Liveable Neighbourhood rally – 7 Apr 2018

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

Graham Henson – Roxbourne Ward, portfolio holder for the environment (Labour) – click here for full response on behalf of current administration

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.

Speech by Jeremy Leach, chair of London Living Streets