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attention: Cycle security on
Golden Lane 
Estate

In April of this year the government changed road traffic regulations in order to encourage local authorities to modify highway layouts to benefit pedestrians and cyclists and to encourage active travel
. The City of London Corporation took up the challenge and passed a radical transport strategy.


This was followed a day later by a TFL announcement of a radical cycle and pedestrian-friendly strategy for the whole of London.

Golden Lane Estate is one of the City’s major housing developments 

Home to c700 people, there has been an explosion in running, walking and cycling
.


Most people keep their cycles at home: under the stairs, in the living room, on the balcony
.
Here’s why……

TFL has published guidance on how to install good quality bicycle storage. This looks at different uses in any location as well as the needs of cyclists with disabilities, children and young people, general safety, location and security.

Golden Lane has:

      • 384 one bedroom flats 
      • 174 two or three bedroom flats
      • The need for 14 visitor bikes

If Golden Lane was ‘new build’, it would have 745 bicycle racks.

In fact it has at most 60, almost all in poor condition, difficult to access or just wet and dirty.

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Comment by Paul Lincoln on August 26, 2020 at 20:08

We had our first estate-wide meeting last night. If you want to know more and to get involved, please send me a message.

Paul

Comment by Bas Raijmakers on August 19, 2020 at 8:28

Thanks Paul, I've emailed Sue. - Bas

Comment by Paul Lincoln on August 19, 2020 at 6:03

Good to hear from you. Sue Pearson will send out the zoom link. Please send a message to sujpearson@gmail.com. 

thanks

Comment by Bas Raijmakers on August 18, 2020 at 22:30

We were keeping our bikes on our balcony but now in the small fenced of area at the far end of Hatfield House. Geke and I would really like to be involved in this. We have been working on public bicycle parking in Amsterdam for years with our design research studio STBY based in London and Amsterdam. We won't be able to copy any solutions, but we could use some of the techniques to decide together at GLE what solutions we need. Happy to help with this!
Not sure the RSVP works Paul, please check. I clicked it a few times but no visible result, not here and not in my email.
Please let me know how to join via Zoom.

Best, Bas and Geke

Comment by Linda on July 20, 2020 at 22:12

I stopped using the bike shed next to the Shakespeare as I got fed up with finding cigarette butts on my bike cover, clearly chunked down, still lit. by a smoker in Crescent House. My bike cover had many burned holes. 

I also got fed up with not being to get to my bike when the shed flooded after heavy rainfall. 

I also found the smell of urine a bit grim, the area is a popular toilet zone, including bottles of plastic piss often dumped there by taxi/delivery drivers. 

I asked the office I could stored my bike in another locked bike area on the estate but I didn't get much help. 

I now keep my bike in my studio flat hallway. 

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