Camden Council proposes changes to parking arrangements around Queens Crescent market. For eaxmple to provide parkimg for residents when traders are not using their loading bays.
I am writing on behalf of Camden Cycling Campaign, the local borough group of London Cycling Campaign (LCC). We have over 600 members and represent the interests of cyclists living or working in the borough of Camden. We consulted our members by email on this issue and this response reflects the views of the membership.
The introduction states that these proposals will make Queen’s Crescent market a better place for traders, residents, businesses (shop owners and market traders) and visitors.
But in fact, all you are proposing is to make changes to the vehicle parking arrangements. If residents are short of parking places, we don’t object to these proposals.
However, we have an additional proposal that we think really would make the area better for residents as well as making cycling on Malden Road safer. We have studied casualty statistics for the Gospel Oak area for 36 months to end of Feb 2012. These show 3 collisions involve cyclists riding along Malden Road hit by cars entering Queens Crescent of which one is going straight and two turning right.
There were also several collisions between vehicles and pedestrians at the same location. Also on Queens Crescent, east of Malden Road several collisions involve pedestrians and one cyclist was ‘doored’.
The junction of Malden Road and Queens Crescent already has a table but sight lines aren’t brilliant. During the market hours, entry to Queens Crescent from both Grafton Road and Malden Road is restricted. We’d like Camden to consider closing the entry to Queens Crescent from Malden Road at all times with exception for cycles and emergency vehicles. This would cut out rat runs to Grafton Road.
We appreciate that such a proposal cannot just be tacked onto the current one, but please would you let us know how you think it could be incorporated into future the plans for Gospel Oak area.