Annual General meeting of Get Sutton Cycling – the London Cycling Campaign in Sutton. September 28, 2017 from 7.30 pm at the Minor Hall, Trinity Church Halls, Hill Road, Sutton SM1 1DZ
The agenda is available here: Agenda AGM 2017
In the chair: Gary James
1 The Chair welcomed the group: Lesley Angus, Dalva Grayston, Dominic Hewlett, Gary James, John Kinnear, Charles Martin (Coordinator), John Parker, Colin Quemby, Shirley Quemby, Ben Rafferty (Treasurer), Chris Rutland, Michael To. Apologies were received from Marcus Howarth, Neil Webster, Cllr Manuel Abellan, Cllr Neil Garratt, Cllr Holly Ramsey, Tony Pattison, Peter Randall, Maeve Tomlinson.
2 Coordinator’s report: Charles reviewed the year’s activities.
The Coordinator’s Report is available here: Coordinator’s Report 2016-2017 (19 MB)
3 Treasurer’s report: Ben presented the accounts for the last twelve months. It is clear that running costs, e.g. room hire and website costs, are currently not being paid by the group, but by a member. The group has very little money, having responded generously to LCC’s central office request (July 2016) for funds to be centralized. Coordinator and Treasurer to raise this at the upcoming LCC AGM.
The Treasurer’s Report is available here Treasurer’s Report 2016-2017 (9 MB)
4 Election of officers and committee
The following were appointed unopposed:
- Group Chair: Gary James
- Coordinator: Charles Martin
- Treasurer: Ben Rafferty
- Secretary – role to be shared by Marcus Howarth and John Kinnear
5 The Coordinator reported that, since the last meeting on 10 July 2017:
- our response to the Beddington North TfL Major Scheme had been submitted (details here).
- various potential AGM venues had been explored for concerns over price and accessibility. Unfortunately, our chosen AGM date coincided with the Healthy Streets Conference; various potential speakers were therefore unavailable.
- 29 July 2017 saw the FreeCycle feeder ride leave Sutton for Ride London with some 30 participants (see our report of the ride here.
6 News and updates
Among many items mentioned, these were the highlights, although overall the news of possible developments in 2017-2018 was not inspiring:
- the Cycle Forum met twice with Sutton Council, once for a regular meeting (27 July) and again (24 August) for a Sustrans presentation on the proposed Quietway north from Sutton; which plans are advancing, although there is concern over traffic levels.
- Sutton is due to make a bid under the Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme, which should include opportunities for cycling.
- The prospect of 20 mph areas remains under discussion.
- A Wallington north/south route parallel to Manor Road may see the light of day.
- Middleton Road will probably have repainted advisory cycle lanes.
The full News and Updates report is available here: News and Updates Report (9 MB)
7 Traffic counts and modal share – a presentation by Charles Martin on his work counting vehicles and cyclists at various points round the borough made clear how powerful statistical information is, especially when collected regularly over a period of time.
Of considerable note was the information that in 1991, in Sutton, cycling had a modal share of 2 percent of journeys, according to Sutton Council figures. Charles’ presentation reported that the modal share of cycling in Sutton in 2017 is …. 2 percent. Over 25 years and no change.
Charles reported that there were very few routes with fewer than 200 vehicles an hour at peak times, in line with the borough’s domination by cars. Charles will blog about his research in detail when the ongoing analysis is complete (which could take quite a while)!
The presentation is available here: Traffic counts (and modal share) (20 MB)
8 Presentation of the group’s first campaigning video, on the topic of ‘what cycling can contribute to combatting air pollution’. Frightening statistics about the effects of air pollution are linked to the positive effects on air quality if more people are encouraged to cycle by better cycling infrastructure.
In the following discussion, an idea was proposed from the floor for a second video – aimed, like the first, at local councillors, emphasising the wide range of people – most of them voters – who cycle.
9 AOB – Charles Martin was pleased to report that LCC Sutton member Neil Webster will become a trustee of the London Cycling Campaign as of the LCC’s AGM on 19 October 2017. Neil’s application for one of the six vacancies on the LCC’s Board of Trustees had received support from Charles, and from Peter Murray, Chair of New London Architecture. Read more about the Trustee Election Result 2017 here.
10 The date for the next regular meeting was provisionally arranged for November 21. However, since the meeting, it has become clear that Wednesday November 22 is a more likely date, because of the availability of a suitable venue. Please check the Next meet-up page for further details.
The meeting closed at 9.30 pm.
v1: 15.10.2017; v2 (pdfs of reports added) 16.10.2017; v3 (minor additions) 188.8.131.527.