The meeting was held on Wednesday 5th October 2016, 7.30pm at 60 Longley Road, Harrow.
Apologies: Mohamed Ladha, Veronia Chamberlain
Attendees: Tony Levene, Anoop Shah
LCC Annual General Meeting 15 October 2016
We discussed the LCC motions and would encourage all LCC members to vote in the trustee elections.
Harrow council’s proposed cycle schemes
We discussed the following two small-scale schemes proposed by Harrow for implementation this year:
- A ‘tiger’ (zebra / cycle) crossing of Christchurch Avenue at the south end of the Belmont Trail, and a widened shared use footway on the south side of Christchurch Avenue linking it to Kenmore Avenue. We support this scheme, but would like the shared footway extended along Christchurch Avenue so that cyclists can reach Harrow Leisure Centre without having to negotiate the roundabout at Forward Drive.
- Footway along the dual carriageway part of Imperial Drive converted to shared use, with removal of the current dangerous advisory cycle lanes in the door zone. We support this scheme as long at the footways are continuous along side road junctions in order to enforce pedestrian and cyclist priority. A segregated cycle path would be preferable but would be more expensive. As the footways are wide and pedestrian density is low along this stretch the plan for shared footway is reasonable. The missing link between the Imperial Drive / Ridgeway junction and North Harrow station should be built next.
Liaison with councillors and engineers in improving Harrow’s transport policies
Harrow has approved a cycling strategy but many road schemes currently ignore cycling. We have written to all councillors asking for this to be changed, and for the London Cycling Design Standard to be applied, as it is in other London boroughs. Councillors Sue Anderson, Susan Hall, Ameet Jogia, Ajay Maru, Christine Robson, Sachin Shah, Norman Stevenson, Adam Swersky and Georgia Weston replied in support.
Anoop is meeting with council engineers on Friday 14 October to try to push for improvements.
Simple policy changes consistent with the London Cycling Design Standard (LCDS) which would cost nothing but make a difference include:
- Allowing cyclists to travel in both directions on minor residential one-way streets (LCDS chapter 4, page 47) “Unless there are over-riding reasons not to, there should be a presumption that contraflow cycling should be provided for in any one-way street”.
- Full-width sinusoidal speed bumps rather than speed cushions (LCD chapter 3, page 45) “Speed cushions are not recommended for cycle use … they rarely have a significant speed-reducing effect on certain wider-based vehicles and on powered two wheelers”.
- 20mph speed limits in all residential zones and high streets rather than limited areas around schools (LCDS chapter 3, page 21) “An 85th percentile maximum speed of 20mph should be aimed for on roads forming part of designated cycling routes, including local streets, town squares and city places”.
Harrow needs a massive investment in cycling and a comprehensive cycle network. This is particularly important near the town centre, where hundreds of new flats are about to be built. We need to decide on a strategy to maximise the chance of major investment in cycling in Harrow. This may include:
- Producing a detailed plan and visualisation of a ‘Heart of Harrow’ cycle network
- Arranging a Waltham Forest study tour for Harrow councillors and engineers
- Bike ride / photoshoot demonstration
- Lobbying the London Assembly for more funding for cycling in outer London
- Gaining the support of large organisations and community groups
To be arranged.