Minutes of meeting of Harrow Cyclists 16 July 2014 at Tony’s house
Attendees: Tony Levene, Melanie Smith, Veronica Chamberlain, Rhys Walsh, Anoop Shah
1. Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle Saturday 9 August
The Harrow feeder ride will depart Lowlands Road 9:30am, meeting up with the Brent group at Wembley at 10:15am. Tony will lead. Veronica and Rhys will marshal but more marshals are required.
The return trip usually has only one third the number of riders as many people come home by train. The London Midland route from Euston will be closed but London Overground will be running.
We can advertise it on iHarrow and council website. Veronica to write a press release after the event.
Tony Levene has a meeting with the new Harrow police inspector who is in charge of traffic police. Issues to raise:
- Advanced stop line enforcement
- Cycle overtaking
3. Feedback from council meetings
Anoop attended the Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel (TARSAP) meeting on 15 July. The main topic which takes up a lot of time in these meetings is controlled parking zones, which some residents tend to oppose because of the need to buy permits while others support it in order for more on-road parking spaces to be available for residents. Anoop brought up the issue of cycling and the need to consider cycle provision in all road schemes (whether or not they are ‘cycle’ schemes), for example in the planned redesign of Station Road. Harrow also needs to prepare a bid for TfL funding for high quality cycle routes.
Key routes include:
- Jubilee route (Honeypot Lane, Marsh Lane).
- Alexandra Avenue / Rayners Lane to North Harrow and Pinner and/or George V.
- East-West route to Wealdstone and beyond (Kodak site). Railway bridge needs to be sorted out.
We will write a letter to councillors and invite them to attend one of our meetings. We need to find out who is in charge of cycling (Councillor Barry Kendler is in charge of TARSAP) and who is portfolio holder for the environment. Anoop will collate a list of councillors who supported the Space for Cycling campaign.
4. Cycle parking and cycle hoops
Harrow on the Hill station, Pinner station and the old High Street need more cycle parking. Cycle Hoops have not been approved by the council. Some of the cycle parking money awarded to Harrow by TfL has been spent on unnecessary cycle stands rather than providing parking where it is required.
Veronica will raise the issue of parking at stations with TfL.
5. Any other business
Phasing of traffic lights at Kenton Road near Sainsbury is too short for groups of cyclists; Anoop will inform the council and inform TfL.
The road signing and arrows at the new junction with Headstone Road on College Road are ambiguous, and one member had experienced that this was dangerous. He also wanted an extension of the College Road cycle track. He told Tony he had had a discussion with a councillor who said there was a scrutiny committee who could be approached over council performance. We discussed this in the meeting and considered that the scrutiny committee was geared toward fraud detection rather than assessing the quality of road design and did not think it would be the most useful avenue to pursue. However we will step up our contact with the new council to try to improve the situation.
The Yahoo Groups email system does not seem to be performing satisfactorily, with some members not receiving emails about meetings. It is also difficult to find out who is subscribed. We should investigate an alternative.
Wed 17 September 2014 (originally 10 September).
However our next major event will be the feeder ride to RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August. Please come and take photos and help out with marshalling if you can.