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mongrel

Member since Jan 2008 • Last active Apr 2016
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    Official launch went well... Well, apart from protesters who dragged a coffin up the middle of the street and heckled the Dutch ambassador with a megaphone.

    http://www.bikebiz.com/news/read/dutch-a­mbassador-witnesses-protests-at-london-s­-mini-holland-opening-2/018384

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    Quick update, as it's been a while...

    Lots of modal filters are going in, and the centrepiece of the first stage, the semi-pedestrianisation of Orford Road in the centre of Walthamstow Village is all but finished and is amazing.

    The reduction in through traffic in the area with the road closures has had a subtle but profound effect. Things don’t look that much different, but I cycle around this area with my family and it is so much quieter. I feel better about letting my boy loose on the roads. Would have kept him on the pavements before.

    As well as modal filters, the big thing is Lea Bridge Road and Whipps Cross Roundabout. Plans have been released which will tear up Whipps X and turn it into a fully segregated T-Junction, plus the other end of Lea Bridge Road will see full segregation, which will eventually extend all the way up to the roundabout.

    Small sections of the local population continue to protest, and there’s been a legal challenge from a group calling themselves E17Streets4All (lol) which essentially relied on a technicality that was easily fixed by the council.

    All in all though, things are going well. It’s an exciting time out East for people who want to see somewhere with the balls to do something a bit radical that takes away priority from cars.

    If you're from the area you can get on the Waltham Forest People on Bikes Facebook group and follow E17Streets4Cars on Twitter, which is quite funny.

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    We've now got people on facebook now bemoaning the loss of parking due to a bike shed being put in on their street.

    It takes up half a parking space.

    Half.

    For six bicycles. On a length of road entirely given over to car parking. It's actually pretty mindblowing.

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    @bothwell are you having trouble with those dirty splitters of the People's Cycling Front of Enfield?

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    Just go onto change @bothwell, start up a petition, then at least it's going. Do a few tweets out to London bloggers etc - you'll have more than 200 signatures by the end of the day...

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    Also if I could get some help trolling the anti Mini-Holland site 'Walthamstow Toss' here, that would be much appreciated:

    https://www.facebook.com/walthamstowtoss­/photos/a.1513049298947573.1073741828.15­13045852281251/1542901499295686/?type=1&­theater

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    A petition against Enfield Mini Holland has been started on the government e-petitions thing. It has a couple hundred signatures:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petition­s/74598

    When this happened in Walthamstow, we organised a pro-petition that garnered a surprising amount of support. That's been very helpful in mitigating negative stories in local media and for keeping councillors on board.

    You should get one going on change.org (which is much more effective at gathering support) if you live in the area and support the scheme...

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    Everything seems to be in order

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    Depressing. Maybe someone could knock up some pro mini holland posters? Redress the balance a bit?

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    Yeah getting a lot of that in Walthamstow as well. Good thing about the filtered permeability road closures is that they'll make them easier to cross for people with mobility issues.

    I wonder what Ms Osman's response would be if parking spaces were to be removed to create a safe zimmerframe lane for elderly people to walk along?

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