Campaigns, Events, News

Highgate gets mobile… on two wheels

Saturday 18 June, 12-2pm, Pond Square, Highgate N6 6BS. 
This will be a relaxed family cycle event on Pond Square with live music and you should definitely visit if you/your child would like to:

  • Pick up some stylish bike lights / high vis vest / paniers
  • Eat some tasty ice lolly sold from an Ice cream trike
  • Give your bike a free health check by Dr. Bike
  • Try out cutting-edge cargo bikes to get your shopping up any Highgate Hill
  • Test for free an electric hire bike scheme
  • Get to know a local bike shop
  • Shop packaging free (Please bring your tupper ware boxes and little plastic bags)
  • Check your cycle skills in our obstacle/slow speed course
  • Sign our petition to extent the cyle path from Hampstead to Highgate https://chng.it/nm75pfYz
  • Share Haringey’s cyle stories and best routes
  • Find out about Haringey Cycling Campaign
  • Enjoy a family ride through the Heath on the dedicated cycle lane from 2pm onwards
  • Get advice from the Metropolitan Police

Everyone is invited to bring their bikes and show off thier skills! We look forward to seeing you for and afternoon of cycle inspiration.Please share this email with friends, who are interested in cycling in North London.

The event is inspired to campaign for extension of the segregated cycle lane from Hampstead to Highgate. Highgate has a high pupil population. The cycle lane would allow them to travel independently and safely to school. 23.1% of children in Haringey (2016) aged 10-11 years were classified as obese. This high figure will have likely increased following the pandemic.
Please sign the petition on the link below, if you are supporting a continuous cycle path between Hampstead and Highgate. 
https://chng.it/nm75pfYz

Anke & Monica

Campaigns, Events, News

Candidates show their cycling skills on a guided tour to see the issues faced by Haringey cyclists

Candidates and HCC members in front of River Park House
Local election candidates and HCC members

Monica Chakraverty, one of Haringey Cycling Campaign’s Climate Safe Streets Champions, reports on our recent ride

Haringey Cycling Campaign group were delighted to be joined on 27th April by five key candidates in the coming local elections on 5th May. Mike Hakata represented Labour and is Haringey Council cabinet member for environment, transport and the climate emergency, as well as deputy leader of the council. He was joined by Scott Emery from the Liberal Democrats, Pamela Harling and Tom Hoyland from the Green Party and Claudia Matthews from the Conservative Party.

Together, they took a somewhat chilly tour around local streets, beginning on Wood Green High Road, that took in the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of traffic and cycle safety. The town centre proved a fairly hostile start, with multiple vehicle lanes and parking, yet no space for cycling, and difficulties for pedestrians to boot. They cycled on to see how some cut-through, rat-run side streets had been transformed into safer, cleaner spaces for residents, pedestrians and cyclists alike. These included well thought out, ‘quick wins’ such as spaced bollards that allowed accessibility whilst limiting traffic, as well as school streets such as the new one at Belmont Junior School.

Some of the changes would still benefit from tweaking, such as the dangerous cycle contraflow down Broadwater Road, or staggered barriers that could still let mopeds through but which might impede those with accessibility issues. There was one tense moment when a bus came a little too close to one candidate whilst they were trying to use a designated cycle crossing, and this demonstrated the journey ahead in terms of cycle safety for those who wish to use cleaner, active transport in the future.

Much is being promised in the future by candidates through London and some exciting commitments have been made. In Haringey, we’re delighted that Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have all pledged to commit to key Climate Safe Streets asks. These include protected cycle routes and Vision Zero, with the aim of eliminating all serious cycle injuries caused by motor vehicles.

Other boroughs have also focused on inspiring action plans so, for example, all four main candidates in Hackney have committed to making it safe for every child in that borough to cycle to school by 2026 – this would entail more than school streets, ensuring safe routes along their entire journeys. Imagine a borough with limited school-run traffic, where kids get fresh air and safe exercise before they sit at their desks for the day…

Climate change and overcrowded streets are two issues that won’t go away and won’t be solved overnight. The cycle tour allowed key Haringey candidates to witness at first hand the reality for people who want to cycle in Haringey and to, hopefully, acknowledge that such a healthy, sustainable form of transport deserves focus, funding and a future.

Events, News

Haringey environment hustings 12 April

Elections for Haringey Council are taking place on Thursday 5 May.

Come and quiz the local parties on their active travel, environment and climate commitments at an online hustings event on Tuesday 12 April 7.00pm to 8.30pm.

This is a key way to show candidates the support for making active travel, climate change and the environment a top priority.

Organised by Friends of the Earth, with support from Sustainable Haringey, Haringey Cycling Campaign and Haringey Living Streets.

So far Labour (Mike Hakata), Liberal Democrats (Scott Emery), Conservatives (Claudia Matthews) and Green Party (Emma Chan) have confirmed their participation.

Group bike ride
Events, News

Big Bike Ride and Walk, Sunday 26 September

Meet Finsbury Park – inside Manor House entrance – 10.30am for 11am departure to Downhills Park, where the local café will be pleased to serve you!

The ride will be marshalled and will be safe for families with children. The group will walk/cycle from Finsbury Park along Green Lanes, down Hermitage Road, through Chestnuts Park, and will finish at Downhills Park.

Please register in advance!

group of walkers

Fires, floods, and droughts are ravaging our planet – and scientists are clear that man-made climate change is the cause.

What can we do? The science is clear – we must cut our use of fossil fuels like petrol very quickly to limit the climate catastrophe.

That means replacing petrol and diesel lorries, buses, vans and cars with ones that run on electricity or hydrogen (over 4,000 London buses are now pure electric or hybrid- a step in the right direction).

But it also means reducing how much we drive, and we need to start that now. That will cut our use of petrol and diesel quickly. Plus, it will reduce the air pollution that stunts our children’s lungs and causes thousands of early deaths in London each year.

So we call on Haringey Council to speed up its introduction of better and safer walking and cycling routes, introduce a borough-wide walking network with wider pavements/additional crossings, safe cycle routes for all ages and abilities to travel around the borough, reduce traffic deaths, enforce speed limits across the borough, and reduce overall numbers of journeys by car.

And we call on our fellow residents to help this by:

  • supporting the introduction of bus and cycle routes
  • reducing the number of journeys we make by car
  • walking, cycling or using public transport on as many journeys as possible

What would help you to walk and cycle more or drive less? Let us know by emailing Haringeygroup@livingstreets.org.uk

Organised by Haringey Cyclists, Haringey Living Streets, Haringey Extinction Rebellion, Haringey Clean Air Group, Friends of the Earth groups – Tottenham & Wood Green; Muswell Hill & Hornsey

Events

Haringey Cyclists’ AGM and monthly meeting agenda

Haringey Cycling Campaign. AGM and monthly meeting agenda

19:15 – 21:15, 13 March 2017

First floor lounge bar, Crouch End Picturehouse, 165 Tottenham Lane, London N8 9BY

AGM

19:15 – 19:25 Officers’ reports – Coordinator, Treasurer.
19:25 – 19:35 Election of new officers: Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer
19:35 – 19:40 Nominations for other roles including Rides and Social Coordinator, Membership Secretary, Newsletter Editor
19:40 – 19:45 Vote of thanks to outgoing officers

 

Monthly Meeting

19:45 – 19:50 Welcome and introductions
19:50 – 20:00 Minutes and actions of last meeting
20:00 – 20:30 Enfield Cycling Campaign talk about Mini Holland (10-15 mins), followed by Q&A http://enfieldcc.co.uk/cycle-enfield/
20:30 – 21:00 Campaigns and events update:

  • Hornsey community streets/railway bridge
  • Haringey’s Air Quality Strategy
  • Wood Green Area Action Plan
  • White Hart Lane proposals
  • Islington Family bike ride 8th April
 

http://www.haringeycyclists.org/2017/01/30/a-small-but-important-consultation-deadline-1-feb/

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/planning-and-building-control/planning/planning-policy/local-plan/wood-green-area-action-plan

21:00 – 21:10 AOB
Events

Bike Breakfast, Monday morning on Wightman Road!

wightmanPhoto care of @Living_Wightman

Current bridge replacement works on Wightman Road, N8, have shown how closing a road to through motor traffic can make a place where children can play in the street, neighbours stop for a chat and families can cycle together safely.

To celebrate the rebirth of this residential community, we have teamed up with ‘Living Wightman’, a local community movement working towards a better future for Wightman Road and the Harringay Ladder. For the morning commute on Monday 13 June (7:30 – 9:30) we will hold a Bike Week ‘bike breakfast’ on the north side of the bridge works on Wightman Road.

From 8:30 we will be joined by Joanne McCartney, London’s Deputy Mayor and Enfield and Haringey London Assembly member, Councillor Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for the Environment and Harringay ward Councillor Emine Ibrahim.

Look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Events

Join Haringey’s FREE guided ride to the Ride London FreeCycle!

Join us on Saturday 1st August as we lead a family friendly ride in to central London to the Ride London FreeCycle!

We’re meeting at 9.30am on Ducketts Common, opposite Turnpike Lane tube station, right in the middle of Haringey. We’ll be led by Andrew, our experienced Ride Leader (in the green bib below!) and there’ll be plenty of lovely ride marshals (in pink bibs!)  to make sure the ride is enjoyable for everyone.  There’s more information on the London Cycling Campaign FreeCycle led rides page too. BuRLpd-IQAAQDloEveryone is welcome to join our ride in to central London, and return ride back again – we’d just ask that you spare 1 minute to register on the Ride London website, and select HARINGEY from the list of led rides available, so that we have a better idea of numbers. You can also register additional friends or family members once you’ve registered yourself.

We’d love to see your photos from our rides, don’t forget to tag us if you post them online @haringeycyclist or email them to haringey@lcc.org.uk !

For full details, and for information about the return ride, register here.

Events

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

Events

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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