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Enfield Cycling Campaign draft constitution

CONSTITUTION OF Enfield Cycling Campaign (Enfield CC), a locally governed group of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC), a charitable company registered number 01766411, registered charity number 1115789.

1. The name of the group shall be “Enfield Cycling Campaign” (or such other name as the group may decide in an Annual Meeting (AM) and this document is the governing document for such group.

2. Enfield CC is established for the following objects, which form a summary of the LCC objects contained in the Memorandum and Articles of LCC:
• encourage people to cycle
• improve conditions for cyclists
• raise the profile of cycling

3. Enfield CC is an independent locally governed group of the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) with a degree of autonomy and independence in its management of campaigns and finances and inherits the objects and powers of that parent body from the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the LCC. In particular Enfield CC may hold funds in designated accounts for the purpose of furthering the above objects. Such funds may only be spent in agreement with the Coordinator and Treasurer of Enfield CC, subject to the financial regulations agreed by the Management Committee from time to time of Enfield CC.

4. Membership of Enfield CC is open to any member of the public who shares the aims of Enfield CC and who is a member of the London Cycling Campaign living in the London borough of Waltham Forest. Meetings, rides, and other events are open to members and non-members alike but membership of LCC is encouraged, as local group funding from LCC is calculated on the number of LCC members living in the Borough.

5. Enfield CC shall be governed by a committee comprising not less than 3 members who shall be appointed by all members attending the AM. This committee shall be known as “the Management Committee”.

6. The Management Committee shall comprise at least the following roles:

• Treasurer
• Secretary

Other members of the group may be co-opted as officers to perform specific roles such as coordination of:

• Web design
• Council Liaison
• Publicity
• Campaigns
• Events
• Newsletter
• Membership

7. Members of the Management Committee shall be elected at the AM by a show of hands or ballot for a period of one year. Candidates will nominate themselves and be seconded by at least one other person. In the event of more than one person proposing themselves to a role then all those seconded will serve the role with one person identified as the lead – except in the case of Borough Coordinator, Secretary and Treasurer, which should be filled by only one person. Only LCC members are eligible to vote.

8. The Management Committee shall meet not less than quarterly, and all members of Enfield CC may attend to take part in decisions. Once a year an AM shall be held which shall be advertised in appropriate media. The AM is open to everyone but only Enfield CC members are eligible to vote on decisions and elections of Management Committee members.

9. Enfield CC operates an equal opportunities policy and welcomes people of all backgrounds and abilities. In its operations and staff Enfield CC seeks to reflect the social makeup of the community it serves. Enfield CC is committed to ensuring that its services are accessible to all irrespective of background and ability.

10. The London Cycling Campaign may dissolve Enfield CC if no AM has been held for a period of twenty four months or for other good and just cause. On dissolution any assets will be absorbed into the funds of the London Cycling Campaign.

Adopted:

Signed:

Coordinator and Secretary

Letter to the Enfield Advertiser

Let’s be absolutely clear, if drivers respected people on bikes then we wouldn’t need to provide cycle lanes. Unfortunately there are some drivers who do not take into consideration the safety of others when they are on a bike. As someone who cycles I feel I take my life into my own hands every time I venture onto the roads. What seems to be forgotten is that a bike has as much right to be on the road as any other form of transport and that a person on a bike has little or no protection in a collision with a motor vehicle.

There has been some lively debate online and in the papers about the implementation of the Mini Holland proposals, now called Cycle Enfield. This debate has included both ration and irrational comments and heated exchanges. A lot of ‘anti’ comments talk as if bike riders are not welcome in those town centres and should be directed away from them so that they can bypass the centres without disturbing the people who drive their cars there and who, by inference, are the only people who spend money in local shops. To me all this does is persuade a growing minority that their trade is not welcome in these town centres and that if they want to shop by bike then they should go elsewhere.

What seems to be concerning a number of shopkeepers in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill about the potential of cycle lanes being put onto Green Lanes is the loss of parking for those people who arrive by car with one comment from Tony Ourris of Anthony Webb Estate Agents being ‘If businesses loose even one of those parking spaces it could be disastrous for the local economy’. To me this is one of the more irrational of statements being made.

I have been carrying out my own survey over several weeks of Green Lanes and between the Fox Pub and the Triangle I have counted 39 carparking spaces. Behind Waitrose at the Triangle end there is a large carpark with a total of 160 spaces, 3 of which are for over 70’s and 7 for disabled people. Over that period I have been visiting that carpark on numerous occasions and have counted the unused spaces excluding the disabled and over 70’s ones and the availability has ranged from a minimum of 52 spaces up to 127 empty on a Saturday. Clearly showing that this carpark could easily accommodate any loss of spaces on the High Street. I have suggested to the council that they improve the signs pointing to this carpark, including putting in a digital display showing the number of free spaces similar to those in Enfield Town and that they allow a period of say 1-2hours free parking here whilst maintaining charges on the High Street with the aim of encouraging drivers to use the carpark instead of parking on the High Street. The lost revenue could be funded from the Mini Holland money. Additionally I suggest that from the Fox Pub to the Alfred Henning pub the pavement is sufficiently wide to accommodate a single cycle lane without impacting on the parking there and that the parking spaces there could be made disabled parking to alleviate any concerns about access to the northern end for people who have difficulties walking unaided.

An article in the Homes & Properties section of the Evening Standard talks of the new cycle super highways in London opening up home buying opportunities locally and builders and Estate Agents are already seeing the positives of having cycle lanes and advertising properties as cycle friendly offering secure cycle parking, quick access to the super highways etc. This can only improve those areas and increase values of properties as people seek to buy where facilities are available for them to cycle safely.

If cycle lanes go through Winchmore Hill and Palmers Green along Green Lanes then money will also be spent improving those centres and as a result they will be more pleasant places to visit encouraging more people to shop there whether by, Bus, Train, Car, Bike or Walking. This can only be good for those areas. If the cycle lanes are forced to go elsewhere then the money will not be spent locally and that would be a great shame for both shopkeepers and shoppers alike.

Palmers Green Cycle Enfield Exhibition

Cyclenfield

Please come and give support to the Cycle Enfield plans at the public exhibition this Wednesday, 11 February. The Cycle Enfield team will be holding a drop-in at the Fox Public House in Green Lanes between 3 and 8pm – more information on their website.

There has been some opposition to the scheme, mainly from businesses fearing a reduction in trade, so we’ve been active in countering their concerns – attending meetings with traders, writing letters in the local press and organising a ‘cash mob ride’ into Palmers Green to show that cyclists spent money too. But we need to demonstrate as much support for the plans as possible to ensure their success – so please come along and show your support.

Adrian Lauchlan FRSA
Borough Co-ordinator for Enfield Cycling Campaign

Twitter : @EnfieldCycling Website : www.enfieldcc.co.uk

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Cycle Cash Mob

Cycle 'Cash Mob'

Would you welcome safer cycling in Palmers Green?

Come to the Palmers Green Shopping Carnival on your bike! – 12 noon on Saturday 5 July

Enfield Cycling Campaign are organising a short cycle ride along Green Lanes in Palmers Green during the Shopping Carnival on Saturday 5 July. We will meet at 12 noon on the junction of Green Lanes and Compton Road in Winchmore Hill. The idea of the ride is to:
◾Celebrate Enfield’s success in winning the Mini Holland bid to create safe space for cycling
◾Show our support for cycle lanes on Palmers Green high street
◾Encourage shopkeepers on Green Lanes that they will not lose business if some parking is replaced by cycle lanes.

People can also shop by bike! Some shopkeepers oppose the Mini Holland scheme, but research in the UK and abroad shows that cycling facilities boost business in the long run. We aim to reassure our local traders on Saturday 5 July by doing a bit of shopping by bike: a cycle ‘cash mob’! Please come if you support safer cycling for you and your children. Cycling should be for everyone. Come even if you don’t normally cycle – and bring your friends and your children and your friend’s children and your children’s friends and your granny and your mother-in-law. Oh, and your bike!

Any questions? Contact Roger at info@enfieldcc.co.uk

Veronica Conti From Sustrans giving a talk at our next Committee Meeting 8:00pm 12 June 2014

Meeting 8:00pm 12 June 2014
Room 1 Community House
Fore Street Edmonton N9 0PZ
Agenda
1. DIY Streets Edmonton
Veronica Conti from Sustrans will be talking about her work with the community and schools in and around the Church Street area of Edmonton.
2. Bike Week 14-22 June 2014
To discuss plans for Bike Week
3. Palmers Green Cycle Past 5 July 2014
To plan our Cycle Past for the Palmers Green Shopping Festival on 5 July
4. AOB
Community House has adequate parking and railings for chaining bikes to. Car drivers do need to obtain a permit from reception.

Space for Cycling Big Ride

Please join the London Cycling Campaign on Saturday 17 May 2014 for the ‘Space for Cycling’ Big Ride, which is a fun ride with a serious message, telling politicians we want streets that are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.

Our event starts in Park Lane, with crowds gathering from 11am for a midday start, and from 1pm there’ll be a rally on the Embankment with guest speakers (to be confirmed), with the event ending at 2pm.

Enjoy riding through famous London locations such as Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square in a motor-traffic-free environment that’s suitable for the whole family (see the route below).

En route, the Big Ride will also meet with the London Tweed Run, which this year takes place on the same day, and has LCC as its charity partner.

Feeder Ride

Enfield Branch will be starting a Feeder Ride from the Civic Centre at 9am

Guide rides to Big Ride

Our safe, family-friendly event is organised with the cooperation of the Metropolitican Police and Transport for London, and takes place on motor-traffic-free streets under close supervision of our expert ride marshals.

Participants will be encouraged to wear bright colours, fun costumes, to bring flags and banners, and lots of parents and children are expected, along with Londoners from all walks of life.

In 2012, LCC organised a similar, hugely successful Big Ride the weekend before the mayoral election, which played a key role in persuading Mayor Boris Johnson to massively increase his commitment to cycling, set out in his groundbreaking ‘Vision for Cycling’ blueprint for London cycling.

This year, thousands more are expected to send a message to local election candidates (as well as Mayor Boris Johnson and the media) on the weekend before the local elections, telling them that ordinary Londoners want streets that are safe and inviting for everyone to cycle.

Space4Cycling Ride 4th May 2014 Enfield Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XY, at 9:45

To promote the current cycle campaign – Space for Cycling – being run by the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) – Enfield Cycle Campaign (local branch of LCC) will be leading a short ride around the Borough of Enfield on Sunday 4th May 2014.

The ride will be about 10-12 miles and mostly on the quieter roads and through a few of the parks in the Borough.

The ride is open to anyone but particularly for those not yet confident in cycling on roads.

If interested in seeing a few of the cycle routes available in the borough, then meet at Enfield Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield EN1 3XY, at 9:45 on 4 May 2014.

Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent / responsible adult throughout the whole ride

New date for our AGM

Our Annual Meeting is taking place on the evening of Thursday, 8th May 2014.

If you are a member of LCC living in Enfield, you are automatically a member of the Enfield Cycling Campaign. Local groups, through a network of fellow volunteers and co-ordinators can organise local rides, events, meetings, campaigns and social events. So there can be lots to great cycling activities to get involved in, if you aren’t already! The Enfield Group are currently looking for new and existing members to fill some vacant committee positions to help the group in various ways, so please do take a look and contact Adrian Lauchlan (info@enfieldcc.co.uk) if you’d like to find out more.

WHERE: The Wheatsheaf Pub, 185 Baker Street, EN1 3JT
TIME: 8pm.

The meeting is open to everyone (including non-members), and the Local Group would be delighted to see some new faces! Please note that only LCC members are able to: –

a. stand for election
b. make a nomination
c. second a nomination
d. vote

The meeting will include the elections for the following committee posts:

1. Borough Co-ordinator: executive officer of Enfield Cycling Campaign
– position currently held by Adrian Lauchlan
2. Treasurer: responsible for the finances of Enfield Cycling Campaign.
– position currently held by Trisha Smith

3. Secretary: keeps a record of decisions reached at any official meeting (as directed by the Enfield Cycling Campaign Management Committee), including the Annual Meeting, and is responsible for convening all meetings
– position currently vacant

4. Committee members without portfolio:
– currently three committee members: Les Bailey, Roger Kingsnorth ( elected onto the committee on the 6th March 2014 ),Paul La Fosse and Mark Smith

Nominations – If you would like to stand for any of these posts or nominate someone then please send an email to the Groups’ Borough Co-ordinator Adrian Lauchlan by 7th April 2014.

Other business:

The Treasurer will present the accounts, for the financial year ending 31 March 2014, to the Annual Meeting for approval.

Enfield Cycling Campaign Meeting 8.00pm Monday 24th February 2014 Jubilee Hall, Parsonage Lane, Enfield EN2 0AJ

Would you like to cycle but are worried about safety?

Would you like more safe places to cycle with your family?

Then come to a meeting and help plan our campaign for the coming council elections. Are these improvements for cycling important to you?

Safe routes for school children            Greenways                     Protected space on main roads Areas without through motor traffic    20mph speed limits      Liveable town centres

The London Cycling Campaign will ask candidates for one of these improvements in every single ward in the coming local council elections. Have your say by completing our survey Selecting our Enfield Ward Asks You can read more about these 6 policy themes at http://lcc.org.uk/articles/looking-ahead-2014-local-elections-campaign.

Any queries, contact either:

Adrian at info@enfieldcc.co.uk or Roger at r.kingsnorth4@gmail.co.uk