Cycling News

2014 Community Cycling Fund for London grants awarded

The Community Cycling Fund for London has awarded 16 grants to a broad range of community projects around London. The grants will be used to encourage cycling amongst infrequent or new cyclists – especially those traditionally under-represented in cycling such as women, children and young people, disabled people and other groups where cycling is limited by income, equipment, health, ability, skills or information.


The projects will use their grants to provide a variety of activities ranging from led rides and cycle training to drop in maintenance sessions and ‘build a bike’ courses. The awarded grants were divided in two categories: large grants of up to £5,000 and ‘top-up’ grants of up to £1,000 (for projects that had already received a CCFL grant).

 


One of the awarded projects in the large grants category is London BMX Outreach (Access Sport) which will offer taster BMX sessions through qualified cycling coaches to schools, pupil referral units, special schools, and youth centres in 13 boroughs. The sessions will be delivered in partnership with sustainable community clubs so that access to the sessions can be guaranteed after the taster sessions. Joe Mactague,  project leader, said: “We’re delighted to receive this support from the Community Cycling Fund for London. BMX is a fantastic tool to get people into cycling and this support will allow our London BMX programme to deliver BMX taster sessions all across the capital that we otherwise would not have been able to offer. There are 15 community BMX clubs spread all across London waiting to receive new members. These sessions will help promote the opportunity available to all Londoners to get involved in BMX.”

 


Up skills on Wheels (A.P.P.L.E.), based in Acton, is one of the projects receiving a top-up grant. They will use their grant to build on the cycling activities they offered to young people at the youth club last year and which reached more than 100 young people in Acton. Joy Goddard, project manager said: "We’re over the moon at receiving a CCFL grant, we have started some significant work with young people in Acton around cycling, bike maintenance and bike skills; this award will support young mentors to share their skills and knowledge with others. Thank you!" 


You can check the full list of projects that have been awarded a grant here. We will be reporting on other CCFL awarded projects and how they support local communities all around London to take up cycling over the next few months.


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Fatal junction proves the need for Superhighways and Space for Cycling

 

Two cyclists have died in just six months close to the very heart of London on Ludgate Circus, at the end of Fleet Street. Both deaths were the result of being run over by 32 ton waste container lorries typically used in the construction industry.

This junction is at the core of the Mayor's Cycle Superhighway programme in the centre of the new North – South route from Kings Cross to Elephant & Castle. The diagram shows how the Superhighway will reduce danger to people on bikes.

Your support is urgently needed

The Mayor and Transport for London are running a consultation process right now to judge support for this Cycling Superhighway also the East-West route along the river and desperately needed improvements on route 2 from Aldgate to Bow Roundabout.

The Mayor's cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, has warned about the “political risk” from a few powerful businesses and property developers putting the Mayor's office “under enormous pressure to de-rail the programme.”  Use this link to add your voice to the majority of ordinary Londoners who support these schemes.

Space for Cycling

Currently, as shown by the red arrow, people riding cycles are at risk from turning lorries. When the new layout is completed by May 2016 people on bikes going North – South (right to left in diagram) will be in protected space with separate traffic signals.

They will cross over the junction when there is no motor traffic turning across their route. Lorries can still turn left along the red arrows while cycles pass on the other side. People on bikes wishing to turn into Ludgate Hill will wait and then have a clear run, following the yellow arrow while motor traffic is held back.

On Friday 17th October 26 year old Janina Gehlau was cycling south on Farringdon road as a huge lorry was turning left up Ludgate Hill. The driver did not see her, she and her bike were crushed beneath the wheels.

Janina died three days later, surrounded by her family who had rushed from their home in Germany to be at her side.

Earlier this year Victor Ben Rodriguez was killed instantly by a similar lorry also turning at this junction. He was coming down Fleet street and was not seen by the lorry driver turning left into Farringdon road. The lorry driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Two young people who did not deserve to die while cycling in London. In our consultation response  London Cycling campaign will be lobbying for even more protection at this junction, especially where Victor died. We believe that a simpler traffic light phasing could allow the dangerous turning traffic is separated from straight ahead cyclists allowing pedestrians to cross the roads without having to wait twice.

Three years ago in 2011 this junction was identified as one of the worst 100 in London, needing urgent treatment. Since then it has been removed from the reduced “33 Better Junctions” programme. It is therefore essential that the Cycle Superhighway re-design provides improved benefits, reduced danger, for all road users.

Full details of TfL's proposals can be downloaded here. (large file 12.5MB)


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BikeCityGuide London offers LCC Members Free Finns

Made for cyclists, by cyclists, the team behind the BikeCityGuide strive to get more people into cycling, just like we do, with an app that guides you along the most cycle-friendly routes in a city. They want to encourage people to see the bicycle not only as a practical, healthy and eco-friendly means of transport, but also as a symbol of freedom and individuality in urban space.

BikeCityGuide is available in nine European countries and the UK is next on the list. The London CityPack is currently in beta testing mode and they are looking for avid cyclists willing to give the app a try and to track their routes.

The first LCC 50 members to apply will receive a free Finn worth £10!* This mobile mount fits every handlebar and any smartphone and with its high quality silicone material withstands whatever you throw at it.

To take part, simply drop an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject 'One in 50 - Free Finn' and include your full name, address and LCC membership number in the body of the email. 

The offer is valid until Thursday 30th October. One Finn per registered app user only.

Find out more about the BikeCityGuide: http://www.bikecityguide.org/

See the Finn: http://getfinn.com/?tr=lcc

Download the app for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.bikecityguide

Download the app for iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/at/app/bikecityguide/id517332958

*Offer is subject to availability. Please note that all offers and discounts are made to members entirely at the discretion of the third-party supplier, from which we do not gain or have any control.



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Campaigner Awards 2014: Winners!

Our 2014 Winners!

Campaigner Award Winners 2014

On Saturday 11th October following our annual AGM and Campaigners' Conference we announced the winners of our 2014 Campaigner Awards; celebrating the work and efforts of our wonderful local groups and activists.

Mark Ames joined us to present the awards in four special categories.

You can watch Mark's pre-ceremony presentation on 'Top Tips for Cycle Campaining on his blog. It's well worth a watch for any budding 2015 Campaigner Award winners!

 

Best Ride Leader

Jointly awarded to Eve Evans (Bromley Cyclists) and Bridget Wilkinson & Nic Fripp (Waltham Forest)

The judges chose 2 joint winners for this award. They thought that the winners had used innovation, enthusiasm and commitment to attract a wide spectrum of people to join rides in parts of Outer London where it is usually hard to do so. 

The judges also praised all the other nominees expressing their admiration for individuals who had either started a new series of rides from scratch or sustained classic rides over many years. 

Best Local Group Ride or Event

Awarded to Hounslow Cycling Campaign for their Safe Routes to Schools Event

The judges were particularly impressed by the innovation of the Chiswick Safe Routes to School event - which brought together pupils, parents and headteachers from five Chiswick schools as well as local politicians, the police and Council officers.  The event combined a Space for Cycling ask with constructive political engagement as well as engaging children about wider cycling issues such as the environment and safety.  Thanks also to Chiswick Buzz TV for documenting the event for others to view online.  Congratulations to the Hounslow Cycling Campaign.

Best Local Group Campaign or Initiative

Awarded to Enfield Cycling Campaign for their Mini Holland Bid Support

The judges felt that this was a great example of a local group working together to achieve real change. 

Enfield Cycling Campaign worked with the local council in their Mini Holland bid, influencing the layout of streets and cycle lane markings. They did it involving all members in the group, and took some innovative action - including a Cash Mob. Through their activity they've gone from a group that had by their own admission ‘lost direction’ to being highly active and effective. Congratulations Enfield!

Outstanding Contribution to Local Cycle Campaigning

Awarded to Jean Dollimore (Camden Cyclists

Jean Dollimore, Winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Cycle Campaigning Award 2014

The judges agreed that this was one of the hardest categories to decide on given the sheer numbers of volunteers working tirelessly across London to improve cycling.

They managed to whittle the long list down to a shorter list including Clare Neely, Charles Barraball, Danny Williams and Chris Kenyon, David Arditti and Eleanor Margolies but in the end it was unanimously agreed that the award should be given to Jean Dollimore.

Like many others on the list she is a classic example of someone who has slogged away for many years standing on street corners in the rain with a petition or a bike counter, but she has also been involved in several controversial projects and with patience and sheer hard work managed to ensure that dialogue has not broken down.

She has also demonstrated creativity, for example in her use of filming to bring home to decision makers the everyday challenges for cyclists. The fact that cycling on Royal College Street has increased by over 100% since the improvements were completed speaks volumes and the LCC are delighted to recognise her contribution in this way.

Well done Jean!

Judges' Special Award

Also awarded by our Judging Panel was a Special Award for CyclingWorks. The judges wanted to give a Special Award to Chris Kenyon, Jono Kenyon, Nick Kocharhook, Danny Williams and the other individuals involved, for their work on the pioneering CyclingWorks website which aims to build support from London Businesses' for the N-S, E-W Superhighway plans. 

 

Many thanks to Mark Ames and our Judges for making the awards possible:

  • Ann Kenrick, Chair of the LCC Board
  • Tom Bogdanowicz, Senior Policy Officer, LCC
  • Lucy Pearce, Head of Activism Impact Team, Friends of the Earth
  • Robbie Gillett; Space for Cycling Campaigner, CTC

Most importantly, thanks to everyone who made nominations this year; the range of activities, rides, events and campaigns put forward has been amazing and really highlights the incredible efforts, skill and time put in by all LCC’s local groups. The judging panel were hugely impressed by each nomination and really found it hard to pick our winners this year!

We’d also like to say a big thank you to VEGLO for donating two of their amazing new lights as prizes for some of the individual awards. Their lights; which focus on lighting up the human shape rather that the bike; are winning prizes left right and centre and flying off the shelves. Water resistant and USB rechargeable we suspect they will be in many a cyclists' xmas stocking this year!

 


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Ask your MP to attend the Get Britain Cycling parliamentary debate.

On Thursday 16 October at around 11.30am, there'll be a debate in Parliament on what progress has been made towards Get Britain Cycling, the cross-party report written by MPs which was publicly welcomed by leaders of the main parties.

You can watch the debate live on Parliament TV.

The report - which calls for targets to boost cycle use from below 2% of trips at present to 10% (approaching German levels) by 2025 and to 25% (roughly Dutch levels) by 2050, and recommends spending of at least £10 per person annually on cycling, rising to £20 per person as cycle use increases - received an unopposed vote of support following the previous Commons debate which was attended by around 100 MPs.

However, national government’s response to date has been disappointing and funding commitments so far, although welcome, have only been short-term and highly localised. 

While the Mayor of London has committed to spending £913 million on cycling over the next ten years, it's really important that national government’s investment reflects this kind of commitment. A lack of funding for cycling at a national level could become a threat to continued investment in London.   

LCC, along with CTC, Sustrans and other members of the UK Cycling Alliance, is asking supporters to urge their MP to attend the debate, and to support the inclusion of the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report’s recommendations in their party’s manifesto.

We've set up a quick tool to enable you to easily email your MP and urge them to attend. Write to your MP now.

 


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Will Cycle Superhighways solve congestion problems?

Despite the anonymous scaremongering reported in the press and coming from some businesses opposed to the Cycling Superhighway projects in London there is a real chance that better cycling infrastructure can be part of the solution to motor vehicle congestion.

Three radical plans are currently been consulted on by Transport for London. The East-West 'Crossrail for the Bike', the North-South link from Elephant to Kings Cross and upgrading the casualty strewn CS 2 route from Aldgate to Bow roundabout.

Transport for London has published impact studies of computer generated, worst case scenarios of what might happen to motor traffic. LCC have been looking at these numbers, published on the TfL consultations website.

We have been testing TfL figures. Their report on Cycle Superhighway 2 claims that current peak hour journey times from Bow to Aldgate are 14:29 minutes and that after the superhighway is built this may increase by 7 minutes. Every driver we have spoken with has said that it takes much longer so we went out to test it.

We have cycled the route 5 times over recent weeks, keeping up with the peak hour motor traffic from Bow to Aldgate rather than moving ahead with all the cyclists. The times measured varied from 16:20 minutes up to 34:50 with an average of 23:42 minutes.

The quickest journey was at 7.40 in the morning. There was very little motor traffic, showing how much spare capacity on that route. We had to cycle fast to keep up with the free flowing cars. To reach TfL's “average” time for this journey the cars would have to get half the green lights and have no queues anywhere else.

We cycled back again and on the second run there was massive congestion from Bow. We soon found the cause: a cyclist lying on the ground being attended by doctors from the Helicopter Emergency Service.

The crash happened when a van driver turned right into Campbell Road, not seeing the cyclist on the blue paint lane. The cyclist didn't have enough time to stop. He was taken to the Royal London Hospital with a broken leg and severe concussion. We are hoping he is making a good recovery.

Just this week we saw video of a similar crash on CS2 in the other direction. A car driver carelessly turned across the path of LCC member Honor at Harley Grove. The driver didn't stop but returned 15 minutes later after he had been accosted by other motorists. Hopefully Honor has only minor injuries but her bike has been destroyed.

Crashes cause congestion. A report to the TfL board estimated that 28% of the congestion in London is the result of crashes. If a cyclist is seriously injured there can be huge delays. The police investigation into the crash we saw took several hours. One side of the road was closed with jams in each direction.

The next two journeys we took that day took 17:40 and 19:20 minutes. Those times grossly underestimate the delay. The motor traffic we joined at Bow roundabout had already been jammed for 5-15 minutes.

Delays at junctions

On other days we have had even more delays, the longest trip being just under 35 minutes. Cycling along with the cars is not a pleasant experience but you do get to see where the delays occur. Mostly it is at the main junctions.

It is clear that some traffic engineers are concerned that Superhighways will add to the delays at junctions. We believe this is unfounded. One of our consistent criticisms of the proposed designs is that the junctions are far too complicated. The most serious collisions happen at junctions and all agree that separation of motor traffic from cyclists and pedestrians is the most reliable way to reduce this danger.

At some major junctions TfL plan to introduce a version of what we call the Eliminating Left Hook junction design. If implemented properly, the signal control allows all traffic, pedestrians, cycles and  motors to go in the same direction at once. Turning motor traffic is held until the next phase, then all the traffic flows in the cross direction, followed by a final phase for turning.

This system gives long periods for pedestrians to cross in safety, resolving some of the objections from local highway authorities and bus or tube passengers.

Traffic in the Aldgate area is particularly slow at the moment caused by the closure of Minories to enable construction work.

We have little confidence in the method of estimating extra delays, the science is limited and the input data so variable that the estimates can only be considered little better than a guess.

For example one of the main reasons for building world class cycling infrastructure in London is to get more people cycling. The modelling software used by TfL assumes that there will be no change in travel behaviour as a result of the changes. All the evidence suggests that even mediocre cycle infrastructure encourages more people to cycle. Andrew Gilligan told the GLA transport committee yesterday that 30% of the increase in numbers of people cycling on Superhighway 7 from Clapham to the City were people new to cycle commuting.

Find out more about the Cycle Superhighways proposals and take action now.


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New Trustees Elected to the London Cycling Campaign Board

London Cycling Campaign's AGM saw four new trustees, and one returning trustee elected to the Board of the organisation. The final result was as follows:

1. Rachel Aldred (re-elected)

2. Alex Dillistone (elected)

3. George Coulouris (elected)

4. Gareth Redmond (elected)

5. Hannah Roberts (elected)

6. Ross Adam

7. Sabine Mosner

8. Tony Martin

Photographs and short biographies of the new trustees will be posted shortly. The new Board will meet for the first time on Thursday 16th October when the Chair, Treasurer and Vice-Chair will be elected by trustees, and when the subcommittees of the Board will be re-constituted, for the new Board term (2014/15).


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GLA Transport Committee questions the Cycling Commissioner on cycle superhighways

The GLA's Transport Committee met this morning (14 October 2014) with Cycling Commissioner Andrew Gilligan to discuss the cycle superhighways - including what action is being taken on the conflict of interest highlighted by LCC and others in the last few days.

You can watch a webcast of the meeting here, but we popped along and took a few notes - we've tried to summarise below.

Gilligan was first asked about the response to the cycle superhighways, and his thoughts.

Gilligan responded that the scheme pales by comparison with other projects that TfL have undertaken. Of the 1450 miles of road that make up the Transport for London Route Network (TLRN), the Strategic Road Network (SRN) and the Borough Principle Road Network, the NS/EW schemes and the upgrade of CS2 combined represent about 9 miles.

Gilligan added that the only way it doesn’t pale by comparison with other projects is in terms of capacity. He said that Bus Plus in 2003 created capacity for an extra 10,000 users in the busiest hour; these three routes will create the capacity for 9000 users every hour, and said it was a huge amount of transport capacity for not very much money. 3000 cyclists an hour - the capacity of each of the routes - is the equivalent of running 41 extra full buses every hour.

Chair of the GLA Transport Committee Caroline Pidgeon stated that there have been some concerns about public consultation from residents who haven’t been able to understand some of the technical details, and a mixed response from the business lobby. Gilligan responded that to date the support has far outweighed the opposition. He added that TfL are committed to working with people who’ve got concerns to see if they can find ways to improve the scheme and remove some of those concerns. 

Gilligan explained a bit more of the detail on the plans - and how they represent a step change in cycling provision for London. He said that the scheme provides continental style cycling facilities for London for almost the first time, which will link to the existing CS3 and create a continuous largely segregated route all the way from Barking and Canary Wharf in the East out to Acton, eventually, in the West. And, he added, it will link with the north-south route at Blackfriars from Elephant and Castle to King’s Cross, and that in turn will link with CS7 at Elephant. He said that a huge number of journeys across central London will be makeable largely or entirely on segregated tracks, and added that the scheme going in through the Vauxhall gyratory would mean that no cyclists will have to go round the gyratory anymore. He also gave a bit more information on the upgrade to CS2, where the proposal is to introduce segregation and floating bus stops.
 
Richard Tracey then asked Gilligan about the mini Holland scheme, which invited London boroughs to bid for funding. Gilligan explained that 10 boroughs were shortlisted and 3 were winners, but the 7 runners up will get elements of their bids funded. The boroughs have been written to in the last few days to explain what's being funded, and this is due to be announced at the GLA Budget Committee next week.
 
Navin Shah raised concerns that the mini Holland concept should not be left to competing for funds, but should be part of the whole strategy for sustainable transport. Gilligan responded that while the other outer London boroughs aren't going to get as much as the mini Holland winners, they are all getting substantial investment as a result of the Quietways program, which is a program of mainly backstreet routes due to extend to all 32 boroughs. Gilligan said that the pilot phase is underway and is on 7 routes, which are going to enter 15 boroughs. The second phase should be underway quite soon. That will cover all 32 boroughs.
 
Richard Tracey asked Gilligan what contribution cycling could make to the Infrastructure Plan for 2050. Gilligan responded that at the moment there are about 580k journeys by bike in London per day, and he envisages that rising to between 1.2 and 1.5 million. He said that would include significant modal shift, and a reduction in pressure on other modes. He said that 32% of people on one of the first superhighways, CS7, after the first year, were new to cycling and had previously travelled by other modes - an example of pressure that cycling can relieve on the transport network. He added that they have survey results which show 7 out of 10 people who don’t cycle now would be prepared to consider cycling if safe facilities were available to them.
 
He added that since the announcement of the Cycling Vision in March 2013 there have been 23 cyclist fatalities. Of those, 10 were at places where there are proposals to introduce segregated tracks. 
Gilligan talked further about encouraging different types of cyclists using the road. He said that at the moment cycling is disproportionately young and male and that’s because of the conditions – those are the people who feel able to cycle. He said he thinks they will see far more women, far more older people cycle after these changes and that will change the culture of cycling towards what we see in continental cities where they do have that separated infrastructure. 
 
Val Shawcross stated that cross party, the Committee has all supported space for cycling and segregation, and she said it is distressing to see an opening up of conflict about this issue. She said that it's important that we all stay calm and get on with the job, which must be about having some decent design consultation and listening to people as well as pressing ahead. 
 
Val then asked Gilligan: whether or not Peter Anderson, as a TfL board member, has potentially a conflict of interest on this issue and how this might be dealt with by the Mayor within in the context of TfL?
 
Gilligan responded that "We are seeking legal advice on Mr Anderson’s position from the general counsel Howard Carter. TfL does have processes in place in accordance with the statutory requirements under the GLA Act for dealing with conflicts of interest at board and panel meetings, and where there is conflict a board member can be recused from discussing the relevant subject matter."
 
Finally, Darren Johnson stated that he very much shares the vision of continental style infrastructure, but wanted to ask how many of the superhighways would be completed by 2016. Gilligan responded that the program is the same number of superhighways but not all in the same places. CS6 and CS12 have been cancelled; in their place are the North-South and East-West superhighways.

He added that there are a couple of others which are being delivered as part of Mini Holland or Quietway type programs although they’re on main roads. He said CS9 is going ahead on Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow parts of the route. He also said that there's going to be a new superhighway on Lea Bridge Rd in Waltham Forest as part of their mini Holland bid which will link with a new route into central London through Hackney. He said that the timing is in the gift of the boroughs on those, but North-South, East-West, the CS2 upgrade and CS1 (City to Tottenham) would be by 2016. He added that CS11 would probably be by the end of 2016, and that two upgrades on CS5; the big scheme at Vauxhall Cross and an upgrade on CS7 at Oval starting imminently are due by 2016.

The Transport Committee will be meeting to look at the Cycle Superhighways plans in more detail in December.

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Jingle Bells! Enter our Christmas Card Competition

London Cycling Campaign is running a Christmas Card competition ahead of the festive season to help raise funds for Space for Cycling and our other important campaigns that help make London better for cyclists. We’re giving people the opportunity to design a greeting card for us that not only captures the spirit of Christmas but also cycling and our passion and love for the bicycle. 

Open to anyone, we’d like to receive submissions from all kinds of creative people, from designers and artists to photographers. If you think you have an idea for a card that a fellow cyclist would want to receive this Christmas then we want to hear from you!

There will be two winning designs chosen and then Christmas cards sold featuring these, with all profits going to the London Cycling Campaign. The two winners will not only get to see their design in print with an artist credit, but also be given profile-raising opportunities. They will be promoted across our digital channels including the London Cycling Campaign website and social media platforms and also mentioned in print in the December issue of the London Cyclist magazine. We’ll also give you a little present too and let you pick something from our Christmas shop, filled with gifts perfect for those who prefer to pedal.

As for a brief – there isn’t one! Christmas means something different to everyone, so whether it’s the Queen’s speech or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer that’s your inspiration for this competition, we don’t mind.

If you don’t already know about London Cycling Campaign, we have been supporting bike riders in the capital 1978. We campaign for better conditions for cyclists and promote cycling across London. Our Space for Cycling campaign was launched because we believe that every Londoner, whatever their age or ability, deserves safe and inviting space for cycling on all of our city's streets. This year, ahead of the Local Elections, we worked hard with our local groups to outline over 600 specific cycling demands. 84,000 emails later in support of the campaign and 45% of candidates promised to create the changes needed on local roads to make cycling safer. Now, as we enter phase 2 we need to make sure that all the councillors who signed up to Space for Cycling deliver on their commitments.

Specifications:

Artwork should be sent in PDF format as a Landscape or Portrait design with the following taken into consideration for the final printed Christmas card:
 
• Landscape – Bleed area 152mm x 109mm, Trim 148mm x 105mm, Safe area 144mm x 101mm
• Portrait – Bleed area 109mm x 152mm, Trim 105mm x 148mm, Safe area 101mm x 144mm

Attach and send your artwork to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with ‘Christmas Card Competition’ in the subject line.

Deadline: Thursday 6th November 2014

Terms and Conditions:

By entering this competition you acknowledge and agree to the following terms and conditions:

- London Cycling Campaign (LCC) reserves the right to judge all entries to determine two competition winners. The judges’ decisions are final.
- All entries must be received by the deadline, 11:59pm on Thursday 6th November and sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Late entries will not be considered.
- Only one entry per person; multiple entries will not be accepted.
- By entering you acknowledge that LCC can use your entry and associated material in the promotion of the competition and the Christmas card.
- All Christmas cards will be sold to raise funds for LCC and its campaign work.
- Ownership of the design remains with the artist, with LCC given permission to use and sell the image as outlined.
- Entrants under the age of 18 must have written permission from an adult to enter.
- The two winners will be entitled to choose a free gift from LCC’s online Christmas shop.

 


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LCC says TfL board member’s conflict of interest on superhighways must end

London Cycling Campaign is calling for a Transport for London board member to step aside from discussions on the new cycle superhighways scheme due to a clear conflict of interest.

Peter Anderson, Finance Director of Canary Wharf Group PLC – the group behind a damaging and inaccurate briefing against the superhighway proposals – also sits on Transport for London’s board. Mr Anderson is also Chair of TfL’s Finance and Policy Committee – the group that will, in November, decide whether the cycle superhighways should be financed or not.

Rosie Downes, Campaigns Manager at London Cycling Campaign, said: “There is a very clear conflict of interest here. Thousands of Londoners have responded in support of the superhighway proposals; the Mayor of London has said himself that it’s time to reallocate road space; companies like RBS, Orange and Unilever have publicly supported the plans. Yet despite the overwhelming support for the plans, they’re at risk because of one extremely powerful individual who sits on the Transport for London board – whose vision of London does not reflect in any way what the rest of us want to see.

“Sir Peter Hendy has said himself that London will face overwhelming overcrowding. Promoting cycling is essential to keeping London moving. At the same time Canary Wharf Group will be putting countless HGVs on our roads to facilitate the £1.3 billion redevelopment of the Shell Centre. Without protected space for cycling - space that Londoners were promised when they elected the Mayor of London – we will see more deaths on London’s roads. And if that protected space doesn’t materialise due to the vested interests of one board member whose employer is proactively making our roads more dangerous, Transport for London will have some very difficult questions to answer.”

Over 75 leading employers from across the finance, technology, creative, education and healthcare sectors have now supported the plans through the CyclingWorks.London website. David Morley, Senior Partner at leading law practice Allen & Overy, has said: “Like many businesses in London, a growing number of our 1700 London partners and employees cycle to work, including myself. We strongly encourage our people to consider cycling to work. We know many more would do so if they felt more safe on the roads. We welcome any proposal designed to increase the safety of our partners and staff and that makes it easier to get to work using the method they freely choose… We would like to see these plans are delivered without delay."

Over 5000 people have responded to the consultation in support of the proposals through the LCC website at www.lcc.org.uk/cycle-superhighways.


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Collideoscope - cyclists build national crash and near miss databank

Collideosco.pe is brought to you by the My Society team who build tools that empower citizens like 'They Work for You' and 'What do they Know'. It has been devleoped with ITP the integrated and sustainable transport experts.

This is a web app based system that allows cyclists to record their own incidents, collisions and near misses to build a national database far richer than official statistics and covering many more incidents than the police database (STATS 19).

Details of incidents can then be passed on to local highway authorities, and everyone else working to reduce danger on the roads.

Injury Study

The project is working in conjunction with the Bespoke cyclists injury study being developed by the trauma care specialists working at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel supported by the Barts & the London Charity.

Collideoscope will generate detail on location, type of crash and severity of injury - if any. The Bespoke team plan to learn much more about cyclist injuries and how the effects last longer than we might think.

Bespoke will focus on the serious injuries,  measuring the social and financial costs in order to lead policy decisions aimed at reducing crashes and casualties.  Very little data exists on the wider impacts of trauma injuries. It is hoped that studying cyclist casualties  can help improve care for all trauma victims.

"Near miss" reporting

Unlike any other reporting system Collideoscope encourages reporting your "near miss" incidents. Near miss reporting is an essential part of industrial safety systems.  Identifying danger situations before crashes happen helps speed up changes that can solve the problem.

The Collideoscope web interface is developed from FixMyStreet.com, another MySociety project. You can enter your location, or spot it on the map, then enter the details. More work is needed to make it fully functional.  There is a contact form to suggest improvements or report bugs.

We would like to see the option to record crashes not involving other vehicles. The Bespoke team recorded 20 injuries out of a total of 75 involved a fall or crash not involving other vehicles. There also needs to be a category for crashes on off road paths in parks or the countryside.

Reports can include pictures or links to video clips. They can be updated later with more information. There are no plans to link collideoscope reports to police or manage the information to reduce road crime. The database could provide a useful measure of the extent of road crime and where it is a serious issue.

There is a tick box for "This incident has been fixed". That may be a hangover from the FixMyStreet site, it is not clear if this refers to fixing road layouts, fixing careless behaviour or fixing the subsequent injuries.


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2014 Cyclenation-CTC Annual Conference

Hosted by the London Cycling Campaign

Sponsored by Lambeth Council, London
Saturday 22nd November 2014, Lambeth Town Hall, 9:30-18:00

This year’s joint annual Cyclenation-CTC conference will be hosted by the London Cycling Campaign. The event is kindly being sponsored by Lambeth Council and will take place at Lambeth Town Hall on on Saturday 22nd November, 9:30-18:00.

The 2014 conference will provide unique insights into the political dynamics of cycling at local and national level. With an exciting list of speakers and expert workshop leaders the conference will be an unmissable opportunity for local and national cycling campaigners to learn from each other on how to campaign effectively to promote cycling, and to get up to speed on the most topical political, policy and technical issues.

You can download the agenda here (subject to change).

Confirmed speakers:

Andrew Gilligan, Mayor of London’s Cycling Commissioner
Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member Environment & Sustainability, LB Lambeth
Lucy Saunders, Public Health Specialist, GLA/TfL Transport and Public Realm team
Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport, University of Westminster
Kevin Hickman, Inclusive Cycling Forum
Phil Jones, Phil Jones Associates, contributor to Welsh Active Travel Bill

Panel discussions with leading figures from across the UK will include:

  • Building political commitment for cycling
  • Design standards: background and scope for development across the UK

Workshops will include the following topics:

  • Public Health: working with local authorities in their new duties
  • Accessibility/Inclusivity of Cycling:  towards a Cyclenation Inclusion Policy

As usual there will be social events and rides including drinks/dinner on Friday and Saturday nights and a chance to join social rides led by local groups of the London Cycling Campaign on Sunday 23rd November.

BOOKING YOUR PLACE AT THE EVENT

Tickets for the event cost £25 and online booking is now open.

A 50% ticket discount for students is available, giving you a saving of £12.50 on each ticket. Simply enter discount code 'stucnc' at the checkout. Please note that you will be asked to show a valid student card on the day.

To book your place visit the LCC shop

ENQUIRIES

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