NOTES OF HFCYCLISTS AGM
Tuesday 6 May 2008 , 7.15pm for 7.30pm in the Info Centre
PRESENT: John Griffiths, Susie Gretz, Louanne Tranchell, Bjorn Volk, Andy Ellard, Paul Saunderson, Julie Askins, Alan Rowden, Chris Tranchell, Bill Ogden.
APOLOGIES: Phil Lamond, Sophie Gisbert, Stephen Burke, Gerry Berridge, Roger de Freitas, Mark Fossick.
HFCYCLISTS Chair's report
It has been a moderately good 15 months. The reason for this financial period being 15 months is to bring our year-end in line with that of the London Cycling Campaign. The LCC is now a charity, and this means that there will be some administrative changes in how we operate.
Over this time we have liaised and co-operated well with officers from LBHF on matters like cycle route planning and the GREENFEST. Also we have a good relationship with certain Councillors involved in the Environment and Planning.
In spite of this most of our campaigning efforts at Shepherds Bush Green have got us practically nowhere. We have tried to influence the plans put forward by Westfield for cycling at SBG. According to Westfield the roads in the area are not suitable for cycling. Cyclists are considered late in the planning process, and what happens is that there is no space left over for them. The cycle tracks are fine if they are continuous, or if someone has really considered what happens when they end. Not so in this case.
During BikeWeek The GREENFEST West London went well last year and the planning for it this year is proceeding well. We participated in the Tour de France and Hovis Freewheel events last year.
We have had some lovely rides last year, but we should be having far more. We can also co-operate with neighbouring groups. I hope more people will come forward to be involved in our group rides, and also with the many other things a cycling group could be doing.
There was some discussion on how poor the cycling provision was at Westfield. The chair was asked to write to the Council again urging them to give full consideration to the safety of cyclists, and the health benefits of promoting cycling and walking, when considering the final plans for the Southern Interchange and the Westfield Cycling Strategy. Also in any future planning processes to consider the space allocated to the transport infrastructure, including that for walking and cycling, before the design is approved. What is happening is that developments are exceeding the infrastructure to support them. [at www.hfcyclists.org.uk/ hfcyclistsAGMletterToCouncil.doc].
Julie said she had written to Andrew Slaughter MP expressing her concerns about cycling and congestion issues at Westfield /SBG. She had received a sympathetic response. However Andy Ellard pointed out that it was really out of his hands, as it was a Council planning matter.
Andy Ellard presented the accounts for the period from 1 January 2007 to 5 April 2008. These were accepted.
Andy explained that he would be standing down as treasurer for the following year. The new treasurer would prepare the return that goes to LCC when the forms are sent out.
The group thanked Andy for all the work he had done for us over the past years.
Julie urged us to buy FairTrade wine and orange juice for future meetings, as there appeared to be adequate funds.
The following were elected, the proposer and seconder being shown after the name.
Chair / co-ordinator
Other members of the MC
END OF AGM
HFCYCLISTS MAY MEETING.
GREENFEST West London
Paul suggested obtaining cycle repair kits and giving these out with a hfcyclists sticker on them as promotion at the GREENFEST. John thought that reflective stickers put on a bike would be more effective promotion, and Paul and John will look into the feasibility, cost of this.
Posters and postcards are now
available, and if you can help distribute them, please get in touch. We
are still looking for people who would like to help out on the cyclists
stand on the day, or help in other ways for part of time. Please contact
John as below.
RIDES, EVENTS, ETC?
The Darling Buds of May Ride
"Rough winds do shake
the darling buds of May,
Now that summer is well and truly on its way... come on this ride with Kensington & Chelsea LCC to explore the many and varied architectural styles and landscapes to be found along the Thames, all but a mere short ride from the borough.
The plan is to cycle up the river along the north side via Fulham, and if we're feeling adventurous, get as far as Barnes Bridge to cross the river and return on the south side. We'll see where we've been from a perspective across the river which is mostly quite different to the other side.
However, we've lots of options to trim the route as we feel, and there's several options for a refreshment along the way.
Meet: 10.30 am at the cafe by the Elfin Oak, in Kensington Gardens.[map location in above link] Queries? Philip: 07960 026450
Ride to Kingston Green Fair
DATE /PLACE FOR NEXT MEETING