Here are the notes of our meeting this evening.
Wandsworth Cycling Campaign
at The Friends Meeting House,
Wandsworth High St,
1900 on 8 February 2011
Present: Simon (Chair), David, Alan, Mary Ann, Susie, Mike, Diane
Apologies: Jonathan, Bryony, Charles
1) Minutes of the last meeting - Accepted as correct.
2) Matters arising from the last minutes -
Susie noted that Tom Bogdanowicz of LCC has asked for our views on CSH
8. Resolved to forward our response from the previous meeting. Simon has
submitted the FOI request to WBC re safety schemes.
3) Pay & Display [David Love]
David started by outlining his involvement with LCC as a volunteer,
including getting bikes added to what was previously a mobile phone-only
registration scheme. He was also involved in 'share the road' and in
setting up the first Freewheel ride (now Skyride). He continues work on
hazard reduction through the 'Bikeaware' website and project. He became
a Trustee of LCC and is now Vice Chair.
He sees 'Pay and Display' as a quick win, promoted by his being 'doored'
one day. The idea is to place a visual poster warning motorists to look
out for cyclists when leaving their car onto parking payment stations.
The rationale is that motorists paying for parking will be highly likely
to be interacting with cyclists within a few minutes. The scheme is
quite cheap and suitable for sponsorship by companies such as Council
parking contractors. David is looking for our group to provide local
support and impetus for this scheme.
David concluded by speaking of recent developments at LCC following
Ashok taking on the role of Chief Executive. LCC sees local groups as a
unique advantage and will be central to future developments. He also
spoke of the need to address the central barrier to cycling -- fear of
the traffic. One way to address this would be to make cycling part of
the driving test. He raised this during a recent meeting with Justine
Greening (Putney MP) and felt he was heard and that there are
indications the idea might get traction with the government on this
issue, particularly since it could be implemented at no costs to public
funds (the driver pays the test fees).
The group was very supportive. Susie said that all those she had shown
the Pay and Display stickers too had been very supportive. She asked
what specific things WCC could do. David suggested that we contact our
respective Councillors on this issue. Jon suggested getting it put into
our LIP response as a 'quick win'.
Wandle Forum - WCC details and level of involvement
Susie reported that the Wandle Forum had asked for contacts for
their activist database. Several forms were distributed and it was
agreed to complete this in the pub -- Susie to send completed form
Potholes, WBC and Zurich Insurance [Simon (for Martin)]
Martin is pursuing a case for compensation against Wandsworth
Council for injury and damage following an incident with a
pothole. He is being given a very difficult time, and is having to
fight his case against the Council's insurers. He is getting help
for his specific case from CTC legal advisors. The group felt that
this could be indicative of a general problem. As an example, Alan
noted that Nightingale Lane currently has several large potholes.
We agreed that we should all report these (using
www.fillthathole.org.uk for example). If anyone is in a similar
situation to Martin's, could they please contact us.
WCC LIP response [Jon Irwin]
Jon tabled a draft of a WCC response to LIP. This is available on the
files area of the WCC Yahoo site. We felt it important to identify a
statement of support for promoting cycling by the Council. The document
was felt to outline aspirations really well, but it was noted that it is
vital that we raise specific points on the text of the draft LIP, since
the Council will be required to respond specifically to these.
Discussion ranged around the targets for cycling modal share, the use of
20 mph speed limits, and the removal of pinch points. It was felt that
useful indicator of success would be if any Wandsworth child were able
to cycle safely to school on the roads. The group thanked Jon for his
fantastic work on this.
7) Finalising our lists of 'top-ten' one-way streets, 'five Local Safety
Schemes', two 'on-street cycle parking streets' for submission to
Wandsworth Council [Mary Ann/Susie]
Following a meeting with WCC, Councillor King has asked us to provide
lists of specific locations as shown above at which we feel action could
be taken. Mary Ann circulated our 'top-ten' streets which we'd like to
be made without delay two-way for cycling. Susie presented the list of
safety schemes that we feel have resulted in greater hazards for
cyclists and it was agreed to substitute Parkgate Road for Tibbet's
Corner. The need to produce a brief document was highlighted. We still
need to do more work to identify streets with a group of residents
willing to trial on-street secure parking -- ACTION ALL
WCC support for LCC 'Stop Lorry Danger' campaign. For discussion
We all agreed that we support this campaign.
LCC Social -- Downstairs at the Alma, Old York Road - 17 Feb, from
7 pm. All welcome
LCC Local Groups Forum - 22^nd Feb, anyone want to represent WCC
at this? [Susie]
10) Notice of WCC AGM on Tuesday 8 March 2011
Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the roles of
Co-ordinator, Chair and Treasurer. Volunteers are also needed for lots
of other roles including press officer, rides coordinator
11) AOB Susie invited anyone to apply for an Active Wandsworth award --
deadline 11 February. More details at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/active
12) The next Meeting is the AGM at 1900 on Tuesday 8 March 2011 at the
Friends Meeting House, Wandsworth High St [opposite Town Hall]