Space for Cycling campaign

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 across many wards in Harrow. 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.

In September 2016 we emailed councillors to inform them of the need for action on Harrow’s Cycling Strategy. Councillors Susan Hall,¬†Ameet Jogia, Ajay Maru, Christine Robson, Sachin Shah, Norman Stevenson, Adam Swersky and Georgia Weston replied in support.

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