HELP FUND BARNET CYCLISTS

Just hiring the hall for our monthly meetings costs more than the grant we get from “our parent” the London Cycling Campaign, and that is apart from the rides and campaigning we do. So normally we ask you to help by making a contribution in the spring, but this year the new data protection regs got in the way.

Belatedly we would now like to ask you to make your annual contribution to our group funds. If you are a full LCC member then about £4 would help. If you just associate with Barnet Cyclists and come on our rides or to our meetings, then a larger contribution of about £10 would be appreciated.

Ideally we would like you to pay by bank transfer (internet or phone banking) directly into our own 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.

But be assured if you would prefer to donate by cash or cheque we will still grab it. (Cheques to ‘Barnet Cyclists’ or the full a/c name as above)  If posting send to: Treasurer, Barnet Cyclists, 38 Glenwood Rd. NW7 4LJ)

So in anticipation – many thanks for your valued support.

group treasurer – peter R

 

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

Sunday 24th June: East Finchley Festival, Cherry Tree Woods, East Finchley

We will have an information stall at this popular local festival – plus Barnet Council is providing a cycle mechanic to do Dr Bike safety checks and carry out minor repairs. So bring your bike along for a check – and tell your friends.  The mechanic will be there between 1-4pm.  Helpers will also be needed to man the stall and talk to visitors about cycling locally and encourge them to join the LCC.

Any questions contact: alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

Sunday 24th June: East Finchley Festival, Cherry Tree Woods, East Finchley

We will have an information stall at this popular local festival – plus Barnet Council is providing a cycle mechanic to do Dr Bike safety checks and do minor repairs. So bring your bike along for a check – and tell your friends.  The mechanic will be there between 1-4pm.  Helpers will also be needed to man the stall and talk to visitors about cycling locally and encourge them to join the LCC.

If you can help on the day please contact Alison –details below.

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.

‘Dockless’ cars for Barnet?

At a time when neighbouring boroughs are bringing in dockless bikes, Barnet is consulting on the car equivalent instead: https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/floating-car-clubs

They are called ‘Floating car clubs’ and work in a similar way to dockless bikes:

  • A nearby car is located via a smartphone app.
  • It can be reserved and driven within a defined area.
  • The car can be left suitably parked at the destination.

Will this actually reduce car ownership?  Or will it increase car use for those who don’t own a car and would otherwise walk, cycle or use public transport?

The consultation closes on 27 February. It’s an opportunity to ask why Barnet is not consulting on bike sharing schemes.

Dockless bike schemes are spreading into Outer London: Urbo bikes are in Waltham Forest and coming soon to Enfield. Why not Barnet? Have your say at https://engage.barnet.gov.uk/floating-car-clubs