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PsiMonk

Member since Nov 2014 • Last active Jan 2017
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London Cycling Campaign's Infrastructure Campaigner, Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign's Council Liaison Officer, dad, mountain biker, vegetarian, hip-hop fiend, weirdo

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  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    Keep meaning to check LFGSS more regularly. But here goes (I'm LCC's Infrastructure Campaigner):
    a) Yes, Westminster. Grrr.
    b) This is an "interim" scheme and should have been more clearly labelled as such from the get-go. TfL still working hard on trying to get in a better scheme asap. Issue is that signalising this basically sends their computer models for traffic for whole of area into meltdown.
    c) I'm with those who would basically say "so what?" Sadly, I don't run London. TfL Buses basically do.
    d) The folks working on the final scheme are good. I have some hopes. I'll continue to push them.

  • in Improving Public Spaces
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    A quick message to ask every single person on here to not just #signforcycling with the London Cycling Campaign, but get friends, relatives, family, strangers to also!
    signforcycling.org

    We’re asking the next Mayor to commit to:

    More space for cycling on main roads and at junctions
    A ‘Mini-Holland’ for every London borough
    An end to lorry danger
    We need loads of people to sign, because as you can see, some of the candidates are no feeling pressure to push on with more of the welcome infrastructure we're only just beginning to see go in. In fact, some of them may want to rip out the stuff we've fought so hard to get!

    So we really need your support to make sure the momentum is kept up. More on the detail of the pledges at the site signforcycling.org

  • in General
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    A quick message to ask every single person on here to not just #signforcycling with the London Cycling Campaign, but get friends, relatives, family, strangers to also!
    http://signforcycling.org

    We’re asking the next Mayor to commit to:

    1. More space for cycling on main roads and at junctions
    2. A ‘Mini-Holland’ for every London borough
    3. An end to lorry danger

    We need loads of people to sign, because as you can see, some of the candidates are no feeling pressure to push on with more of the welcome infrastructure we're only just beginning to see go in. In fact, some of them may want to rip out the stuff we've fought so hard to get!

    So we really need your support to make sure the momentum is kept up. More on the detail of the pledges at the site http://signforcycling.org

  • in General
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    If you ever cycle on or near Lea Bridge Road, or want to but are too scared to, please support some amazingly good schemes by putting in comments to the open consultations here this weekend: https://lbrproposals.commonplace.is/

  • in General
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    Erm, sorry 7up, but I couldn't disagree more on just about every point you make.

    1. The surrounding streets aren't more congested. Lea Bridge Road and Hoe Street got dramatically worse a few weeks after the full village scheme went in - when schools went back. But a) that could have been the scheme bedding in, and b) we simultaneously had huge roadworks on the north circ. Either way, last week or so, congestion back to roughly where it was before - ie sometimes horrible, sometimes fine, bit around Selbourne Road always fairly chuggy. Church Hill is exactly as it was before the scheme went in, and has remained that way throughout. Queuing on Shernhall onto Forest the same. Queuing other end onto LBR (Eastern Ave?) is worse - but not dramatically so.

    2. Residential roads across the borders of the scheme largely unaffected - some quite a lot quieter. Look at "poets" roads or Howard - traffic counts definitely down from where they were before. Ratrunners not just displaced from one area, but several.

    3. On top of that, of course, the village scheme represents one tiny fraction of even the residential schemes. Pretending the village is all Tarquins inaccurate enough. But what will you say when all of Blackhorse Village, Hoe/Wood and Markhouse in too?

    4. There is not a high percentage of people who rely on access to private vehicles. Under half of all households in Walthamstow have access to a car, and most disabled folks don't use a car. We're not quite as low car as Hackney. But we're not miles off.

    5. Loads of people have raised concerns over the schemes, sure - and Stella is getting it in the neck. There's a lot happening, fast. But that doesn't automatically mean there's been "little consideration" of anything. It just means people hate change.

    Sorry, but again, look at not even Groningen, not even Hackney, but places in Walthamstow like north of Lea Bridge Road between Argall and Markhouse. Huge sodding road closure cell over there. Been in for decades. No one notices it. Does it mess up everyone else's drive? No. In six months time, most will barely remember the big mini-Holland panic of 2015.

  • in General
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    At one of the Enfield public meetings, one of the antis apparently got up and said, with straight face, that women don't cycle and will never cycle to the shops because they want to get their hair done.

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