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Notes from East of borough ride with Councillors & Officers

Following our successful September ride around the central third of the borough (well, Wood Green, Turnpike Lane, Harringay) with Cllr Toni Mallet (the borough cycling champion) and Cllr Stuart Macnamara (our Cabinet Member for the Environment) we held our second ride, heading east on 17th October.

We were joined by 2 Project Engineers who work in the Sustainable Transport team at Haringey Council – the engineers and Cllr Macnamara borrowing council pool bikes – although Stuart has now officially sign up to keep his pool bike long term!

To get an idea of where we covered, here’s a rough ride route:

Chestnuts Park, North Grove, Roslyn Road, Town Hall Approach, Broad Lane, Ashley Road, Park View Road barriers, Watermead Way, Northumberland park, Park Lane, Bruce Castle Park, Risley Avenue.

We visited a number of sites we identified as Haringey Space for Cycling ward asks – including the infamous Park View Road barrier. 

Here’s the notes from the ride, which we’ve presented to all present for reference. 

 

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Tottenham Hale – meeting TfL & local Councillors 4th November

On Tuesday 4th November, we’re joining a meeting between Transport for London representatives, local Councillors and residents to discuss the problems that still need to be ‘ironed out’ now that the Tottenham Hale Gyratory removal scheme is ‘complete’*

WE NEED YOUR INPUT

READ THE FEEDBACK WE’VE RECEIVED SO FAR HERE

We’ve heard from a lot of people via Twitter, Facebook, email and face to face who have complaints about the new layout, often that it is ‘worse than before’ or ‘more difficult to get north to south’.

We agree, but we need your comments to present during this meeting.

This is our one chance to feedback to TfL. Every comment counts because ‘every journey matters’ !

Email your comments to us in the following format:

To: Haringey@lcc.org.uk

Subject: Tottenham Hale – meeting 4th November

Content: A brief description of your problem, followed by location if specific.

 

We’ll collate all comments in to one document, which we’ll present at the meeting on 4th November. We’ll make the list of all comments public on our website too.

*although Thames Water are still due to dig up some sections which is why there are still temporary crossings on Ferry Lane.

 

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Our next ride around Haringey – EAST

We’ll be riding around the borough with Cllr MacNamara and Cllr Mallett again on Friday 17th October, and this time, we’re heading EAST.

Think  Chestnuts, Downhills and Lordship – The Roundway, Bruce Castle area (pictured on a sunny day!) Northumberland Park, Tottenham Hale.

We’ve compiled a list of locations to visit – if you have anything to add, please contact us by 12pm on Friday. 

Watch out for a report after the ride…. and for details of our final ride when we’ll cover the west of the borough.

Cycling Tour de Haringey – EAST

Friday 17th October 2014

Number of visit

Location

Issue

22

Forster Road/junction of Winchelsea Road

Should be two way for cycling (where the bridge is)

21

Entrance to Napier Road on Philip Lane

This IS two way for cycles – car parking space needs to be removed close to entrance to allow space for cycles to enter

20

Lawrence Road

road closed – very wide and useful road with little cycling provision.

1

North Grove/ Hermitage Road

GOOD example of HCC advice being followed, allowing cycle access in to North Grove!

3

Downhills Park

Good new entrances – wider with just bollards

4

The Roundway/Risley Avenue junction

Blind bend. Toucan Crossing required – or new style crossing – see LCDS.

5

The Roundway/All Hallows Road

Very wide crossing of The Roundway – add an Island?

6

Church Road – under railway

Emergency access barrier on road – not space to cycle around the side of bollards

7

Park Lane

Same as above

8

Marigold Road/Watermead Way

Poorly maintained cycle infrastructure – lane on pavement

9

Park View Road barrier and tunnel

Tunnel regularly flooded. Barrier obstruction!

10

Ashley Road barrier

Same as above

11

Hale Road toucan crossing

Timing problem

2

Avenue Road/end of Roslyn Road and Sleaford Road

Short stretch should become 2 way for cycles

Around Tottenham Hale – the former Gyratory

13

Monument Way toucan crossings

Refuge unsuitable for cycles and peds

18

High Road, West Green to j/w Town Hall Approach

Unsegregated shared footway – not suitable for amount of ped traffic and paving slab signage not adequate

16

Pavement north of War Memorial at Town Hall Approach

New lit shared use signage, pavement narrows

17

ASL on Town Hall approach/unmade surface

Not enough space to enter ASL/road and unmade area next to shared use pavement – this is responsibility of LBH

15

High Road/ Town Hall Approach area

Crossing not in desire line

14

High Road/Philip Lane junction

Difficult right turn – not signalized – no ped crossing light on Philip Lane

19

Broad Lane/ Markfield Road junction

Pocket required to enable right turn in to Markfield Road.

12

Within former Gyratory

All roads should be two-way for cycles – difficult to navigate through

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People on bikes needed for 5 minutes on Friday!

We need some people on bikes who can spare 5 minutes on Friday 17th October, at 10am in Tottenham, N17.

We’re meeting a local Councillor and Haringey Council representatives to discuss removal of the Park View Road and Ashley Road barriers, which prevent access to Lea Valley Park.

If you can make it, please email haringeycyclists@gmail.com with ‘Friday 10am’ in the title. 

We’d particularly like to hear from you if you can come along and bring one of the following:

  • Child seat on a bike (with or without child in!)
  • Cargo bike
  • Bike with trailer
  • Bike with ‘dutch’ style high handlebars
  • Bike with front basket
  • Bike with large full panniers
  • Pushchair
  • Wheelchair
  • Shopping trolley

or anything that you’d struggle to get through these barriers….

 

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Around Haringey with Cllr McNamara & Cllr Mallett

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Cllr McNamara with his ‘new’ steed. Haringey Council pool bike number 4.

3 and a half hours pedalling around the middle third of Haringey, so useful that Cllr McNamara wants to repeat this in both the West and East of the borough in the coming months.

Here’s our notes from our first Tour de Haringey (& more photos below)

Ref Location Comment
1 Lymington Avenue/ Ashley Cres Good example shared use pedestrian area, suitable where relatively low cycle numbers.  Shared use “Pedestrian priority” signage needed
2 Lymington Ave / High Rd Shared use, improvements in progress, signage essential as above
3 Sandlings/ Whymark Rd Bollards difficult to negotiate (sharp turn from LCN 54). Move bollards back and increase spacing
4 High Rd/ Turpike La Junction S bound No space to access ASL.  Improve access for cycles as sketch attached
5 Turpike La/ Langham Rd Good shared use area planned. Cycle access points and area of shared use need to be clearly marked/ signed, to avoid disconcerting pedestrians
6 Langham Rd/ Westbury small private shops cut tro’ Inconsiderate (and illegal) cycle use,  No Cycling sign needed
7 Harringay Rd closure Cycle gaps unusable, complete redesign needed with generous space ?use bollards
8 Harringay Rd Needs to be 2-way for cycles, for access to St Ann’s Rd
9 Park Rd Stop rat run by making No right turn at High Rd
10 St Ann’s/ Salisbury Rd Very dangerous left hook turn, extend pavement to tighten turn from St Ann’s
11 Woodlands Park Excessive rd width and turn radii.  Extend pavement to give tighter turns and improve pedestrian safety.  Double yellow needed at junction
12 St Ann’s/ Brampton Rd Parking bays (next to zig-zags) obscure view of zebra. Move parking to Brampton Rd
13 St Ann’s/ Brampton Rd Bus stop hemmed in by car parking.  Traffic review of St Ann’s could cover this and points above
14 Ladder Roads One ways deter cycling (though Harringay Passage helps by allowing walk through to next road).  Select 1 or 2 roads for trial of 2 way cycling
15 Warwick Gardens 1st Bike Hangar in Haringey.  There is a demand for further provision.  Officers should identify locations where notifications can be combined with other work, to save cost.  See also detailed notes attached (to follow).  Fencing is due to be renewed
16 Green Lanes Cycle numbers high in rush hours, good S bound bus lane.  Wide cycle lane can be provided N bound, without any reduction in road capacity
17 Green Lanes/ Endymion/ Hermitage Danger from N bound fast left turn to Endymion .  Only 1 S bound lane is really needed (S bound beyond to Manor Hse is 1 lane) so space can be reallocated to cycle lanes feeding to ASL’s at both junctions
18 Entrances to Finsbury Park Additional entrances near Hermitage Rd and Wightman Rd would be great benefit to cycles and pedestrians.  (see drawing attached)
19 Endymion/ Wightman roundabout Fast and some aggressive motorists- redesign needed. ?Possible speed table at W approach and other calming
19 Wightman Road Very hostile cycling conditions, aggravated by pinch points at numerous traffic islands.  Potential for reduction in car parking.  Could this be on alternate sides of road to give chicane effect, with islands removed and speed tables at junctions?  Possibility of parking on side roads and 45deg echelon parking at wider side roads?
20 Western Road/ Mary Neuner Road Some traffic too fast at bends.  Provide cycle lanes to protect cycles and reduce apparent road width.  Investigate safe pedestrian and cycle access to Alexandra School and Nursery.  Railing at bend is too long and inhibits access to nursery

Further suggestion from HCC- reroute through traffic from N of Western Rd and from narrow Hornsey Park Rd, to Mayes RD/ Coburg Rd/ Mary Neuner Rd

21 Penstock Path Prevent parking next to end of path

 

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Tour de Haringey with local Councillors – Friday 5th September

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We’re off on a ride with local residents and Cabinet Member for the Environment – Councillor Stuart McNamara (one of our members is kindly loaning Stuart a bike for the occasion!)

There’s so many places to take Cllr McNamara, but here’s the route we’ve agreed, to take in as many ‘problem spots’ as possible in the time available:

LCN 54 back way to Whymark Ave and Turnpike La Junction where current work  appears to be narrowing the road making it difficult to access ASL
Ducketts Common one-way
Harringay Rd rat run
Seymour rd or Hewitt rd unreasonable one-way and sub-standard traffic calming.
Wightman rd
Tottenham Lane left hook/one-way
Cross Lane
Newland rd
Western Ave railings etc
I’ve you’ve got any comments on the spots we’ll visit, leave a comment below and we’ll add your feedback.
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Our response to London Cycling Design Standards consultation

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TfL say :

‘Last published in 2005, the revised London Cycling Design Standards (LCDS) is a technical document that should inform design options and promote an integrated and ambitious approach to delivering high quality infrastructure for cycling in all parts of London.

It has now been comprehensively updated to reflect established and emerging best practice, and to help planners and designers meet the aspirations of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling.’

Well it is a VERY hefty document – but we took time to look through it all, and Haringey Cycling Campaign responded to the London Cycling Design Standards consultation with a number of suggestions and comments. Michael Poteliakhoff, our Coordinator  put together a response with the following highlights:

  • LCDS must be mandatory for ALL NEW WORK.  Perhaps this is not the intention, but there must be NO AMBIGUITY on this.
  • It should be made clear stakeholders need to be consulted on detailed design, including carriageway widths.  On major schemes, consultation should be required at both concept and detail design stages.
  • At all new road layouts, lead-in lanes to ASL’s should be mandatory, or the nearside traffic lane should be at least 4.5m, to allow cycle access. An ASL that cannot be accessed is either pointless or can encourage dangerous squeezing through narrow gaps.
  • Sinusoidal ramps are mentioned here and in Chapter 4, however no section drawing is given. The drawings included in the 2005 LCDS are very helpful for stakeholders, to understand the concept and to allow discussion with engineers who do not always know how to get them right.  Drawings for this and other construction details should be added, also perhaps a mention of the use of profile boards, which are a help for quality control.
  •  Excellent to see “Cyclists Dismount” signs are not to be used, though possibly there should be a qualification to allow them when a cycle route approaches steps.
  •  Granite setts-  Use should always be avoided where straight (as opposed to staggered) jointing and/or degradation from traffic can result in a wheel trap for narrow tyres.

We look forward to seeing the LCDS advice being put in to place in Haringey, and will endeavour to put pressure on Haringey Council to do so.

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Plans for Bounds Green Rd/Whittington Rd/Trinity Rd junction

Haringey Council are now making a concerted effort to consult Haringey Cycling Campaign on all schemes which include a cycling element. You could argue that all road schemes involve cycling, but we don’t have the capacity to review and respond to everything!

 

We’ve been sent drawings of plans to block off the end of Trinity Road, adding a paved area. There is a proposed cycle lane across the area where the buckled barrier is shown below, but we think it won’t get used because the turn is too tight off Bounds Green Road.

Do you live near, or use the junction below?

Would you like to see the plans and give some feedback?

Email haringey@lcc.org.uk with ‘Bounds Green Rd/Whittington Rd/Trinity Rd junction’ in the title and we’ll add your feedback to our response.

 

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‘Top 10’ improvements for Haringey becomes ‘Top 29’

We meet with Haringey Council at least every 3 months.

We keep an ongoing ‘Top 10’ list of improvements we’d like to see made in the borough. In reality, of course, the list is much longer. In fact, in light of our part in our recent ‘space for cycling’ campaign in Haringey, we now have a Top 29. 

Read more here

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St Ann’s Road/Hermitage Road new cycle entry on to roundabout which we campaigned for.