Tuesday, April 21, 2015

London by Cycle

On Thursday 23 April, London Cycling Campaign is holding a pop-up cycle event at the Ealing campus of Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. The London by Cycle event is free to students and staff, and will feature free coffee, advice from cycle mechanics, and bicycles you can try. It runs from 11am to 3pm.  More details here.

The LCC London by Cycle events aim to get more students enjoying the benefits of cycling, and are supported by the Big Lottery Fund and, in west London, delivered in partnership with WestTrans

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bicycle Repair Points

Ealing Council has installed pumps and tool stands at seven locations around the borough. The tools include allen keys, screwdrivers, spanners and tyre levers. The pump fits both Schrader and Presta valves.
Bicycle Repair points in Ealing:                             

1.       Outside Ealing Village, w5 2EB
2.       Opposite no.77 The Vale, W3 7RG
3.       Near the paperback Café, 149 South Ealing Rd, W5 4QP
4.       Northfields Stations w5 4TW
5.       Opposite Greenford Station, 386 Oldfield Lane, UB6 8PU
6.       Near Lidl, 58-78 High-street, UB1 3DB
7.       Outside Ealing Town Hall W5 2BY

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Election Hustings

A very interesting debate tonight, 1st April, at our pre-election hustings. Each candidate pitched their views on cycling and wider transport matters for five minutes and then answered questions from the audience. Thanks to all the candidates for coming, and to Julian Bell who spoke on behalf of Rupa Huq who was running late. 
In the photo, from left to right:                                                   
James Symes, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Ealing Southall
Peter Florence, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton
Jon Ball, Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton 
Dr Rupa Huq, Labour parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central and Acton
Julian Bell, Labour leader of Ealing council
Meena Hans, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Ealing North

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

McDonald's Rejected

Very good news. Ealing Council's planning committee voted tonight to reject the McDonald's Drive-Through restaurant. The refusal to grant planning permission was carried by 3 votes to 2. Eight committee members abstained.
Ealing Cycling Campaign opposed the application because the access road would have cut across the planned East-West Cycle Super Highway, posing a danger to cyclists. This decision is unusual in that eight weeks ago, the planning committee voted to approve the restaurant. However, it turns out that no planning consent exists until a consent form has been signed.  This gave council officers the opportunity to reconsidered the safety issue, and when they realised that TfL had given the Cycle Super Highway the go-ahead, they changed their recommendation.
A big thank you to Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor's Cycling Commissioner, who intervened at a crucial stage, to all of you who lobbied your councillors, and finally to Jonathan Notley and West Acton Residents' Association who turned out in force on the night to give their support.
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Did McDonald's Application Mislead Council?

Here's a curious thing. As part of the planning application to build the drive-through on the A40 McDonald's consultants, ADL submitted a traffic assessment to Ealing Council. The assessment should show how the scheme meets the requirements of the London Plan. Only in this case... there's something missing. Conspicuous by its absence is the line "Developments should: c) facilitate the Cycle Super Highways shown on Map 6.2." (The East-West Cycle Super Highway is on the map.)

Although the Traffic Assessment refers to improving the cycle track alongside the A40, it makes no reference to the planned Cycle Super Highway. Did TfL fail to tell McDonald's it was planning a Cycle Super Highway alongside the A40? It's scarcely believable that McDonald's planners didn't know about it. After all, it was in the Evening Standard. So why the glaring omission?
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