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30 Aug 2010
So far so good ... pedestrian faced with push button unit to activate signals facing pedestrian and, at right angles, the motorist.
This set up is mirrored from the opposite side, so that pedestrians from either side are faced with only one push button unit for two potential crossings on to a central island. The increased danger comes from the fact that the stop lines for traffic (on either side) are at the crossings not directly adjacent to the ones carrying the units (unless you are at the island).
Such a set-up is confusing for both the pedestrian and the motorist, neither of whom can make eye-contact. The pedestrian needs to be able to tell that the motorist has stopped for him. The motorist needs to be able to tell that nobody is still crossing during the amber flashing phase (yet for sure, there will likely be nobody at the crossing nearest to his stop line).
I have observed both pedestrians and motorists confused by this layout. Unfortunately, there has been a road death here, which is still marked.
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8 Aug 2010
The home of JVC? What an extraordinary piece of product placement masquerading as legitimate twinning. What do Barnet residents get from such an association - cut-price DVD recorders from up the road?
Perhaps this is just one reason for the dissatisfaction of some Cricklewood residents with their council representation. This is the Council which recently awarded its cabinet record pay rises, "Barnet Tories force through new pay scheme after heated council meeting".
Fortunately, the welcoming signage for the Brent side is not quite so crass, boasting identification with Wembley Stadium.
Greens recognise that ill-considered signage and the illicit privatisation of public space has a negative impact on the social fabric. "The aggregate and cumulative effect of advertising taken altogether is to increase overall demand and foster a materialist and consumption driven culture which is not sustainable." (quote from advertising section, Policies for a sustainable society)
The £11bn welfare cuts, rise in VAT to 20%, and 25% reductions across government departments target the most vulnerable – disabled people, single parents, those on housing benefit, black and other ethnic minority communities, students, migrant workers, LGBT people and pensioners. Women are expected to bear 75% of the burden. The poorest will be hit six times harder than the richest. Internal Treasury documents estimate 1.3 million job losses in public and private sectors.
We reject this malicious vandalism and resolve to campaign for a radical alternative, with the level of determination shown by trade unionists and social movements in Greece and other European countries.
This government of millionaires says "we're all in it together" and "there is no alternative". But, for the wealthy, corporation tax is being cut, the bank levy is a pittance, and top salaries and bonuses have already been restored to pre-crash levels.
An alternative budget would place the banks under democratic control, and raise revenue by increasing tax for the rich, plugging tax loopholes, withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, abolishing the nuclear "deterrent" by cancelling the Trident replacement.
An alternative strategy could use these resources to: support welfare; develop homes, schools, and hospitals; and foster a green approach to public spending – investing in renewable energy and public transport, thereby creating a million jobs.
We commit ourselves to:
• Oppose cuts and privatisation in our workplaces, community and welfare services.
• Fight rising unemployment and support organisations of unemployed people.
• Develop and support an alternative programme for economic and social recovery.
• Oppose all proposals to "solve" the crisis through racism and other forms of scapegoating.
• Liaise closely with similar opposition movements in other countries.
• Organise information, meetings, conferences, marches and demonstrations.
• Support the development of a national co-ordinating coalition of resistance.
We urge those who support this statement to attend the Organising Conference on 27 November 2010 (10am-5pm), at Camden Centre, Town Hall, London, WC1H 9JE.
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3 Aug 2010
Picture: Jenny Jones AM, Shahrar Ali, Martin Francis and Tim Storer holding placards "You had Better Not be Very Young, Elderly or Disabled" and "Boris Wants to Remove this Crossing".
On 3 August, Brent Greens were joined by Jenny Jones, Green London Assembly member, to protest against the potential removal of vital crossings in the borough of Brent.
Brent Greens are investigating a list of seven pedestrian crossings in Brent listed by Transport for London as under threat of removal. The list, entitled “Signals Identified for Potential Removal” has been produced by TfL in conjunction with the Mayor of London as part of a review of traffic lights and crossings.
Shahrar Ali, Brent Green Party spokesperson for planning and environment, said: “We have just come out of another weekend of tube lines in Brent grinding to a halt. To add to the misery of public transport users, the Mayor of London is now considering removing vital pedestrian crossings. We will campaign vigorously against any such attempt to endanger the rights of pedestrians. We have contacted Brent council to establish their position on these necessary signals.”
Jenny Jones, Green London Assembly Member, said: “Crossings like this one are important for the business and social life of a community and removing it will reduce safety and convenience for local residents. People need to cross roads and not being able to stop the traffic briefly to cross safely, means less quality of life. The Mayor of London has got this wrong and needs to rethink.”
1. Brent Greens contacted Transport for London on 2 August 2010 to confirm that the list of threatened pedestrian crossings is still under consideration. The crossing at Neasden Lane at the junction with Braemar Avenue (shown above and here) is controlled by TfL signal reference 28/000190 and also affects the crossing at the Quainton Street junction. We have written to the Council transportation unit to establish their position.
2. The Mayor’s own website boasts “fewer traffic lights” as one of its visions. See “A vision for improving London’s transport”.
3. The full list of 145 threatened signals across London has been uploaded to our website (source TfL).
4. The following written answer was solicited from the Mayor by Jenny Jones at a meeting of the Assembly on 14 July 2010: Traffic signal removal (2); Question number 2185/2010 ; Meeting date 14/07/2010:
Jenny Jones: Are you open minded on keeping any, or all, of the traffic lights at the 145 sites which you have identified if local people so desire?
Boris Johnson: Yes. There may well be local circumstances of which TfL is not aware that may justify the continued presence of the traffic signals, although alternatives to signals will still be examined wherever possible. Boroughs will also be invited to nominate alternative and/or additional signals sites that they would like considered for removal.
5. In a press release issued by TfL on 1 July 2010, the Mayor’s transport adviser confirms that the project is led by a desire to smooth traffic flow.
6. Section 3.11 of GLA report “Subject: Appointment of a Rapporteur to Make it Easier and Safer to Walk in London”, 20 July 2010, also identifies 145 crossings for potential removal.