Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Boston Manor Road Cycle Lane

This is just over the border but Hounslow are finally making plans to improve Boston Manor Road. There are two options - one is a segregated two-way cycle lane on the West side of the road, the other is for improved cycle lanes on the road itself. It's well worth giving the council your support for this scheme, as the removal of a handful of car spaces is likely to cause some local opposition. You can see details and respond here. If you want to go along and meet the planners, there is a consultation meeting on Thursday 13th November from 4pm to 8pm. It's at Boston Manor House. Directions here.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

£40 to keep cycling through winter

Ealing Council is offering residents £40 vouchers to buy winter cycling gear. The offer is available to any adult who has attended the council's cycle training since 1 January 2014, or completes it by 31 October 2014.  The vouchers can be used in selected local bike shops, and can be spent on accessories such as mudguards, lights, puncture resistant tyres, gloves or other clothing for the winter weather.
If you missed the cycle training this year, it's well worth doing - whether you're a beginner or an experienced cyclist.  Instructors provide training anywhere in Ealing. It costs only £5 to book, and is free for the unwaged. It's great for giving you the skills and confidence you need for on-road cycling, and ECC thoroughly recommend it.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Support the Cycling Superhighway

TfL want your views on the East-West Cycling Superhighway. This new cycle route will take you all the way from Shepherd's Bush to the Tower of London - almost entirely on a segregated traffic-free path. It  includes some excellent proposals such as opening up the Lancaster Gate gyratory to two-way traffic, and running a cycle path beside the Thames along the Embankment. It also includes a  proposal to run a cycle path along the raised section of the Westway. Overall we think this is an excellent scheme, but it will only get built if it gets the support of the public. Please register your support online here

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Annual General Meeting

Don't miss out. This Wednesday, 1st of October, we're holding our Annual General Meeting. It's at our regular venue: downstairs at Cafe Grove, The Grove W5 5LL. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm, and normally ends around 9pm. The cafe serves food, beer, wine, coffee, and excellent cheesecake, and you are welcome to eat and drink during the meeting. We will be electing the committee, and all members of London Cycling Campaign living in Ealing are entitled to vote. We welcome new members and non-members, so if you haven't been before, come along and find out what we do.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lorry sensor could save lives

A safety system attached to an Ealing Council lorry has detected and helped prevent 15 potentially fatal collisions.  The Cycle Safety Shield can detect the presence of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists, but ignores false alarms from railings, lampposts and other street furniture. In Ealing Council's six month trial, which ended in June, the system detected over 40,000 pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. On 15 occasions, they were considered close enough to be in danger, and the system's alarm warned the driver, who was able to brake and avoid a collision. Most alerts came from cyclists on the left side of the lorry as it travelled straight ahead or turned left. On average, it was travelling at 13.6mph at the time of these alarms. They system apparently produced a 20% improvement in driver behaviour, due to less aggressive acceleration and braking - with the added bonus of a reported £1000 per year saving in fuel.
TfL is now trialling the equipment on two buses, and the City of London Corporation will test it on its rubbish trucks.
Bassam Mahfouz, Ealing council's cabinet member for transport,  said: "We are in discussions with TfL and if their own independent results support these so far, we are keen to look at further roll-out of this system across our fleet."
The photo shows Bassam Mahfouz cycling in the lorry's danger zone to demonstrate the system.
Ealing Council report on the results of the trial
BBC TV news report at the start of the trial

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