Let Barnet Council know your views on transport

The council are gathering views until Sunday 9th December on what their transport priorities should be over the next 3 years and looking forward to 2041.

We ask you to view this important consultation and respond here: https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/Transport_Local_Plan

You may wish to focus on your top 3 priorities for your part of Barnet and what you would like to happen. Don’t be put off by the 110-page consultation document – a lot is just copied from the TfL strategy. Look in particular at the delivery plan starting on page 62 and the long terms aims on page 80 to see what they are actually proposing or not proposing.

We met council officials on 4th December and raised three main topics:

  • Strategic Cycle Network
  • Liveable / Low Traffic Neighbourhoods
  • Behavioural Change

You may have other priorities, but if you agree with these here are some bullet points to think about: Continue reading “Let Barnet Council know your views on transport”

An appeal to members in the southern part of the borough

We have been approached by an organisation called THOCH (The Hope of Childs Hill). It runs a bike project at Basing Hill Park (Between Wayside NW11 and the Hendon Way NW2) with professional instructors and help from local volunteers. It teaches basic cycling skills to both adults and children. Times are: 12-2 Saturdays and 2-4 Sundays. They would like help with basic cycle maintenance and leading easy local rides for adults.

Website: www.thoch.org.uk

For further information contact Anthony info@thoch.org.uk

I have done two sessions with them, so if you want a feel of what’s involved, please feel free to contact me charles.harvey@hotmail.co.uk

020 8455 5174 / 07961 194 771.

I feel it’s the sort of organisation Barnet Cyclists should be supporting. You wouldn’t be expected to make a regular commitment. You can turn up and help as and when you can.

Charles Harvey

Campaign Group News – July 2018

Barnet Cyclists (BC) has a campaign group which responds to council consultations and keeps an eye on proposed developments that may affect cycling. Some of the issues we’ve been dealing with recently are:

Stay Wider of the Rider campaign: This is a London-wide LCC campaign and we’d encourage BC members to add close passes to the map. See https://barnetlcc.org/stay-wider-of-the-rider/ for details.

Brent X new railway station: I’ve attended the two recent exhibitions. There will be cycle parking and lifts to the platforms and a bridge over the railway line but no details of the design yet. Planned completion date is 2022.

Pentavia Retail Park – revised proposals consultation: Jon K and Jon C have submitted observations on the revised scheme, maintaining our objections while welcoming some of the improvements.

High St Barnet consultation: I have submitted objections with advice from Jon C and Simon Munk from the LCC and input from other members of the Campaign Group.

Playing fields consultation (Barnet, West Hendon, Copthall/Mill Hill): Campaign Group members have submitted responses to all three consultations. Barnet and Copthall both have cycle routes through them and a cycle route runs to the south of the West Hendon Playing Fields along the north shore of the Welsh Harp reservoir.

Dockless pool bikes: Jon C and Jon K had submitted observations on Barnet’s plans. Urbo, the councils preferred supplier, had have now pulled out of London.

Liaison with Haringey LCC group: We try to keep in touch with that is happened in adjoining boroughs. I’ve had a useful meeting with Selena Calder (Haringey LCC). LB Haringey had made a successful bid to TfL for a Liveable Neighbourhood plan in Crouch End. They have no further news on the proposed Hornsey – North Finchley Quietway.

Basing Hill Park cycle project: I’ve been contacted by a children’s cycle project that meets at Basing Hill Park on Saturdays. Anthony, who runs it, hopes that we can help him run some local rides for parents.

LCC infrastructure training sessions: Penny has attended one of Simon Munk’s infrastructure training sessions at the LCC office and found it most useful. She has circulated useful links to the rest of the campaign group.

Road safety measures around Menorah Primary School: I have submitted a written response to the consultation which includes a 20 mph zone around the school and a new built out crossing. I also spoke at the committee meeting. The revised scheme is going out to further consultation.

Church Lane, East Finchley: The council has new plans for Church Lane. The Campaign Group supports the new speed hump and the new electronic warning sign but we do not want to see the existing sign removed.

Finchley Reform Synagogue climate change group: I have met up with this group and will help draft the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods section of their proposed cycle strategy.

If you want further information on any of the items discussed or to be involved in the campaign group, please contact me.

Charles Harvey – 21 July 2018

charles.harvey@hotmail.co.uk

020 8455 5174

Barnet Cyclists/Barnet Cycling Campaign is part of London Cycling Campaign

Stay Wider of the Rider

Close passing is intimidating, dangerous and in the worst cases life threatening for cyclists.

Drop a pin on the Stay Wider of the Rider map to tell us where and when you were close passed while cycling.

stay-widerLCC regularly sends location data to the Metropolitan Police so they can use it to inform their decisions on where to conduct close pass operations.

Let’s get the worst roads indentified in Barnet.

If you wish, you can also sign the petition asking Jesse Norman, the minister responsible for walking and cycling policy, to raise awareness of the issue and educate the public, so that close passing becomes socially unacceptable.

Stay Wider of the Rider website

Take action now for better streets for Barnet!

The My Liveable London campaign is now live.

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You can now take action in just one minute – click here to start sending an email to Barnet’s party leaders (or another borough’s, if your address isn’t in Barnet) asking for their commitment to liveable streets that are safe and welcoming for walking and cycling.

This is an unprecedented campaign, uniting pedestrian and cycling campaigners across London. Please don’t miss this opportunity to get our message across to Barnet’s party leaders. By taking action you’re supporting Barnet Cycling Campaign’s asks:

  • Apply for Liveable Neighbourhood funding.
  • Reduce the harmful levels of air pollution we are exposed to.
  • Increase safety and numbers of people walking and cycling everyday journeys.
  • Cut congestion and rat running through residential streets.    
  • Break down barriers that leave so many in our community isolated behind their front doors.

What else can I do to help?

Email your Barnet friends asking them to take action at bit.ly/LiveableLondon

Share the same link on social media and use the hashtag #LiveableBarnet

And don’t forget to vote on 3rd May for whomever you think will bring us better streets for Barnet!

Air Quality action?

It’s 5 months since the consultation, to which we responded, on Barnet Council’s Draft Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022 ended.  The Council got the message that actions promoting sustainable transport are badly needed, yet we are still waiting to see any signs of action.

The results of the consultation have been published by the Council as follows:

We asked

We asked residents for their views on the Council’s Draft Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022

You said

We received 73 responses to the consultation.

80% of respondents said that they felt poor air quality is an issue in Barnet to a great extent. The most common themes were concerns about air quality affecting heath, the sheer volume of traffic on Barnet’s roads, congestion, the lack of cycling infrastructure, and the general unpleasantness of walking due to traffic fumes.

Most respondents (over 85%) agreed with the air pollution sources that the action plan will focus on, and over 70% felt that the plan was easy to understand. With respects to the proposed actions to improve air quality, there was strong support, particularly for increased green barriers and trees, anti-idling projects and work with schools on travel planning. The action with most disagreement was introducing 20mph speed limits close to schools as a measure to improve air quality where 11% of respondents strongly disagreed.

We asked residents for their own suggestions and ideas on improving air quality. Many respondents said there were simply too many vehicles on the roads and that cycling, walking and public transport needs to be incentivised. Many respondents cited the extra traffic generated by increased housing being built in the Borough as a key concern. Idling vehicles, particularly outside schools was also a strong theme.

Ideas included segregated cycle routes for commuters and advanced stop lines for cyclists at junctions; better maintenance of walking paths; tackling the school run; banning bonfires entirely in residential areas; closing off local “rat-runs”; education campaign to move to cleaner more efficient boilers in the home; limiting the use of wood-burning stoves; educational campaigns to get people to reduce their reliance on the private car.

We did

All of the proposed actions will go forward to the new air quality action plan 2017-2022. We will focus more strongly on the actions promoting sustainable transport as a result of the consultation exercise. We will consider the other new ideas including actions around wood-burning stoves, bonfires, better cycling infrastructure and promotion of efficient boilers through the air quality steering group process.