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Carey

Member since Apr 2013 • Last active Oct 2021
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  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    That climate calculator does seem a tad simplistic...

  • in Miscellaneous and Meaningless
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    I watched / streamed The Savages recently, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney. Fantastic film.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Went to a local consultation event by Islington Council today, on their St Peters low traffic neighbourhood, between Angel and Hoxton.

    Was great to see local people enjoying riding an array of bikes and other cycles hosted by https://www.pedalpowercc.org/

    One guy I met never knew about handcycles; now he does. It's just the sort of thing council's that are implementing LTNs should be doing and shouting about.

    And good coffee and cake at the Arc centre https://www.thearccentre.org/

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    ^ good news on Birmingham. What they also need to do is start removing on-street car parking in the centre, turning multi storey car parks into something else. Hopefully all in their plan - wasn't published last time I checked.

    Very few decision makers in other English towns or cities seem even aware of this kind of thinking and planning.

    Great to see leadership and a strong narrative from Councillor Waseem Zaffar.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Great thread and fantastic title! OK, here's my triebwerk out and about

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Assuming you are not suffering from consultation fatigue.... public consultation on Islington's St Peter’s low traffic neighbourhood trial opened on Monday 13 September and runs until Monday 11 October. You can take part in the consultation by visiting: https://www.islington.gov.uk/consultatio­ns/2021/st-peters-people-friendly-street­s-trial

    Please reply to the consultation if you or your family have enjoyed better walking and cycling east of Angel, on Danbury Street, Wharf Road, Prebend St, Quietway 2, etc since the trial started in summer 2020.

    Almost all local people I speak to enjoy the new changes, but few appreciate the impact of the small but organised groups against LTNs, and the need to push back on the anti's and tell councillors to keep going.

    Every response helps - it is islington's "first" LTN which they are consulting on after a year of people experiencing it. It would be good to get an overwhelmingly positive response to the trial.

    The scale of the challenge to improve air quality, reduce car traffic and reduce road danger was in full view during council-organised consultation events. I attended one event at the weekend and had a chat with local officers to show our support; the Cabinet Member for transport was also there and getting absolutely mobbed by a (small) handful of (very) loud anti's - taxi lobby etc. They were shouting, bullying, and intimidating local people who have positive views of the LTN. Police / support officers attended to de-escalate.

    Hats off to councillors in Islington and Hackney and elsewhere working towards the right things. Really unpleasant people are against LTNs. No wonder some councils don't have the resilience to keep LTNs in place. It takes commitment and whole lot of energy to see these things through.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    I've been following Cycling UK's legal efforts for a judicial review of West Sussex Council's decision to remove "pop up" cycle infrastructure on Upper Shoreham Road.

    After some initial bad news, its good to hear some progress on this from CUK:
    https://www.cyclinguk.org/press-release/­west-sussex-county-council-go-court-over­-cycle-lane-removal

    Fingers crossed for the eventual day in court..

  • in General
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    Great to meet you too and what a wonderful group of people and a lovely ride it was. Looking forward to the next one. And thanks for the drink at the finish line - I didn't realise you had paid until I was leaving!

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