Camden Cyclists

Camden Cyclists (aka Camden Cycling Campaign) is the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign. Our website is: http://camdencyclists.org.uk/

All of the Consultations that we respond to are first posted on Cyclescape (for info on how to post a new consultation, see https://camdencyclists.cyclescape.org/threads/4723). We encourage members and others to offer comments and suggestions for inclusion in our response.

After registering on Cyclescape you can post messages on all our public discussions and you can initiate discussions yourself (New Issues or Threads on existing Issues). We strongly deprecate the use of pseudonyms unless they are backed up by a full name shown in your Cyclescape personal profile.

If you are a member of Camden Cyclists or cycle regularly in Camden we encourage you to join the Camden Cyclists Group on Cyclescape. This will give you access to any private threads restricted to group members (we don't currently use private threads).

About Camden Cyclists

We campaign for much better Space for Cycling in London.

Monthly meetings, workshops and training
We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7.30 pm either at Primrose Hill Community Centre (usually) or at Sidings Community Centre , West Hampstead (occasionally). Our AGM is in May and annual party in December.

Interaction with LB Camden, TfL and Royal Parks
We have four meetings a year with a group of Camden Officers to discuss how cycling issues can be incorporated into local area schemes currently being planned and how well they are addressed in built schemes. Paul Braithwaite (Councillor 2006-10 and 10-14, Camden’s Cycling Champion) was a useful participant in these meetings. His role has now been taken up by our new Cycling Champion Councillor Julian Fullbrook. Many ad-hoc meetings are arranged to discuss projects in detail (e.g. West End Project, Royal College Street extensions, St Marks Square). We also have occasional meetings with TfL officers (e.g. on Swiss Cottage gyratory and Camden Road). We participate in the Royal Parks Cycling Development Group.

Bike Week
We hold two regular events in Bike Week, a national event which usually takes place in June. On the Wednesday morning from 8-10 a.m. we provide a Free Cyclists’ Breakfast in Ossulston Street, run jointly with Camden Council (the 2017 event was the 20th in succession). The Ride all Round Camden is enjoyed by people of all cycling abilities. It is led and marshalled by Camden Cyclists and Camden Cycle Trainers and accompanied by police officers. The route starts from the Town Hall, follows the border of the borough clockwise with a picnic in Golders Hill Park.

Social Rides
During the spring and summer we organise a ride at least once each month. These usually include the popular Lee Valley Ride and a train-assisted ride in Herts, Kent or Essex as well as the newer Brent Parks Ride and the Ice Cream Potter. We also lead feeder rides from Swiss Cottage and West Hampstead to the summer Ride London Circuit.

Campaigning Rides
We have led feeder rides to campaigning rides organised by LCC such as the Space for Cycling rides in 2013 and 2014.

  • Camden Council review of parking permits and parking charges

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on a review of its parking permits and parking charges

    Motivation: diesel vehicle ownership and trips have not reduced sufficiently to address the AQ impact.

    The proposed changes are from April 2021 unless stated otherwise.

    Residents Parking permits

    The diesel surcharge to be raised from 21.5% to 50% of the petrol vehicle permit price  (surcharge ranging from £65 to £237 per annum).

    The petrol vehicle permit price depends on CO2 emissions and ranges from £130-£274 p.a.

    Electric vehicles get free permits.

    Visitors permits

    Not mentioned in the consultation document so presumably remain the same e.g. £1.12 per hour.

    Car clubs

    The current permit price is £289. This will change to a price based on CO2 emissions with a diesel surcharge.

    The price for electric cars will be £86. The lowest CO2 emission polluter pays £289.

    Doctors’ permits

    The same charges as for a  Car Club vehicle.

    Paid for parking sessions

    Currently, the borough is divided into four areas each with different tariffs. The areas with the two lowest tariffs will be merged.

    CO2 emission based charging will be introduced and the diesel surcharge will be raised from 21.5% to 50%

    Electric vehicles pay from £2.40 to £4.14 per hour in areas 1 to 3 while the charge for petrol cars range from £3.43 (lowest polluter in the cheapest area) to £5.15 (highest polluter in most expensive area).

    Increased price for coaches £13.82 per hour.

    Maximum stay of 1 hour where there is currently no maximum and in CPZs with only 2 hours of operation.

    South of Euston Road maximum stay reduced from 2 to 1.5 hour. From April 2022.

    Motorcycle parking

    Discount electric m/c residents’ permit (to £22 p.a.) and increase the price of petrol ones (to £130 p.a.). They also have business permits and visitor permits.

    Convert all dedicated solo m/c bays to shared use with one of the various permits. No more free parking for m/cs.

    Paid for parking £3.42-£5.92 per hour for petrol and £1.72-£2.96 electric per hour.

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  • Grafton Way Closure

    Created by John Chamberlain // 0 threads

    From the 24th October for four weeks Grafton Way will be closed between Huntley Street and Tottenham Court Road for drainage works. There is no reasonable alternative to the south until you get to Tavistock Place. Cyclists can use the bus lane in front of UCH if they are careful (note that you will have to make a two-stage right turn at Tottenham Court Road if you want to go up Hampstead Road).

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  • 2-way Cycle Tracks - do cyclists use them in the contraflow direction?

    Created by Bruce Lynn // 2 threads

    Observations on the recently opened Cycleway 4 in South London indicate that 25% of cyclists choose NOT to use it in the contraflow direction. This is consistent with the view of many cyclists that it is better to be on the "correct" side of the road.  A short report of the counts on CW4 is at

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RONkTFVNwjOZgjpeTdxw_W06R08d9h9_/view?usp=sharing

    I would be interested if anyone else has similar findings. and in general how people feel about 2-way tracks.  TfL seem to like them (use a bit less space, a little cheaper). But if they are significantly less likely to be used than two 1-way tracks, this information might get us better designs.

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  • North Gower Street Closed

    Created by John Chamberlain // 0 threads

    From 17th August to 2nd October North Gower Street will be closed to all except pedestrians at the Euston Road junction. This blocks the signed cycle route between the Hampstead Road and the Euston Road pop-up lanes.

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  • Kentish Town Healthy Streets Project

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council wants to improve the Kentish Town area, including improving air quality and making walking and cycling easier and safer.  The area included is shown on the attached map on which we have added blue lines to show the links in the Camden cycle network in this area. See map image with the Issue.

    Camden has already been engaging with stakeholders at meetings and with local people via the Commonplace engagement  map (see link).

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