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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.
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Bike Week 2014 in Haringey

Here’s what is going on during Bike Week in Haringey…

(all events below organised by Haringey Council unless otherwise stated)

Finsbury Park Festival of Cycling

The Festival of Cycling,  is on Sunday 15th June.   This is a tri borough event with Hackney and Islington Council’s celebrating all things cycling.  We hope to see you there.

 

Doctor Bike during Bike Week

Bring your bike along for a tune up with our free Dr Bike maintenance at tube stations between 4pm and 7pm:

16th June – Manor House

17th June – Bounds Green

18th June – Wood Green

19th June – Seven Sisters

20th June – Finsbury Park

We also have Dr Bike at the Festival of Cycling in Finsbury Park on Sunday 15th June from 12-6pm and also in Priory Park on Sunday 22nd June from 2-5pm.

 

Other Smarter Travel events

We will also have an information and advice stall and a Dr Bike at Stroud Green School for their Fete on Saturday 21st June – 12-4pm along with a Dr Bike.

And we have our Smarter Travel Road Show providing information and advice on walking, cycling, public transport and greener driving along with a Dr Bike at Chestnuts Park on Sunday 22nd June for the Shakhsiyah Foundation Fun Day & Sports Day from 12-5pm.

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What do local election manifestos say about cycling in Haringey?

Much of the attention of cycling campaigners has latterly been on TfL and the need for space for cycling on London’s main roads, however it’s councils that control the vast majority of London’s streets. If they wanted to, they could create Space for Cycling all over London. The use of a few bollards, for example, is a relatively cheap intervention that can free entire communities from the blight of rat running through traffic and create streets in which far more people feel safe and comfortable using a bike to get around.

When elected, your local councillor will provide a link between the council and your community. They are meant to represent all their constituents, not just those who voted for them. Haringey Cyclists work with our local representatives to help make real improvements to our streets. Noticed that the railings have been cut to allow north/south cycling across St Ann’s Road via North Grove? Or how the awful, dangerous speed cushions slapped on Crouch Hill have been replaced by cycling-friendlier alternatives? Pressure from Haringey Cyclists, as well as the local councillors for those wards helped to make those changes happen. Improvements such as these can of course happen without the help of councillors, but electing councillors who are supportive of their constituents’ concerns can really help change things for the better.

Obviously not many people will ‘vote bike’ as a single issue and not take any other policies into account – councils have wide ranging responsibilities of which transport is just one element. So please don’t take the following as an endorsement of one party over another – read their manifestos yourself, speak to your local candidates and make up your own mind about who deserves your vote! Also bear in mind that there are likely to be differences in attitude at a ward level from what it might say in the manifesto, for better or worse. Have a look at http://space4cycling.org/ to see if your local candidates are living up to, or exceeding the fine promises in their party manifesto.

We did, however, think it would be interesting to look at the manifestos of our prospective representatives purely from a cycling perspective and see who might be our ‘champions’ in local government after 22 May. We read the Haringey manifestos of Labour, Lib Dems and the Greens, purely because these are the parties we think are most likely to gain the votes needed to elect councillors, and because we couldn’t find the manifestos of any of the others online… Apologies to the others.

First up, Labour. Apparently Haringey’s ‘streets have never been cleaner’, we assume this means litter and not the actual air you breathe on these streets! It gets better after that, including the bold ambition to make Haringey streets the most pedestrian and cycle friendly in London. If this ambition is to become reality there is a lot of work to do. Haringey is bordered by boroughs with much higher levels of cycling (Camden, Hackney, Islington) and also by two councils with ‘Mini-Holland’ projects (Enfield and Waltham Forest) which aim to deliver substantial improvements through provision of protected cycle lanes and by filtering through traffic out of residential areas. So Haringey has some catching up to do before we draw level, let alone outdo, our neighbouring boroughs. The proposed E-bike hire scheme then gets a plug, a welcome development. But are hills, or roads that look unpleasant to cycle on, more of a deterrent to people riding bikes in Haringey? Electric bikes, without a network of safe and inviting routes on which to ride them, are unlikely to significantly increase cycling levels in the borough. Proposals to develop a ‘new’ network of quietways might address this, and it’s great to hear that these quietways will be direct. Routes along back streets and parks are great, and Haringey has both in abundance, but the usefulness of quiet routes diminishes if the route adds significant extra time or distance over a more direct, busier route. Any proposed cycle route is only as good as it’s weakest link, and crucially must not give up when they have to cross busy roads and junctions. Similarly proposed 20mph speed limits borough-wide is a step forward, but a residential road with large volumes of traffic travelling at 20mph is still probably unpleasant enough to put most people off cycling. The manifesto promises £25m, described as funding for ‘improving our pavements and roads making them more pedestrian and cyclist friendly’ and later simply to ‘improve roads and pavements’, we look forward to hearing greater detail about what this means for cycling. Recent Haringey Council road ‘improvements’ have turned pavements into car parks, so as always the devil is in the detail. One really encouraging aspect of Labour’s manifesto is not in the transport section, but later the link is made between public health and active travel, and the role safe cycle routes can play in this. So, overall, not bad, quite encouraging in places. It could however be argued that the council’s recent record works against the manifesto in a lot of ways – recent highways projects have done little or nothing for cycling. But perhaps it’s unfair to judge this new manifesto on the track record of the current administration…

Lib Dems next. Reading this starts badly with one of their ‘top six’ pledges being free (car) parking on local high streets. A pledge to, in effect, bring more traffic, more pollution and more danger to high streets is an obvious negative from a cycling perspective (and, we expect, a negative to the vast majority of shoppers in Haringey who walk or take the bus!). Cyclists are offered more ‘cycle lock-up points’ on high streets, which is welcome but kind of misses the point that high streets are often unpleasant places to cycle to precisely because there is too much traffic on them. It’s great that the Lib Dems want Haringey to be a cycling borough, but the manifesto seems confused about how this might be delivered. It offers 20mph speed limits on ‘residential’ roads only – but people on bikes need lower speeds or safe space to cycle on non-residential roads too! ‘Listening to cyclists’ (present company excepted) isn’t going to give very revealing answers as to why those who don’t currently cycle do not. Similarly the proposal to improve the cycle network sounds good, but we would question whether Haringey actually has an existing cycle network to improve! Similar to Labour’s proposed E-bike scheme, cycle hire at stations is to be welcomed, but is access to a bike really a limiting factor for people who want to cycle? The following passage from the manifesto: ‘We would also sign the Safer Lorries, Safer Cycling campaign pledge to ensure the council only uses the best equipped lorries and best trained drivers [great, thanks] to stop cyclists being killed’. Kind of makes it sound like riding a bike in Haringey is dicing with death! Nearly 6000 people in Haringey cycle to work every day, and many more cycle through from neighbouring boroughs or for purposes other than the journey to work. Very, very few of them end up seriously injured in hospital (around 10 people a year), and deaths are thankfully rare. It’s true that riding a bike on the borough’s roads can often feel quite dangerous, but making the inference that cyclists in Haringey are regularly being killed by trucks is hardly going to help Haringey become a ‘cycling borough’.

Finally, the Green Party. We expected big things from this manifesto – cycle campaigning in London has really found it’s voice over the last few years, if there was a time to push for the sort of changes that countries across the world are implementing to make streets more liveable for everyone, it is surely now and we would expect the Greens to be pushing this agenda forward. To be fair to the Greens their manifesto is quite short and punchy, so there’s not a lot of detail on which to judge their cycling offer. But what is there is full of the sort of unfortunate caveats that typify current attitudes to cycle provision: 20mph ‘with exceptions’; separated cycle lanes ‘where possible’. In local government-speak, only separating cycle lanes from other traffic ‘where possible’ tends to mean the cycle lane is of no use at all, because separation from other traffic is often most needed where it is difficult to deliver (but not impossible if the political will is there). Similarly an ‘exception’ to 20mph is acceptable from a cycling perspective when separated space is provided. Kudos, however, for actually mentioning the need for separated cycle lanes!

So there you have it. Hopefully we’ve been fair in the above, have a read of the manifestos yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below. And don’t forget to log on to http://space4cycling.org/ and see which candidates in your area are supporting your local ward ask!