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Gear Change – A bold vision for cycling and walking I DfT

Steven Edwards
 


Residents to get new decision-making powers in cycling 'revolution' | The Guardian

Steven Edwards
 

Residents to get new decision-making powers in cycling revolution'




Measures include watchdog to ensure quality and safety of walking and cycling routes

Residents will get powers to banish through-traffic from local streets and councils will be prevented from building substandard cycle lanes under what Downing Street has billed as a revolution for cycling and walking in England.

The plans will see the creation of a watchdog to ensure new cycle and walking routes are up to standard, intended to act as a transport equivalent of the schools inspectorate, Ofsted.



Active Travel England, to be led by a yet-to-be-appointed commissioner for walking and cycling, will refuse to fund paint-only bike lanes – without physical barriers or protection from cars – or routes where cyclists and pedestrians have to share space. It could also cut budgets in other areas for highways departments which fail to deliver on active transport.



The plans, led by Boris Johnson, will be funded by a previously announced £2bn in new funding over five years, with a pledge of longer-term money. They include cycle training for every child or adult who seeks it, a pilot scheme for GPs to prescribe cycling to improve patients’ health, and thousands of miles of protected bike lanes.

Local people will be given a chance to choose whether residential side streets should be closed to through motor traffic to make them safer for pedestrians and cyclists, under plans to be put out for consultation.



Another proposal could see some main roads, for example in cities, kept as through-routes for pedestrians, cyclists and buses, with other motor traffic allowed access only.



Also on the table are grants to help people with the cost of electric-assist bikes, which can encourage cycling, particularly on longer or more hilly commutes. However, these tend to be more expensive than traditional bikes, often costing well over £1,000. It has not yet been specified how much assistance might be offered.




Here's Daniel Glaser’s brilliant Ham and High piece

George Coulouris
 

“Let’s celebrate the city’s cleaner air and shape the streets in which we live”, 
“ unique opportunity to test by building … we need to pay attention now to what we like and tell people about it.” 


Re: Cycling volunteers needed

Norman Franklin
 

I would be glad of the link.  I would be happy to help.

 

Norman Franklin

Flat 5

17-19 Elsworthy Road

London NW3 3DS

Phone 020 7722 4543

Mobile 0750 4111 095

 

From: main@camdencyclists.groups.io <main@camdencyclists.groups.io> On Behalf Of Carolyn Hayman
Sent: 23 July 2020 15:05
To: main@camdencyclists.groups.io
Subject: Re: [camdencyclists] Cycling volunteers needed

 

Hi Susan, the way it works is, you decide how much you want to do and where you want to deliver, and then sign up on a google sheet. It works on a weekly basis, the one for next week has just gone up I think. There are runs to Clapton, Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Holborn, Highbury and Holloway, Hampstead Road and Camden Town, Kentish Town, and West Hampstead. You can pick up the meals from the Camden People's Theatre from 11.30 - I find I'm generally back home by 2pm.

The runs aren't formal, you can pick and choose addresses, but those are the ones I tend to do.

Some people I see pretty well every time, and others prefer to pick up the meal after I've left. Today I saw a young man who I've never seen out of his dressing gown, now dressed to go out and smiling. That was good.

 

Anything else you want to know, we can discuss tomorrow?

 

Carolyn

 

On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 10:26 AM seymour susan <sseymour137@...> wrote:

Hi Carolyn, I'd like to know more.

best wishes

Susan

 

On Tue, 21 Jul 2020 at 20:28, Carolyn Hayman <carolyn.hayman@...> wrote:

Explore little known parts of London delivering lunches to people in need ('I'm so hungry, it's wonderful to see you' 'you are literally saving my life') with a friendly and well organised team, and flexible commitment. We are part of Food for All, which has produced and delivered over half a million meals during the Covid crisis period.

Call me or email to find out more. It's a great way to exercise body and mind (where was that flat that I can never find??) and to feel part of a collective endeavour.

 

Carolyn Hayman

 

M: 07932 781981

Skype: carolynhayman51



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Best wishes

Susan Seymour
07733227022
twitter: @sseymour137

 



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Carolyn Hayman

 

M: 07932 781981

Skype: carolynhayman51


Re: Cycling volunteers needed

Carolyn Hayman
 

Hi Susan, the way it works is, you decide how much you want to do and where you want to deliver, and then sign up on a google sheet. It works on a weekly basis, the one for next week has just gone up I think. There are runs to Clapton, Shoreditch, Kings Cross and Holborn, Highbury and Holloway, Hampstead Road and Camden Town, Kentish Town, and West Hampstead. You can pick up the meals from the Camden People's Theatre from 11.30 - I find I'm generally back home by 2pm.
The runs aren't formal, you can pick and choose addresses, but those are the ones I tend to do.
Some people I see pretty well every time, and others prefer to pick up the meal after I've left. Today I saw a young man who I've never seen out of his dressing gown, now dressed to go out and smiling. That was good.

Anything else you want to know, we can discuss tomorrow?

Carolyn


On Thu, Jul 23, 2020 at 10:26 AM seymour susan <sseymour137@...> wrote:
Hi Carolyn, I'd like to know more.
best wishes
Susan

On Tue, 21 Jul 2020 at 20:28, Carolyn Hayman <carolyn.hayman@...> wrote:
Explore little known parts of London delivering lunches to people in need ('I'm so hungry, it's wonderful to see you' 'you are literally saving my life') with a friendly and well organised team, and flexible commitment. We are part of Food for All, which has produced and delivered over half a million meals during the Covid crisis period.
Call me or email to find out more. It's a great way to exercise body and mind (where was that flat that I can never find??) and to feel part of a collective endeavour.

Carolyn Hayman

M: 07932 781981
Skype: carolynhayman51



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Best wishes

Susan Seymour
07733227022
twitter: @sseymour137




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Carolyn Hayman

M: 07932 781981
Skype: carolynhayman51


Re: Cycling volunteers needed

seymour susan
 

Hi Carolyn, I'd like to know more.
best wishes
Susan


On Tue, 21 Jul 2020 at 20:28, Carolyn Hayman <carolyn.hayman@...> wrote:
Explore little known parts of London delivering lunches to people in need ('I'm so hungry, it's wonderful to see you' 'you are literally saving my life') with a friendly and well organised team, and flexible commitment. We are part of Food for All, which has produced and delivered over half a million meals during the Covid crisis period.
Call me or email to find out more. It's a great way to exercise body and mind (where was that flat that I can never find??) and to feel part of a collective endeavour.

Carolyn Hayman

M: 07932 781981
Skype: carolynhayman51



--
Best wishes

Susan Seymour
07733227022
twitter: @sseymour137



One Day Closure of Crogsland Road

John Chamberlain
 

Just a warning that Crogsland Road will be closed all day tomorrow 23rd for a crane to be removed from the building site. It will be best to avoid the road but if you do decide to walk through please be respectful and dismount through the closed section.

Thanks
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Regards

John Chamberlain

Coordinator

Camden Cycling Campaign

 

W: camdencyclists.org.uk

E: john@...



Cycling volunteers needed

Carolyn Hayman
 

Explore little known parts of London delivering lunches to people in need ('I'm so hungry, it's wonderful to see you' 'you are literally saving my life') with a friendly and well organised team, and flexible commitment. We are part of Food for All, which has produced and delivered over half a million meals during the Covid crisis period.
Call me or email to find out more. It's a great way to exercise body and mind (where was that flat that I can never find??) and to feel part of a collective endeavour.

Carolyn Hayman

M: 07932 781981
Skype: carolynhayman51


CCC Meeting Today

John Chamberlain
 

Don't forget our monthly meeting this evening at 7:30 on Zoom where we'll be discussing how to help people new or returning to cycling. Steven Taylor, chair of Hampstead Neighbourhood Forum, will be joining us to lead a discussion.

The agenda is here: https://camdencyclists.org.uk/events/members-meeting-2020-07-20/

The Zoom meeting ID is 96626341261 and a link to the meeting is here; for security reasons please email us at info@... or phone or text 0788 755 2391 to get the password.

Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/96626341261

Meeting ID: 966 2634 1261

Hope to see some of you later.

 

Regards

John Chamberlain

Coordinator

Camden Cycling Campaign

 

W: camdencyclists.org.uk

E: john@...

T: +44 20 7485 2685

M: +44 788 755 2391

 


Latest Covid-19 Traffic Measures

John Chamberlain
 

Dear Supporter

We're asking you to email your councillors.

Camden have just announced a new series of measures designed to re-allocate road space from motor traffic to pedestrians, cyclists, visitors on foot and outdoor cafes. See https://news.camden.gov.uk/camden-council-takes-action-to-make-travel-safer-and-healthier/

The measures include
  • Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (through motor traffic banned) in the areas round Kingsgate Road, South Hampstead, Arlington Road, Camden Square, Kentish Town and Seven Dials.
  • Further pop up cycle lanes on Chalk Farm Road, York Way (extending northwards), Haverstock Hill, St Pancras Way, Fitzjohns Avenue and Adelaide Road.
  • “Streateries” i.e. areas for al fresco dining with motor vehicles restricted in Fitzrovia, Drummond Street and Seven Dials.
  • Traffic restrictions in Holborn and the West End project areas.
  • 8 more Healthy School Streets (streets closed to motor vehicles at the start and end of the school day).
We expect fairly serious and organised opposition to these measures, especially the LTNs, so assuming you like what you see and especially if you live in or near one of the areas above, or use the roads as part of the cycling journeys, please email your local councillors and copy Adam Harrison (adam.harrison@...) to voice your support. If you don't do this councillors only ever hear from people opposed to the schemes, which need and deserve our support.

As the plans become more developed we'll publish them and ask those of you who live in the chosen areas to write again, supporting the specific details.

Thanks in advance for this; do engage on this forum if you have comments/suggestions.
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Regards

John


John Chamberlain

Coordinator

Camden Cycling Campaign

 

W: camdencyclists.org.uk

E: john@...

T: +44 20 7485 2685

M: +44 788 755 2391

 


France bans Dutch bike TV ad for creating 'climate of fear' about cars | The Guardian

Steven Edwards
 

(one missed from the NfE Roundup - Steven)

Ad for VanMoof bike unfairly discredits automobile industry, says watchdog

Daniel Boffey
Wed 1 Jul 2020


The ad features a shiny black car on which are reflected images of chimneys, flashing lights of emergency vehicles and traffic jams.

A TV commercial for a Dutch-made bicycle has been banned by France’s advertising watchdog for creating a “climate of fear” about cars.

Despite being aired on Dutch and German television, the Autorité de régulation professionnelle de la publicité (ARPP) said the ad for the VanMoof bike unfairly discredited the automobile industry.
The advert features a shiny black car on which are reflected images of chimneys, the flashing lights of emergency vehicles and traffic jams. The vehicle melts away to transform into the Dutch company’s latest e-bike, accompanied by the tag line: “Time to ride the future”.
“Some images in the reflection of the car are, in our opinion, unbalanced and discredit the entire car sector,” the ARPP said in a letter sent to VanMoof. “The images of factories/chimneys and an accident create a climate of fear. So they will have to be adapted.”

The French advertising code prohibits the exploitation of fear and suffering in commercials.
In response, the watchdog has been accused by the bike manufacturer of seeking to protect the French car industry after sales plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic.
French manufacturers’ sales halved in May, forcing President Emmanuel Macron to launch an €8bn rescue plan for the industry, whose brands include Peugeot, Citroën and Renault.

VanMoof’s founder, Taco Carlier, said he would not edit the ad to get it aired. “It is amazing that car companies are allowed to cover up their environmental problems while censoring those who question this issue,” he said.
“The television commercial was broadcast two weeks earlier in the Netherlands and Germany. There the spot was well received by the public. In the commercial, cars reflect the rat race of the past, inviting viewers to rethink their modes of transportation in the city for a cleaner, greener future.
“Questioning the status quo will always lead to a confrontation, but we wanted to achieve that from the beginning.”
Stéphane Martin, the chairman of the ARPP, rejected the bike company’s criticism. Speaking to the news channel Franceinfo, he said. “It’s a classic response to question our independence and get media attention by shouting ‘censorship’.

“We cannot afford to put entire sectors in a bad light. That is an important precondition for fair competition. In some areas, that commercial goes too far, with images that are unnecessary, such as the smoke from factory chimneys, which have nothing to do with the car industry.”



London: more cycle funding announced ahead of "looming black hole" | road.cc

Steven Edwards
 

Laura Laker
Mon, Jun 29, 2020 17:25


£2.5m more announced as part of latest Streetspace fund allocation, but city still faces £300m loss of cycling and walking funds

Transport for London has revealed the shortlist for another £2.5m for emergency cycling and walking improvements, amid warnings of a £300m “black hole” in active travel funding for the coming year.

The fourth of six tranches of Streetspace funding, the city’s emergency cycling and walking fund in response to COVID-19, represents “at best £80m” of a previous £417m investment in healthy streets, London Green Assembly Member, Caroline Russell, warns after the cash-strapped capital is forced to pare back existing schemes.

A handful of programmes have seen reductions or removal of funding altogether since the last tranche was announced, while Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Greenwich, Brent and Barnet will receive funding for the first time.

Sadiq Khan recently said just 5km of protected cycle space has been built so far as part of emergency construction. At a recent webinar, for Centre for London, Khan he wanted to avoid a car-led recovery, for a green recovery.

He said: “The London Streetspace programme is the most ambitious of any major city in the world. We already have now the biggest car-free zone of any major city in the world, we have, in a matter of weeks, managed to have more than 15,000m2 of pedestrianised spaces in London, also more than 5km of new segregated cycleways.”

However, Green London Assembly Member, Caroline Russell, points out, the pedestrianisation is not complete yet.

Russell warned there is a “looming black hole in walking and cycling funding in London”, and says action must be accelerated to match the urgency of the situation.

She said: “There was set to be £417m of investment in healthy streets this year, but Streetspace is at best £80m if you include all announced funding from the DfT. That’s a gap of over £300m that the Mayor must address when TfL update their emergency budget in July. 

“The latest Streetspace allocations are worrying, only £2.5m being allocated this week seems strange when the Mayor and TfL are telling boroughs this is urgent work. The Mayor again today tried to claim Streetspace as the biggest scheme of any world city, but he’s only got 5km of temporary cycle lane in place. Park Lane was weeks ago. We need more money into councils’ hands now to deliver more change on the ground before the lockdown further eases and to stop the car led recovery the Mayor claimed he was acting against.”

Sutton got the largest sum of this tranche, £787,000 for space at town centres, school streets, a toucan crossing, a low traffic neighbourhood and three strategic cycle routes, including to St Helier hospital. Hackney was close behind with £500,000, making its total Streetspace funding just shy of £2m.

Westminster has £151,616 for a link between Savoy Street and the Strand, which will link the major east-west cycleway, C3, and Q1N, a former ‘quietway’, and Waterloo Bridge.

Several London boroughs have solely school streets funding, including Barnet, allocated £77,986 for nine school streets; Greenwich with £46,615; and Kensington and Chelsea, with £55,464. These will see closures to through traffic outside schools during drop off and pick up times.

Meanwhile schemes in Camden and Southwark have seen funding allocation reductions since last week, with Camden’s Healthy School Streets programme allocated £100,000 less than last week, down to £62,727 from £162,727 last week, and funding for Southwark’s Lower Road extension to CS4 was reduced from £750,000 to £500,000, while Richmond’s Low Traffic Neighbourhood scheme for Burtons Road area in Hampton Hill, previously funded for £32,700 has gone from the list.

Transport for London says this is due to “reduced requirements for the scheme, which brought the overall costs down”, or TfL working with the borough to bring down costs. Richmond's funding slipped onto TfL's list, from the Department for Transport's funding list, due to human error, TfL said. 

The London Cycling Campaign’s Simon Munk says there is also an ongoing “process of trying to get the quality up”, with boroughs having had bids sent back to improve the quality of what they are proposing. He said the next two and a half weeks’ funding allocations “may change the picture significantly”.

In total there is £45m Streetspace funding for boroughs, of £55m allocated to Transport for London from central Government. The Department for Transport is also allocating £25m of its £250m emergency cycling and walking fund to the capital - and some boroughs, such as Lewisham and Richmond, have applied for that funding too. 


Call for photos of damaged street furniture

richendawalford
 

Hope you don't mind a request from an ex-Camdener.  I'm working to support Islington's implementation of People Friendly Streets (local branding for LCNs) and I want to create a post demonstrating Danger.  For this I need photos of damaged street furniture.  I've got a few so far but more would be good.  If you have any could you please look them out and forward them to me?  Richenda@... .  Many thanks.


How about two-way cycling from British Museum to Drury Lane

Jean Dollimore
 

I’ev often thought that the southbound route (down Bury Place, New Oxford Street and Newton Street to Great Queen’s Street) was overly long and difficult to visualise
and although the official northbound route is that way too, people seem to prefer to use the more direct route up Drury Lane and Museum Street and I have long wished that Drury lane and Museum Street south could be closed to motor vehicles so that we could have two-way cycling. 

But it wan’t until Friday that it occurred to put that idea on to Camden’s Covid-19 Commoplace engagement (which closes later today). Here’s my post:

https://camdensafetravel.commonplace.is/comments/5ef6542d5581fbd1892387bc

If you agree with me, please vote for it with an ‘Agree’ or a ‘Thumbs Up’

Thank you

Jean




Re: Walking and cycling improvements on Camden Park Road

Steven Edwards
 

Good write up Jean

Steven


On 26 Jun 2020, at 09:32, Jean Dollimore <jean@...> wrote:

Now that the scheme in Camden Park Road is finished, I have written up the details in a post on our website here:


https://camdencyclists.org.uk/2020/06/walking-and-cycling-improvements-on-camden-park-road/


Jean


Walking and cycling improvements on Camden Park Road

Jean Dollimore
 

Now that the scheme in Camden Park Road is finished, I have written up the details in a post on our website here:


https://camdencyclists.org.uk/2020/06/walking-and-cycling-improvements-on-camden-park-road/


Jean


Re: CCC Meeting minutes 15th June 2020

Helen Vecht
 

I will ask my Brent Cyclist contacts. One I know is somewhat battle-weary!

Helen

Helen Vecht,



On Thursday, 25 June 2020, 16:47:07 BST, seymour susan <sseymour137@...> wrote:


I'm very pleased with Savernake Road and hope this becomes permanent.
Does anyone have any contacts with Brent cyclists. I went to Wembley yesterday and there is a complete horror story immediately after a cycle/pedestrian underpass under the North Circular. Made me realise how comparatively lucky we are in Camden.

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Best wishes

Susan Seymour




Re: CCC Meeting minutes 15th June 2020

seymour susan
 

I'm very pleased with Savernake Road and hope this becomes permanent.
Does anyone have any contacts with Brent cyclists. I went to Wembley yesterday and there is a complete horror story immediately after a cycle/pedestrian underpass under the North Circular. Made me realise how comparatively lucky we are in Camden.

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Best wishes

Susan Seymour




Re: Proposed Meeting with Daniel Glaser

Tony Raven
 

But what difference will it make?   Its already illegal under s105 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 to open, or cause or permit to be opened, any door of a vehicle on a road so as to injure or endanger any person.”   And s239 of the Highway Code already says  “you MUST ensure you do not hit anyone when you open your door. Check for cyclists or other traffic”

 

So if people are not getting prosecuted for not bothering to follow what’s already required by law, what difference is guidance on how they should open the door going to make?

 

Tony

 

 

From: <main@camdencyclists.groups.io> on behalf of David Lincoln <tpc2s@...>
Reply to: <main@camdencyclists.groups.io>
Date: Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 15:22
To: "main@camdencyclists.groups.io" <main@camdencyclists.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [camdencyclists] Proposed Meeting with Daniel Glaser

 

I saw this about the Dutch Reach which suggests it will be part of the Highway Code. I’m not sure if that happened/ will happen

On 23 Jun 2020, at 23:18, Steven Edwards <stevenaedw@...> wrote:

 https://www.cyclinguk.org/dutchreach

 

Why do the Dutch Reach?

Every year, over 500 people across England, Wales and Scotland are injured because someone opens a car door into their path - and these are just the injuries which are reported to police - many more are never reported. If we want more people cycling more safely, we need everyone to make this simple technique an everyday habit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 23 Jun 2020, at 17:33, Berwyn Rutherford <berwynr@...> wrote:

 

Would it be possible to have a campaign for drivers to open their car doors with their left hands so they see a cyclist approaching?. I think that drivers are encouraged to do that in Holland

Berwyn

 


From: main@camdencyclists.groups.io <main@camdencyclists.groups.io> on behalf of Steven Edwards <stevenaedw@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:01:09 AM
To: main@camdencyclists.groups.io <main@camdencyclists.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [camdencyclists] Proposed Meeting with Daniel Glaser

 

Wednesday early afternoon would suit me. 

Other days might be preferable.

Steven

 

 

On 22 Jun 2020, at 21:19, John Chamberlain <john@...> wrote:

 

Daniel was at our meeting last Monday. He was on the CCC committee for several years but stepped away for a while. At last week's meeting he expressed ideas on a number of topics including diversifying our network, Dr Bikes, buddy rides and publicising what we do, as well as some specifics on reducing traffic in Belsize Park. 

We thought we'd have a separate meeting with him to float some ideas and get some external stimulus. Would any other committee members be free to join us? We were planning on Wednesday afternoon or evening but if you'd like to join in but are not free then, suggest some other times and I'll do a Doodle poll.

It would be good to look outside our bubble a bit; I hope some of you can join us.

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Regards

John

 

 

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Re: Proposed Meeting with Daniel Glaser

David Lincoln
 

I saw this about the Dutch Reach which suggests it will be part of the Highway Code. I’m not sure if that happened/ will happen

On 23 Jun 2020, at 23:18, Steven Edwards <stevenaedw@...> wrote:

 https://www.cyclinguk.org/dutchreach

Why do the Dutch Reach?

Every year, over 500 people across England, Wales and Scotland are injured because someone opens a car door into their path - and these are just the injuries which are reported to police - many more are never reported. If we want more people cycling more safely, we need everyone to make this simple technique an everyday habit. 







On 23 Jun 2020, at 17:33, Berwyn Rutherford <berwynr@...> wrote:

Would it be possible to have a campaign for drivers to open their car doors with their left hands so they see a cyclist approaching?. I think that drivers are encouraged to do that in Holland
Berwyn


From: main@camdencyclists.groups.io <main@camdencyclists.groups.io> on behalf of Steven Edwards <stevenaedw@...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 9:01:09 AM
To: main@camdencyclists.groups.io <main@camdencyclists.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [camdencyclists] Proposed Meeting with Daniel Glaser
 
Wednesday early afternoon would suit me. 
Other days might be preferable.
Steven


On 22 Jun 2020, at 21:19, John Chamberlain <john@...> wrote:

Daniel was at our meeting last Monday. He was on the CCC committee for several years but stepped away for a while. At last week's meeting he expressed ideas on a number of topics including diversifying our network, Dr Bikes, buddy rides and publicising what we do, as well as some specifics on reducing traffic in Belsize Park. 

We thought we'd have a separate meeting with him to float some ideas and get some external stimulus. Would any other committee members be free to join us? We were planning on Wednesday afternoon or evening but if you'd like to join in but are not free then, suggest some other times and I'll do a Doodle poll.

It would be good to look outside our bubble a bit; I hope some of you can join us.
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Regards
John


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