On Saturday 26 April Harrow Cyclists organised a rally outside the Civic centre and a bike ride to publicise the Space for Cycling campaign. The event was covered by the Harrow Times (http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/11179184.display/).

Harrow Cyclists just outside North Harrow Station on 26 April 2014

Harrow Cyclists on the Space for Cycling ride just outside North Harrow Station on 26 April 2014

A number of politicians attended, including Gareth Thomas (MP for Harrow West), Navin Shah (London Assembly Member for Brent & Harrow and Councillor for Kenton East), Manji Kara (Councillor for Belmont) and John Nickolay (Councillor for Pinner South). Sue Anderson (Councillor for Greenhill) and Georgia (Candidate for Headstone North) joined us for the ride.

Some councillors were unable to attend but sent messages of support: Leader of the Council Susan Hall (Councillor for Hatch End), Bill Stephenson (Headstone South), Mrinal Choudhury (Edgware) and Jerry Miles (Roxeth). We also received messages of support from councillor candidates Asif Iqbal (Marlborough), Kiran Ramchandani (Queensbury), Jeff Anderson (Rayners Lane) and Adam Swersky (West Harrow).

We were joined by Harrow Community Radio (http://hcrfm.org), the Harrow Happiness campaign (https://www.facebook.com/HappyHarrow) and the Safer Transport Team of the Metropolitan Police.

The event started with a speech by Tony, explaining the aim of the Space for Cycling campaign and the role that politicians have in ensuring that streets are designed to encourage cycling.

Tony giving a speech at the Space for Cycling ride on 26 April 2014

Tony giving a speech at the Space for Cycling ride on 26 April 2014

Glenn Watson with the Safer Transport officers who joined us on our #space4cycling ride.

Glenn Watson with the Safer Transport officers who joined us on our #space4cycling ride.

This was followed by a short bike ride around Harrow led by Anoop, highlighting some roads that need proper cycle facilities (e.g. along Imperial Drive, where the North Harrow cycle path ends abruptly) as well as some recent improvements (e.g. West Harrow recreation ground).

The end of the North Harrow cycle path. Looking along Imperial Drive, where the missing link between North Harrow and Rayners Lane needs to be built

The end of the North Harrow cycle path. Looking along Imperial Drive, where the missing link between North Harrow and Rayners Lane needs to be built

 

Map of the proposed route for Harrow Cyclists' Space for Cycling ride on 26 April 2014.

Map of the route for Harrow Cyclists’ Space for Cycling ride on 26 April 2014.