Brent Cyclists                 and cycling in Brent                  David Arditti          coordinator@brentcyclists.org....
Who are we?The local group of the London CyclingCampaign (LCC) in Brent.LCC is possibly the largest urban cyclingorganisat...
Textwww.brentcyclists.org.uk
Brent Cyclists’ Activities•   Responding to consultations on traffic and roads    issues from Brent Council•   Proposing id...
Showing Jenny Jones AM difficulties at Neasden junction
Meeting Sarah Teather MP at our stall at Gladstonbury Festival
“Scenic Brent” ride last month by the Welsh Harp, with Cllr. Butt
LCC’s “Go Dutch”        Campaign•   40,000 people signed the petition:    “We want the mayoral candidates to pledge to mak...
The Big Ride before the mayoral elections, in Piccadilly
What are we talking about in Go Dutch?   Simple: conditions in which people of all ages can ride aroundwithout fear, like ...
Proportion of children who cycle to school  •   Assen: close to 100%  •   Dutch average: around 50%  •   Brent: 0.3%Modal ...
It’s all about planning (or not) for the bikeIn Assen the cycle paths in this new development were laid out               ...
School is still housed in prefabs but bike paths complete
In Brent a new school is built by a big, hostile road (Bridge  Road, Wembley), fenced off from it, with no attempt to crea...
What happens in the Netherlands when a route cyclists         need to use crosses a major road
What happens in Brent when a route cyclists need to use        crosses a major road (North Circular)Cyclists have to mix w...
...they are directed to an awkward facility shared withpedestrians that is completely inappropriate for cycling
Change is possible with political willImage: David HembrowAssen town square in the 1970s: car dominated
Image: David HembrowAssen town square today: completely redesigned to favour pedestrians and cyclists: traffic and parked c...
In Brent we have an environment totally cluttered-up with cars, as  they had in the Netherlands in the 1970s, before they ...
In the Netherlands now, the space on main roads is just          used completely differently: Assen
Part of the Go Dutch campaign is having concrete proposals for how London’s major roads and junctions can be made cycle   ...
Sometimes only a small change is necessary: road leading to One Tree Hill Rec. in Alperton that is no-entry for all
...when it could easily have been provided, like King Henry’s      Road, Camden, with a no-entry bypass for bikes
But many other roads in Brent require major re-engineering to make         them work for cycling: the A5 at Staples Corner
Most cycle “facilities” in the UK don’t work: they are bad designs ands in the wrong places: Staples Corner West
But decent-quality provision for cycling in the right places is possible    in London, and has been done: Royal College St...
The cycle network in Brent is well-intentioned, but it’s too sparse, large parts e.g. on the A5 are   purely theoretical, ...
Official cycle routes in Brent on minor roads are often veryunsatisfactory because of restricted width and too much parking...
Even wider residential roads are hazardous because of parked cars   and the danger of opening doors: Mollison Way, Queensb...
Compare with a residential road in the Netherlands       of very similar width to Mollison Way
Much traffic calming on residential roads is not good for cyclists as it creates extra hazards: road in Wembley
In Brent, cycle paths are generally not present even where theywould be easy to provide in open spaces: Fryent Way, Kingsb...
The Mayor’s Cycle Superhighways have potential to change things for the  better but they have not been consistently well-d...
Brent has potential as a “Biking Borough” but needs far betterplanning and far more investment: Old Church Lane, Kingsbury
More information• www.brentcyclists.org.uk• www.lcc.org.uk• www.cycling-embassy.org.uk• www.sustrans.org.uk• www.aviewfrom...
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  • Brent Cyclists presentation to Brent Sustainability Forum July 2012

    1. Brent Cyclists and cycling in Brent David Arditti coordinator@brentcyclists.org.ukPresentation to Brent Sustainability Forum 23 July 2012
    2. Who are we?The local group of the London CyclingCampaign (LCC) in Brent.LCC is possibly the largest urban cyclingorganisation in the world with over 10,000 membersBrent Cyclists represents the ~300 LCC memberswho live in Brent, but we work for the interests ofall who wish to cycle in this part of London
    3. Textwww.brentcyclists.org.uk
    4. Brent Cyclists’ Activities• Responding to consultations on traffic and roads issues from Brent Council• Proposing ideas to the council and TfL; meeting politicians and officers• Lobbying through the press and online• Organising meetings and socials• Organising leisure rides• Promoting cycling at community events
    5. Showing Jenny Jones AM difficulties at Neasden junction
    6. Meeting Sarah Teather MP at our stall at Gladstonbury Festival
    7. “Scenic Brent” ride last month by the Welsh Harp, with Cllr. Butt
    8. LCC’s “Go Dutch” Campaign• 40,000 people signed the petition: “We want the mayoral candidates to pledge to make London more liveable for everyone by making our streets as safe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland”• 10,000 came on The Big Ride on 28 April 2012 to press these demands home• Boris johnson and all the other major candidates to be Mayor signed up to “Go Dutch”
    9. The Big Ride before the mayoral elections, in Piccadilly
    10. What are we talking about in Go Dutch? Simple: conditions in which people of all ages can ride aroundwithout fear, like these children leaving school in Assen, Netherlands
    11. Proportion of children who cycle to school • Assen: close to 100% • Dutch average: around 50% • Brent: 0.3%Modal share of all journeys by bike • Assen: 40% • Dutch average: 30% • Brent: 1%
    12. It’s all about planning (or not) for the bikeIn Assen the cycle paths in this new development were laid out before the development was built
    13. School is still housed in prefabs but bike paths complete
    14. In Brent a new school is built by a big, hostile road (Bridge Road, Wembley), fenced off from it, with no attempt to create routes the children can use to cycle to school on
    15. What happens in the Netherlands when a route cyclists need to use crosses a major road
    16. What happens in Brent when a route cyclists need to use crosses a major road (North Circular)Cyclists have to mix with fast traffic in a motorway-style system that is very unsafe for them...or....
    17. ...they are directed to an awkward facility shared withpedestrians that is completely inappropriate for cycling
    18. Change is possible with political willImage: David HembrowAssen town square in the 1970s: car dominated
    19. Image: David HembrowAssen town square today: completely redesigned to favour pedestrians and cyclists: traffic and parked cars removed
    20. In Brent we have an environment totally cluttered-up with cars, as they had in the Netherlands in the 1970s, before they changed policy: Edgware Road in Colindale
    21. In the Netherlands now, the space on main roads is just used completely differently: Assen
    22. Part of the Go Dutch campaign is having concrete proposals for how London’s major roads and junctions can be made cycle friendly: LCC’s proposed design for Blackfriars
    23. Sometimes only a small change is necessary: road leading to One Tree Hill Rec. in Alperton that is no-entry for all
    24. ...when it could easily have been provided, like King Henry’s Road, Camden, with a no-entry bypass for bikes
    25. But many other roads in Brent require major re-engineering to make them work for cycling: the A5 at Staples Corner
    26. Most cycle “facilities” in the UK don’t work: they are bad designs ands in the wrong places: Staples Corner West
    27. But decent-quality provision for cycling in the right places is possible in London, and has been done: Royal College Street, Camden
    28. The cycle network in Brent is well-intentioned, but it’s too sparse, large parts e.g. on the A5 are purely theoretical, and major physical barriers (e.g. North Circular Road) are not solved.
    29. Official cycle routes in Brent on minor roads are often veryunsatisfactory because of restricted width and too much parking: Chapter Road, by Dollis Hill tube
    30. Even wider residential roads are hazardous because of parked cars and the danger of opening doors: Mollison Way, Queensbury
    31. Compare with a residential road in the Netherlands of very similar width to Mollison Way
    32. Much traffic calming on residential roads is not good for cyclists as it creates extra hazards: road in Wembley
    33. In Brent, cycle paths are generally not present even where theywould be easy to provide in open spaces: Fryent Way, Kingsbury
    34. The Mayor’s Cycle Superhighways have potential to change things for the better but they have not been consistently well-done: CS3, Barking
    35. Brent has potential as a “Biking Borough” but needs far betterplanning and far more investment: Old Church Lane, Kingsbury
    36. More information• www.brentcyclists.org.uk• www.lcc.org.uk• www.cycling-embassy.org.uk• www.sustrans.org.uk• www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com

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