28th December 2007: Burns Night tickets on sale
Our annual Burns Night fund-raising supper and dance will be on Saturday 26th January 2008. Tickets on sale now!
18th December 2007: Bike Show focuses on effect of Olympics and cycle sport
This week's Resonance FM Bike Show
discussed the 2012 Olympics and its effect on cycle sport and the
surrounding area in general. The show featured West Hackney's Patrick
Field, cycling around the perimeter fence with presenter Jack Thurston.
It also included an interview with Michael Humphreys, chair of the
Eastway Users Group, talking about the destruction of the popular
Eastway road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross circuits, and summarising
the current position on the interim facilities and plans for the legacy
velopark on the Olympics site. If you missed the show or would like to
listen to it again, it's available to stream or download in a range of
formats from the Internet Archive. Worth a listen.
1st November 2007: Three-week closure of the Greenway
The Olympic Development Authority is temporarily closing the Greenway
(affectionately known as the brownway because of the whiff) between
Marshgate Lane and Stratford High Street from 10 November until 30
November. This is to allow for some demolition to take place safely.
warning signs will be displayed at the entrance points to the Greenway,
informing users of the closure and providing alternative routes. The
suggested alternative route is via Pudding Mill Lane and Marshgate Lane
leading to Stratford High Street. For further information on this work
or the construction programme, call the ODA's community relations team
on 08000 722 110.
22nd October 2007: Hackney's permeability improvements win London Cycling Award!
We are very pleased to announce that Hackney Streetscene has won this year's London Cycling Award for best facility for their cycle permeability programme.
Congratulations to Streetscene engineer Bronwyn Allen and her
colleagues. Also many thanks to those Hackney LCC members who
contributed their local knowledge about places that needed cycle gaps,
dropped kerbs etc.
It's great that a programme of individual
small-scale improvements adds up to something that's considered
significant enough to merit a London-wide award. Recognition that, in
creating a good cycling environment, details matter.
there are lots more blockages and obstructions that need fixing,
whether it's banned turns, one-way restrictions or lack of dropped
kerbs, so let's hope that we can turn this into a rolling, accelerating
programme of improvements.
13th October 2007: Stokey one-way system removal budget demand by Green party
This week's Hackney Gazette reports that the Greater London Assembly's two Green party members, on whose votes London mayor Ken Livingstone depends for passing his budget, are demanding
funding next year for a project management team to work on removal of
the Stoke Newington one-way system. Sounds as if the days of the Stokey
gyratory might finally be numbered. Excellent news and not a day too
4th October 2007: Hackney's permeability improvements deserve an award
We have nominated Hackney Streetscene for an LCC award for their work introducing small-scale but important permeability improvements. Click here to see a selection of these improvements that make help to create a fine-meshed network of route choices for cyclists.
We would very much like to see a complete permeability survey of our borough (as first proposed nine years ago),
identifying all unnecessary barriers to cycling, whether physical or
legal, from which a priority list of works can be drawn for a rolling
programme of re-openings.
2007: Evening Standard calls Hackney 'cycling heaven'
issue of 'London's quality newspaper', which until recently bashed
cycling as regularly as possible but has since undergone a miraculous
conversion, featured a
double-page spread contrasting cycling in the City and Hackney.
Andrew Gilligan's article castigates the City for inaction, and
realistically credits much of Hackney's growth in cycling
to demographics and geography. But in other respects it's a bit of a
caricature, as Gilligan himself acknowledges, erroneously claiming that
Hackney's cycle routes are "largely segregated", and simplistically asserting that the secret
of Hackney's relative success is "cycle lanes".
fact, for years our approach has been to reject tokenistic devices such
as "cycle lanes" (have you noticed the absence of grit-strewn dooring
lanes in Hackney, as compared to neighbouring boroughs?), in preference
to engineering that reduces motor traffic speeds, opens up route
choices for cycle traffic through increased permeability, and
improves the streetscape in general, especially for pedestrians. It's
slow going, but improvements, large (eg Shoreditch
medium (eg the tamed Shacklewell Lane / St Mark's Rise junction) and
small (eg east end of Farleigh Road now permeable) are there to be
seen. Of course engineering is not everything, and Gilligan rightly
alludes to the promotion and training work being done in Hackney's
schools, workplaces and streets, though omitting to note that this
was initiated by grassroots organisations such as ourselves and STA
Bikes, with the latter support of the local authority.
Nit picking aside, we're grateful for the attention and adulation of
a previously sworn enemy (whose correspondent could do with some cycle
training, to judge by the photo!)
8th September 2007: OpenStreetMap is
mapping Shoreditch and Hackney
Join in the OpenStreetMap
ShoHo mapping party
this weekend to help fill in a major omission in the free (as in free
speech) map of the world -- Shoreditch and Hackney. All you need is a
bike and a camera or notebook. A GPS will be supplied. Starts at 10am
on Saturday from the Transport 2000 offices at 12-18 Hoxton Street,
London N1 6NG, and at 10am on Sunday from the Pembury Tavern, 90
Amhurst Road, London E8 1JH.
13th August 2007: take part
in research about bikes on trains
you carry you bike by train? Protel Fieldwork have been
commissioned to research all about it. They want to talk to you for
about 20/25 minutes and will give you a £5 gift voucher for turning up.
They are especially interested in experiences of South West Trains.
They are running daytime interviews next week at Hackney
reception rooms, Mare Street, London E8. Please drop by any time during
the following sessions:
- Wednesday 22nd, noon - 6pm
- Thursday 22nd, noon - 6pm
change to venue and times first advertised here.
If you can't come during these times but would still like to contribute
to the research, please call Protel Fieldwork on 024 7623 8400.
30th June 2007: Last chance to book
for the best view of the Prologue
Tour de France Prologue is just a week away, if you want to join our
ride to the event and get access to the exclusive London Cycling
Campaign viewing platform in Park Lane, please book
online by this coming Monday, 2nd July. The Hackney ride leaves Hackney Town Hall at
10.30am, but to join it you must register.
See you there!
26th June 2007: Want to be a freelance
Training UK, the biggest provider of cycle training in London, is
recruiting trainers in our area to deliver training in
schools this autumn, plus some training of individuals over the summer.
You will need to be a National Standard Accredited or Provisionally
Accredited instructor, or be prepared to train to become an instructor
on the following dates: July 12/13/19/20 or August 4/5/11/12. More
information on the CTUK
website jobs page.
12th June 2007: Olympic road and path
The Olympic Delivery Authority has
published details of extensive road closures (in
within what is planned to become the Olympic park. A second, slightly
different version of the map and information is here.
roads are Waterden Road, White Post Lane, Carpenters Road, Marshgate
Lane, Pudding Mill Lane and Bridgwater Road. Warton Road has already
been closed for a few months. Temple Mill Lane is likely to close as
part of the Stratford City development. All footpaths,
cycle ways and water ways will also be closed on 2 July, though the ODA
says that it intends that the Greenway and the Lea Navigation eastern
towpath should remain open. Let's hope so. We have unfortunately seen
what can happen to intentions and assurances when
it comes to delivering the Olympics, with the velopark area now planned
to be shrunk from 34 hectares to at most 10 hectares, a replacement
road racing circuit shoehorned alongside the A12, and
replacement mountain biking facility provided. Poignantly, the now
demolished Lee Valley cycle circuit (AKA Eastway) continues to appear
on the map used by the ODA to publicise the road closures.
28th April 2007: Saturday family cycling club
STA Bikes has started a Saturday club
for families, with the aim of getting you all confidently riding on
free cycle training at all levels, and beginners are welcome. You don't
have to have your own bike - you can borrow one for the morning. Dr.
Bike, refreshments, obstacle courses, advice, information, free maps
and leaflets, puppets shows and fun family bikes on selected dates.
English, Spanish, Arabic and Amharic spoken!
Every Saturday until 30th June, 10am - 1pm, at Sir
Thomas Abney Primary School, Fairholt Road, N16. Booking is essential. Contact
Gail Bristow on 07828 254 598 or email@example.com
families who attend will be eligible for a free ticket to a VIP area to
watch the Tour
Prologue at Park
Lane on 7 July).
19th April 2007: Tour de France in
London - book your place on the viewing platform
On Saturday 7 July, LCC will be
leading rides from various points around London to the Tour
Prologue. You can reserve now
for entry to the exclusive viewing area
by Achilles Way overlooking the Prologue race through Hyde Park.
25th March 2007: Take a Sunday jaunt
to the country with Hackney Cyclists!
Hackney Cyclists for some easy-going Sunday rides out to Essex
the Thames Estuary, all featuring pub lunch stops and a maximum of 28
miles cycling. You can even
borrow a bike for the day if you haven't got one yet. All the info you
need is on the rides
leaflet (140KB PDF) and in our diary.
3rd March 2007: February minutes online
up on proceedings.
2nd March 2007: Hackney Cyclists AGM
LCC members in Hackney are warmly encouraged to attend our annual
general meeting next week, which will consist of a short formal meeting
and elections followed by free buffet and pay bar. Details.
4th February 2007: Another chance to join the 'Spokes
and Sprockets' maintenance class
Bike Project is booking up now for its next six-week
cycle maintenance course held on Thursday evenings at Hackney City
Farm. The course starts on March 8th, runs until April 12th,
costs £48 waged / £24 unwaged. To book, please contact Therese
Kilpatrick: therese AT thebikeproject.org.uk or 07766 713176.
January 2007: Dismount sign removed
The anti-cycling sign on
Kingsland Road has gone, in response to our
January 2007: Giant trailer
We got our megatrailer back! Details.
January 2007: "Off your bike", says the East London Railway
Transport for London's East London Railway has again erected an
anti-cycling sign on one of Hackney's busiest cycle routes
January 2007: Canal towpath scheme starts soon
Waterways will soon be starting work on
major programme of work on the Regents Canal towing path
Ford Road and Camden Town, including the whole Hackney
stretch. In addition to surface improvements, there will be
new signage, mirrors under bridges, and even rumble strips and
chicanes, designed to slow down some of the less thoughtful people who
cycle along the canal. We support pedestrian priority on the towpath.
Nice and slow, everybody!
13th January 2007: Dozens of bike
lockers for Frampton Park EstateArchive of site updates: 2006 | 2005
Park Estate Bicycle User Group has secured funding to install
dozens of secure individual bike lockers on the estate within the next
few months. Members of the LCC in Hackney distributed leaflets across the estate today asking
residents to register their interest in hiring a locker. This will be
the biggest installation of secure cycle parking in the borough to
date. Funding is being delivered directly from the Cycling Centre of
Excellence division of Transport for London.