Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sign For Cycling - Update

Thanks to everyone who signed the LCC's "Sign for Cycling" petition to make London a better place for cyclists. We have already exceeded our target of 10,000 signatures, and all the candidates for the main parties, with the exception of UKIP, have signed up. This is a great result and helps ensure that London will continue to become a safer, less polluted city. 

Ealing Cycling Campaign also wrote to all the main candidates urging them to sign up to the 'Sign for Cycling' commitments and also to continue the post of Cycling Commissioner for London. You can see our letter and the responses we've received so far below:

You can sign the Sign for Cycling petition here.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Help us collect signatures for the London Cycling Campaign!

ECC will be visiting cycle parking areas by Ealing tube stations to collect signatures on the Sign for Cycling petition, and we need volunteers. If you can help out, please add yourself to our poll to tell us which days and locations you're available:

The election for Mayor of London is 5 May 2016, and we're asking everyone to sign the London Cycling Campaign's petition.  The petition asks all candidates to commit to tripling the length of safe protected cycleways in London, building a new "Mini-Holland" safe cycling environment in each borough (including Ealing!), and reducing the threat to cyclists and pedestrians by lorries in the capital.  If you haven't signed already, please do so now!

Through the middle of April, Ealing Cycling Campaign will appear at the cycle parking outside Northfields, Turnham Green, and Ealing Broadway stations to collect signatures in person.  We'll be wearing red LCC tabards, handing out leaflets, and asking people to sign our petition sheets or enter their signature into the LCC Petition App.

The cycle parking outside these stations is a brief moment of pause on many people's packed train commute, and a friendly chat can help people step up and make their voices heard.  So volunteer today: tell us which day and site works best for you!  We'll announce the resulting arrangements on our e-mail list; and if you e-mail to let us know you've voted, we can contact you directly to confirm the time and location.
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sign for Cycling

If you want better cycling facilities in Ealing, please sign this petition. We're beginning to see some significant improvements in the centre of London, but so far the outer boroughs have largely missed out.  This petition is to urge the next mayor to keep funding cycle facilities, including a Mini-Holland scheme in every borough - including Ealing. This is your chance to make a difference - so please take a few seconds now to sign here.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Acton to Paddington Cycle Superhighway

This is the one we’ve been waiting for. TfL have finally published plans for the East-West Cycle superhighway extension that will run from North Acton to Paddington. If it gets built cyclists will be able to ride all the way from North Acton to the Tower of London on an off-road route.

Overall the scheme looks impressive. Between Wood Lane and Paddington, the route will take over a lane on the north side of the elevated A40. Cyclists will be separated from vehicles by a solid barrier, with plans for a transparent screen on top to protect them from wind and vehicle spray. 

Between North Acton and Wood Lane, the route doesn’t really live up to the billing of cycle superhighway. Most of it will be a shared cycle / pedestrian path, and no acoustic barrier is currently proposed between the shared path and the A40.  However a lot of work is planned to make this path a decent width for most of the route.

In some places, large hedges and trees will be cut down to significantly widen the path.

In others, the grass verge will go.

Near Wood Lane around 40 car parking spaces will be removed.

Elsewhere bus stops are being combined and relocated to free up space.

The grim pedestrian tunnel at Wood Lane will be closed and the path directed across part of the old BBC White City site. 

Without doubt, this will be a much better route for cyclists and pedestrians. But the main beneficiaries of this section of the scheme will be motorists. The A40 West of Savoy Circus will be widened to add another lane of motor traffic.

This wall will go and cars will drive where the pavement is now, while cyclists and pedestrians will use the space between the wall and the trees. The extra lane is predicted to knock 6-8 minutes off journey times for motorists heading west in the evenings.

The new Cycle Superhighway is the biggest cycling scheme to come to West London since the 1930s. It’s not perfect – there are quieter roads, and the air is not the cleanest you’ll find – but on balance it is well worth supporting.

The consultation is in two sections. It is important that you support both - the route will only join up with the rest of the Cycle Superhighway if both sections are built. Click on the links below then scroll down to the bottom to find the online survey.

Whether the route gets built or not depends on three things:
1. Whether the public support the scheme – so please respond to the consultation.
2. Whether the next Mayor supports it – we need to lobby the candidates to make sure they do.
3. Whether TfL can find a way to reduce motor vehicle journey times from Holland Park roundabout to Westbourne Bridge in the mornings. At present the Superhighway is predicted to add 8-10 minutes to this journey, and TfL say the scheme will not go ahead unless they find a way to reduce that journey time. They are investigating a number of options.

If the scheme goes ahead, Ealing Council is planning a new cycle link from the centre of Ealing that will join the Cycle Superhighway at Allan Way.  ECC have suggested that as part of the Superhighway scheme, the two local roads Allan Way and Court Way should be blocked off from the A40 and made residential cul-de-sacs.  TfL have said this is a matter for Ealing Council but we think it should be funded by TfL as part of the Superhighway, along with improvements at the Allan Way subway to make it more cycle-friendly.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

ECC supports 9-42 The Broadway proposal

ECC has written to the council supporting Benson Elliot's revised application to redevelop the 9-42 The Broadway site.  Specifically, we are supporting their continued intention to set back the building line on the corner, where the Carphone Warehouse showroom currently stands.  This will make it possible for the council to provide a northbound contraflow cycle lane here, which is something for which ECC has been campaigning for twenty years.
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