, Shepherd’s Bush Green, bridges, main roads, railway lines) with direct and safe routes and protected space and junctions on or over main roads.
- Greater emphasis on the needs of pedestrians and cyclists over through traffic especially where space is highly contested. We have seen a dramatic fall in car ownership and use in the Borough so there is space to work with. Additionally the health issues of air pollution and inactive lifestyles need to be tackled together by providing a more pleasant environment and urban space for all.
- Further use of bollards (filtered permeability) should be made as a rapid and efficient way to reduce through traffic using residential streets as rat runs.
- Stronger enforcement of 20mph limits, using updated police guidance, to further reduce casualties and provide a safer feeling space where 20mph limits already exist.
- Wider use of 20mph limits and zones in the borough. This should be introduced as a priority for Hammersmith Bridge and further as a priority in Town Centres. Ultimately our aim is for a default, borough 20mph limit.
- Greater attention to road quality. Potholes are a nuisance to all road users and a particular danger to cyclists; the council should aim to address all potholes on the main roads rapidly as a matter of critical safety.
- Increased efforts to provide parking for bicycles to support access to bicycles for more residents, including placing stands in the road. A single car space can hold 10 bicycles, helping free pavement space for pedestrians.
Our detailed asks for each ward
Our ward ‘asks’ are now live on the LCC SpaceForCycling campaign where you can review them and take action. By ward, we are asking for:
- Connecting neighbourhoods under the railway and over Shepherds Bush Road by reducing traffic speeds and stopping rat-running
- Protected Space on Goldhawk Road, reworking a dual carriageway into a bicycle boulevard
- Avonmore and Brook Green
- Connecting neighbourhoods over Hammersmith Road, by the A4 and around Olympia by making the one way streets in the area, two way for cycling
- College Park and Old Oak
- Safe passage to the north of the borough with protected space on Wood Lane
- Fulham Broadway
- Make Fulham’s main roads into welcoming high streets
- Fulham Reach
- Safe prioritised junctions over Fulham Palace Road
- Hammersmith Broadway
- Make Hammersmith a calmer environment with 20mph from the Thames to the Town Centre
- 20mph for the heart of Fulham
- North End
- Safe prioritised junctions over A4 and measures on surrounding streets
- Palace Riverside
- Safe prioritised routes throughout Palace Riverside
- Parsons Green and Walham
- Make the centres of Fulham into pleasant areas by reducing traffic speeds, removing rat runs and making one way streets two way for cycling
- Ravenscourt Park
- Aschurch Park Villas is used as a rat-run despite existing calming
- Sands End
- Safe prioritised routes along Wandsworth Bridge Road
- Shepherd’s Bush Green
- Protected Space around Shepherd’s Bush Green and Holland Park Roundabout
- Safer junctions with lower speeds to improve entry to borough
- Wormholt and White City
- Safe Routes to Schools over Uxbridge Road and on key side streets
If you are interested in helping with the campaign in the run up to the election we have a list of ways you can help. Alternately, if you’d like to get in touch as a local resident, worker or even (prospective) candidate drop us a line.