October 23, 2020
  • 5:51 pm Extraordinary Council Meeting – Friday 16 October 2020
  • 12:09 pm Brent Cycle Buddies scheme
  • 3:47 pm Annual General Meeting 2020
  • 2:11 pm Gear Change: New walking and cycling government guidance
  • 5:18 pm Electric Vehicle Charging Points (TO-27-004)
Pop-up cycle lane in Kingston. Photo by John Dales | Brent Cycling Campaign
Emergency pop-up cycle lane in Kingston (Ph: John Dales @Johnstreetdales)

The need for physical distancing makes it difficult to use public transport. Walking can only get you so far. For those of us who can’t work from home and who work further than 1 mile away, cycling is the most efficient way to get from A to B. Given the established link between the effects of covid19 and pollution, using a motor vehicle for work commute is not recommended.

We expect this temporary infrastructure to be safe (physically separated), inclusive (wide enough to be suitable for cargobikes, adapted cycles and families) and as connected as possible. Transport for London’s Streetspace Plan recommends using Berlin Temporary Cycle Lanes Guide.

Councils have used cones, temporary barriers and flexible wands to reallocate space for cycling safely away from motor vehicles. Such materials are much better than paint as they visually and physically designate a space.

The council has the data they need to create safe space for distancing when cycling in places where they are desperately needed. In Brent, one of the major barriers that prevent cycling from being the obvious and most convenient alternative to public transport is the North Circular Road.

We have been advocating for years for safe and inclusive crossings. Now is the time to do it. We need three crossings to cover the whole borough. So in addition to the one proposed in the West part (Hillside/Craven Park), we need one in the East (the A5/Edgware Road), and one in the centre (Blackbird Hill/Neasden).

The council also needs to ensure safe space for people cycling to work in hospitals, so healthy corridors around hospitals and other medical centres. Any areas where level of pollution and deprivation are high, would greatly benefit from these measures.

Sylvia Gauthereau

Sylvia is the current Brent Cycling Campaign Coordinator. She is a Cricklewood resident and a cargobike mum of two.

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