Bright sunshine greeted us as we met at Leytonstone station to gather for a group photo before setting off into the wilds of Essex.
We were sixteen strong setting off from Epping station finding the quiet ways through the splendid countryside on a glorious autumnal day. After crossing the busy A414 we followed well maintained and quiet roads.
We saw the house that Steve Marriott, lead singer of the Small Faces, lived and died in and with now has a blue plaque.
The curious story of the two churches of Willingale was another interesting stop en route. Why does this tiny village have two churches to serve the congregation?
We passed the pretty village of Blackmore, a very popular stopping point for cyclists. The lunch stop was the Bricklayers Arms, Stonton Massey, a nice pub although they were overwhelmed to the point that they ran out of baguettes feeding hungry cyclists
On the way back we stopped at Greensted Church which provided another opportunity to share historical stories about this oldest of places, lepers, crusaders, Tollpuddle martyrs and others all feature
The route included the Toot Hill rollercoaster on the way back and the steep, if short, climb up to Epping station
Below is the route and statistics for this ride.
The next ride is the Newham Ride on 11th November, put it in your diary
A substantial gathering of 13 eventually gathered to occupy a corner of the the Golden Fleece. Discussion was, as usual, lively and interesting.
We started with a presentation by Michael Barratt, TfL’s Development Impact Assessment Manager, who has enormous expertise on alleviating the adverse impact of development works on walkers and cyclists. He was seeking our assistance to apply a “3 Tier Assessment Works Assessment” process, the first tier involving cycling and walking, the area of the proposed works with the contractor and determining the challenges (particularly for those with disabilities and adapted bikes) and the space available to meet them. Tier 2 is to design alleviating measures. Fort his purpose TfL’s Temporary Traffic Management Handbook (currently in draft) is very helpful. Tier 3 is feedback during works.
From the Newham perspective the major current works are at Stratford which is proceeding reasonably well. Michael has assisted us recently in improving this and the more problematic works at Bow Flyover on CS2.
The meeting was receptive to pursuing this for future significant works and we will pick up with our Newham Council contacts how to do this effectively. Most roads in Newham are the borough’s responsibility (as opposed to TfL).
In the meantime any comments on the Stratford works can be sent to our contact e-mail for collation and submission to the responsible Newham Officer.
Newham are consulting on a “liveable neighbourhood” scheme likely to form the borough’s bid for TfL funding – in the Freemason’s Rd area. There is currently a high level consultation to which we will reply but as usual individual responses would be helpful.
Richard will be taking forward, with an interested group, the idea of offering councillors bespoke rides with a walking /cycling perspective.
A proposed letter concerning the QE Olympic Park will be taken forward with LCC HQ and other interested boroughs being invited to participate.
Newham Cyclists and Newham Living Streets will take forward a letter concerning the cost of parking permits, a draft of which was discussed.
A busy October in prospect with an Fix your Ride stall on 13th, an Essex lanes Ride on 14th, Bike from Boleyn on 20th, and an AAA bike fixing stall on 27th. Volunteers for stalls always welcome and if you are interested and have not already volunteered please get in touch via the contact e-mail.
13 of us set of from view tube on another sunny day for a tour this time of South London Breweries. First port of call was however the Husk Brewery in Silvertown–a rare Newham brewery! (Where another rider joined us) We then moved south of the river using the cable car that accepts bikes on board – I still get excited of the great views of London from the high points!
Passing Meantime brewery we followed the river westbound until we reached our first refreshment stop at Four Pure Brewery where some enjoyed food as well as the liquid refreshments on offer
–we then visited more breweries on the ‘Bermonsey beer mile’ as well as stopping at new Bianca brewery that had cycle themes, bike friendly owners & even a brewery tour of the new Spartan brewery where riders quizzed brewer on brewing process.
We then crossed river again via the iconic (but busy) Tower bridge to visit the recently opened Old st brewery in Bethnal green for our final tasting stop of day. We then crossed Victoria park passing Peoples tavern (Laines brewery) finally Crate Howling hopps & trumans & those remaining back to view tube on greenway!
In all we covered over 20 miles & visited 20 breweries/ tap rooms & 1 Cider house!
Our 24 September monthly meeting will take place at the Golden Fleece Pub, Capel Rd (starting at 7.30pm), in the garden if fine. Please let me know if there are any items you would like on the agenda. Provisionally it will include: forthcoming events; parking and Olympic park letters (follow up to July meeting); Liveable Neighbourhoods (particularly Freemasons Rd); Stratford Gyratory and Bow Flyover Updates; possible Councillor Rides. Our ride calendar for 2019 will be discussed at our October meeting.
A group from Newham Cyclists and the Forest Gate WI set off from Forest Gate to Tower Hamlets library to visit an exhibition on the East London Suffragettes.
Our route took us through the Olympic Park, Victoria Park and Mile End Park. We discovered that the East London suffragettes not only campaigned for votes for women (and men who did not have the vote) but also provided support for those in need via their campaigns against food poverty and also via their ‘pay-what-you-can’ restaurants’, one of which was recreated at the exhibition:
We returned home after lunch and a leisurely 12 mile ride.
A mixture of Newham Cyclists and friends from E20 Cycle Club set off from Canterbury West, heading through Canterbury University and up a hill to join the Crab & Winkle Way (some ‘Paris Roubaix’ surfaces here!)
At St Cosmos & St Damian Church, Blean, we met Jane from Southwark Cyclists, who joined us for the ride. Then it was on to the coastal path – aka the Viking Trail.
Stopping for lunch (and a few ice creams) at the West Bay Cafe, we were joined by Newham Cyclist Anna, who was off for a swim at Broadstairs.
On around the coast to Margate and then finally to Ramsgate station for the train home, after 33.4 miles and 350m of climb (not pancake flat as previous advised by Robin!*)
Despite the absence of some regulars 20 of us assembled in the Garden of the View Tube Cafe to participate in a lively meeting.
Bill had sent in a note of the financial position which was a balance of £879.20 thanks in part to donations from the Fix My Ride stall since April of £241.43 (£119.21 from the forest Gate Festival). Some of that will be needed to replenish stocks. Our payment for providing the RideLondon feeder ride from Stratford is to come.
We discussed the fact that Newham was one of the few London Boroughs to provide free parking for a fist car for households in its in its parking zones. We decided to put together a first draft of a letter to the Mayor, the responsible Cabinet Member and interested Councillors, setting out our view in the context of promoting sustainable transport; and to approach other interested bodies (e.g. Living Streets, Newham CCG) with a view to putting the case jointly.
Arnold outlined the results of the catch up meeting of 13 July with the Sustainable Transport Officer of Newham Council. This chart provides a summary of the position: Newham Cyclists Issues of Interest July 2018
and this document (the LIP) sets out planned spending in 2018-19 on various cycle projects intended to be implemented by Newham Council. LIP PROGRAMME 2018-19 V
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions on either of these documents.
We intend to be represented on an audit ride of the CS3 extension to Barking being conducted by Newham Council.
We debriefed on the RideLondon feeder from Stratford. It did have very positive feedback from the participants (74 going and approximately 30 returning). In particular we will examine alternatives to CS2 from Mile End to Aldgate.
The next Bike from Boleyn ride is sceduled for 20 October. If you would like to help put this in your diaries. There are plans to link it with a street party/festival at the site of the World cup Statue.
We decided to organise another sequence of bike fixing and rides for the children’s cycle club at Ambition, Aspire, Achieve for September/early October. The feedback on the rides so fr this year has been very positive and those helping have found it very satisfying.
We brainstormed how Brampton Primary might find some bikes for its bike club and where there might be some old bikes for reconstruction by Pro Bike Service.
There have been some events on the Greenway organised by Sustrans and Newham Council.he section north of Stratford high St is due to open (at long last) next year. It includes (a) a 4m path (as per the rest of the sections between Wick Lane and Canning Road) with the legacy fencing/concrete blocks that the council is negotiating with LLDC to remove so we can install lighting and CCTV (b) alarge bridge area next to the rail line (c) the possible reopening of the closed City Mill River Path on the north side of the Greenway which would that offeran additional high quality future connection, being more direct to UCL/Stadium Island etc and (d) a ramp, constructed by Crossrail, to Marshgate Lane.Since the meeting I have asked about the overhead lighting in the section of the Greenway north of the View Tube. Apparently they have never worked but there is permission for the power connection which should take place this month.
Our Canterbury to Ramsgate ride takes place on Sunday 5 August.
There was a long discussion, based on Jonathan’s Report (below) on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It was clearly disappointing how little regard LLDC had for cycling facilities, how little understanding of what was acceptable and how much it was promoting rat running. Noe of this is particularly surprising given its poor track record. A ray of light is that the Newham Councillors now on the LLDC Planning Committee had an understanding of cycle issues. We decided to draft another letter expressing our concerns and seek to act in partnership with neighbouring borough groups. We would also examine the possibility of putting the QEOP forward as a Low Traffic Neighbourhood in an attempt to halt the current adverse trend.