Have you responded to the Highway Code consultation?

As you may know, the government is consulting on a revision of the Highway Code. The consultation ends at midnight on Tuesday 27 October, so there is still time to do an individual response online using this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-highway-code-to-improve-road-safety-for-cyclists-pedestrians-and-horse-riders

Cycling organisations have been heavily involved in lobbying to make the Highway Code more cycle-friendly and are keen for as many organisations and individuals as possible to respond.

You may find it helpful to see the comments made on behalf of Barnet Cycling Campaign:

H1] We support the concept of a “Hierarchy of Road Users” giving priority to the needs of a the most vulnerable. It reminiscent of the law of the sea that “sail comes before steam”. We would prefer the term “Hierarchy of Responsibility”.

H2] We support pedestrian priority at junctions and priority on shared pedestrian / cycle paths.

H3] We would support the rule prioritising cyclists going straight ahead at junctions.

Rule 8] Is not well defined. An illustration would help. For example, a pedestrian may want to cross a major road where another road meets it a junction.

Rule 59] People should be able to cycle in normal clothing. We would prefer the wording “You should ensure clothes cannot get tangled up in the chain or in a wheel or obscure your lights when you are cycling”.

Wearing a helmet is a matter of choice. We suggest that removing the word should and changing the clause to the following advice. We would prefer the wording “Evidence suggests that wearing a cycle helmet will reduce your risk of sustaining a head injury in certain circumstances. Cycle helmets, if worn, should conform to current regulations, be the correct size and securely fastened”.

Rule 66] We would prefer the wording of the second paragraph to read “cyclists may ride two abreast at any time, but consider a riding in single file on narrow lanes to provide for passing when drivers approach from behind or in front. When riding in groups on narrow lanes, it is sometimes safer to ride two abreast to shorten the overtaking distance or discourage overtaking when it could be unsafe”.

Rule 67] We would strongly support the advice to leave a door’s width when passing cars. A car door’s width is often wider than 0.5m. We feel that most of the time cyclists should take the “primary position” as recommended in Rule 72 (below).

We would endorse caution when passing on the left of large vehicles due to their blind spots.

Rule 72] We would support the recommendation to take the “primary position” on quieter roads.

Rule 76] We support the priority given to cyclists going straight ahead, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise.

Rule 82] Puffin crossings should be mentioned as well as Toucan crossings.

Rule 140] Add “You must not drive or park in cycle track at any time.”

Rule 163] We support the changes to this rule:

1] Allowing cyclists to filter though slow moving and stationary traffic provided they exercise caution.

2] Advising a minimum overtaking distance of 1.5 metres under 30mph and 2 metres at speed over 20 mph and for all large vehicles.

In the section on overtaking distances, we would recommend changing the wording from “As a guide” to “You should”.

Rule 213] Amend to read “Cyclists are also advised to ride at least a door’s width from parked cars for their own safety, which can mean they need to cycle in the centre of the lane”.

Rule 239] We support drivers using the so-called “Dutch Reach” to avoid the “dooring” of cyclists and motorcyclists.

The consultation is at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-the-highway-code-to-improve-road-safety-for-cyclists-pedestrians-and-horse-riders and closes at midnight on 27th October.

Try the new A1000 Cycle Lanes

Work has now started on the A1000 cycle lanes, working northwards from The Bishops Avenue up to North Finchley. Please go and ride along this southern part of the route and pass on your comments to Charles Harvey, our Campaign Coordinator, at campaigns@barnetlcc.org

Work will progress in stages, so you may find posts being added after a cycle lane is marked and pavement build-outs being removed at a later stage. A full set of drawings showing the completed scheme can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1PvhyYjnXyK6E4YO9rrFiiYW_n0UeV3if

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?