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Optimate

Member since Mar 2013 • Last active Jul 2014
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    What about Picadilly, eastbound, descending from Hyde Park Corner Roundabout. The whole road, particularly the left hand/bus lane, is cratered like the moon.

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    There is huge local support for this. Plenty of people have tried before and given up, but they have left mailing lists, networks of contacts, and a sense of a desire for change intact. So, the first part of this, engaging local residents, is going well.

    Now, I need to draw a sketch map of what changes would look like. This is your chance to influence this. Do you have a good idea of what you would want to see in this area? If so, say so here. A general sense of ''cycle lanes" isn't good enough. Where do you want them? What sort of intervention? Think about anywhere on this one way system, not just earls court. I'm still thinking of campaigning seeking its return to two way use, but if you've a better idea, such as a limited one way system with separated cycle lanes, say what you would like to see now.

    Also, if anyone has software to draw road layout well, or fancies doing drawing for beer, wine or gin, please get in touch.

    Please do help me make this a safer area of town for cycling.
    Thanks.

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    Tealemma,
    I may be interested in some of the other parts, if still available, do you have any rod brake parts / 28" rear mudguard?

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    I should add that I've had a detailed hard-copy letter from Cllr Linda Wade in response to my e-mails to her. This showed an interest in the problems along these roads, and a desire either to support the solution I proposed, or to find another solution for cyclists. So far, the other proposals have been quite unspecific, or related to other parts of RBKC, but this is a more encouraging response than the local councilors. This was started by my supporting the 'space for cycling' campaign, so I'd urge other local residents to support that campaign too, even though it is sparse on specific requests for the Earl's Court Ward.

    To those who are campaigning locally - a cycle lane west-east along Cromwell Road between ECR and WR is a good idea - and this might be gaining traction in RBKC. There is an existing quietway just south of Cromwell Road which this would supplement. In my view, the major problem in the Ward is that of Earl's Court Road and Warwick Road.

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    Meanwhile, I've met a few more local residents, and started some e-mail exchange with some residents associations, and have been trying to find out more local opinion.

    Does anyone on here live further south, towards Redcliffe Square or Edith Grove, or further north, towards Shepherd's Bush? I'd be interested to know your experience of this one-way system in your part of town.

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    Charlie, that's a really good image to counter the argument that tunnels reduce congestion and make the street-scape less daunting!

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    I agree - nothing worse than an isolated website with only one view and little content! - but then again it's difficult to start off without being able to say "show your support/ find out more here", or something similar - just wish to be ready to go when there is support, and I know this takes time to create.

    I've had positive replies from the two nearest residents' associations already, who have provided further contacts, including in the local business association. Essentially "We'd support it but we're not doing anything about it ourselves".

    Blogspot is a good idea. Do you have experience in naming this sort of thing?
    Is "Restore Earls Court Roads" or something similar better than "stop the Gyratory!" The name for a campaign is important in setting the tone, and I didn't ask you about your experience earlier.

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    Thank you for the public support and PMs so far, in particular to Oliver.

    It seems as if RBKC are starting to consider this, in a vague sort of way.
    The March 2014 Local Infrastructure Delivery Plan contains a reference at p.76.
    http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/pdf/LDF%20IDP%20MĀ­arch%202014.pdf
    (Thanks to Oliver for the pointer)

    This is, in my view, a realistic and achievable campaign to return these roads to two-way use.

    This campaign needs a web presence as a matter of urgency, given the timescale of elections and the redevelopment consultations in the area. This needs graphics, and it needs a website. Can anyone help with either? I've no experience in these things. I think something very simple would suffice at first.

    • a single page website setting out the aim of the campaign
    • a few 'doodles' of a couple of sites in the area showing two-way use restored (e.g. Earl's Court Road/Warwick Road/ Lillie Road).
    • a 'graphic' for the campaign
      (I can draw passably, but I've no kit for transposing anything online - and i've never worked in marketing so my ideas might not be popular...).

    I don't even think an e-petition is suitable at this stage - It's easy to set up another e-mail account for this - unless some sort of petition and 'counter' is easy to create?

    So, any creative people on here able to offer a few hours to time to help make this part of London a better place for cycling? I've no sponsorship for this, so the consideration might well have to be in beer...! Please PM me if you feel able to help!

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    Yes, I see that, except Warwick road is already part two way by Cromwell road and many junctions are already restricted turns. Looking forward to discussing this in more depth.

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