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.
TELL TFL WHY YOU SUPPORT SPACE FOR CYCLING
Take action now: show your support for the new Cycle Superhighways
Earlier this month, TfL unveiled its impressive designs for two new Cycle Superhighways in central London. And we think they’re good. Not perfect, but a major step forward in creating streets that are safe and inviting for cycling.
So while the plans aren’t perfect – and we have concerns around some of the details which we will be addressing with TfL – overall we (and others) think they could be a game changer. If these plans go ahead, it could open the door to more quality high quality cycle infrastructure in London.
Now TfL wants to know if Space for Cycling is what Londoners want, and it’s down to you to tell them. Others, who don’t want to see this kind of Space for Cycling being created, are opposing them. It’s essential for as many people as possible to show their support for the proposals. Without your support, the plans are at risk of being watered down, delayed – or scrapped altogether.
LCC has set up a tool to make it as easy as possible for you to support the proposals in just a few moments. (You can also take part in the consultation via the TfL website).
Please email TfL now and show them that we want Space for Cycling.