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

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.

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.


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:

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:

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:

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 (

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:

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!!

London Boroughs’ Healthy Streets Scorecard

The first ever (and first of what’s planned to be an annual event) London Boroughs’ Healthy Streets Scorecard launched today. You can see the LCC blog with the media release and download of the full report and spreadsheet here: It has also been covered in the Evening Standard.

What is the Scorecard?

The Scorecard aims to track boroughs on nine metrics relating to the Healthy Streets methodology and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy aims. These nine are broken into four “outputs” – the long-term results of making streets healthier – such as serious collision rates, mode share and car ownership, and four inputs, one of which is a combination of two metrics. These are things every borough can and should be doing to improve streets and will mean all boroughs can affect their scoring and standing on the Scorecard within a year, without huge amounts of funding – such as modal filters installed, km of cycle track, 20mph and CPZ coverage of the borough’s roads.

All of the scores have been designed to not only be sourced from public sources of information (TfL mostly, but also DfT etc.) but also should be replicable on an annual basis. All the metrics have also been normalised – so, for instance, boroughs with more walking and cycling shouldn’t automatically do badly on collisions for vulnerable road users.

What the scorecard means for Barnet

Overall, Barnet comes 28th out of 33 boroughs, above Hillingdon, Bromley, Bexley, Redbridge and Havering.  The areas where investments have the most potential for improving Barnet’s overall score are 20 mph zones and provision of protected cycle tracks, followed by Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and CPZs.

The eight Healthy Streets indicators used for the 33 London Boroughs are:

Indicator Measure Barnet’s position – out of 33 Boroughs
1. Modeshare: Sustainable Modes (PT+W+C) Trip-based mode share for active, efficient and sustainable modes (Walk, Cycle & Public Transport), by borough of residence, LTDS 3 year average, 2015/16-2017/18. 23rd
2A. Active Travel-Walking % of adults who walk 5+ times a week 25th
2B. Active Travel-Cycling % of adults who cycle 5+ times a week 32nd
3. Casualties (Tot % P&C) Average Annual Pedestrian and Cyclist Serious and Fatal Casualties (2015 to 2017)/1,000 daily walking and cycling stages (Stages per day, 3 year average 2014/15-2016/17) 4th
4. Cars per Household Number of cars per household (2018) 25th
5. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (Modal filters) Number of modal filters (Source: TfL CID. Data collected 2017-summer 2018)/km of road length (DfT – 2017) 26th
6. 20mph Proportion of borough managed roads (by length) with a 20mph limit (TfL) 32nd
7. CPZ Coverage Length of roads covered by Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) (Source: Appy Parking) 21st
8. Provision of Protected Cycle Track Total length (kms) of protected cycle track (covers – Segregated (on- and off -carriageway), Stepped Lane/Track and Partially/light segregated (on- and off-carriageway)per km of road length (DfT – 2017) 32nd

The scorecard is certainly not comprehensive or perfect – but it’s a really good start we think, and the aim is to improve it, so please let us know your feedback.