Wheels in Motion

This is the page for Commentary on Current Topics. Please let us have your views on issues that you would like us to bring to the attention of the cyclists of Harlow.

Harlow & Gilston Garden Town LCWIP Consultatation

On Tuesday 18 May, our Vice Chair, Welfare & Development Officer, Yasmin Gregory, was invited to attend a meeting hosted by David Burt the Active Travel Officer for HGGT, to discuss the Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) Consultation.

The HGGT website states, “We want to make it easier and more pleasant for people to walk and cycle in the Garden Town. A large part of this is looking at what infrastructure can be developed or enhanced, and this is what an LCWIP does – creating a network of walking and cycling routes with measures to make them safe and enjoyable to use.

We want to hear what you think of the plans so far and particularly how you think they will impact on your organisation, group or networks.

If you’re passionate about the local area and enjoy cycling/walking then please have your say via our survey here

Please do complete the survey and also let me have your comments so that I can ensure our voices are heard. The Consultation is open until 12 June.

Edinburgh Way

The Government’s July 2020 Cycle Infrastructure Design is an interesting read. Chapter 14 (page 153) Integrating cycling with highway improvements and new developments and Chapter 15 (page 163) Construction and Maintenance are definitely worth looking at for all future works. It was disappointing to say the least that this guidance is not being followed. I have inserted part of Ch 6 regarding shared use for your information.

HGGT informed Yasmin that this is the standard that they will be aspiring to. Yasmin pointed out the necessity of a commutable route to Stansted Airport and Epping from Harlow and to use the current cycle path infrastructure as the base.

Cycling is the way forward!

Since the announcement by the UK government that £2 bn was to be invested to boost cycling and walking during and after the lockdown we have all be waiting to see what will happen next. The £2 billion plan starts with £250 million to enable local authorities to pay for “pop-up” cycling and walking infrastructure to cater for physical distancing during lockdown.

Harlow CC are actively lobbying our MP Robert Halfon together with the Local and County Councillors to ensure that Harlow receives as much of the funding as possible. We have a solid infrastructure which can be improved with the ability to grow with each major development that’s taking place close to our town.

An Action Plan has been published by Essex Highways with page 33 of the 81 page document identifying the potentials of cycling in and around Harlow.

@YazzyG has been reminding Essex Highways on Twitter on a regular basis that Harlow is part of Essex and needs urgent investment. Robert Halfon MP has been corresponding with Cllr Kevin Bentley, Dep Leader of Essex County Council asking where the funding is for Harlow and how much is coming our way. This investment will help to ensure the safety of all cyclists in Harlow.