Notes on hfcyclists meeting, Wednesday 10 July, 7.30pm in the info centre
Present: John Griffiths, John Ryan
Apologies: Roger de Freitas, Jane Knight, David Lewis, Alex Forrest, Mo Morgan, Louanne Tranchel, Chris Tranchel.
Colin Glendenning of the Highways department is trying to organise a survey of how cyclists use the Broadway. Can we come up with a way of doing this effectively. This is prior to changes of some sort to the Broadway.
One needs to ask what is the point of a survey? What will it show? How will it help to decide what improvements to make.
Observation type survey, If carried out at the Broadway it will only involve cyclists who use it now and in its present configuration. It could be
a) Just a count. A baseline
so that an increase in cyclist use can be measured.
Questionnaire or interrogation.
a) More can be learnt, but few cyclists on the Broadway will stop or pick up a questionnaire and respond.. It can be extended to include cyclists passing through the Trussley rd Arch and along the Malls by the river.
Possible improvements are dealing with the crossings near the Novotel, and a crossing of Fulham Palace road, and a direct link between Hammersmith rd and King St, Advanced stop lanes and perhaps cycle lanes. Another possible improvement is a 20mph speed limit. We would have to know what we are talking about if we want to push that forward.
John Ryan sent off an email to Commander Anthony Wills of the local police asking if he could help us measure peak speeds on the Broadway. And also to see if he could provide information about accidents for us. He has since indicated that he will try and help.
John R also also suggested using the Urban studies Centre to get school kids to help with a survey. Ieaun Prys Davies and Sue Ingham of the Centre have since indicated that Normand Park school is already lined up for September for studying a possible closure of Mulgrave rd. It may be possible to use another school later as part of a GCSE geography project.
We are both very upset about the refusal to have a local representative on the steering group. We wondered what powers we actually have. The next day we were both at the launch of the Community and Voluntary Sector Network. Andrew Slaughter, leader of the Council gave a brief talk about the Borough Partnership and mentioned "Best Value". The Council has an obligation to consult and take notice of groups like us. We must find out more about this, and perhaps ask Andrew to one of our meetings.
A deputy's meeting has considered the OYbike pilot scheme, and has apparently given it the go ahead. Simon Franklin had presented the case. A few days before this he sent me an email with a copy to Nigel Pallace containing the statements:
"The issue of Oybikes and ordinary bikes sharing the same stands has been taken very seriously. This arrangement was demonstrated succesfully at the recent Cyclists Breakfast which I was pleased you were able to attend. There is no reason why ordinary bikes should be trapped, or the OYbikes not easily manoevred."
"There is no possibility of the OYbike tether being long enough to allow the bike to fall over."
When the pilot scheme goes ahead let us remember these words.
I replied raising our concerns
If you would like a copy of this letter please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A recent well-researched report
on city-bike projects
There is to be a meeting of the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Panel on Wednesday 24 July at 7pm. it will include Best Value indicators and cycle safety. If you want to see how local government operates I suggest going along.
4 Roger's Soiree / Garden party / Barbecue
This Wednesday 17 July at 8pm. Roger will hopefully lay on some real ale and perhaps a sausage or two. If you would like to bring something special please do, but it is not necessary. This is our big event of the year so please try and come. The occasional child probably would not be unwelcome.
At 31 Hartswood rd, W12
5 Car free day - In town without my car. Mulgrave rd has been chosen, next to Normand park school and on the rat run that goes up to Barons Court. There was a very successful and energetic meeting the next day.
There will be a further planning meeting on Thursday 25 july at 6pm or 6.30pm, probably at the NDC office in North End Rd. If you wish to be part of the steering group please contact me [as below] or Chris Bainbridge <email@example.com>.
6 We will skip a meeting in August and organise some rides instead. Anyone keen to lead one or be on one?
So our next meeting will in September. I have shifted it to Thursday for this one time as there is a central LCC meeting on the second Wednesday. So it will be THURSDAY 12 September. PUT IN DIARY NOW