Minutes of Camden Cycling Campaign Business Meeting on 14th February 2005
Present: Jane Boardman (chair), James Brander, Stefano Casalotti, John Chamberlain, Jean Dollimore, Paul Gannon, Meade McCloughan (minutes) and Helen Vecht.
Apologies: David Arditti, Andrew Conway, Daniel Glaser and Paul Gasson.
• Dave Stewart (LB Camden) is going to start by investigating the northern stretch, i.e. Camden Town to Tufnell Park.
• It was agreed that we should put the options recently circulated by Jean to the newsgroup and then to the CCC meeting in March.
• James proposed that the consultation of members should also ask (i) whether they would prefer improvements to the main road route rather than the development of a route which avoided the main roads and (ii) whether they currently used the main road route, and if so what problems did they experience and what solutions would they recommend.
• It was agreed that these questions should be put, so long as the constraints on the Council (esp. inability to do much if anything to the Red Routes) were made clear.
• The fact that the LCN lines are merely meant to indicate corridors and not desired routes was emphasized; this needs to be re-iterated to the Council.
• James mentioned the possibility of using Osnaburgh Street to get to Bolsover Street.
Matters arising from the recent meeting with Dave Stewart (LB Camden)
• East Heath Road: John reported that a cycle gap was to be put in, enabling the knobbly ‘ripple print’ to be by-passed. Unfortunately, although the 60 cm cycle gap conforms to the suppliers recommendation (of between 50-100 cm), we believe it is too narrow. He will ask for it to be painted to make it easier for cyclists to use.
• SSL east of Judd Street: it was agreed that we should press for ramped kerbs on the cycle track.
Speakers for future meetings
• Jean to find names/contact details for people at Cycle Training UK and pass them to James so that he can invite one of them to the April meeting.
• Stefano to approach the new UCL Institute of the Environment and see if someone could come in June (Bike Week) [or even April if Cycle Training can’t make it].
• John Adams (UCL) is willing to come and speak sometime – we could ask him for September, or maybe earlier if the other possibilities don’t work out.
• Daniel still to report back regarding approach to Boris Johnson, M.P.
CCC web site counter
• Up and running very swiftly – thanks Andrew!
• There were 468 hits in first three weeks. The statistics show that the majority of our visitors come via the LCC website and a fair number via Paul Gasson’s old site. (The counts include only visitors to the home page, so people that go directly to consultations, newsitems etc from email don’t get counted.)
• James reported that we finished 2004 with a surplus of £430.84 (on top of larger reserves).
• We need to develop some projects to use up this money – and it doesn’t matter if they cost a bit.
• Paul suggested reserving some of it to use to put in applications to the Council under the new Freedom of Information Act. This met with general approval.
CRISP workshop, 24th February
• Jean and James are both booked to go.
*Dr Bike sessions at members’s meetings*
• The first of these will take place at the March meeting (and then alternate meetings).
• It will have to run at a specific time – after the main meeting (so 8:30-9:00?)
• James and John to bring tools along (and dust rags).
Green Fair/Bike Fest
• A meeting is being arranged for March: Stefano to attend (and if he can’t, to get someone to go in his place).
• John is to start pressing on related issues, especially St Pancras CTRL and Camley Street, and see what Council officers are prepared to help push for.
Cyclists Tea Byng Place 7th April
• It was agreed that this would take place between 5 and 6.30 pm.
Deferred till next time
• Bike Week events
• Living Streets/Pedestrians Association
Minutes of Camden Cycling Campaign Main Meeting on 14th February 2005
Present: as above, plus Anne Boston, Ronald Cohen, Charles Harvey, Alex McKinnnell, Pauline McKinnnell, George Coulouris, Mayer Hillman, Simon Pearson, Jeremy Parker and Sela Yair.
Apologies: Cyril Cannon and others.