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London Cycling Campaign calls for stronger safety benefits from Camden's West End project

London Cycling Campaign welcomes Camden Council's vision for transforming the Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street area of the West End.

However in our consultation response, below, we demand international standard protected space for cycle journeys. The routes must be attractive for the many more people who want to cycle in the West End but fear the high levels of motor traffic.

Please add your voice to Camden's official consultation on the West End Project.

Camden council continue talk to all the stakeholders in this area and our response may be updated as we get more information

London Cycling Campaign Consultation Response

London Cycling Campaign welcomes the opportunity to present the our views on the plans for revising the road layout in the West End  to reduce congestion and pollution on the road network while accommodating the dramatic increase in pedestrian movements generated by the new Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.

We note that Camden Council has set a target for 8% of all resident's trips to be by cycle by 2025-6. This is more than double the most recent measure of cycling in the Borough. We urge the Council to be more ambitious and recognise that cycling is the most efficient choice for the majority of non-walk trips.

London Cycling Campaign is committed to lobby for 'safe and inviting' cycling environments that do not compel cyclists to share space with high speed or high volume motor traffic.

We approve Camden Council's overall vision for the West End with the reallocation of carriageway space for walking, cycling, green areas and new public space on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street and for fewer buses on New Oxford Street.

We welcome the increased permeability planned for cyclists in the area through two-way access to many side streets as well as on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street. These are important for the two planned east-west Quietways.

However, the West End Project plans do not provide adequate space for cycling. On neither the planned north-south routes is there sufficient protection from motor traffic for people who cycle. Although the 2000 people who currently cycle daily in Tottenham Court Road may experience a faster and more comfortable journey the impact of 900 buses per day on TCR in each direction will do very little to encourage new cyclists.

We note that during the construction phase of the Crossrail projects cycling use has increased in the area while travel by all other modes has declined. We expect this increase in cycling to continue. It will be further stimulated by new destinations being developed on both north-south routes as the construction barriers are removed.

During the consultation period many people who currently cycle in the West End commented on the negative experience of cycling on roads with high bus flows. People experience fear and intimidation by being in close proximity with large vehicles and are deterred from stopping or shopping by the desire to get through safely. Even more importantly, people who do not currently cycle through the area are not attracted by what is currently on offer, especially those who are seeking a safe route for family cycling to and from the centre of London.

The proposed lightly-segregated cycle lanes in Gower Street at 1.5 metres wide are not up to the current minimum standard. Anything less than 2 metres wide would not allow people on bikes to pass each other and would encourage faster cyclists to risk riding in the main carriageway. While the narrower protected space may appear attractive to new users, it will not be adequate to cater for them as well as the current 1700 people who cycle daily in Gower Street.

London Cycling Campaign notes the adoption of a 20 mph speed limit on all of Camden's roads in the area. We consider this to be too high if it is planned to allow cycle and bus traffic to mix on Tottenham Court Road and provide a safe, attractive environment for the four-fold increase in pedestrian traffic. In line with best European practice this street should be engineered to maximum design speed of 15 mph.

What needs to be improved

In order to give our support to the West End Project we would expect all of the following seven criteria to be met:

  • A minimum of 4 metres width of "protected space for cycling" in either Gower Street or Tottenham Court Road. This could be provided in one of the following ways:
    • filtering of Gower Street so as to eliminate all through motor traffic
    • a pair of one-way two metre wide protected cycle tracks in Gower Street - Bloomsbury Way - Shaftesbury Avenue, for example implemented as stepped cycle tracks. Our survey suggests there is sufficient width for this arrangement and it would facilitate implementation of a new crossing over Euston Road to and from North Gower Street.
    • a pair of one-way two-metre wide protected cycle tracks in Tottenham Court Road, for example with island bus stops or a wide protected median track.

    We believe that the provision of one of the above alternatives will increase cycling numbers to a level where it may become politically feasible to reallocate further road space to people using cycles.

  • The restrictions on the end-to-end access to Tottenham Court Road and the local access cross routes need to be backed up by appropriate filtering so that:
    • any additional motor flow on Tottenham Court Road is due to truly local traffic. No motor vehicle rat-running should be possible via the side streets such as Howland Street to Marble Arch.
    • the motor vehicles that would otherwise use Tottenham Court Road or Gower Street are not redistributed onto roads on the proposed Central London Cycle Grid routes or on to what should be quiet local streets with a view to keeping flows below 2000 pcus per day; including:
      • GNS1: Gordon Street, Malet Street, Montague Place
      • GEW5: Howland Street, Torrington Place
      • GEW6 (also QW38): Bedford Square (N), Russell Square
      • local streets: Cleveland Street, Charlotte Street.
  •  Under no circumstances could we support the scheme were the restrictions on access to Tottenham Court Road for taxis to be relaxed.
  • Tottenham Court Road to be two-way for buses and cyclists only all hours, every day, with exceptions for loading at those premises without rear access between 11pm and 7am. Vehicles of 18 tons and over should apply for night time access using the normal London Lorry Control Scheme permit process.
  • For the Seven Station Link (ie. the Tavistock - Torrington Route GEW5): the junction of Capper/Tottenham Court Road/Howland Street should be modified to allow this route to avoid TCR by using Huntley Street and Capper Street with a possibility of future two-way working in Howland Street
  • All the major junctions on Tottenham Court Road and Gower Street down to and including Princes Circus to be designed to eliminate left hook collisions and to provide a direct and convenient route for cyclists. Endell Street will allow two way cycling but the current alignment to Endell Street is very poor. There should be a straight line for cycling between Shaftesbury Avenue and Endell Street that also integrates with the curved part of Shaftesbury Avenue and avoids turning conflicts.
  • Cycle parking: the consultation documents just note "New cycle parking" but at the meeting on 30th June, Councillor Phil Jones said: "More cycle parking on side streets so as not to clutter up TCR". It is essential to provide cycle parking that is conveniently close to the many destinations in TCR and is visible and overlooked. This to include some cycle parking on the widened pavements in TCR.


London Cycling Campaign looks forward to working with Camden to achieve these essential enhancements to the West End Project.


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Not long left to stand for the LCC Board or submit an AGM motion

Members have until 9 a.m. on Monday 4th August to nominate themselves for our trustee elections or to put forward motions to our AGM.

Are you interested in standing for our Board of trustees or do you know someone else who might fit the bill? Do you feel strongly about a campaigns issue or about improving how we work? Then you must submit your nominations form and/or AGM motions by this deadline for them to be valid. Please email completed nominations forms and motions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or post them to the London Cycling Campaign office.

We're especially keen to encourage women who the skills and experience to be a trustee plus a passion for the cause to stand for election to the Board. We know that women want to cycle as much as men yet only 30-40% of cyclists in London are currently women: we want that proportion to increase, and we want our own Board to be more representative.

We're still welcoming nominations from men of course! And the board will be elected by electronic vote of all our members.


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Look Mum No Hands! give LCC Members Buy One, Get One Free Burgers

Look Mum No Hands! have launched a new evening menu at Mare Street, and to celebrate their giving London Cycling Campaign members a special offer for hungry cyclists.  Snap up their Bob Geldof Burger offer - Buy one and get another one absolutely free!

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From Wednesday - Saturday you can enjoy sticky tamarind chicken wings, BBLT (Beef, bacon, lettuce and tomato) burger, Kimchi-laka rice or a burratina salad with toasted breadcrumbs, caramelised peach and thai basil. Their Italian head chef Andrea will be serving up supper from 4 - 9pm. You can view the new menu HERE.

Look Mum No Hands! Mare St is situated in the heart of East London near London Fields. As well as devouring some tasty grub, there's always cycling-related events going on there, so make sure you keep an eye on the LMNH website.

Please be aware this offer is subject to availability and you will need to show a valid London Cycling Campaign membership when you order. Offer closes Monday 31st August.

All offers and incentives are given at the discretion of the third-party suppplier, from who we do not gain or have any control over.

 


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Cycling in the Capital Celebrated at the London Cycling Awards

On Wednesday 16th July 2014 the fantastic rise in the popularity of cycling was celebrated by the London Cycling Awards. Now in its second year, the event organised by the London Cycling Campaign saw movers and shakers from all areas of cycling come together to see the best in their field crowned and commemorated for contributions made over the last twelve months.

Hosted by broadcaster and keen cyclist, Jeremy Vine, the ceremony in central London was separated into two parts - the Consumer Award categories commended excellence among brands, events and cycle champions, whilst the Project Awards honoured initiatives and individuals within the cycling community. Thousands of people voted for their favourites in the Consumer Awards whilst the Project Awards were judged by a panel of cycling experts.

Packed to the rafters with enthusiastic bicycle lovers, it was a delight to see a breadth of people join together for 'all things' cycling.

London Cycling Campaign would like to say a big congratulations to our winners and finalists, and of course, thank you, to everyone who made the event possible including: sponsors, supporters, suppliers, staff, our members, our board of trustees, everyone who voted, guests, winners, finalists, Jeremy Vine, Me for Queen, our venue: St. Martin in the Fields, Ivan Coleman (photographer) and anyone in London who gets on their bike and loves it as much as we all do!

View a full selection of photos from the evening; courtesy of our photographer, Ivan Coleman.

The full list of winners were:

CONSUMER AWARDS

Nominated by London Cycling Campaign members and voted for by the public

Cycling Brand of the Year: LOOK MUM NO HANDS!

Best Large Bike Retailer: WIGGLE

Best Small Bike Retailer: BRIXTON CYCLES

Cycling Champion of the Year: CHRIS BOARDMAN MBE

Bike Blog of the Year: ROAD.CC
 
PROJECT AWARDS

Nominated by the public and chosen by a panel of independent cycling experts

Cycling Initiative of the Year: GREAT WESTERN QUARTER RESIDENT’S BIKE CLUB

Youth Sector Cycling Champion: TOWER HAMLETS BMX CLUB

Grassroots Project of the Year: RESPOKE COMMUNITY BIKE EXCHANGE (TRAILNET.CIC)

Digital Campaign of the Year: BIKEMINDED SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Best Space for Cycling Project: ROYAL COLLEGE ST CYCLE TRACKS, CAMDEN

 

 

The main sponsors of the London Cycling Awards 2014 was Osbornes Solicitors LLP in association with Cycling Brand of the Year and Bike Blog of the Year.

The Cycling Champion of the Year Award was sponsored by Cycle Surgery. PlantLock and Green Roof Bike Shelters sponsored the Best Small Bike Retailer Award.  London Cycling Projects sponsored the Best Large / Online Bike Retailer Award.

In the Project Award categories, the Space for Cycling Award was sponsored by Levenes Solicitors. 


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Winners of the London Cycling Awards 2014 announced

On Wednesday 16 July the fantastic rise in the popularity of cycling was celebrated by the London Cycling Awards; an annual event organised by membership charity, the London Cycling Campaign. Hosted by broadcaster and bicycle enthusiast, Jeremy Vine, the ceremony in central London saw invited guests and finalists gather to celebrate cycling in the city. 

Separated into two parts, the Consumer Award categories commended excellence among brands, events and cycle champions, whilst the Project Awards honoured initiatives and individuals within the cycling community. The general public have been voting in their thousands for winners of the Consumer Awards whilst the Project Awards were judged by a panel of cycling experts. 

Movers and shakers in the cycling world came together to see the best in their field crowned and commemorated for contributions made over the last twelve months. 

Ashok Sinha, CEO of London Cycling Campaign says: “We’re delighted that, in only its second year, the London Cycling Awards has become so popular! It was a great pleasure to give recognition to a breadth of people and organisations, from cycling brands and retailers to community projects and champions. Our winners have worked tirelessly to promote cycling so we feel honoured to be able to give them the thanks they deserve. With the rise of cycling in the capital we look forward to an even bigger event next year.”

Event host, Jeremy Vine, added: It was great to see so many people coming together for the London Cycling Campaign. In the end, cycling is about enjoyment – and the night was a reminder that there are some great people doing great things on bikes and for bike riders and it is one of the most exciting areas of campaigning to be involved in. Well done to the London Cycling Campaign for organising this. What a great night.

The full list of winners is as follows: 

CONSUMER AWARDS 

Nominated by London Cycling Campaign members and voted for by the public

Cycling Brand of the Year: LOOK MUM NO HANDS!

Best Large Bike Retailer: WIGGLE 

Best Small Bike Retailer: BRIXTON CYCLES 

Cycling Champion of the Year: CHRIS BOARDMAN MBE 

Bike Blog of the Year: ROAD.CC

 

PROJECT AWARDS 

Nominated by the public and chosen by a panel of independent cycling experts

Cycling Initiative of the Year: GREAT WESTERN QUARTER RESIDENT’S BIKE CLUB

Youth Sector Cycling Champion: TOWER HAMLETS BMX CLUB

Grassroots Project of the Year: RESPOKE COMMUNITY BIKE EXCHANGE. TRAILNET.CIC 

Digital Campaign of the Year: BIKEMINDED SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN

Best Space for Cycling Project: ROYAL COLLEGE ST CYCLE TRACKS, CAMDEN


FULL LIST OF CONSUMER AWARD FINALISTS

FULL LIST OF PROJECT AWARD FINALISTS


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Project Award Finalists Announced

With less than a week to go until the annual London Cycling Awards, we are pleased to reveal the finalists in the Project Award categories. Following submissions from all over London, the shortlist was selected by a panel of cycling experts with the winners to be announced at the ceremony next Wednesday 16th July, St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square, hosted by Jeremy Vine.

Ashok Sinha, CEO of London Cycling Campaign says: “We received an astonishing array of applications for the Project Awards, from all corners of the capital, and the standard of entries this year was outstanding. Our expert judges had a tough assignment whittling them down to such a strong list of contenders, but they’ve done a sterling job and I for one can’t wait for the winners to be announced at the ceremony.”

 

 

 

Cycling Initiative of the Year

 

Breeze Rides: Bexley

 

Lambeth Estates Bike Hubs: Lambeth Council and People Empowering People

 

Great Western Quarter Residents’ Bike Club: Hounslow. Barratt London

 

Cycle Loan Scheme: Lewisham Council

 

Youth Sector Cycling Champion

 

Hackney Volunteer Police Cadets Cycle Project: Hackney

 

St Gregory's RC Primary School, Biking Schools Project: Ealing

 

Tower Hamlets BMX Club: Tower Hamlets

 

North Harringay Primary School: Haringey

 

Grassroots Project of the Year

 

The Bike Project, William Wilberforce Trust: Kensington and Chelsea

 

Dulwich Young Cyclists: Southwark

 

ReSpoke Community Bike Exchange. Trailnet CIC: Barking and Dagenham

 

Wheely Tots: Hackney

Digital Campaign of the Year

 

Cycle Hackney Smartphone App: Hackney Council and CycleStreets

 

Bikeminded Social Media Campaign: Kensington and Chelsea Council

 

Cycle Camden Digital Marketing Campaign: Camden Council

 

Best Space for Cycling Project 

Sponsored by Levenes Solicitors

 

Royal College Street Cycle Tracks – Camden: London Borough of Camden

 

Two-Way Cycling - City of London : Corporation of London

 

Cycle Superhighway Route 2 Extension CS2X – Newham:  Transport for London

 

 

More information on all the finalists: www.lcc.org.uk/awards

Twitter: #LondonCyclingAwards  @london_cycling
www.facebook.com/LondonCyclingCampaign

 


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London Cycling Awards: Project Award Finalists

London Cycling Awards: Project Award Finalists

SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE

Following submissions from all over London, the finalists in the Project Award categories were then selected by a panel of cycling experts.

The contenders for each of the five awards are as follows:

Cycling Initiative of the Year

Breeze Rides (Bexley)

Gill Harker, volunteer and ride leader, has inspired confidence in women to cycle on the roads by organising fun social bike rides in Bexley.

Lambeth Estates Bike Hubs (Lambeth Council and People Empowering People)

By the people for the people, these Bike Hubs have empowered residents on estates to train to become professional mechanics. The Hubs recycle disused bikes and have created a thriving social community amongst residents.

Great Western Quarter Residents’ Bike Club (Hounslow. Barratt London)

This loan scheme offers residents of the Barratt’s estate the chance to have a bicycle at no cost for three months. It’s a great way to give residents in Hounslow a taste of the joys of getting about London by bike and has proved to be a huge success with a high uptake in the area.

Cycle Loan Scheme (Lewisham Council)

Residents who want to cycle can borrow a bike for just £10 a month, making cycling accessible for all. The scheme supports local people who want to ride, whilst being aware of economic barriers. So far 450 people are borrowing bikes.

Youth Sector Cycling Champion

Hackney Volunteer Police Cadets Cycle Project (Hackney)

This group of young people are taught maintenance skills to use on their own bikes and also learn how to renovate old bikes, which are then donated to worthy causes. They host cycle safety and crime prevention events to help other Hackney cyclists and get more people cycling.

North Harringay Primary School (Haringey)

North Harringay Primary lives and breathes cycling. They engage their students with cycling and develop their skills at an early age, building up their confidence and bringing all the fun of bikes into children’s lives through maintenance, riding and racing.

St Gregory's RC Primary School, Biking Schools Project (Ealing)

Ealing Council and St Gregory’s RC Primary School set this programme up as part of a drive to get more children cycling to school. The whole school is given compulsory cycle training and enjoy other activities like Dr Bike sessions, rides, bicycle recycling and competitions. A resounding success, the number of kids riding has already increased from 2% to 20%.   

Tower Hamlets BMX Club (Tower Hamlets)

Holding free BMX lessons and after school sessions, in 2013 alone the club worked with more than 50 different groups, reaching over 1000 young people from across the borough. The club has become an important part of the community and also runs bike maintenance workshops.

Grassroots Project of the Year

The Bike Project, William Wilberforce Trust (Kensington and Chelsea)

Marginalised adults are taught bike maintenance and road safety, giving them a sense of freedom and empowerment. When they’ve completed the course, they receive a bicycle (courtesy of the Met Police), a helmet, lock and lights, so they can then travel to interviews and jobs, providing a step on the ladder out of poverty and homelessness.

Dulwich Young Cyclists (Southwark)

There are 10,000 young people attending 20 private and public schools in the area and Dulwich Young Cyclists encourages more of these young people to cycle to school and aims make the roads safer for them. A strong partnership and bond has formed between young people, families, the Borough of Southwark and Transport for London, and the group has helped raise awareness of cycling issues.

ReSpoke Community Bike Exchange. Trailnet CIC. (Barking and Dagenham)

Through the Bike Exchange, residents of Barking from marginalised families can swap their outdated, damaged, neglected or inadequate bikes for good quality, refurbished models at a low cost. This has helped eliminate barriers to cycling by providing bikes, and has given new cyclists practical advice and support.

Wheely Tots (Hackney) 

Wheely Tots aims to encourage families, adults and children to cycle more and around 150 people have benefited from the service to date. Led by local volunteers, they offer help and advice and provide one-on-one and group cycling sessions, bike repairs and services plus two special cargo bikes that are free to use.

Digital Campaign of the Year

Bikeminded Social Media Campaign (Kensington and Chelsea Council)

This innovative campaign used online platforms to promote cycling to people living in Kensington and Chelsea. Highly targeted and well designed, Bikeminded produced a sophisticated website, popular films, social media content and an app which have all contributed to an increase in cycling in the borough. 

Cycle Camden Digital Marketing Campaign (Camden Council)

Cycle Camden promotes cycling as an everyday activity. Digital channels including social media platforms, websites and smartphone app-based products have been used to develop an online community and draw awareness to training and maintenance courses, various rides, events and cycle programmes. Increases in cycling have been seen as a result of the campaign.

Cycle Hackney Smartphone App (Hackney Council and CycleStreets)

The Cycle Hackney smartphone app tracks cyclists’ journeys helping Hackney Council to improve the cycling experience like never before. Free to download, the pioneering app focusses on collecting utility cycling data, such as favoured routes and identifies where cycle parking is needed and barriers to riding.     

Best Space for Cycling Project

Sponsored by Levenes Solicitors

Cycle Superhighway Route 2 Extension CS2X – Newham – Transport for London

The extension to Cycle Superhighway Route 2, between Bow and Stratford Town Centre, was launched in November 2013 by TfL in partnership with Newham Council.  The route is part of the Cycle Superhighways Programme, which represents a key part of TfL’s Business Plan to deliver the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling in London target of achieving 5% modal share for cycling by 2026.

Royal College Street Cycle Tracks – Camden – London Borough of Camden

The introduction of planters and “armadillos” has vastly improved an overcrowded cycle facility. Reducing the number of traffic lanes and installing 2m wide cycle tracks on each side of the street has seen motor traffic slowed without delaying buses and low-cost, lightweight segregation protects cyclists from motor traffic.

Two-Way Cycling - City of London – Corporation of London

Two-Way Cycling’s aim is to make all one-way streets in the City two-way for cyclists, where feasible. In total, 66 cycle contra-flow streets have now been made. Two-way cycling on one-way streets provides cyclists with a safe space to ride, allowing them to avoid busy traffic, and also encourages new riders in the city.


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London Cycling Awards: Consumer Award Finalists

London Cycling Awards: Consumer Award Finalists

SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE

London Cycling Campaign members took the handlebars for nominations in the Consumer Awards, with the finalists then put to the public vote.

The contenders for each of the five award categories are as follows:

Cycling Brand of the Year            

Sponsored by Osbornes Solicitors LLP                                                                                          

Bobbin Bicycles
Tom Morris and Sian Emmison’s brightly-coloured traditional bikes and accessories recapture the magic and excitement of a first bike ride. Since 2007 they have developed the Bobbin brand with products now available at leading retailers.

Brompton Bicycle
One of only two major frame manufacturers still based in the UK, Brompton’s ethos since they began production of their folding bicycle was to increase people’s independence and freedom.

Look Mum No Hands!
A pit-stop and after-ride hangout for cycling fiends and coffee lovers alike, Look Mum No Hands! now has two bike cafés in London.

Rapha
Rapha was created to celebrate road riding and develop the best performing and most stylish cycling clothes and accessories in the world. The first collection was launched in 2004.

Vulpine
Launched in 2012, Vulpine make cycling apparel that’s both stylish and practical, with garments made for the ride and destination.

Best Small Bike Retailer

Sponsored by PlantLock and Green Roof Bike Shelters

Bikeworks
Bikeworks provides cycling services to both consumers and organisations and has four stores with workshops and maintenance courses. They also work with the community offering cycling programmes and training.

Brixton Cycles
A worker’s cooperative since 1983, Brixton Cycles has been sweating to keep you rolling for over 30 years. 

London Green Cycles 
London’s Cargo Bike specialist offers bikes for sale and rent and is championing this market to the capital.

Micycle
This North London retailer offers everything for cyclists from products and accessories to bike workshops and a free bike wash.

Pearson Cycles
Established in 1860, Pearson Cycles is the world’s oldest bike shop and is now run by the fifth generation of the Pearson family. The Pearson’s have two branches; one in Sheen and one in Sutton. 

Best Large Bike Retailer

Sponsored by London Cycling Projects

Chain Reaction Cycles
Chain Reaction Cycles was established in 1985 and has grown from a small family-owned bike shop to the world’s biggest online store.

Cycle Surgery
Founded in 1992 by a pair of cycling enthusiasts, Cycle Surgery now has 30 stores nationwide.

Evans Cycles
From its first shop on Kennington Road in South East London, Evans Cycles has grown into an established bike retailer with stores all over the UK.

Halfords
Founded by Frederick Rushbrooke in Birmingham in 1892 as a wholesale ironmongery, in 1902, Rushbrooke moved to a store on Halford Street in Leicester and started selling cycling goods.

Wiggle
Run by sports enthusiasts for sports enthusiasts, this online retailer’s aim is to give as many people as possible the choice to access cycling and tri-sports.

Cycling Champion of the Year

Sponsored by Cycle Surgery

Andrew Gilligan
A British journalist and radio presenter, Andrew Gilligan was appointed as Cycling Commissioner for London in January 2013 by Mayor Boris Johnson.

Chris Boardman MBE
British former racing cyclist who notably won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics and broke the world hour record three times. In 1992, he was awarded an MBE for services to cycling and is an advocate of policies to increase utility cycling in the UK. He is also British Cycling's Policy Adviser.

Donnachadh McCarthy 
Co-founder of the Stop Killing Cyclists group and author, broadcaster and journalist on environmental issues.
 
Laura Trott OBE
Double Olympic Gold Medallist and professional cyclist, Trott first began cycling with her mother who took up the activity to lose weight.

Dr Rachel Aldred
Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, Dr Rachel Adred runs Westminster’s MSc in Transport Planning and Management and is an elected Trustee of London Cycling Campaign and Chair of its Policy Forum

Bike Blog of the Year

Sponsored by Osbornes Solicitors LLP      

Cyclists in the City

Danny Williams is a renowned blogger who writes engaging articles about cycling as transport and issues facing London cyclists.

ibikelondon
Established by Mark Ames in 2009, ibikelondon aims to “stimulate discussion about the place of the humble bicycle in the urban realm - specifically London - and to look at ways in which we can rehabilitate it into our lives”.

London Cyclist
Through his blog London Cyclist, Andreas Kambanis hopes to encourage readers to cycle more often and explore more of London.

road.cc
Edited by Tony Farrelly, road.cc’s mission is to be an online resource for all cycling matters, from news and reviews to campaigns.

Total Women's Cycling
Edited by Heather Irvine, Total Women’s Cycling is the UK's most popular cycling website for women.


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Cyclesafe junctions at Oval great for London cyclists

 The road junctions at Oval triangle have been a major hazard to cyclists on Cycle Superhighway 7 and for people coming from Brixton and Camberwell.

The new plans shown by Transport for London this week will transform the junction with three "Cyclesafe" junctions. These will allow cyclists a separate phase at the traffic lights removing the risk of being hit by left turning vehicles.

London Cycling Campaign have been proposing this type of junction as an essential element for bringing London up to international standards as a cycling City. After the disappointing proposals for the Elephant and Castle, the plans for the Oval are the first real benefits cyclists will see from the Mayor's Better Junction Review programme started in 2012.

The new junctions are on Kennington Park Road and at the junction of Brixton road with Camberwell New road. Motor vehicles will be banned from making left turns into Harleyford road at Oval tube station. This is where Catriona Patel was killed by a left turning lorry in June 2009.

There will be a bus stop by-pass for cyclists heading for Clapham on Cycle Superhighway 7 after the Brixton road junction.

Ashok Sinha, CEO of London Cycling Campaign, said: "We welcome this dramatic improvement for cyclists on major commuting routes into London. We will be examining the details to suggest further improvements. Finally the Mayor's Better Junctions process is beginning to deliver."

These plans compliment the bold scheme for Cycle Superhighway 5 down Harleyford Road  with protected lanes through Vauxhall Cross and over the river to Belgravia.

Visit the TfL Consultation Website to see full size plans and more details.

 


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TfL consult on what could be London's first real cycle superhighway at Vauxhall

 

Fully segregated lanes running through the worst traffic one-way system in London and across Vauxhall Bridge make this the most ambitious cycle infrastructure yet seen in London. The complex plans and options are open for public consultation until September 17th.

This is the first section of Cycle Superhigway 5, linking the Oval to Belgravia and quiet routes around Victoria Station. Future sections are planned to take this route through Camberwell towards Lewisham.

The key test for the plan is that it must provide enough space for any cyclist to easily find their way through the junctions without extra delay. This should be a route suitable for family cyclists as well as the thousands commuting to and from work.

The new plans for Oval junctions also published this week offer even more for safe cycling on the Cycle Superhighway 5 route. 

London Cycling Campaign CEO Ashok Sinha welcomed this consultation. He said: “We are very pleased to see that the Mayor is beginning to make good his commitment to LCC's Love London, Go Dutch campaign by recognising the past deficiencies of the Cycle Superhighway programme and only adopting international quality standards from now on. We remain concerned however that the plans for CS 5 do not address all the major safety problems inherent in the Vauxhall one-way system and call on the Mayor to urgently rip out this hazardous junction and replace it with a safer layout as he has promised”

The difficult road layout means that complex interchanges and cross-overs are required. On the north side of the traffic system people cycling out of town have a much wider path through a new entrance to the tunnel under the railway. People going into town ride on a cycle track protected from the motor traffic by a high concrete barrier.

The junction “I hate the most”

The Vauxhall one-way road system has been feared by cyclists for decades. LCC’s local group, Lambeth Cyclists, have been urging  for it to be replaced with normal two way streets. Lambeth Council have also been battling with Transport for London to get a re-design approved. After cyclist Tafsir Butt died in the one-way traffic system in June this year Andrew Gilligan told the BBC that this junction "is genuinely dangerous, and is unavoidable for thousands and thousands of cyclists".

He added it was "the one I hate the most".

The protected route continues through complex crossings then across Vauxhall Bridge. At Drummond Gate, where another cyclist was killed by a cement lorry in 2012, the route divides and TfL and Westminster Council are consulting of various routes to Belgravia. Routes through this junction appear unclear. Clear direction signage and generous timing of the traffic lights will be essential to make this safe and inviting for all cyclists.

London Cycling Campaign will be consulting with local cyclists and developing a full response to the consultation for the September deadline.

To find out more about the Mayor’s commitments to make cycling in London safe and inviting for cyclists click this link “Love London – Go Dutch”.

Visit the TfL consultation website to see all the plans for the whole scheme and further details, then add your views to their survey.


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BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine to host London Cycling Awards 2014

We are pleased to announce that the host for this year’s London Cycling Awards is BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine.

The award-winning journalist who was named Speech Broadcaster of the Year by the Radio Academy in 2011 and 2005 has been working for the UK’s treasured broadcasting corporation for over 25 years. His celebrated radio programme airs on the station every weekday between 12-2pm and is renowned for sparking debate amongst guests and listeners.  A keen cyclist in the capital, Jeremy has been forthcoming on issues surrounding safety and earlier this year filmed and documented his commute by bike with a helmet camera, highlighting some of the tensions that cyclists in London face on the roads.

On his appearance Jeremy commented: “I am looking forward to being among friends, hearing what’s going on in the world of London cyclists. I have fallen in love with cycling in our capital city, but every day I feel I am taking my life into my hands doing it - and that can’t be right.”

Ashok Sinha, CEO of London Cycling Campaign added: “We’re delighted to have broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Vine, host the London Cycling Awards. Jeremy’s commentary shows how passionate he is about cycling in London and it will be an honour to have him in attendance.

The London Cycling Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 16th July at St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square. Separated into two parts, the Consumer Awards reward excellence among brands, events and cycle champions, whilst the Project Awards honour initiatives and individual efforts within the cycling community. The general public are currently voting for winners of the Consumer Awards – vote now at http://bit.ly/1l3LiiA before midnight, Tuesday 8th July; the Project Awards are judged by an independent panel of cycling experts.

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London Cycling Awards Supporters

The main sponsors of the London Cycling Awards 2014 are Osbornes Solicitors LLP in association with Cycling Brand of the Year and Bike Blog of the Year.

The Cycling Champion of the Year Award is sponsored by Cycle Surgery. PlantLock and Green Roof Bike Shelters sponsor the Best Small Bike Retailer Award.  London Cycling Projects sponsor the Best Large / Online Bike Retailer Award.

In the Project Award categories, the Space for Cycling Award is sponsored by Levenes Solicitors. 

Bike parking provided by Cyclehoop.

 

 


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Enfield Cycling Campaign

Support safer cycling on Palmers Green high street  

   

 

Show local shopkeepers that mini Holland won’t take away their business. Join our ‘cycle cash mob’, spend a bit of money and show that people do also shop by bike.

12 noon Saturday 5 July

Meet at junction of Compton Road and Green Lanes in Winchmore Hill

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