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Michael Liebreich at ICAG’S Annual General Meeting on 10th June 2015

‘Very pro active travel’ TfL board member Michael Liebreich will talk on ‘Thoughts on the future of cities and mobility’ and cover the trends he sees in transportation, particularly in cities and changes in the use of cars of all types, delivery traffic and active transport as well as some of the background patterns of urbanisation, air quality and obesity. He will be speaking in a personal capacity and is not and cannot represent TfL.

Michael Liebreich is Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of information on clean energy to investors, policy-makers and corporations. He is also a Board Member of TfL, Chairman of St Mark’s Hospital Foundation and a former Olympic skier.

Michael Liebreich official biography
Michael Liebreich on twitter
Michael Liebreich Wikipedia

7.30pm AGM
8.15pm Drinks and edibles.
8.30pm Michael Liebreich

Wednesday 10th June 7.30pm at Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD [gmap]

Angel Canal Festival 2014

This was the 26th Canal Festival;  we’re sure we’ve been at the last 16! We won’t be able to attend the Gillespie Park Festival; it didn’t happen this year as the volunteer organisers were overcome by red tape and didn’t feel equal to the task.  The Cally Festival was on the same day as the Canal Festival and we couldn’t do both!

Alison makes Jono laugh; we're showing off our new banners.
Alison makes Jono laugh; we’re showing off our new banners.

We are at last “on brand” with the new banners showing our new logo which harmonises with all the other LCC local groups.  We were also handing out our new business card, which also sports the new logo and the new ‘strap line’ – safer streets, cleaner air, happier people.

Once the sun came out we attracted lots of interest.
Once the sun came out we attracted lots of interest.

As always maps were in demand although they are over 2 years out of date.  We look forward to new maps that will show the Central London Grid and Quietways in Islington – although Quietway 38 (which is parallel to  the route of the 38 Bus) is slated to be one of the first, we’ll have to wait some years before it’s all completed.

Anita and Alison are giving infomation and more...
Anita and Alison are giving infomation and more…

We were pleased that many of the people who stopped were already LCC members.  But we were able to let many people know about the training the Council offers – see this page.  Some people had just bought a bike and were enjoying the reliability of their commute.  We let them know that it’s important to have a  good lock and where not to lock their bike up!

There was lots of chat about what ICAG,  LCC, TfL and the Council could or could not do.  We understood that there is a petition ‘going the rounds’ that is asking for cycling to be banned on the canal where it passes through Islington.   Clearly something we need to take action on!

We’d like to thank Alison, Anita and Jono for running the stall.  Thanks also to John who made a cameo appearance, bearing cake!

We hadn't seen this sign before - let us know where the rest are!
We hadn’t seen this sign before – let us know where the rest are!

Have you seen these signs?  Do you know the routes?  Use the comment form below, please!

 

 

 

Our feeder ride to RideLondon Freecycle

in_contentPoster design by Eliza Southwood – www.elizasouthwood.com
Like other LCC Borough Groups, we will be running a led ride to RideLondon Freecycle.  It may be hot on Saturday so you may want to bring water and/or sun protection.

Gather this Saturday August 9, from 10.00am for a 10.30 start at Highbury Fields – War Memorial End. We will lead a safe ride for families and inexperienced cyclists to St Pauls. You’ll be able to explore the extra attractions in the city (new this year) and a slighty longer traffic free journey passing many famous London sights. See the pdf here PRL_FreeCycle_Route_Map_2014. There’ll be a return from St Pauls at 3.00pm.
If you haven’t used your bike for a while have a look for some hints here.
A few tips about cycling with lots of others…
o stop at red lights unless directed through by marshals
o leave enough room to stop, a bike distance apart from each bike
o give way to pedestrians
o no overtaking
o no need for signalling (handled by leaders and marshals)
o cover brakes at all times
o Children (with accompanying adults) and slow riders will be asked to be at the front of the ride
o We will try to keep the ride wide and short – think elephant not cheetah!

Something’s got to change

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The idea of this post is to show the volume of cyclists using Old Street – Clerkenwell Road route.  Seeing is believing – 22 slides to support improvements for cyclists along this route…

But we have a man with a plan – Andrea Casalotti – who has a scheme called Clerkenwell Boulevard.

Seeing as you ask…these shots were taken between 6.10 and 6.35pm on June 25 2014 at the traffic lights, junction Old Street, Helmet Row and Whitecross Street. I included only shots with 6 or more cyclists – with one exception; I’ll leave someone else to count the total!

Bike Week 2014

Great to be working with LCC members from Haringey and Hackney last Sunday
Great to be working with LCC members from Haringey and Hackney last Sunday
We had a steady stream of visitors during the day
We had a steady stream of visitors during the day
They found plenty to interest them
They found plenty to interest them
Haringey Council had a stall, but Islington didn't
Haringey Council had a stall, but Islington didn’t
But we were visited by four Islington Councillors; here Nick is talking to two of them - Gary Heather and Caroline Russell
But we were visited by four Islington Councillors; here Nick is talking to two of them – Gary Heather and Caroline Russell

Islington Cycling Club is going from strength to strength – a handful of members last year and around 240 now – with a significant number of women cyclists.

There was a long queue for Doctor Bike all day and the Police “Changing Places” was popular too.  (“Changing Places” lets cyclists sit in the driver’s seat of a huge lorry and to see how much (or how little) the driver can see of cyclists on the near side of the lorry.)

For the first time, we ran out of membership application leaflets.  Normally we have to cajole people to take them; instead people were coming to the stall saying, “I’d like to join LCC.”   We must be doing something right!

It looks like this event will be a regular fixture on the calendar – it could be bigger and better next year.

 

Pavement Artist - Olly Kenyon
Pavement Artist – Olly Kenyon
As usual, plenty of interest...
As usual, plenty of interest…
Bent backs courtesy of the bike mechanics
Bent backs courtesy of the bike mechanics
Croissanted!
Croissanted!
Family commuters - with croissant!
Family commuters – with croissant!
Another cyclist has been croissanted!
Another cyclist has been croissanted!
Numbers are up!
Numbers are up!
Only 17 in this shot - Suzy works the queue
Only 17 in this shot – Suzy works the queue
Micheal listens...
Micheal listens…
The joys of security marking
The joys of security marking
Pastries by Euphorium
Pastries by Euphorium
A police information bike outside the Town Hall
A police information bike outside the Town Hall

 

CYCLE SAFETY AND SECURITY OPEN DAY Islington Police Station, 2 Tolpuddle Street, N1 0YY at 10am-4pm on Saturday June 21
– Free cycle security marking and registration
– Cycle security and safety advice
– Recovered bicycles display

Our warm thanks to everyone who made all this happen.

Update::#space4cycling

Thanks to everyone who turned up for the feeder ride and made it so good. Special thanks go to Nick for the route and Sergeant Kendall and his team from Islington Safer Transport Team – we haven’t had a police escort van before!  Congratulations to Suzy for a fine speech and Jono for winning the ‘Evans’ Prize.  Photos still on their way…

 

Support Space for Cycling

Amazing!   124 of 177 Islington candidates have supported Space for Cycling. We’re second borough at 70.6% on May 21. 240 of 242 Hackney candidates signed up – giving them the top percentage of 99.17%.  All impressive. 112 of 225 Camden candidates committed to  Space for Cycling, giving that borough a score of 49.78%.

Since the launch, over 82,256 emails have been sent from all over London – by 18.30 on the eve of the polls. Look at the LCC site to see the number updating.

Once the elections are over, we may move into another phase.  We could find ourselves writing to the ward councillors to honour their promises…

Whittington Park

At the LCC office, volunteers are working hard to keep the website up-to-date.  You may have to adjust the view on your computer (Zoom out) to see the pages properly. On the page for each ward, is the “ask” and it also displays the percentage of candidates who are supporting the “ask.”


Support Space for Cycling

Our AGM – May 14, 7.30pm

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 14, starting at 7.30pm at Islington Town Hall, London N1 2UD.

Our guest speaker will be Bruce McVean. He is the founder of the Movement for Liveable London.  His subject will be – Towards a healthier and happier city; why London’s transport system needs to change.

Bruce McVean is speaking at our AGM
Bruce McVean is speaking at our AGM

There’s a lot of talk about making London more liveable, but what does this really mean? Bruce’s talk will consider how the way people and goods travel around the city must change if we’re to ensure a healthy and happy future for London and Londoners.

As well as founding the Movement for Liveable London, Bruce is an Associate Director of Beyond Green, and a Trustee of Living Streets.  He was previously a Senior Policy Advisor at the Commision for Architecture and the built Environment (CABE).

Light refreshments will be available prior to Bruce’s talk which will start at 8.30pm.

Time for change!

2 of the 5,000 riders that cycled past the House of Commons
2 of the 5,000 riders that cycled past the House of Commons

An amazing 5,000 cyclists pedalled past the House of Commons tonight – 2 September 2013. Inside the Commons, the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group were debating the report they published earlier in the year. We are asking for a change to the pitiful £2.50 per head of population that Britain currently spends on cycling facilities. In the Nederlands they spend £30.00 per head – even though much excellent superstructure for cyclists is already in place. It was a good humoured ride; even though there were many mature campaigners there, we forgot to shout, “What do we want? Space for cyclists! When do we want it? Now!” LCC and its local activists must build on this resounding success. Candidates for the local elections in 2014 would do well to consider cyclists’ votes when canvassing  next year.

More from the LCC

Crossing Westminster Bridge
Crossing Westminster Bridge
End of the ride - passing the Eye for the second time.
End of the ride – passing the London Eye for the second time.