Harrow Cyclists rally and bike ride at the Civic Centre
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
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.
We are holding a Christmas evening meal to meet fellow cyclists.
It will be at the Masa Afghan restaurant, Headstone Road, Wealdstone starting 7.30pm. To avoid confusion, it’s the one on the same side as the Post Office. (There’s another one with almost the same name on the other side of the road.
This is a very reasonably priced place with both veggie and meat dishes. And while it does not serve beer or wine, you can bring your own if you wish.
Please let Tony know if you would like to come (email@example.com).
Harrow Cyclists provided feeder rides to and from the RideLondon FreeCycle in Central London. The FreeCycle is an event for all abilities, where people will be able to cycle around an 8-mile circuit in Central London along roads closed to motor traffic.
We had about 40 people on the outward ride, which was led by Tony, and 15 people on the return ride led by Veronica.
Cycle Superhighway 11 will involve changes to the Swiss Cottage gyratory and part-time gate closures of Regents Park to prevent through motor traffic using the outer circle during the day (while maintaining access to the park and zoo).
This will restore the dangerous and polluted Outer Circle of Regents Park to its original function as a place for recreation and exercise.
This route is important for Harrow Cyclists as some of us use the route to reach Central London.
The proposals have been well supported in public consultation, but a vocal minority of motorists is vehemently opposed to the scheme.
This is why it is vital to show strong pro-CS11 support at Saturday’s event.
The demonstration will take place at 11am on 8 October outside the Hampstead Theatre in Swiss Cottage. Please come along to show your support!
Brent Cyclists will be meeting at Gladstone Park (main bridge across the railway, at the foot of Parkside) at 10:30am to ride to Swiss Cottage. They will also pick up anyone who wants to wait at at Kilburn station at 10:45am. After seeing what goes on at the demo they will probably go to Regent’s Park for an ice-cream or something.