Monthly meetings, workshops and training
We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7.30 pm either at Primrose Hill Community Centre (usually) or at Sidings Community Centre , West Hampstead (occasionally). Our AGM is in May and annual party in December. In the year to April 2014 we have had six speakers: Phil Jones, James Earl, Rachel Aldred, Rosie Tharp, Cycling Mikey and Andrea Casalotti. Several meetings were devoted to the local elections campaign: determining the ‘asks’ for each ward and meeting the candidates. Kentish Town Bike Workshop is held on the first Monday of each month at Bartholomew Road Health Centre. Cycle training sessions are organised a few times a year at Sidings Community Centre, West Hampstead.
Interaction with LB Camden, TfL and Royal Parks
We have had four meetings a year with a group of Camden Officers to discuss how cycling issues can be incorporated into local area schemes currently being planned and how well they are addressed in built schemes. Paul Braithwaite (Councillor 2006-10 and 10-14, Camden’s Cycling Champion) was a useful participant in these meetings. Many ad-hoc meetings are arranged to discuss projects in detail (e.g. West End Project, Royal College Street extensions, St Marks Square). We also have occasional meetings with TfL officers (e.g. on Swiss Cottage gyratory and Camden Road). We participate in the Royal Parks Cycling Development Group.
We hold two regular events in Bike Week, a national event which usually takes place in June. On Wednesday morning from 8-10 a.m. we provide a Free Cyclists’ Breakfast in Ossulston Street, run jointly with Camden Council (the 2014 event was the 17th in succession). The Ride all Round Camden for 2014 was on Sunday 15th May. It was led by Paul Braithwaite, marshalled by Camden Cyclists and Camden Cycle Trainers and accompanied by police officers. The route starts from the Town Hall, follows the border of the borough clockwise with a picnic in Golders Hill Park. This year was the 8th event in succession.
During summer months we organise a ride each month. These usually include the popular Lee Valley Ride and a train-assisted ride in Herts, Kent or Essex as well as the newer Brent Parks Ride and the Ice Cream Potter. We also lead feeder rides from Swiss Cottage and West Hampstead to the summer Ride London Circuit.
We have led feeder rides to two campaigning rides organised by LCC: the Space for Cycling protest ride in September 2013 and the Space for Cycling Big Ride in May 2014. In addition we organised our own election event: a ride to celebrate and demonstrate the new infrastructure in Royal College Street.
Quick Wins Campaign: initiated in Nov 2013 with the support of Camden’s planners to identify and implement a set of small measures to make cyclists ‘feel more cared for’. Bloomsbury Way Contraflow Bus Lane opened to cyclists, Jan 2014. New Royal College Street scheme: opened August 2013, wins award from LTA, cycle counter installed in April 2014 shows over 100% increase in cycles since before installation.
The Tavistock Place video August 2013 was followed by its being mentioned as “Cycle Street” in the TfL GRID consultation; a trail is due to start in Summer 2015. Outer Circle campaign website launch Sept 2013→ Angela led deputation to Westminster Council April 2014. Consultations on Northern and Southern extensions of Royal College Street, autumn 2014 and work started on the latter in February 2015. Clerkenwell Boulevard: Launched summer 2013; considered within the Holborn area study, Spring 2015. Delancey-Pratt: consultation expected Summer 2015 – followed by a solution of junction at Parkway-Delancey.