Westminster Cycling Campaign News - Late November 2017

Forthcoming Meetings and Rides

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Cycle Marking and Registration by Metropolitan Police

27 November 2017 11:00-14:00

BBC Portland Place, W1A 1AA

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Westminster Cycling Campaign meeting

27 November 2017 7pm - 9pm

Join us to find out about the latest cycling issues in Westminster, raise issues that affect you, and have your say.

Downstairs at The Sir John Balcombe, 21 Balcombe Street, NW1 6HE.

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Villages, Parks and Canals of Southwark

6 January 2018 1pm - 4:30pm

Explore cycle routes through Southwark's villages, parks and (former) canals.

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Ssh, it's a Quietway!

10 February 2018 1:30pm - 5pm

Follow Quietway 2 all the way from Bloomsbury to Walthamstow. An interesting variety of townscapes and landscapes.


Brent cycle route celebrates Westminster's Bradley Wiggins

Carlton Vale (West)

Brent Council has completed the construction of a segregated cycle route on Carlton Vale in south Kilburn, nicknamed the Bradley Wiggins Way. It features cycle tracks that are separated from general traffic by 'Orca' light segregation devices. We are impressed by the high quality of the route, which is suitable for cyclists of all ages and all abilities, and we are sure it will attract new people to cycling. Plans of the route.

The route is in the southeastern part of Brent that juts into Westminster. The west end of the route is the Premier Corner gyratory near Queen's Park that links Carlton Vale to Kilburn Lane and Salusbury Road. For the first 100 metres of the route on Carlton Vale, the route is half in Brent (north side) and half in Westminster (south side). The route features Westminster's first 'bus stop bypass', at which the cycle track passes between the bus stop and the pavement.(See photo above.)

The east end of the route is at the Carlton Vale / Kilburn Park Road crossroads, and the high-quality cycle route ends abruptly as Carlton Vale crosses from Brent into Westminster (see photo below), passing Dibdin House where Sir Bradley Wiggins grew up. What plans does Westminster City Council have to continue this fitting tribute in our borough? None as far as we know, but feel free to raise it with your councillors if you live nearby.

Carlton Vale (East)


Motcomb Street: bikes-only after midday

Motcomb Street

Motor vehicles have now been banned from Belgravia's Motcomb Street after midday,effectively creating a bike-only street.

We have been encouraging the council to exempt cycles from new restrictions on vehicle movements. Sometimes, as here, we have been successful.

Unfortunately you are still not allowed to cycle from west to east, against the one-way flow.

Motcomb Street


Two-way Cycling Introduced in Whitcomb Street

Whitcomb Street

Contraflow cycling is now allowed in Whitcomb Street from Panton Street to Coventry Street. This creates a useful northbound route from Trafalgar Square to Soho and Fitzrovia. After midday you unfortunately still have to walk part of Wardour Street past Chinatown.


East-West Cycle Superhighway: the missing link

Birdcage Walk

David Arditti's photo shows the missing link in the East-West Cycle Superhighway, somewhere under the layer of leaves.

Work has been in progress for several months on filling the missing link between Great George Street and Constitution Hill. There will be a two-way cycle track along Birdcage Walk and Spur Road, opposite Buckingham Palace. The road markings and traffic signals appear to be in place, so opening cannot be far off.

The road works for the Cycle Superhighway have unfortunately coincided with works on the Canada Gate, alongside the path connecting Constitution Hill with the Mall. Cyclists following that route have therefore had difficulties whether they have taken the path or the road.

Works on Spur Road


Oxford Street: is Sadiq saying "no" to cycling?

Oxford Street

Following earlier consultation, the Mayor of London has now published more detailed proposals for the section between Oxford Circus and Selfridges. Proposals for the rest of the street – and for parallel cycle routes – will be published later.

For further details, please see the current consultation, which closes on 17th December.

See also the LCC's view.


Do-it-yourself maintenance station opens in Hyde Park

Cycle Maintenance Station

Great new additions to cycle facilities in Hyde Park: three stands for repair/air/water, for any passing cyclist to use, made by Cyclehoop. The maintenance stand has lots of tools on retractable wire, that look as if they cover all eventualities.

They are located just outside the Pavilion Tennis Courts, Bowls and Café on South Carriage Drive close to the West Carriage Drive junction. (Map)


LCC Passes Resolution on the Impact of Cycle Hire Operators on Public Cycle Parking

The London Cycling Campaign passed the following resolution at its annual general meeting in October:

LCC supports the provision of cycle hire for realising the potential to cycle. The use of public cycle parking to store hire bikes that are not currently on hire has recently come to public attention. We note that the relevant authorities have few powers to remove hire bikes from public cycle parking and that this parking is a finite resource.

We therefore call on cycle hire operators to engage in dialogue with councils to resolve the impact of their operations on existing but constrained public cycle parking and provide additional infrastructure.

Ofo Bike


LCC passes resolution on the Bayswater Road to Edgware Road Quietway

The London Cycling Campaign passed the following resolution at its annual general meeting in October:

Noting that:

  1. The final plan for the Bayswater Road to Edgware Road Quietway has been curtailed to remove its previous core element – segregated cycling provision on Sussex Gardens;
  2. This is the latest in a pattern of behaviour of Westminster City Council thwarting or undermining cycling provision in planned schemes, yet continuing to receive Mayoral controlled funding, including from the cycling budget;

LCC calls on the Mayor of London to draw a line in the sand and start withholding funding from Westminster schemes that do not make adequate provision for cycling.