Using TfL’s on-line Healthy Streets tools to improve streets for cyclists and pedestrians

By Lucy Saunders

On Monday 5 February, 7.30 – 9pm at Islington Town Hall, Upper Street N1 2UD

All London borough campaigners welcome – no booking necessary.

Lucy Saunders is a public health specialist who developed the Healthy Streets approach and its 10 Indicators for TFL. She has now taken the lead in developing a set of tools to ensure the approach is used when new schemes are proposed. The idea is that TFL will require boroughs to use the Healthy Streets checklist to get funding. This could be transformative.

This session is aimed at helping campaigners across London to understand how they can use the on-line Healthy Streets tools that have been developed at TfL. Local activists will find them useful when pressing London boroughs to submit well thought out, high quality Liveable Neighbourhood Programme bids and in assessing the likely effectiveness of any other road and public realm schemes they are drawing up.

Useful links:

Guide to the Healthy Streets Indicators

My summary of the Guide to the Healthy Streets Indicators

Healthy Streets Check for Designers

My summary of the Healthy Streets Check for Designers

Small Change, Big Impact


Ride: Sunday 21st January

Winter Wander

The plan is to head to Hatfield for lunch (Wetherspoons – Harpsfield Hall) – weather permitting. Wrap up and head out on your bike for a few hours. Please bring reflective gear and lights and a spare inner tube for your bike.

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12

or        10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road

entrance, by the bandstand

Ride leader: Malcolm Nightingale 0208 449 3253

Malcolm’s ride: 21st January 2018

Where were the Barnet cyclists for Malcolm’s ride on Sunday 21st January?!!

Admittedly the forecast was for rain and snow all day but that failed to deter four crazy cyclists who managed the whole way to Hatfield. Armed with Malcolm style plastic bags on my feet, I arrived at our usual place expecting three or four and found only Jonathan. Then Malcolm turned up (plus bags on feet) followed by Pat, from central London CTC who had been told about the ride from John Silvertown.

We set off in the rain from north Finchley, taking the usual route up Barnet Hill to the Spires. The crowd waiting there was zero cyclists. So we continued on our way, over the horse bridge and on to the truck stop for a chance to get out of the rain and sleet. The café was closed so we had to make do with the coffee machine and Brexit conversation/battles!!

Malcolm kept telling us ‘it’ would get better but while we were there the rain turned properly to sleet and then, as we set off again, to snow. (It turned out he meant either that the weather would turn to proper snow or that it would get better at 9.00pm at night). We duly followed our leader trying to avoid the snow and the thorns (from the hedge cuttings) and the slippery slush on cycle route 12. By the time we reached Water End, it was properly snowing and settling and the fields were beginning to look quite beautiful.

Our only event, apart from our cold and wet feet hands and most other body parts, was Pat getting her shoe laces stuck in her pedal. But she managed to avoid the kind of dramatic fall I had on our last TUAG. Lunch at the Wetherspoons Pub was very welcome although by that point we were too wet to dry out properly and even Malcolm agreed that we should get the train back. So we eventually found the station and Malcolm tried to fix the electric fire in the tiny station waiting room. But to no avail. All in all though it was a fun day – hope you agree Jonathan – and we all managed to get home safely.

Alison A, Jan 21st 2018.

Ride: Sunday 7th January

TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go

First ride of the New Year – start it off on the right pedal and work off the mince pies.

Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12

Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.



Not an official LCC ride, but Charles Harvey has invited any Barnet Cyclists to join him:

Beer and Bunyan.  Ride to visit Farr Brew, a new brewery near Wheathampstead. Short tour of the brewery and a pint (either to drink on the spot or take away in a bottle) for £5. Lunch at the nearby John Bunyan pub situated near the remains of a cottage associated with John Bunyan. If time and the light permits, a tea stop en route back to St Albans. Meet St Albans City railway station at 10am.

Ride leader: Charles Harvey 07961 194771


January 2018 Meeting

Thursday 25th January: I remember 2017……. your best rides and holidays

We will start the first meeting of 2018 by looking back to where we went in 2017! A small number of members have been press-ganged volunteered to tell us about their best cycling trips of 2017 to give us ideas of where to go in the new year. Come along to hear all about it – or even chip in with your own experiences. All welcome.

Meet: 8pm Carey Hall, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley N12


BARNET CYCLISTS’ BEST BIKE BOOKS As compiled at the November 2017 meeting

ANWB Netherlands Cycling Atlas ISBN: 9789018040420  All of the Netherlands’ cycle routes in one spiral bound volume.

Cycling in Amsterdam and the Netherlands Eric van der Horst  The Very Best Routes in the Cyclist’s Paradise

Touring Bikes Tony Oliver ISBN: 978-1852233396  Unusual to get a book that concentrates just on touring bikes

The Rider Tim Krabbé  “Nothing better is ever likely to be written on the subjective experience of cycle-racing.”

It’s All About the Bike Robert Penn  The Pursuit of Happiness On Two Wheels – the search for the dream bike.

Tour de France – Legendary Climbs Richard Abraham ISBN: 978-1780977904  Coffee table book with inspiring pictures

The Man Who Cycled the World Mark Beaumont ISBN: 978-0552158442  From free-spirited childhood to breaking free and following his dreams.

Put Me Back On My Bike – In Search of Tom Simpson William Fotheringham A Yellow Jersey Cycling Classic – available on Kindle

France en Velo: The Ultimate Cycle Journey from Channel to Mediterranean – St. Malo to Nice   Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh

Land’s End to John O’Groats – The Great British Adventure Phil Horsley ISBN-13: 978-1904207269   Spiral bound guide

Nicholson’s Guide to the Grand Union Canal  Until a decent cycle guide to canal towpaths is available this will do the job 

Life Cycle – Around the World in 80 Years Clive Williamson  The author has a lifetime of cycling around the world.

The Man Who Loved Bicycles Daniel Behrman ISBN-13: 978-0061203503  The memoirs of an autophobe.

Effective Cycling John Forester   ISBN-13: 978-0262516945  An updated edition of a classic handbook for cyclists from beginner to expert.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Robert Pirsig ISBN: 978-0099786405   OK, not ‘proper’ cycling book but it does have two wheels

Jupiter’s Travels Ted Simon  Again motorbikes – four years around the world on a Triumph

Frank Patterson any of his collections of line drawings

Coppi: Inside the Legend of the Campionissimo (Rouler)  Herbie Sykes  ISBN: 978-1408181669   A picture book

England’s Thousand Best Churches Simon Jenkins ISBN: 978-0713992816  For inspiration on where to visit on your bike rides

You might need to hunt around for some of these titles. Current ISBNs given where known. Search on Amazon for second hand and Kindle editions.

Ride: Sunday 10th December

THE ‘deck the bikes – with boughs of holly – or with anything you like’ RIDE

A ride round the lanes of south Herts, with a stop for coffee along the way at the Dutch Nursery, before heading off to our Christmas Lunch. (2.30pm at Alexander’s, Russell Lane for those that have booked in advance. Last day to book is 30 Nov.). As it is the season to be jolly, decorate your bike and/or yourself in tinsel, lights and baubles. Stupendous prizes!

All welcome on the ride even if you aren’t coming to the lunch.

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12

or      10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road

entrance, by the bandstand