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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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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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‘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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Space for Cycling – TAKE ACTION in Haringey

Take action now to call for safe Space for Cycling from your Haringey election candidates. 

In November 2013, London Cycling Campaign members and supporters completed a survey stating what changes they would like to see in their area. This data was the basis of the ward ‘asks’ we have created for each ward in the borough.

Ask for Space for Cycling in Haringey NOW

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space for cycling survey responses MAPPED

Space for Cycling survey – Haringey responses

In November, London Cycling Campaign set up a survey and asked for feedback on barriers to cycling in London, and in your own borough.  There were 144 responses in Haringey, which has given us plenty of data to look at before we decide the asks for each ward on Monday 10th February.

With ( a lot of) help from Hammersmith & Fulham Cyclists we’ve managed to use Google map engine to create one map of:

a) the wards of Haringey

b) the responses you entered in the Space for Cycling survey

Even at a glance, it is clear where there are clusters of ‘hot spots’.

Please explore the map and let us know by comment or email if you’ve anything you’d like to see added.

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Green Lanes Public Realm Improvements – Our View

The Statutory Overview and Scheme overview Document (the plans unless any objections) can be viewed here:

http://www.haringey.gov.uk/gl_snp_booklet_final_digital_copy.pdf

As mentioned by Geoff on Harringay Online ”This is the one opportunity to have a close look at all the detail and to make constructive comments.”

Views and comments are invited and welcomed and the closing date for these is Friday 21st June 2013.

‘If no major objections are received’, works are planned to start in July/August 2013 and will last 9-12 months.

Comments should be emailed to: frontline.consultation@haringey.gov.uk
or posted to: Frontline Consultation, London Borough of Haringey, FREEPOST NAT 20390, PO Box 264, London N22 8BR

A number of people have enquired about what the proposals include for cyclists? Well, here’s our letter to the Major Schemes Project Manager:

HCC_Logo_Col-smallCo-ordinator:  Michael Poteliakhoff

 

Mr Stephen Jones

Major Schemes Project Manager
Sustainable Transport Group
Place & Sustainability
London Borough of Haringey
2nd Floor, River Park House
225 High Road, Wood Green
N22 8HQ

 

Green Lanes Statutory Notification / Scheme Overview

Thank you for your email of 5th June.

The report of consultation on this scheme confirmed:-   “Cyclists do not regard either Green Lanes or Wood Green as cycle friendly, but Green Lanes is seen as offering a more adverse cycling environment than Wood Green”.

Unfortunately nothing, apart from new cycle parking, is included in the proposals to address this.  The consultation also confirms 9% of trips to the Green Lanes centre are by bicycle, compared with 10% by car.  The available car parking is already fully used and there is no scope for increased provision, so encouraging cycle use is a “near market” which can benefit local shops, who of course are in competition with supermarkets, with large free car parks.

Haringey Cycling Campaign participated in the initial consultation on this scheme and proposed improving cycle access by ending one-way traffic restrictions for cyclists on local roads.  Most of the “Ladder” roads are presently one-way.  As many are long roads with a considerable gradient, this discourages cycle use.  There are also recommended “London Cycling Guide” cycle routes converging at the end of St Annes’s Road.  As illustrated in the Scheme Overview cover, cyclists use this route and cut through to Green Lanes in front the “Salisbury” pub.  HCC suggested this be allowed for in the scheme, but there is no indication of dropped kerbs, or shared use, to allow this.  There is also no indication of how cyclists are to access the one existing contra flow cycle lane at Colina Rd.  Clarification of the proposed work here and at the St Anne’s Rd junction is essential.  Please see below an extract from the TfL London Cycling Guide, showing local routes.

No doubt one reason for the ending one-way restrictions not being included in the proposals, is the consultation finding that a majority of interviewees were not in favor of cycle contra flow.  This very much depended on how the question was asked.  Cycle contra flow is a relatively new concept in this country, with very few examples in Haringey.  As such, many people might think it sounded unsafe and would instinctively be worried about it.  If it the question had been put in the context of a strategy for environmental improvement and reducing traffic congestion, supported by illustrations from Denmark and Holland, I am sure the results would have been different.

Simpler ways of providing cycle contra-flow with fewer signs and markings were enabled by amendments to the regulations introduced by the DfT in 2012.  Pro-cycling boroughs such as City of London and LB Camden are already taking advantage of this by implementing cycle contra-flow as standard on their one-way streets.  Haringey will not compare favourably with these boroughs if they do not take this opportunity do the same.   At the very least future ending of one-way restrictions should be allowed for in the current work, so HCC propose that all the new road narrowings have an adequate width for cycle contra flow (4.5m).  In this way the work would be “future proofed”.

The plans note that existing road markings not shown, are to remain, implying the existing bus lane is to be retained.  HCC welcomes this (the overview could be clearer on this point).  In addition, although pavement widening is mentioned under “General upgrade and renewal” it is understood there is to be no realignment of kerbs to the main thoroughfare.  This opens up the possibility of a northbound 2m width cyle lane to operate at the present times when car parking is not permitted.  This would be a great benefit to cyclists and with a good width slower cyclists will not be intimidated and are more likely to “stop and shop”.

I look forward to your response.

Michael Poteliakhoff
Haringey Cycling Campaign

 

cc Cllr Nilgun Canver,  Cllr Toni Mallett