Camden Cyclists

Camden Cyclists (aka Camden Cycling Campaign) is the local branch of the London Cycling Campaign. Our website is: http://camdencyclists.org.uk/

All of the Consultations that we respond to are first posted on Cyclescape (for info on how to post a new consultation, see https://camdencyclists.cyclescape.org/threads/4723). We encourage members and others to offer comments and suggestions for inclusion in our response.

After registering on Cyclescape you can post messages on all our public discussions and you can initiate discussions yourself (New Issues or Threads on existing Issues). We strongly deprecate the use of pseudonyms unless they are backed up by a full name shown in your Cyclescape personal profile.

If you are a member of Camden Cyclists or cycle regularly in Camden we encourage you to join the Camden Cyclists Group on Cyclescape. This will give you access to any private threads restricted to group members (we don't currently use private threads).

About Camden Cyclists

We campaign for much better Space for Cycling in London.

Monthly meetings, workshops and training
We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7.30 pm either at Primrose Hill Community Centre (usually) or at Sidings Community Centre , West Hampstead (occasionally). Our AGM is in May and annual party in December.

Interaction with LB Camden, TfL and Royal Parks
We have four meetings a year with a group of Camden Officers to discuss how cycling issues can be incorporated into local area schemes currently being planned and how well they are addressed in built schemes. Paul Braithwaite (Councillor 2006-10 and 10-14, Camden’s Cycling Champion) was a useful participant in these meetings. His role has now been taken up by our new Cycling Champion Councillor Julian Fullbrook. Many ad-hoc meetings are arranged to discuss projects in detail (e.g. West End Project, Royal College Street extensions, St Marks Square). We also have occasional meetings with TfL officers (e.g. on Swiss Cottage gyratory and Camden Road). We participate in the Royal Parks Cycling Development Group.

Bike Week
We hold two regular events in Bike Week, a national event which usually takes place in June. On the Wednesday morning from 8-10 a.m. we provide a Free Cyclists’ Breakfast in Ossulston Street, run jointly with Camden Council (the 2017 event was the 20th in succession). The Ride all Round Camden is enjoyed by people of all cycling abilities. It is led and marshalled by Camden Cyclists and Camden Cycle Trainers and accompanied by police officers. The route starts from the Town Hall, follows the border of the borough clockwise with a picnic in Golders Hill Park.

Social Rides
During the spring and summer we organise a ride at least once each month. These usually include the popular Lee Valley Ride and a train-assisted ride in Herts, Kent or Essex as well as the newer Brent Parks Ride and the Ice Cream Potter. We also lead feeder rides from Swiss Cottage and West Hampstead to the summer Ride London Circuit.

Campaigning Rides
We have led feeder rides to campaigning rides organised by LCC such as the Space for Cycling rides in 2013 and 2014.

  • Baynes Street Safe and Healthy Street Scheme

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on changes to Baynes Street which will prevent motor traffic (except buses, emergency and refuse vehicles) from using Baynes Street as a cut-through between St Pancras Way and Royal College Street.  They will be able to use Georgiana Street instead.

    Baynes Street will be made two-way for all vehicles (including cycles) but no motor vehicles will be able to enter Baynes Street from Royal College Street. Motor vehicles can enter from St Pancras Way to access properties and some parking will be removed to facilitate turning round.

    On St Pancras Way - a proposal to widen the northbound cycle lane and to remove the turning pocket.

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  • Lower Kilburn High Road

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council, Brent Council and Westminster Council  are consulting on the following joint proposals for the section of Kilburn High Road from West End Lane to Greville Place:

    • Extending bus lanes and standardising bus lane hours
    • Changing a zebra crossing to a signalised pedestrian crossing
    • Adding more trees
    • Widening the pavement
    • Providing more informal crossing points and a central island
    • Adding new cycle lanes and longer Advanced Stop Lines

    If the scheme goes ahead, it will be implemented under an ETO with a further consultation after 12 months from the start of the ETO period.

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  • Proposed changes to junction at Swains Lane, Highgate West Hill & Highgate Road

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on its proposals to make it easier to cross over the three roads at this roundabout.

    • Remove the central islands on all three approaches to the roundabout.
    • Narrow the roads to create wider footways.
    • Provide zebra crossings on the Highgate West Hill and Swains Lane approaches. 

    One residents’ and three paid for parking spaces will be removed

    The drawing is here

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  • Camden Park Road and Torriano Avenue Safe and Healthy Streets

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is proposing the following changes intended to improve bus journey times, cycling and pedestrian facilities:

    • A northbound 24/7 bus lane on Camden Park Road and Torriano Avenue
    • An advanced stop line and early release for cyclists on Camden Park Road, at the junction with North Villas and Cliff Road, to improve cyclist priority at the junction
    • Removal of parking bays on Camden Park Road and double yellow lines within 10m of South Vilas junction
    • Wider footways for an increased waiting area for parents outside Torriano School, to aid social distancing
    • Remove parking bays to provide more footway space for parents/carers and children accessing Torriano School
    • Additional speed reduction measures along Torriano Avenue, such as more signage and improved speed bumps, to improve pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle safety

    But they have forgotten to consider removing the speed cushions in Camden Park Road

    The drawing also mentions the potential for vehicle activated speed signs on Torriano Avenue.

    BUT

    • No changes to the junction with Camden Road (the nearside lane will be used by left-turning motor vehicles). People cycling into Torriano Avenue need to be at the front of the ASL and go as fast as they can to reach the bus lane which starts again soon after the entry to Torriano Avenue (in the same place the cycle lane starts now).
    • There is the same left hook risk when passing Busby Crescent which urgently needs a filter (at least a ’No Entry’ but a closure would be better).
    • They don’t mention the railings outside the schools

    Drawing here

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  • Arlington Road Area LTN - Scheme Amendments

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council recently implemented an LTN in the area around Arlington Road. Following feedback on the scheme, they propose two major amendments

    1. No entry into Arlington Road from Inverness Street (i.e. southbound movements restricted to allow only emergency vehicles and bicycles).

    This filter will be enforced by

    • An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera,
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs
    • Planters.

    Parking and loading will be forbidden within ten metres of this junction.

    Drawing here

    2. New filter on Mornington Place at the junction with Clarkson Row/Mornington Terrace (instead of the filter at Mornington Crescent.

    This new filter will allow cycles to pass and will be enforced by

    • Removable bollards and planters
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs

    The junction of Mornington Place  with Mornington Crescent will revert to two-way operation

    Drawing here

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  • Chalk Farm Road and Harmood Street Area - parking and filtering

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is currently installing Pop-up cycle lanes on Chalk Farm Road .

    To facilitate this, they are proposing to make new parking changes to the existing Chalk Farm Road scheme affecting the following streets: Hawley Street, Hartland Road, Harmood Street, Ferdinand Street

    Drawing here

    Harmood Street: Through-traffic restriction scheme

    Camden proposes a filter (that allows cycles and emergency vehicles to pass through) on Harmood Street just south of the junction with Clarence Way.

    Enforced by:

    • An Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) camera,
    • Flying Motor Cycle signs
    • Planters.

    Drawing here

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  • York Way: Road safety changes

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council has recently installed Pop-up cycle lanes on York Way. They are now consulting on proposals for three of the signalised junctions.

    Agar Grove / Brewery Road junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown* on all arms
    • Addition of an Advanced Stop Line (ASL) for cyclists on Brewery Road

    Drawing here

    Freight Lane junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • New pedestrian phases added to the southern and western arm (currently there are no dedicated pedestrian phases at this intersection)
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown on all arms
    • New or extended ASLs on all arms
    • Protected junction ‘bypass’ for southbound cyclicts
    • New advisory lane marked through the intersection for northbound cyclists, with coloured tarmac

    Drawing here

    Handyside Street / Copenhagen Street junction

    • Modernisation of the signals to enable a 4 second early release for cyclists on the northern and southern arm
    • Addition of pedestrian countdown on all arms
    • Lengthening of ASLs on the northern and southern arm
    • Advisory lanes marked through the intersection for north and southbound cyclists, with coloured tarmac

    Drawing here

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  • Camden Council review of parking permits and parking charges

    Created by Jean Dollimore // 1 thread

    Camden Council is consulting on a review of its parking permits and parking charges

    Motivation: diesel vehicle ownership and trips have not reduced sufficiently to address the AQ impact.

    The proposed changes are from April 2021 unless stated otherwise.

    Residents Parking permits

    The diesel surcharge to be raised from 21.5% to 50% of the petrol vehicle permit price  (surcharge ranging from £65 to £237 per annum).

    The petrol vehicle permit price depends on CO2 emissions and ranges from £130-£274 p.a.

    Electric vehicles get free permits.

    Visitors permits

    Not mentioned in the consultation document so presumably remain the same e.g. £1.12 per hour.

    Car clubs

    The current permit price is £289. This will change to a price based on CO2 emissions with a diesel surcharge.

    The price for electric cars will be £86. The lowest CO2 emission polluter pays £289.

    Doctors’ permits

    The same charges as for a  Car Club vehicle.

    Paid for parking sessions

    Currently, the borough is divided into four areas each with different tariffs. The areas with the two lowest tariffs will be merged.

    CO2 emission based charging will be introduced and the diesel surcharge will be raised from 21.5% to 50%

    Electric vehicles pay from £2.40 to £4.14 per hour in areas 1 to 3 while the charge for petrol cars range from £3.43 (lowest polluter in the cheapest area) to £5.15 (highest polluter in most expensive area).

    Increased price for coaches £13.82 per hour.

    Maximum stay of 1 hour where there is currently no maximum and in CPZs with only 2 hours of operation.

    South of Euston Road maximum stay reduced from 2 to 1.5 hour. From April 2022.

    Motorcycle parking

    Discount electric m/c residents’ permit (to £22 p.a.) and increase the price of petrol ones (to £130 p.a.). They also have business permits and visitor permits.

    Convert all dedicated solo m/c bays to shared use with one of the various permits. No more free parking for m/cs.

    Paid for parking £3.42-£5.92 per hour for petrol and £1.72-£2.96 electric per hour.

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  • Grafton Way Closure

    Created by John Chamberlain // 0 threads

    From the 24th October for four weeks Grafton Way will be closed between Huntley Street and Tottenham Court Road for drainage works. There is no reasonable alternative to the south until you get to Tavistock Place. Cyclists can use the bus lane in front of UCH if they are careful (note that you will have to make a two-stage right turn at Tottenham Court Road if you want to go up Hampstead Road).

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  • 2-way Cycle Tracks - do cyclists use them in the contraflow direction?

    Created by Bruce Lynn // 2 threads

    Observations on the recently opened Cycleway 4 in South London indicate that 25% of cyclists choose NOT to use it in the contraflow direction. This is consistent with the view of many cyclists that it is better to be on the "correct" side of the road.  A short report of the counts on CW4 is at

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RONkTFVNwjOZgjpeTdxw_W06R08d9h9_/view?usp=sharing

    I would be interested if anyone else has similar findings. and in general how people feel about 2-way tracks.  TfL seem to like them (use a bit less space, a little cheaper). But if they are significantly less likely to be used than two 1-way tracks, this information might get us better designs.

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