Gloucester Circus, Greenwich
Gloucester Circus junction with Crooms Hill blocked to motor traffic
Greenwich Council has erected bollards at this junction, with a ramp either side to permit cyclists, buggies and wheelchairs. On the Crooms Hill side, there will be a slight bump as the council needs to permit water flow in the gutter downhill. On the Crooms Hill side the ramp goes onto a traffic calming hump. You can also see that two of the bollards can be lowered, presumably for emergency vehicles. Note also the parked car—one is okay but two cars side by side would block access. -Anthony Austin and Liz Delap
QUIETWAY CONSULTATION OPEN & OTHER UPDATES
Royal Borough of Greenwich is working with its partners Transport for London (TfL) and Sustrans to develop proposals for new ‘Quietway’ routes, to enhance facilities for people cycling or walking, while minimising impacts on other road users. Consultation is now open on improvements along the cross-Peninsula section of the ‘Thames Path Quietway’ in Peninsula Ward. Further proposals for sections of this route in other Wards will be brought forward for consultation in due course. To respond to this consultation online: www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/thamespathquietway
Additionally, as part of the Royal Greenwich Cycling Strategy, the council is currently trialling new cycle ‘lane separators’ on Rochester Way, between Wendover Road and Kidbrooke Park Road. The intention of these separators is to provide extra comfort and safety for cyclists on one of our primary cycle network routes. Please feedback on this trial to help the council plan for potentially using them in other suitable locations in the borough. You can send through your views on this trial by completing the online survey at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/cyclelaneseparators
The Royal Borough is keen to support community-based cycling groups. To find out more about developing a group or how to access support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8921 8074.
LEWISHAM CYCLIST SETS NEW WORLD RECORD
Sidney Schuman, a member of Lewisham Cyclists, has set the 80 to 84-year-old one-hour cycling record by clocking 28.388 kilometres (17.4 miles) at the Lee Valley Velodrome in the QE Olympic Park. Cheered on by family, friends and London cyclists, Sidney chalked up 114 laps of the track used for the 2012 Olympics.
Speaking after setting the record, 84-year-old Sidney said he hoped it would encourage more 80-year-olds to cycle regularly and lead active lives. He attributes his fitness to genes, regular cycling and the care and affection of his family. “Love makes the wheels go round,” says Sidney.
Brought up in Hackney, some two miles from the Velodrome, Sidney has been cycling in London since childhood. He joined a local cycling club and specialised in time trials and hill climbs. He now lives in Hither Green where he used to work as a maths teacher and draughtsman. For the record attempt he rode a standard Condor track bike (as used by all people who hire bikes at the Velodrome), with a slightly higher stem than normal and his own saddle. For regular cycling he rides a London-built Roberts.
The 80 to 84-year-old hour record has not been set before and Sidney expects others to beat it. The UCI recognises world records in 5-year intervals and the closest to Sidney’s is the 75-79 record at 35 kilometres set by a 75-year-old. The nearest (and only current) age record above 84 is the 100 to 104-year-old record set by Frenchman Robert Marchand at a remarkable 27 kilometres.