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. 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.

  • Heath Street/East Heath Road/West Heath Road junction Proposed Improvements

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    In the consultation Camden states that they propose measures to  improve the public realm and reduce bus journey times through the junction of Heath Street, East Heath Road and West Heath Road in Hampstead.

     

    We note that buses 268 and 603 run along Heath Street through this junction. 

     

    They list the following problems:

     

    - The staggered arrangement of East Heath Road and West Heath Road means that it is difficult to turn right or travel straight ahead when exiting West Heath Road

     

    -  pedestrians crossing the northern arm of the junction over Heath Street have to cross away from the their desire line

     

    -  southbound traffic on Heath Street is held while pedestrians cross East Heath Road 

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  • Gloucester Gate to be closed to all traffic, Jan to Jun 2019

    Created by Mixhael // 1 thread

    I read on the Regent's Park Cyclists Facebook page that Thames Water will be closing Gloucester Gate for water mains replacement, starting January 2019, ending June 2019.

    They are requiring cyclists to dismount and use the footway.

    The Friends of Regents Park have expressed fears of cyclists unwilling to dismount, and the attendant danger to footway users.

    Justin Mckie will be asking Thames to provide a way for cyclists.

    If it is anything like the works on Park Village East this autumn, there was plenty of space to provide a small passage for cyclists it was just a lack of cooperation from Thames Water than prevented it. I contacted them directly, they replied but refused to help.

    If anyone has any influence at Thames Water/HS2/Camden it might be worth following this up.

    This is a massive desire line for daily cycling and will be a large inconvenience for six months. On the plus side, it will be interesting to monitor motor traffic levels in the park with Gloucester Gate closed.

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  • Don't pedestrianise Fitzrovia - make it access only

    Created by linus // 1 thread

    Westminster council are doing two important things at the moment. There is a consultation on "Oxford Street District" here: https://osd.london

    The other thing WCC are doing is going to close Riding House Street with the Camden boundary at the junction of Cleveland Street by installing bollards across the road. The street has already been closed for over a year and it has had no negative impact. Camden have already done this at Fitzroy Square and Warren Street and it has been very positive. We need to do more of the same.

    The issue of through traffic -- including Torrington Place -- needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. All areas of Fitzrovia are above the legal limit for NO2, except for Crabtree Fields open space. (Sample readings: 55 µg/m3 - legal limit is 40 µg/m3. NO2 pollution on Oxford Street east is 66 µg/m3 & on Euston Road it is 84 µg/m3.)

    Camden has so far refused to entertain the two road closures I have suggested - Torrington Place and Goodge Place.

    I am now going to suggest the following road closures to Camden and Westminster to make Fitzrovia "access only".

    Close Goodge Street at Westminster boundary at junction with Goodge Place; close New Cavendish Street at the junction with Cleveland Street, and finally close Clipstone Street at the junction with Cleveland Street (this would also require Cleveland Street to be one-way north bound).

    I believe it will not impact on access to all streets by motor vehicles for deliveries and drop-offs, etc. But it will eliminate entirely motor through traffic across the Camden/Westminster border and mitigate the effect of Gower Street northbound traffic turning into Torrington Place. This would also cut down on traffic along Grafton Way which also a victim of WEP.

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  • Consultation: Proposed changes to the Torrington Place / Tavistock Place corrido

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden is consulting on:

    The direction of motor traffic flow i.e.

    – should it remain as it is now (eastbound between Gower Street and Judd Street and westbound between Gower Street and Tottenham Court Road)

    – or change to westbound through the entire stretch between Judd Street and Tottenham Court Road

    They also ask support for further improvements (including stepped tracks and widened footways) subject to funding being available

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  • Kentish Town Planning Framework

    Created by John Chamberlain // 3 threads

    Camden are consulting on a proposed planning framework for the northwest part of Kentish Town. This essentially covers the Murphy’s and Regis Road sites and is designed to set parameters for when/if the sites are redeveloped. The consultation is at goo.gl/6GaJEd and is open for individual responses until December 7th.

    We will be putting in a response from Camden Cyclists so please use one of the threads to add your comments by the end of November. We are particularly focussed on cycle and pedestrian permeability.

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  • Oxford Street District Place Strategy and Delivery Plan

    Created by Simon Munk // 1 thread

    Westminster Council says:

    The draft strategy sets out a series of ambitious, exciting and also deliverable recommendations to significantly improve the district as a whole, with 96 projects across 87 different streets and spaces. We’ve also identified nine zones that reflect varying character from Marble Arch to Tottenham Court Road. The strategy was developed from previous consultation responses, proposed plans and a process of engagement in order to identify and understand concerns and ideas.

    All of the proposals are our ideas as to what could be done to improve the area. Subject to the feedback we receive in the consultation, the council will then carry out the detailed technical work that would be needed to turn those preferred proposals into reality.

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  • Kilburn High Road Liveable Neighbourhood

    Info from survey:
    "The London Borough of Brent and Sustrans are working together to explore ways in which the Kilburn High Road and surrounding area shown could be improved. Together we want to better meet the needs of the community to make it a more desireable place to walk, cycle and enjoy being in.
    ...
    London Borough of Brent and London Borough of Camden will submit a joint application to Transport for London's Liveable Neighbourhood programme in November 2018, which will incorporate suggestions made by the community."

    Brent Cyclists are forming our own response, to be sent by end of October 2018.

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  • Fact-checking the LCC

    Created by Simon Parker // 1 thread

    The London Cycling Campaign have reported that cycling is up 38% on the Embankment, and 200% on Lower Thames Street! This is money well spent, they reckon.

    Simon Munk has previously written that he is rather keen that no one makes wildly inaccurate claims about any scheme, and I would like to fact-check the LCC's claims here.

    That cycling is up 38% on the Embankment is neither here nor there. People for Bikes has reported that protected bike lanes tend to increase ridership on a street by an average of 75% in the first year alone. As they also noted, about three quarters of these 'new' users were already using a bike for that trip — they had simply adjusted their route to take advantage of the improved facility. So a 38% increase on the Embankment equates to very few genuinely new users, and almost zero from the Interested but Concerned demographic.

    A 200% increase on Lower Thames Street is more remarkable, and remarkable claims need remarkable evidence. Any takers?

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