On November 11th 2014 the Mayor of Camden, together with Councillors Phil Jones and Julian Fulbrook, organised and hosted a reception to celebrate Jean’s contribution to cycling in Camden.
After 10 years as Coordinator of Camden Cycling Campaign, Jean recently stood down from that role (she continue to lead the subgroup who interact with the council on cycling infrastructure).
It was a very pleasant event, attended by quite a few CCC members and by several of the Camden officers with whom Jean as worked over the years.
In his introduction, the Mayor (Councillor Lazzaro Pietragnoli) expressed his enthusiasm and support for cycling. He even had a photo on display showing himself on a box bike with his two children. But he was quick to add that having spent his childhood as a resident of Venice, he was more comfortable with walking and he found London’s streets too intimidating for him to ride a bike regularly.
Councillor Phil Jones expressed in his usual clear and personable manner why he and Julian Fulbrook had thought it appropriate to honour Jean’s tireless work in helping to ensure that Camden installed high-quality cycling infrastructure across the borough. He mentioned her quiet but determined commitment to ‘getting it right’ – ensuring that dedicated safe and convenient cycling facilities are installed across the borough in increasing amounts.
Then it was Jean’s turn to entertain the assembled luminaries. She did a good job, recounting with amusing anecdotes the changes in the council’s approach and procedures for handling the needs of cyclists. She touch on many activities and groups with obscure titles including LCN+, WRCSC, ‘Apolitical Engineering’ and more, while crediting the Camden officers and others who have played an important part in achieving the current pre-eminent position of Camden as a cycling borough.
View the full set of 26 photos contributed by several people (Paul B., Angela, George)