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.

RIDE REMINDER – Update – 4th July – Evening Ride – In and Around Barnet

A gentle ride on a summer’s evening using sections of paths through parks and residential streets. Starting at Tally Ho, small tree and bench area next to pub, North Finchley and finishing with a meal after the ride in Whetstone at Rizo’s – known for catering for cyclists with a Mediterranean and European food theme – meat, fish, vegie and vegan choices. Join us for the meal if you can’t make the ride.


Meet: 7.00pm Tally Ho, North Finchley N12.

Ride Leader: Charles Jennings Please let me know if you think you might join this ride or just come for the meal – send me an email if poss by early afternoon on day of the ride – not essential but helps with restaurant booking.

GRAB A BARGAIN (Barnet Cyclists Funding Appeal)

Now is your chance to have a year’s interesting cycle rides, indulge in sociable monthly indoor meetings and flaunt a membership card, all at a miniscule cost. If this refrain looks familiar it is because it’s a repeat of our fund raising appeal of a month ago. So if you responded then, you may stop reading now, unless you would like to donate yet more money!

If you didn’t respond can we gently remind you that we need your financial help to keep Barnet Cyclists alive.  We do get a grant from the LCC but this only covers about a third of our annual operating costs. So we would like you to contribute a whole £4 if you are a paid up LCC member, or if you are an associate of Barnet Cyclists at least £10 would be appreciated.

Ideally we would like you to pay by bank transfer directly into our account. It is “London Cycling Campaign Barnet Branch”, sort code 60 83 01, a/c no. 20225687 and vitally important, give your name as a reference.

If you are unable to do a transfer don’t hesitate, just give us cash or a cheque. (Cheques to “Barnet Cyclists” or the full a/c name as above). As we now have to pay a bank handling charge for cheques please add an extra 50p to cover this. If posting send to: Treasurer, Barnet Cyclists, 38 Glenwood Rd. NW7 4LJ.

So in anticipation and hoping you don’t forget to do this – many thanks for your valued support,

Group treasurer – Peter R.

Ride Reminder – London Prudential FreeCycle on 3rd August 2019

The event is not until August but it is necessary to register in advance. FreeCycle is a major closed-road event combining a free solo or family-style ride in central London. LCC is promoting the event which is part of a festival of cycling sponsored by Prudential.

The actual FreeCycle 8 mile ride is in Central London on Saturday 3rd August 2019.  Participants may find their own way into London or join an LCC organised group from the park adjacent to Tally Ho Pub (N12 0BP) at 1000 in North Finchley which will ride (approx. 10 miles) from North Finchley to the Museum of London, London Wall/St Martins le Grand (EC2Y 5HN) in Central London. The group will be led back to North Finchley at 1500 from the Museum. Please Note the ride from North Finchley and return is considered a long distance ride into and out of London on roads with traffic and hills suitable for experienced riders.

Volunteers will participate as marshals and other volunteers are invited from Barnet Cyclists as marshals for the North Finchley-led Group. We have two volunteers volunteering as marshals but more are needed.

Please see the link  for more information about the ride and to register for the ride. Please speak/email Alison Ewington or Charles Jennings (see Contacts) if interested in being a volunteer marshal to help lead the North Finchley Group into London.

Reminder – Have Your Say @ Barnet Station Consultations

Public exhibitions at the station on 13 June 2pm-9pm; 14 June 2pm-8pm; 15 June 10am-4pm.

Don’t forget to visit this exhibition today, tomorrow and Saturday this week.

It is the launch of their consultations for the site, and is the first of a number of events being held over the coming months to gauge the views of the community and how the proposals can benefit the local area.

An interesting part of the proposals is a ‘bike hub’ with a cycle shop, better cycle storage, charge points for e-bikes, etc.  Cycling is a key part of the proposals and driven by TfL’s wider brief to switch more people to cycling.

So why not cycle there and give them your 2 cents worth of suggestions and endorsements?  Also get your free cup of coffee!

Why Not Cycle to the Barnet Medieval Festival – Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th June?

Not a Barnet Cycling event per se, but the Barnet Medieval Festival returns to Barnet Elizabethans Rugby Football ground and the Byng Road Playing Fields on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June. This community history event will feature over 350 re-enactors, a living history camp, combat and weaponry displays, battle scenes, a medieval market, children’s activities, community stalls and refreshments. The Medieval Festival is organised by the Barnet Medieval Festival Committee, a charity which aims to educate the public about battle that was fought just north of Chipping Barnet on 14 April 1471 during the Wars of the Roses.

Limited public parking in Christ Church Primary School playing field and vehicles will be directed to enter and exit the field at the top gate.  Avoid the hassle and cycle right up and into the fields – watch out for flying arrows and spears in the battles which can puncture tyres!!  Battles and displays including smoke and loud bangs will take place in the arena between 11am and 5pm. 

High Barnet Station Consultation

Don’t Complain – Go There and Have Your Say!

Public exhibitions at the station on 13 June 2pm-9pm; 14 June 2pm-8pm; 15 June 10am-4pm.

Plans are at very early stages, but will include new public space, new affordable homes and new space for businesses plus changes at the station itself.

This exhibition will mark the launch of their consultation for the site, and is the first of a number of events being held over the coming months to gauge the views of the community and how the proposals can benefit the local area.

Jon C has reminded us that it could be an opportunity to ask for decent, covered cycle storage at the station.

So get on your bike and get down there!