“The safer travel programme is for vulnerable people like me” – Mary’s Haverstock Hill response.


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Reported by Mary

Published on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Haverstock Hill.

“The safer travel programme is for vulnerable people like me” – Mary’s Haverstock Hill response.


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Written by Mary

Published on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021

Haverstock Hill.

By Mary

 

“This is my response to the pausing of the Haverstock Hill cycle lane. I live in the borough of Camden and I’m disabled. Camden’s policy of safer streets is for vulnerable people, people like me. We can have safer streets, more cycling, less motoring, more walking. Surely the idea that shops would suffer is a bit of a red herring. The opposite is the case. The shops would benefit from more walkers and people relaxing and having a little look in the windows.”

“Let’s hope the pausing will become a non-pause and there will be more cycle lanes in London.”

“Also, it’s been said that ambulances would be slowed down. It’s the case that ambulances would move faster surely with less motorists on the road, is the case. I understand that Camden Council’s (lack of) consultation was because of the situation of Covid and court and access to finance. So it’s now time I think for the pausing to end. There’s to be more cycle lanes in London, sorry in Camden.  There are people who have died in Kings Cross because of HGV drivers. Their lives may not have ended if there was safer streets for cyclists. So let’s hope the pausing will become a non-pause and there will be more cycle lanes in London.”

Read a letter that Mary sent in to the Camden New Journal about the Haverstock Hill cycle lane here.

Written by Mary


I have lived in Camden since the late 70s (last century!). Following a history degree, I worked in Kings Cross for a trade union for a few years. After leaving I worked with homeless women in Soho and then in Camden working with young offenders on release from prison. I then retrained as a Social Worker at Bristol, working in the area of domestic violence. As a disabled women, I made sure that refuges were accessible and that there was accessible information about them available. I have been involved for several years in local disabled service user groups in Camden, and have chaired Visually Impaired in Camden and a member of that group for many years. I am also a trustee of Camden Disability Action. Since COVID 19 I am unable to go shopping alone or visit other disabled friends. My mobility has been severely curtailed, like many other disabled people. I am still keen however to ensure that transport and streets are accessible to all and that pressure is put on local authorities and transport providers to help bring this about.

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