Thursday, 18 June 2015

New Malden to Raynes Park link, community event this Saturday

Community event on footbridge between Alric and Dukes Avenue
Saturday 20 June 10am to 1pm

The New Malden to Raynes Park link is a project progressing under Kingston's successful Mini-Holland bid. The aim of the event is to provide local residents with detailed feedback from previous engagement events with particular focus on safety and local ecology issues. Sustrans, who are developing the route on behalf of Kingston Council will be attending, along with LCC representatives from Merton and Kingston.

Please do join us to find out more about the project and have your questions answered.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Become a FreeCycle 2015 Marshal.

Last year, our volunteer marshals helped to successfully lead over 2500 riders into Central London from over 30 London Boroughs. These rides are aimed at giving less confident cyclists the opportunity to ride into the event in the company of experienced cyclists, and on a pre-planned quiet route. For many people these rides provide the confidence to start cycling regularly.

We’re looking for friendly, helpful and chatty people who want to encourage others to join us in our shared love of cycling. You don’t have to be a pro, but some experience of marshalling led rides would be desirable along with having reached Level 3 Bikeability. Your main role will be to work with your Ride Leader to ensure the ride is safe and the participants enjoy the experience.

Marshals will be expected to be available for both inbound and return rides, and in return for their help will be given a RideLondon t-shirt, a marshal tabard, access to the marshal welfare area and a packed lunch.

If you are interested, please sign up by Sunday 5th July

http://lcc.org.uk/pages/ride-london-volunteers-led-ride-marshals

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Around London, a review of the Cambridge Junction proposals in Westminster

Westminster Council are consulting on changes to the Cambridge Circus junction, where Charing Cross Road meets Shaftesbury Avenue. An MCC member takes a closer look at the proposals

First of all, the practice of redesigning isolated junctions is inherently hostile to cycling. In the absence of a plan for cycling that covers the West End, it is difficult to say how changes to this junction will affect cycling. However it is possible to say that encouraging cycling will benefit pedestrians, by encouraging modal shift away from motor traffic.There are many pedestrians who would like to cycle but are put off by the road danger they witness. If the West End were more cycle-permeable, a lot of cyclists would likely avoid this junction. The point being - considering pedestrians and cyclists as separate groups, and treating a junction as if it were not affected by the surrounding environment - is flawed. Hopefully that will be clearly illustrated by the following comments.