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Safer Streets so that children can walk, scoot and cycle to school

Want to make your LOCAL STREETS  SAFER for everyone and help improve everyones  local environmentsPlease go to this Sustrans link    …Continue

Started by josie warshaw Oct 8, 2014.

Eco driving course

It's to do with cars! Is this a good idea? I feel strange putting it up here! Eco driving courses with a difference. Global Action Plan's Eco driving programme offers a new way of learning driving…Continue

Started by Transition Kensal to Kilburn Jul 28, 2011.

Cycle Parking 4 London

The London Cycling Campaign’s Cycle Parking 4 London campaign is asking for 100,000 new cycle stands across Greater London as a solution to the current massive shortage. You can use a new website to…Continue

Started by Julie Thomas Nov 10, 2010.

Kensal Rise Bus Stops - a plan for Brent Council 2 Replies

We kicked out the crazy tree felling lay-by on Chamberlayne Road, but sadly that's not the end of it - Brent want to improve traffic flow.I would like to start a discussion about how best to solve…Continue

Started by Rik Smith. Last reply by Rik Smith Apr 16, 2010.

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Comment by josie warshaw on November 20, 2016 at 21:41

The Cycletastic Shed on Streatley Road Kilburn NW6 (Back of 36-38 Willesden Lane ) 
OPEN Saturday 26th November 12-4 
Bike Maintenance for your bike so that you can get and keep your bike rolling. 
Learning, Repairs and volunteering opportunity here every Saturday 
Your Unwanted Donated Bikes always appreciated 
Suggested £5 minimum donation for drop in use of tools for d.i.y fixers. 
To contact CYCLETASATIC please email or phone 07742689785 (its working again !)
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Comment by josie warshaw on November 12, 2016 at 23:03

Cycletastic is back at the shed at open every Saturday 1-4 at the present time (November 2016)

If you are a Face Booker ....Keep an eye on the Cycletastic Face Book page to find out what is happening each weekend. 

Comment by josie warshaw on November 10, 2014 at 23:53

Cycletastic your local, not for profit bike project have rolled into a community shop! …they have taken all their tools and parts by trailer up to 12, Queens Parade, Willesden Lane, NW2 5HT in Willesden Green.

Book in Service or Repair Contact 07742689785 with friendly, accredited, mechanics…or go in to take a look at the secondhand bikes and parts for sale, hire one of the bike trailers or the bike smoothie machine.

They  are Open : Monday to Thursday 10-6pm & Saturdays 9-5pm with extra opening times for learning workshops and drop in DIY fixing sessions or to greet you and your bike before you go to work !

NB ! Closed for lunch each day 2-3pm

+ Closed all day Saturday November 15th during their Free! Bike Maintenance Workshop at Charteris in Kilburn (booking essential)

Comment by josie warshaw on November 10, 2014 at 23:49

“Brent Council is beginning to develop a Cycle Strategy for Brent. This Strategy will aim to achieve the following vision:

·         To make Brent a borough where everyone can cycle safely, in comfort and with confidence.

·         Enable people of all ages and abilities from every section of Brent’s diverse society to see cycling as a good option for everyday travel. 

To make this vision a reality the Council needs your help. They need to know what you think are the most important factors in making Brent a borough that is great to cycle in. This questionnaire is the Council’s main method for gathering this information, so it is important that as many people as possible fill it in.

The questionnaire will be live from 7th November 2014 to 19th December 2014.

This questionnaire is available on-line here

and in paper form from your local library or sports centre.

Once the Council has received all the responses they will be analysed and used to shape the development of the new Cycle Strategy. The new Strategy itself will be consulted on in early summer 2015. “

Comment by josie warshaw on October 8, 2014 at 14:43

Want to make your LOCAL STREETS  SAFER for everyone and help improve everyones  local environments

Please go to this Sustrans link 

and let your MP know . Enter your postcode and it will automatically bring up a ready prepared letter and the name of your MP ...just add your name !

We believe that every child has the right to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

We need government to:

  • make dedicated funding available
  • 20mph default speed limit
  • transform local walking and cycling routes
Comment by Kate Meakin on April 2, 2012 at 14:07

Hi everyone

I just wanted to let you all know about a free trianing opportunity for people who love cycling or walking and would like to see more every day journeys made by foot or bike:

Training available for London Transition groups
Transport is responsible for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, this along with the rising costs of fuel means we need to start changing the way we think about making our every day journeys. 50% of journeys are 5 miles or less, which means that choosing to cycle or walk instead of using the car, bus or tube could have a massive impact on the country's emissions (and this isn't to mention the health benefits of getting more active).

Sustrans is offering free training and support to volunteers who would like to champion cycling or walking in their local community, workplace, school or university. Active travel champions promote local cycling or walking options or they might organise lunch time walks or group bike rides. Some decide to campaign for change locally and push for better provisions to make cycling or walking options easier. Sustrans provides training, resources and support to help.

Sustrans provides the training free of charge. If there are 4 or more people in your group that are interested then we can come to you to run the training. In return we ask you to keep us updated with your active travel activities and to try and do something every month or two.

Now is a fantastic time to try and change the default transport choice as there's lots of energy and enthusiasm for cycling because of the Games 2012.

For more information visit:
Or contact Kate Meakin 0207 780 7201

Comment by Rik Smith on April 17, 2011 at 12:26

Interesting Molly, but what's your point?


The compressed air car is just another electrically powered car (except the energy is stored as compressed air instead of a battery).


Do you have a comment on energy storage? perhaps that storing compressed air is cheaper than batteries? or maybe about actually compressed air is more dangerous in a collision / fire than batteries?

perhaps the convenient of 'refilling' in minutes rather than hours?


What about the complex heat exchangers required to maintain efficiency? or the inefficiently nature of compressing air - especially in 5 minutes. Many studies suggest the whole cycle is upto 10 times less efficient than an electric car.


I don't think we'll see these on the streets of London any time soon, perhaps they are best suited to Tata's home market.

Comment by Molly Fletcher on April 16, 2011 at 13:28

   Air Powered Car In  India
Tata  Motors is ready to introduce Air Car - Will it be the next big  thing?   Tata Motors is taking giant strides and making history for  itself.  First the Land Rover/Jaguar deal, then the  world's cheapest car, and now it is also set to introduce a car that runs on compressed  air.

India's largest automaker,  Tata Motors, is set to start producing the world's  first  commercial air-powered  vehicle.
The  Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy Negre  for  Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as  opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of  internal-combustion models, to push its engine's  pistons.  Some 6000 zero-emissions Air Cars  are  scheduled to hit Indian streets by August 2011. 
The Air Car, called the "MiniCAT" could cost  around Rs. 3,475,225  ($8,177.00) in India and would have  a range of around 300 km between refuels.   The cost of a refill   would be about Rs. 85 ($2.00)

The MiniCAT, is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular  chassis that is glued,  not  welded,  and a body of fiberglass powered by compressed   air.  Microcontrollers are used in every device in the  car,  so one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to  the lights,  indicators, etc.

There  are no keys - just  an access card which can be read by  the car from your  pocket.  According to the  designers, it costs less than 50  rupees per 100 Km  (about a tenth that of a petrol car).   Its mileage  is about double that of the most advanced electric  car  (200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor which  makes  a perfect choice in cities where 80% of motorists  drive at less  than 60 Km.  The car has a top speed  of 105 Kmph.

Refilling the car will, once the  market develops, take place at adapted petrol stations to  administer compressed air.  In two or three minutes, and  at a cost of approximately 100 rupees, the car will be ready  to go another 200-300 kilometers.

As  a viable alternative, the car carries a small compressor which  can be connected to the mains (220V or 380V) and refill the  tank in 3-4 hours.  Due to the absence of combustion and,  consequently, of residues, changing the oil (1 liter of   vegetable oil) is necessary only every 50,000  Km).
The temperature of the clean air expelled by  the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which  makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning  system with no need for gases or loss of  power.
Comment by Jennifer Rea on March 20, 2011 at 16:20
2 bikes have been dumped at the bottom of st julians road near the recycle bins. I'm not sure if they'll be useful for Cycletastic. I don't have room to store them in my tiny flat so they're still outside. Can anyone from the group store them before they get taken away?
Comment by Julie Thomas on November 10, 2010 at 9:16
London Cycling Campaign are running a campaign called No More Lethal Lorries to try to increase awareness amongst both lorry drivers and cyclists about the sometimes hidden dangers of cycling close to lorries . There is also information for cyclists about how to keep safe around lorries . Please take a few minutes to read this if you are not already aware... there is also a petition to sign calling for lorry driver cyclist awareness training . So far only 3 (Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham and Southwark) out of the 33 London Boroughs have implemented the training. Sadly Brent is not amongst them. If any of you have any influence within the Council then I would be really grateful if you could lobby for this.

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