Christmas social and drop-in session, 12 Dec 2018

Date and time: Wed 12 December 2018, 6.30pm – 9pm

Venue: Royal Oak pub, 86 St Anns Road, Harrow, HA1 1JP (outside St George’s shopping centre)

Come along for mince pies and a friendly chat at the Harrow Cyclists Christmas Social. We welcome anyone with an interest in improving Harrow’s streets – let us know your thoughts about your local area and ideas for making things better!

Please book on Eventbrite to let us know you’re coming.

 

Deputation to Harrow Council TARSAP meeting, 31 Oct 2018

Harrow’s Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel meets 3 times a year to consider traffic and parking schemes. This time one of the items on the agenda was the Local Implementation Plan (LIP), which outlines how Harrow will spend its transport budget over the next few years. Harrow Cyclists submitted a detailed response to the LIP.

Veronica of Harrow Cyclists submitted a deputation to the TARSAP, stating that although the objectives of the LIP were broadly in the right direction (to decrease car use and increase walking and cycling), the policies and delivery plan fell short and would fail to achieve the objectives.

In her speech, she summarised Harrow Cyclists’ recommendations:

  1. Low traffic neighbourhoods – these are quick and cheap to build, they improve air quality, increase walking and cycling and reduce driving. We recommend they are top priority to be built using existing funds, instead of cycle Quietways. A recent study in Waltham Forest showed an increase in life expectancy of 3 months due to improved air quality and increased walking and cycling.
  2. Default speed limit of 20mph on most streets, with a higher limit only where there are low numbers of pedestrians, and cyclists are segregated from motorists.
  3. Segregated cycle lanes along major roads, prioritising routes identified in TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis (e.g. Station Road, Sheepcote Road, Headstone Drive, Lowlands Road, Imperial Drive and Pinner Road).

Harrow engineers stated they were beginning to look into a default 20mph speed limit  and roads from which through traffic could be removed, but that support of residents and councillors was essential.

Veronica’s full speech is available here.

Visit to Waltham Forest mini-Holland, 9 Aug 2018

Harrow Cyclists, Harrow councillors (Jerry Miles and Sarah Butterworth) and a group of Harrow Traffic officers led by Barry Phillips came on a walking tour on a rainy afternoon in August, kindly arranged by Paul Gasson of Waltham Forest Cyclists.

Waltham Forest submitted a winning bid in the Mayor’s mini-Holland competition in 2013, and was awarded £30 million to improve walking and cycling in the borough. The borough has also allocated an additional £10 million from other funding sources, such as TfL LIP funding and section 106 developer contributions. They have built several low-traffic filtered neighbourhoods, where through motor traffic is excluded in order to make them pleasant places to live, walk and cycle. They have also started to build a network of high quality, segregated cycle routes along main roads.

These improvements have been possible because of strong political leadership and a collaborative approach between council officers and cycling campaigners. The council has encouraged local residents to take more ownership of their streets, and several new residents associations have sprung up.

The results so far have been impressive, and the schemes have won numerous awards. Motor traffic has decreased by 16% overall and 56% in filtered neighbourhoods, with a substantial reduction in collisions (see article). A study after 1 year showed that in high dose mini-Holland areas, people were walking 13% more and cycling 18% more (Aldred et al., 2018). Improvements in air quality have already resulted in a 6 week increase in predicted life expectancy for children in the borough (Dajnak et al., 2018).

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We saw quite a few modal filters, where former through routes for motor traffic have been blocked by bollards or planting, creating pleasant and convenient routes for walking and cycling. These filters have been applied across whole neighbourhoods, making them quiet and pleasant, while maintaining access to all properties.

In front of one of the schools, a rain garden has been created by narrowing the road, and is being maintained by the school. The vast majority of children attending this school now walk or cycle because the surrounding streets are safe.

Many of the new areas of planting are maintained by local residents, who are taking new pride in their neighbourhood. The removal of motor traffic has allowed a resurgence of community spirit.

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Crossing the main roads between filtered neighbourhoods is made easier by parallel zebra and cycle crossings, as shown below.

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Waltham Forest is also building an extensive network of segregated cycle lanes along main roads. The photograph below shows Quietway 2, which has been squeezed in either side of trees, maintaining important segregation from motor vehicles.

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We saw some stepped tracks (kerb-separated cycle tracks mid-way between the footway and the carriageway). These require less space than fully segregated cycle lanes, and can be fitted on narrower roads, as in this example where space has been created by narrowing the carriageway and removing central hatching. This is an older example and is not up to Waltham Forest\’s current standard, which advocates red tarmac surfacing to distinguish it clearly from the footway and the roadway.

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Cycle parking may not be provided in older flats or those which have been converted from houses, so on-street bike hangars (replacing car parking spaces) allow residents to rent a secure space to store their bike.

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The town centre was pedestrianised before the mini-Holland scheme, but has since been improved, with walking and cycling improvements in the surrounding streets. This was an unusually rainy day in August; the street is usually much busier.

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Orford Road in Walthamstow Village is one of the major success stories of the mini-Holland project. It was previously congested and unpleasant, with many of the shops vacant. However, now that all motor traffic is prohibited 10am-10pm (except for one bus route), all the shops are occupied and a new village square has been created, which has become a real hub of the community.

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Mini-Holland is not just about walking, cycling, public health and air quality, it is also about community and improving quality of life. Reducing the dominance of motor traffic is key to making this happen.

The map below shows the new modal filters and other changes to traffic management that enabled Walthamstow Village to become a low-traffic neighbourhood.

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Liveable neighbourhood rally, 7 Apr 2018

We gathered outside the main entrance to the Civic Centre to show support for a Liveable Neighbourhood in Harrow.

A Liveable Neighbourhood should be pleasant and walkable, and include a cycle network with safe, convenient routes separated from motor vehicles. Our proposal would transform central Harrow to make it a healthy, people-friendly place to live, work and visit.

Our London Assembly member, Navin Shah, and five councillors and councillor candidates attended:

Sue Anderson – Greenhill ward (Labour)

Madeline Atkins – Greenhill ward (Green)

Chris Noyce – Rayners Lane ward (Liberal Democrats)

Pietro Rescia – Rayners Lane ward (Liberal Democrats)

Linda Robinson – Stanmore Park ward (Green)

The following councillors and candidates did not attend but provided messages of general support for cycling:

Sumit Chadda – support removal of through traffic from residential areas but not segregated cycle lanes along main roads or a controlled parking policy

Graham Henson – Roxbourne Ward, portfolio holder for the environment (Labour)

Manjibhai Kara – Belmont ward (Conservative)

Sanjay Karia – (Liberal Democrat)

Phillip O’Dell – Wealdstone ward (Labour)

Swati Patel – Roxbourne ward

Adam Swersky – West Harrow ward (Labour)

Emma Wallace – Greenhill ward (Green) – fully support

Georgia Weston – Headstone North ward (Independent) – fully support

Jeremy Leach, chair of London Living Streets, spoke of the welcome aim for a more sustainable transport mix in the Mayoral Transport Strategy, but that this needs to be implemented – which means that boroughs such as Harrow need to develop high quality Liveable Neighbourhood proposals.

The rally was followed by a bike ride around central Harrow led by Veronica, which included some small pieces of cycle infrastructure but showed how much work was needed to make Harrow cycle friendly.

 

 

Space for Cycling rally, 26 Apr 2014

Harrow Cyclists participated in London Cycling Campaign’s Space for Cycling campaign in April 2014. We lobbied councillor candidates in the local elections to pledge to improve cycling conditions in each individual ward in Harrow, and gained support from councillors from all parties. For each ward we suggested a specific cycling scheme, a ‘ward ask’, as an example of the changes that will be required to make Harrow a cycle-friendly borough.

We held a rally at the Civic Centre and a bike ride, highlighting the need for better cycling infrastructure in Harrow.

 

Edgware ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Burnt Oak Broadway and Camrose Avenue

Camrose Avenue is the main road linking Queensbury and Edgware. The road is narrow and hostile to cycling, but there is a wide grass verge which can be used to build a high quality segregated cycle path, connecting with the proposed \’Jubilee\’ cycle path along Honeypot Lane.

Supported by Councillors Chika Amadi, Barry Kendler and Nitin Parekh

Rayners Lane ward

Ward ask: Reduce through motor traffic on Rayners Lane to provide a pleasant cycle route to Pinner

Rayners Lane is the most direct link between Rayners Lane and Pinner town centres. It is too narrow for cycle paths but should not be a major route for motor traffic, which should use the major roads (Pinner Road and Imperial Drive). The junction with Village Way also needs improvement to allow cyclists approaching from the west to turn right onto the cycle path. The Rayners Lane cycle path needs to be improved by giving it priority over side roads in order to make it more convenient and attract people to cycle along it.

Supported by Councillors Jeff Anderson and Chris Noyce

Greenhill ward

Ward ask: Improve cycle routes to the town centre along Lowlands Road, College Road, Kenton Road and Sheepcote Road

Harrow Town centre has a confusing one-way system and limited cycle facilities that do not reach all destinations. The surrounding roads such as Lowlands Road, Kenton Road and Sheepcote Road have poor cycling conditions. Dedicated space for cycling is required on these roads, as well as good quality cycle routes through the town centre (e.g. along College Road), with ample cycle parking close to the shops. The cycle route along Hindes Road and Elmgrove Road needs improving – traffic calming is required on Elmgrove Road to make it safer and more pleasant to cycle to Elmgrove School, the Kadwa Patidar Centre, Harrow Leisure Centre and the Belmont Trail.

Supported by Councillor Sue Anderson

Headstone South ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Pinner Road

Pinner Road is the major route through the area and should provide protection for cyclists from motor vehicles. This will require removal of some on-street car parking, but is essential in order for the local shops to thrive, as people need to be able to cycle to them easily. Measures should also be taken to reduce through motor traffic on minor residential roads such as Pinner View and Cunningham Park, to make it safer and more pleasant for residents and to encourage people to walk and cycle in the area.

Supported by Councillors Simon Brown, Pamela Fitzpatrick and Sasikala Suresh

Hatch End ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Uxbridge Road

Uxbridge Road is a major road which requires cycle paths along its length, linking with service roads along London Road at the eastern end. The route should be linked to Carpenders Park and Watford by upgrading the footpath across the field between Sylvia Avenue, Hatch End and South Oxhey.

Supported by Councillor Susan Hall

Canons ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Whitchurch Lane, Stonegrove and Marsh Lane

Whitchurch Lane is a busy shopping street leading to Edgware, and Stonegrove is part of the A5, a straight and busy road leading to Central London. Whitchurch Lane has narrow advisory cycle lanes which are frequently blocked by parked cars. Marsh Road is a fast busy road which is currently a major barrier to cycling in the area. It has wide verges and service roads which can be used to create good quality segregated cycle paths linking to Honeypot Lane.

Supported by Councillor Ameet Jogia

Belmont ward

Ward ask: Remove through motor traffic from St Andrews Drive / Culver Grove

St Andrews Drive / Culver Grove / Old Church Lane is a residential road which runs parallel to Honeypot Lane, and residents have been complaining about the high volume of motor traffic on this road and parking problems. This road could be a pleasant and direct cycle route if motor traffic were reduced; this can be achieved using intermittent mode filters to prevent cars from using it as a rat-run but allowing buses and cycles.

Supported by Councillor Manji Kara

Kenton West ward

Ward ask: An east-west cycle path across Kenton Recreation Ground

Kenton Recreation Ground is used for cycle training and has a single cycle route. An additional east-west route would be a useful link between Kenton and Harrow and would also be useful for recreation. The Belmont Trail needs a wider tarmac surface in order to be usable by ordinary bikes, and the link between the two routes (Christchurch Avenue and the 5-arm roundabout) require segregated cycle facilities to maintain an uninterrupted, pleasant, safe cycle route.

Supported by Councillors Ajay Maru and Vina Mithani

Roxeth ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Eastcote Lane and Northolt Road

Cycle paths along Eastcote Lane and Northolt Road will improve access to the shops, easing congestion and parking problems. The cycle path along Alexandra Avenue also needs upgrading, with priority over side roads in order to make it more convenient for cycling and therefore encourage people to cycle rather than drive.

Supported by Councillor Jerry Miles

Queensbury ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Mollison Way

Mollison Way is currently being rebuilt to provide car parking bays. This entails the removal of most of the street trees. This road has high traffic flow and requires segregated cycle paths which will link the Mollison Way shopping area to Queensbury Station. There is a wide verge and plenty of space for good, wide cycle paths.

Supported by Councillor Kiran Ramchandani

Kenton East ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Honeypot Lane

Honeypot Lane has grass verges and intermittent service roads which can be linked to create segregated cycle paths. The roundabouts and other junctions also need segregated cycle facilities which are safe and do not cause undue delay to cyclists.

Supported by Councillor Aneka Shah

Headstone South ward

Ward ask: Build high quality cycle paths along Pinner Road

Pinner Road is the major route through the area and should provide protection for cyclists from motor vehicles. This will require removal of some on-street car parking, but is essential in order for the local shops to thrive, as people need to be able to cycle to them easily. Measures should also be taken to reduce through motor traffic on minor residential roads such as Pinner View and Cunningham Park, to make it safer and more pleasant for residents and to encourage people to walk and cycle in the area.

Supported by Councillor Sasikala Suresh

West Harrow ward

Ward ask: High quality cycle paths along Imperial Drive, Lascelles Avenue and Bessborough Road

To provide a safe route to the town centre (joining up with the Roxeth Green Avenue cycle path), a safe and pleasant route to Whitmore School and a link between North Harrow and Rayners Lane town centres. The North Harrow cycle path needs to be upgraded to give it priority over side roads in order to make cycling more convenient. Through motor traffic on minor roads in West Harrow (e.g. Vaughan Road) should be reduced to make it more pleasant for walking and cycling.

Supported by Councillor Adam Swersky

Headstone North ward

Ward ask: Provide safe cycle routes to Nower Hill School

Cycle paths are required on Pinner Road, Headstone Lane and George V Avenue to enable and encourage pupils to cycle to Nower Hill School. The North Harrow and Rayners Lane cycle paths also need to be linked along Imperial Drive and improved, with priority over side roads to make them faster and more convenient.

Supported by Councillor Georgia Weston