Camden Council proposes improvements in the area around Whitestone Pond.
- York stone and bound gravel on footways
- seating in Milestone area
- drinking fountain
- why have vehicle access in Whitestone Walk?
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The Camden Cycling Campaign overall welcomes the idea of improving the look and functionality of the Whitestone Pond.
We are however surprised that the plan contains no measures for improving cycling. We find this a serious shortcoming and would like to suggest a number of improvements.
With reference to the questions we have replied no / no opinion:
Our objection to the proposed improvements on the Whitestone Milestone area refer to the removal of the ramps on the pavement. These are very useful for wheel chair access and children prams . They should be retained
We strongly believe that motorized traffic should be not allowed in Whitestone Walk. It should be a shared cycle pedestrian area with pedestrian priority
The map does not show where the North Bound bus stop will be relocated to. It should be clarified and consideration made for those that want to switch from the 268 bus going to Golders Green and move to the 210 going to Spaniard road. (Would they have to switch at North End Way? Is there a pedestrian crossing near the two opposite bus stops?)
In addition we would like to make following suggestions
We consider essential that:
– Advance Stop Lines are introduced on all four sides of the West heath Road and Heath Street junction. The alignment of the roads puts cyclists at risk and positioning in front of the cars would help the problem
– Speed reduction measures are needed at the roundabout. Cars approach this roundabout very fast and it would be beneficial if raised platforms were located at each of the three entry points.
We also believe that this improvement offers the possibility of considering a solution to the access to the new cycle lane on Spaniard Road. With some modest engineering it would be possible to extend the cycle lane to beyond the roundabout ending with a signalised pedestrian /cycling crossing opposite Whitestone Walk.. This would create a cycling route via Lower terrace to Hampstead avoiding Heath Street which is often congested with traffic.