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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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Council’s 3 year plan – HAVE YOUR SAY

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LB Haringey is facing a 25% cut in funding and has issued a Corporate Plan.  There is a consultation running to 18 January 2015.

Haringey Council have included a photograph of someone on a bike on the front cover of their Draft Corporate Plan 2015-2018

We have added some additional notes in red below  – but please spare a few minutes to complete this survey –  tell Haringey Council what you think.

The financial strategy proposals include cost saving (or increased revenue) from (our list, not complete!):-
  • Adult social services cost cutting
  • Changes to services for Young People including Young Offenders
  • Reduced street cleaning
  • Remove all street recycling collection points
  • Close Park View Road Reuse and Recycling Centre (there would only be the Western Road RRC)
  • New way of delivering Highways and Street Lighting Services (less reactive maintenance)
  • Increased enforcement of moving traffic offences
  • Reductions in back office technical and administrative support
  • Planning – Changes to Policy and Practice remove non-statutory consultation
  • Reduce Work on Carbon Reduction by withdrawing support for Community Projects and Initiatives
There is also a new Corporate Plan, restating Haringey’s objectives which will continue to be implemented,
within the new budget limitations.

We propose making comments on the cost cutting and suggestions for amending the Corporate Plan as below – you may wish to use these comments in your own response

 

Reduced street cleaning-  It is vitally important that the clearing of broken glass and debris from cycle lanes
(and cycle routes generally) is not reduced, as punctures are a major disincentive to cycle use, particularly
among children and adults returning to cycling.
Less reactive maintenance to street lighting-  This should be achieved by using more reliable lighting (eg LED), not
by removing illumination from signs, which is essential for road safety.
Increased enforcement of moving traffic offences-  This is welcome and should include 20mph and ASL enforcement
Reductions in back office technical and administrative support-  Please confirm this will not lead to a reduction in
road planning and engineering staff, as this would inhibit implementation of Corporate Plan Priority 3
Planning – Changes to Policy and Practice remove non-statutory consultation-  Please confirm this will not reduce
consultation with environmental action groups such as ourselves and Living Streets

Haringey Corporate Plan 2015 – 18, Haringey Cycling Campaign’s suggested amendments  are shown in red

Priority 3:
Clean, Green and Safe
A clean and safe borough where people are proud to live
We will make Haringey one of the most cycling and pedestrian friendly boroughs in London.
We will promote and improve cycling and walking, which will include introducing a borough
wide 20mph limit, increasing the network of cycle routes and dedicated cycle lanes and providing a
smarter travel campaign to persuade people to use sustainable modes of transport.
PRIORITY 3 – A CLEAN AND SAFE BOROUGH WHERE
PEOPLE ARE PROUD TO LIVE
Who will be involved in delivering the objective?
1. The council will work with existing community networks such as Neighbourhood Watch,
Friends of Parks, traders and residents associations to increase their numbers and support
them to take action themselves
2. We will help develop groups such as Environmental, Winter and Cycle Champions and introduce a
network of Young Environmental Champions
Objectives How will we deliver the objective?
Who will be involved in delivering the objective? To move to more sustainable modes of
transport by making Haringey one of the most cycling and pedestrian friendly boroughs in London
1. We will promote and improving cycling and walking in the borough. This will include introducing
a borough-wide 20mph limit, providing more cycle racks, increasing the network of cycle routes and
dedicated cycle lanes, providing more cycle training, improved signage, and safety measures on
priority pedestrian crossings, and launching a smarter travel campaign to change behaviours and
get more people to use sustainable modes of transport.  All road schemes will be assessed for
pedestrian and cycle safety
The council will work with:
1. Cyclists, pedestrians and community groups to further understand their needs and design
solutions together
2. TfL to implement design best practice and to identify funding streams
3. Our highways contractor to implement schemes and maintain quality control
4. Schools to promote the health benefits of cycling and walking
How will we know that we have been successful?
1. More people will be cycling, walking and or
using public transport
2. There will be an improved network of cycle
routes
3. Improved satisfaction with our footways
4. Cycling and walking will be safer
How will we measure success from 2015-2018?
1. Increased network Km coverage for cycling
2. Increase in the number of people who cycle or
walk
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A fair and equal borough (Objectives and delivery similar to environmental objectives)
How will we measure success from 2015-2018?
2. Increase in children travelling to school by walking or cycling and an
increase in cycle training in schools
3. A halt in the rise in childhood obesity, especially in those groups with higher rates
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Support #space4cycling in Muswell Hill ward – Email TODAY!

We’ve made progress with our Space for Cycling request for Muswell Hill ward… but it is now under threat.
Only 1 of the 3 elected councillors for this ward support Space for Cycling.

We need your help to send 1 very quick email of support.

The proposal and drawings from Haringey Council officers include improving lighting and adding shared use signage.
The deadline for responses is Friday 5th December.
Please email your support to  Frontline.consultation@haringey.gov.uk .
We have been told by non Space for Cycling support Cllr Gail Engert she has a stack of emails objecting to the proposals.
Making this path shared use was one of our Space for Cycling asks and it would be a a great route for local people, particularly children and anyone wanting to avoid Park Rd, particularly at night when Priory Park is closed.
We think some of the responses against the proposals are quite reasonable e.g. keeping or reusing existing bollards is a good idea, also the proposed build out at South Park Rd may be bigger (and lose more car spaces) than necessary, but support in principle is essential, otherwise it won’t happen.
Send a quick email today to Frontline.consultation@haringey.gov.uk  and copy in mark.blake@haringey.gov.uk (supported Space for Cycling) and pippa.connor@haringey.gov.uk and gail.engert@haringey.gov.uk (neither of which supported Space for Cycling in their ward).
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Our view of proposed 20mph limit across the ‘whole’ of the borough

Read more about the 20mph in Haringey consultation, and have your say via the Haringey Council website here. 

We feel that there a number of roads which are currently intended to be exempt, and will remain at 30mph.

Here’s our letter to Haringey’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Stuart McNamara.

Image thanks to Bounds Green Residents Association.

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Dear Cllr McNamara,

HCC fully supports the planned implementation a 20mph default speed limit on all borough roads in Haringey, apart from certain main roads, however it seems to us some of the roads intended to be designated at 30mph, should have a 20mph limit, to take account of local conditions and to maximise pedestrian and cycle safety.  The roads we would ask to be reconsidered are-

 

Fortis Green Rd, which has a number of shops and restaurants and also a very narrow section, where a 20mph limit will greatly improve road safety.

 

Hornsey High Street, where there are many shops and restaurants and at least 3 schools in the vicinity.

 

West Green Road, where there are many schools, shops and restaurants and where heavy traffic congestion during the day means that the average traffic speed must be already below 20mph.  An official 20mph limit will smooth the traffic flow and improve safety.

 

The whole of the Tottenham Lane/ Church Lane one way system, which is next to a school in one direction and leads up to shops in the other and where speeding traffic can be very intimidating in a mainly residential area.

 

Cycling Champion Cllr Toni Mallett has said she considers Hornsey High Street and West Green Rd should in particular be made 20mph and I hope all the roads above can be looked at again, in consultation with local councillors.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Michael Poteliakhoff

Coordinator HCC

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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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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.
consultations

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.