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A West London pub will host a debate later this month over the planned Cycle Superhighway 9 from Kensington Olympia to Brentford.

Chaired by BBC News presenter Julian Worricker, London's cycling and walking commisioner Will Noiman will be among the panelllists at the event on Tuesday 17 October., 

It will be held at the Boston Room at the George IV, 185 Chiswick High Rd, W4 2DR.

As we reported yesterday, opponents to plans for the route include the Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady of Grace & St Edward, which was concerned among other things about brides not being able to arrive outside it for their weddings due to the Cycle Superhighway - although one Twitter user had a suggestion.

> West London church urges parishioners to pray against Cycle Superhighway

The debate's page on Eventrbrite, where you can register to attend, says: 

The public has until 31 October to comment on proposals to improve the experience of cycling on the roads, put together by Transport for London in association with three London boroughs: Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Hounslow. This is the latest phase of an initiative to improve cycling safety and enjoyment all over London.

In Chiswick the changes would remove through traffic on some residential roads and create a two-way segregated cycle track on the south side of Chiswick High Rd from Goldhawk Road to Heathfield Terrace. You can see the full details here.

While the aim is to make us all more healthy, the Cycle Superhighway has raised a number of concerns: that Chiswick High Rd would be more difficult and dangerous to cross, that it would make the pavement less pleasant to walk along and sit on outside cafes, ruining the cafe culture of Chiswick, and that journeys for cars, buses and delivery vans would be longer along the High Rd in peak times, adding to air pollution, especially in peak times. In particular the proposals are causing concern for residents of British Grove and the congregation of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.

Come and find out more about the proposals, listen to the arguments and contribute your thoughts on the subject. The debate is organised and will be recorded by The Chiswick Calendar.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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dreamy [13 posts] 4 months ago
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A free pint every time some one mentions a rlj cyclist.

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Ush [1051 posts] 4 months ago
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Packet of pork scratchings for any concern trolling about helmets, lights, hi-viz.

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dottigirl [813 posts] 4 months ago
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Anyone going? Chiswick is just across the river from here. 

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pcb21 [31 posts] 4 months ago
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dottigirl wrote:

Anyone going? Chiswick is just across the river from here. 

I've signed up for it as I commute along there every day.

These public meetings can set the tone quite a lot I think (cf still nothing decisive being done about CS11)

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Mystery Machine [52 posts] 4 months ago
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dottigirl wrote:

Anyone going? Chiswick is just across the river from here. 

I'm planning on going. Am Barnes based, but commute to work in Brentford every day.

Probably going to make an effort to rock up in civvies as per suggestion from seanlondonandon on Twitter, as I don't want to get treated as one of them from there (i.e. someone who rides a bike).

I really hope this one goes through!

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Simboid [118 posts] 4 months ago
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dreamy wrote:

A free pint every time some one mentions a rlj cyclist.

 

Raging Lycra Jihadi?

What's an rlj cyclist?

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Posh74 [22 posts] 4 months ago
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I think Raging Lycra Jihadi is a lost track from Half Man Half Biscuit.......

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Beecho [260 posts] 4 months ago
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Simboid wrote:
dreamy wrote:

A free pint every time some one mentions a rlj cyclist.

 

Raging Lycra Jihadi?

What's an rlj cyclist?

Something to do with jumpers I believe. And something we allegedly all do.

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jacknorell [996 posts] 4 months ago
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Simon, turn on spell checking at least, even if not proofreading...