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Monday Madness: join the cycle debate


22/08/2011



Welcome back to another week here at Bikeminded HQ. This week we have a super exciting event opportunity to brighten your week. We’re giving away two tickets to Intelligence Squared’s Cycle Festival on Thursday 8 September, at the Royal Geographic Society. The evening brings together some of cycling’s most colourful characters including Will Self and Rocco Forte, to debate over all things cycling.

 

All you have to do to enter is leave us a comment below and tell us what you think should be done to improve cycling in Kensington and Chelsea.

 

 

7 comments

  1. bob colover says:

    Sep 1, 2011

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    there should be many more bike routes in and around kensington gardens;
    especially along the waterline;
    there should be sheltered bike racks in the street/ could be funded by adverts on hoardings; to many people their bike is a valuable item which needs protection in the winter; a sheltered bike is a better bike
    bob

  2. V Celosse says:

    Sep 1, 2011

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    Looking forward to the discussions. K&C should make the Kings Road and Pimlico & Royal Hospital Road safer for cyclists. Can’t tell you how many times taxis and National Express buses have over taken me in agressive unsafe ways. Would like to see K&C monitor speeds in the evenings after 8pm (when I regularly cycle home along these roads). Not all of us work 9 to 5 jobs.

  3. Jon Irwin says:

    Sep 1, 2011

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    Two things – 20mph limits on all residential and local shopping streets. The difference between a collision of a pedestrian / cyclist against a motor vehicle at speeds over 20mph is an exponential curve in terms of the risk of serious injury and/or death. 20mph limits would reduce the risk of serious injuries occurring, and reduce the perceived danger of cycling in town.

    Where at junctions the road often goes from a single lane to two lanes only to join again just after the junction make the inside lane a bike only lane. All that happens at present is that there is a mini race between the motor vehicles as soon as the lights change for them to get over the lights. Take out the “race track” similarity and that could help those motorists drive more considerately for other road users, cyclists and pedestrians have the most to gain from this.

  4. Roger Crosskey says:

    Sep 1, 2011

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    There are some good cycle routes in the Royal Borough but they are not signposted. Victoria Road and Launceston Place are much pleasanter than Gloucester Road and part of a good route to Battersea Bridge.
    Bracewell Road/Latimer Road and under the Westway leads to routes to Hammersmith, much pleasanter than Wood Lane, and to Notting Hill. Signing cycle routes that are away from main roads should make both cyclists and other road users happier.

  5. S French says:

    Sep 1, 2011

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    K&C is quite a good borough for cycling but as we know there isn’t much which can’t be improved.
    I would ask for more one-way streets to be two-way for cyclists, a geographic enlargement of the cycle hire scheme (my corner of the borough seems to have been deliberately cut out) and more docking stations.

  6. Mustafa Arif says:

    Sep 6, 2011

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    The Cromwell Road is the biggest death trap. They should take a motor lane out, each direction from the A4 and provide good quality bike lanes.

  7. L Reehill says:

    Sep 7, 2011

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    There should be parking restrictions on High St Kensington from 7am as the left lane (going towards Kensington Palace) from 7-8am has a lot of lorries unloading. The left lane tends to be the safest place for a cyclist to be and is often blocked. Even the buses have problems moving away from a bus stop if a lorry/van is parked ahead.

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