Cycle Lanes coming to the A1000

We are pleased to report that pop-up cycle lanes are coming to the A1000 between The Bishops Avenue and Tally Ho corner.

Pop-up cycle lane on Euston Road

We support this positive move by Barnet Council and suggest members of Barnet Cyclists contact your local councillors to congratulate them on providing their first semi-protected cycle lanes on one of our top priority routes in Barnet. You may like to let them (and us at campaigns@barnetlcc.org) know where you want cycle lanes, low traffic neighbourhoods and school streets in your area – ideas from our campaign team are shown on the Safer Cycling Mapped Out page.

You can see what people want around Barnet, endorse their suggestions and add your own at Widen My Path.

Widen My path lets you suggest Cycleways, Pavement widening and Traffic Filters

Detailed design drawings were provided by traffic engineers at Barnet Council for the first A1000 cycle lanes and we have given our feedback on the temporary scheme and also the improvements needed to provide a permanent design.

Pressure is mounting for the cycle lanes to extend up the A1000 to High Barnet – yes, right up Barnet Hill to Monken Hadley. Barnet Cycling Campaign and LCC were interviewed by The Barnet Society, who have written this informative article.

We welcome all support to help our campaigning for safer cycling in Barnet.

Please help with the campaign for emergency Covid-19 infrastructure in Barnet!

If our local politicians don’t do more now the opportunity will be lost.

So if you haven’t done so already, please use both of these email templates to show your Council representatives what people who don’t want to use public transport or have the roads clogged with cars need them to do.

Let them know where you need pop-up cycle lanes, roads closed to motor traffic, school streets, 20mph speed limits, safer junction designs and pavement widening in your area.

For further details please see our post: Emergency Cycle Lanes in Barnet, which is being updated with the latest situation in Barnet. Thank You!

Local consultations

The Campaign Group tries to keep track of all consultations that affect cycling in LB Barnet. While we do generally see all those that concern the whole borough or a considerable part of it, we often miss out on small local schemes.

If you hear about a proposal in your local area, for instance ‘Healthy Streets’, 20 mph zones, one way streets, traffic near schools etc., we would like to know about it.

Please contact campaigns@barnetlcc.org

Ted Talk by Rob Ainsley on Cycling

This short video is part of last week’s Cycling UK “Cycle Clips” submitted by Charles H. Several Barnet cyclists have watched it and thought it a “nice amiable and personal account of the joys of cycling”.

It is 12 minutes long and covers thoughts on why people may like to cycle as well as some issues on expectations of climate changes in the UK and longer term views in a sort of upbeat manner.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/cycling-against-tide-why-i-love-cycling

Improving air quality in East Finchley What can we do?

FIND OUT Thursday October 17th at 7pm

Martin School Hall, Plane Tree Walk, High Road, East Finchley, London N2 9JP

Breathing polluted air harms our health, even when we might not feel the effects day to day.  Many Londoners -including in East Finchley-are living in areas that exceed the World Health Organisation guidelines. Half of this pollution is caused by road traffic but other factors such as dust from construction works have an impact. This meeting is an opportunity to get an overview of the problem and to assess what individuals, schools and other organisations and the wider community can do to improve the situation.

Speakers:

Leonie Cooper Greater London Assembly Member for the Labour and Cooperative Party (environment lead)

Pupil Representative from Martin School Eco Council on initiatives taken by one school community 

Spokespersonfrom London Borough of Barnet Invited

For more details: brown.kate@btinternet.com

Organised by East Finchley Community Trust

Study on Cycling: Can You Help?

Christopher Bonner is a student at Royal Holloway University of London and has requested of Barnet Cycling Campaign if they and others would be able to complete a survey on cycling experiences:

“I am recruiting participants for a nationwide study exploring experiences of cycling. In particular, the study aims to explore the types of beliefs that UK cyclists hold about other road-users whilst cycling. It involves completing a short questionnaire that will take about 10-12 minutes.

“The questionnaire can be accessed using this link: 

https://rhulpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0eVzgyshJfjsXM9

As a way of saying ‘thank you’, participants have the option of being entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon gift voucher.

Best wishes,

Christopher Bonner, Trainee Clinical Psychologist

Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, TW20 0EX

London Weekend 21-22 September

Lots happening in and around London on 21-22 September with Open House London 2019 on 21-22 September and Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September and you can visit them by bike.

With Open House London it is possible to visit hundreds of buildings of architectural interest and historical, cultural and general interest in central London and the Boroughs. With the Car Free Day on Sunday, 22 September road closures or bus-only zones will be enforced between 10.30am and 5pm with twenty kilometres of roads closed in central London and cycling and walking encouraged around Tower Bridge, London Bridge and the City of London.

You can learn more at:

https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-car-free-day-2019-what-will-this-years-event-involve-everything-you-need-to-know-a4174536.html

Buildings open include for example the Treasury Office, Foreign Office, Whitehall, various embassies, Saville Row, etc. Some building visits require email booking in advance (eg Wrotham Park, Barnet) and others are by ballot only with those ballots mostly closed now (eg No. 10 Downing St and new US Embassy).

But don’t be discouraged, hundreds of other buildings are still accessible and open in your area and in London and don’t forget the Car Free Day on Sunday 22 September and maybe use your bike to get to some of these famous buildings?

Creating a cycle network in St Albans and Harpenden

There is an open public meeting organised by St Albans Cycle Campaign to discuss how to develop a collaborative and feasible cycle network in St Albans & Harpenden. Entry is free to anyone interested in learning more about this, but please register in advance on Eventbrite (https://stacc-agm.eventbrite.co.uk).

The speaker will be Brian Deegan who is a leading street design engineer and an inspirational public speaker. He was co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards and is currently principal design engineer with Urban Movement, and cycling infrastructure lead for Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He has lived in Harpenden for 10 years, and knows the challenges and opportunities of creating a cycle network for the district and area.

Reminder: FreeCycle Events This Weekend 3-4th August

Don’t forget the FreeCycle events this weekend (see Rides Blog of 28 June for more details).

Our marshals Peter, Graham and John are stepping up to muster and coax a group of cyclists to and from central London to participate in the Saturday 3 Aug event. Remember you can join them as participants or find your own way into London and there is no need to register if you don’t want to and it is all FREE!!

The start point for the organised ride in is from Tally Ho Pub, North Finchley N12 0BP at 10am with the led start back to North Finchley from London at 3pm

You can download a map of the FreeCycle area in London at the following: https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/route/

Also Barnet Cyclists want to wish all the best to the Barnet team participating in the Surrey 100 on Sunday 4th August.  GOOD LUCK – Helen, Penny and Ray!!