Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Help Install Segregated Cycle Lanes on the Uxbridge Road

Now's your chance to have your say on the council's early draft of its plans to transform West Ealing. There are two options for the Uxbridge Road. The first is segregated, stepped cycle lanes, which would provide safe space for cyclists. The other is a central median, which would force cyclists to share a narrower road with motor vehicles. Please support the stepped cycle lane option – here’s a link to do it. You can add comments in your own words.

Full details of the consultation are here.

What makes segregated lanes so good?
  • Segregated cycle tracks open up cycling to people who currently feel intimidated by busy traffic, enabling a lot more people to make their journeys by bike. This has huge health benefits – both for the individual, and the NHS
  • Cycle lanes are one of the best ways to reduce congestion in London, carrying up to five times as many people per hour as a main road. [details]
  • Stepped cycle tracks are safer than on-road cycle lanes as they give cyclists their own space, and help ensure motor vehicles stay out of the cycle lane. [details]
  • They can help boost profits in local shops. Although motorists will buy more in a single trip, cyclists visit the shops more frequently and overall spend more money. [details] 
  • And it seems installing high quality cycle lanes can even boost your house price! [details]

Why is the central median so bad?
  • This central median will narrow the road, forcing cyclists to share the carriageway with motor vehicles, which will not encourage more people to take up cycling.
  • Cyclists can get blocked by congested motor traffic.
  • A median island can increase the danger to pedestrians [details p.21]
  • The lack of cycle lanes puts pedestrians closer to polluting motor vehicles.
  • Slower cyclists will slow all the vehicles behind them, creating potential conflict with motorists.
After the death last year of cyclist Claudia Manera at the Lido Junction, it is good to see the council putting forward proposals to improve safety for cyclists, but it's imperative they choose the right option. The project is part of Transport for London's Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Mobike Shrinks Area in Ealing

Mobike has shrunk its operating area in Ealing and Hounslow to a small zone centred around Acton and Chiswick. Anyone renting a Mobike and leaving it outside this zone will be fined £20. The new zone came into operation on 4 September, at the same time that Mobike announced it was pulling out of Manchester because thieves were stealing their bicycles. Explaining the new policy Mobike said it was "to ensure Mobikers can easily find a bike when they need one. We are committed to extending this area progressively as we deploy more bikes." The new area is about half the size of the previous zone, and will mean many Ealing residents can no longer use the bikes to get to and from their homes. To obtain a refund on your Mobike pass, email support.uk@mobike.com with the phone number associated with your Mobike account, and ask for a refund.
At the Ealing Cycling Campaign meeting in August, council leader Julian Bell said the council was considering allowing another rental bike operator to operate in the borough to encourage competition.
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Eales Ride to Amsterdam 2018

The annual Eales Ride sets off for Amsterdam on Thursday 13th September.  Sixteen riders are raising money for London Cycling Campaign and SJS Awareness in memory of David Eales, a key member of Ealing Cycling Campaign and founder of the London Bike Hub, who died suddenly of Stevens–Johnson syndrome in August 2016. Half a dozen riders are completing the whole distance from London to Amsterdam via Dover over six days, the rest are joining the ride in Dunkirk and cycling to Amsterdam over four days. See: The Ride and the Route   You can follow the riders on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/eales_ride and at #Ealesride

The riders are in four teams and you can sponsor them through the links below.

The Story of Tonight
Elias Belkis, Nick Moffitt, Cici Romain and Chris Woods

Born to be Mild
Michael Broom, Jon Chambers, Richard Miller, Tanya O’Toole and Brian Smith

Old Friends
Elly Castellano and David Lomas

Chain Gang
Kathie Binysh, Giovanni Pilides, Ros Ramsay, Alexandra Taylor and Nick Goldsmith

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Pedal-Powered Cinema

Come and join us for a pedal-powered screening of The Greatest Showman in Lammas Park on Friday 21 September. Ealing Council, supported by Filmworks are presenting this evening's entertainment. All you have to do is provide the power for the screen and sound system. There will be cycle parking at the event, and we will have a stall. It's free. Register for tickets here.
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Brentford Festival

The sun's shining. It's a great day for the Brentford Festival. We're holding a joint stall with Hounslow Cycling Campaign. Come along and visit our Dr. Bike and pick up information about cycling in Ealing. The festival is in Blondin Park in Ealing and runs from 12 noon to 6pm.
Brentford Festival info

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