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Support Wightman Road filtering – complete the council survey by this Sunday 14 May!

‘Daddy, can we please cycle to Finsbury Park again this weekend?’

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Last summer extraordinary things happened in one part of Haringey. It was a summer of fun for kids: on roads and streets where before there was only bad air and road traffic noise, now there was the sound of kids playing out. Street football was a daily occurrence, children were using the road to cycle to school and there was even the occasional lemonade stand. It wasn’t just children who were joining in with being more active. Adults across this large area realised they didn’t really need the car for their shorter journeys – walking was nearly as fast and made them feel pretty good now the air was cleaner. Cycling to Finsbury Park to pick up the tube was quicker than the bus and nicer than cramming onto the packed trains, and getting there on a bike suddenly seemed easy now the journey could be done mostly without having to ride with speeding traffic.

Surely this was all the work of a council fully committed to the health of their residents, the sort that would make bold claims about making their borough the most liveable in London? Sadly this utopia did not last. While other boroughs nearby were permanently closing roads to through traffic to entrench a new, healthier lifestyle in their boroughs, Wightman Road and its adjoining roads were reopened as through routes for motor traffic. The weekend bike rides to the park had to stop.

‘I’m sorry. There’s no safe way to cycle there now’.

As a cycle campaign we are of course primarily interested in high quality provision for cycling that allows anyone to feel confident using a bike to get around. This has been the focus of our continuing engagement in the Green Lanes Area Transport Study. There are many ways to achieve this but many options that improve conditions for people on bikes also have much wider benefits for those in the area – even if they never cycle. For example making areas more healthy and liveable, reducing air pollution and even reducing journey times for drivers by lowering overall traffic levels and simplifying routes. If you live in or travel through Harringay or the Green Lanes area, you have until Sunday to complete the council survey on future options for Wightman Road and the surrounding area. We believe this is an issue primarily for local people to decide, so please take a look at Living Wightman’s advice on how to complete the survey. While some of the options presented can deliver a suitable cycle route (in particular we recommend you support the proposal for a northbound cycle track on Green Lanes, desperately needed in an area with no safe north/south routes), the option to ‘filter’ Wightman Road will deliver multiple health and air quality benefits as well as a safe route suitable for all-ages cycling. Many parts of this borough are already ‘filtered’ to through traffic. Other boroughs which are right next to Haringey are showing how such schemes, if well managed, can reduce traffic over a wide area. The use of Wightman Road as a conduit for through traffic has negative consequences for the areas to the north and south that also have long-standing issues with excessive through traffic.

The council’s response to the issues encountered on Wightman Road is a real test for them – are they serious about tackling pollution and unlocking the massive potential for active travel in this borough? Or, as suggested by the recent consultation on the Wood Green AAP, is the future of our borough just as polluted, congested and unhealthy as our present? This is your chance to tell the council what sort of place you want this borough to evolve into. Don’t miss the chance to have your voice heard.

 

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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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Increased events in Finsbury Park?

Our response to proposed increase of events in Finsbury park:

I am responding to this consultation on behalf of Haringey Cycling Campaign.
The implication of the proposal is that by ending the current 5 day limit on large concerts in the Park and instead allowing 6 concerts of up to 3 days, the concert area to will be closed to the public for up to 12 weeks over the summer, assuming each event takes 2 weeks to set up and take down.  This means there will be no access to a large part of the park for extended periods when it is most needed, in the Summer and at weekends.
There is mention of paths being diverted, but no mention of the diversion being convenient or maintaining cycle access.  There is a key daylight hours cycle route from the Endymion Rd gate to the South Gate and a Greenway route to Green Lanes.  Further Quietway routes are planned through the Park and the new E-bike hub will be situated nearby.  Any change to events arrangements must take this in to account, with usable, convenient, walking and cycling access maintained.
I would be pleased to hear of your detailed plans for maintaining access and suggest you consult with Mr Malcolm Smith, in Transport Planning.
Regards,
Michael Poteliakhoff
HCC Coordinator