Many of you, like me, will use CS2 on a daily basis to get to work. Over the past few months, there have been a ridiculous number of changes to the start of CS2 at Stratford Broadway, coming full circle back to exactly where we started. This just isn’t acceptable. Not only is it hugely dangerous to keep changing the road layout so that no road user has any idea what they’re doing, but the cost of all these changes must be incredible.
Arnold has already emailed Councillors Crawford & Christie and submitted an FOI, but it maybe that this is something that we really want to push as a group. Please let us have your thoughts by commenting below.
Here are some photos documenting the changes as well as a short video.
We provided our views on Stratford High Street to Atkins.
We decided the committee would pursue a meeting with Councillor Christie.
We will take up communication training with a view to creating more targeted communications.
East London Hubub rides will be circulated on the Yahoo group.
Richard provided a general upbeat update on cycling developments. (1) Consultation has opened on the e-w and n-s Superhighways through Central London; (2) Aldgate to Bow CS2 improvements will go out to consultation , but are likely to include proper protection from left hooks and (over 30%) segregation. We need to look out a press for left hook protection in Stratford High St. This has opened today – see https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/eastwest and https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/northsouth (3) This week Newham will be submitting an application for funding to remove the Stratford Gyratory, for which the ground has been prepared. (4) Proposals are moving forward for remedial improvements to Westfield Avenue in the Olympic Park, to be paid for by the developers of the International Quarter (5) Newham have employed a further person to deal with cycle projects. (6)The cycle permeability project is progressing to the mapping stage and will be incorporated into a draft cycle strategy for the borough which is being written at the moment. (7) the Lea Valley route will also link Canning Town to the Excel Centre/Cablecars via Sivlertown Way. This links to our ward ask for South Canning Town. (8) 200k has been obtained to improve Gallions roundabout. (9) Newham almost doubled its cycle training delivery; it is sending all its drivers on serious cycle awareness training; and its engineers are getting LCDS (London Cycle Design standards) training . (9) A cycle parking audit has almost been completed picking up on historic suggestions for cycle parking, and 25K is available to spend on cycle parking and decluttering; 14 stands have recently been installed..
Richard exposed the Sustrans proposals for the Aldgate to Hainault quietway route on which immediate comments were offered. We will carry out a formal consultation exercise separately.
We decided to pursue a response to the river crossings consultation: https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/river-crossings. A ferry at Gallions Reach to Thamemead will reduce traffic on local roads in the south of the borough and create a slight increase on the A406 and a feeder road to it, and bring environmental benefits over upgrading the existing Woolwich Ferry. My suggestion is to oppose any new bridges – which will bring traffic too much traffic into the borough bearing in mind the prooposed Silvertown tunnel. The Gallions Reach ferry appears the most beneficial to cyclists followed by the Woolwich ferry. Comments to me by close 8th September for drafting the response and submitting it by 12th September.
Not surprisingly after all this there was not time to look at the Space for Cycling follow up which we will do at our next meeting on 29 September.
The next phase of the Space for Cycling campaign will kick off shortly, which involves us following up with all the supportive councillors to try and achieve our ward asks. The attached spreadsheet details each ward, who the councillors are (and whether they were supportive) alongside the ward asks.
The weather respected the tradition of being excellent for our rides. Nine of us sortied to Chelmsford by train and then followed Sustrans national route 1 from there to Maldon and back, with a diversion to Mundon with its 14th centruy church and “petrified” oaks. Very picturesque and extremently pleasant. Thanks to Chris for leading us.
Above: The oaks, but no bikes.
Below: A high spot en route, this time with bikes.
We have received the email below from Richard Wadey. Whilst it is not the most important piece of cycling infrastructure Newham needs, it is good for us to be consulted on things like this. If you have any ideas, please contact Richard on the email address in his note:
Dear Newham Cyclists,
I hope you are all well.
I am in touch as Cllr Corbett has agreed for an art-led public space project to proceed that seeks to install bespoke designed cycle racks at locations across the borough.
The project is being led on by OpenSpace a not-for-profit arts development organisation, please see the brief attached.
I have had a meeting with OpenSpace with suggestions of the types of locations that could do with new or enhanced cycle parking provision that could contribute to brightening up the public realm in a fun way (library’s/community facilities/parks/stations/town centres etc) but as early as possible I would like to seek suggestions from Newham Cyclists.
Related to this, our new additional cycling officer should be starting in September and we will be conducting a cycle parking audit/needs assessment (in addition to a cycling facilities/signage audit) asap. I plan on attending your next meeting (1st of September, Coffee7?) as I have some positive news/updates regarding Stratford Gyratory/QEOP/Royal Docks/Quietways.
On Tuesday night we had a very pleasant saunter down the canals to a pub in Canary Wharf that turned out to be called the Ledger – and back. Some business was transacted as refreshments were taken.
We were sympathetic to a collective response to the latest river crossing consultation.
It is available here: tfl.gov.uk/new-river-crossings Do respond as an individual if you are so inclined but whether you do or not let me know what you think and I will collate a newham cycllists response. The consultation closes 12 September.
Cody Dock, a regular stop on our Newham Ride has been shortlisted for a publicly voted grant (£120,000) for a wild flower park. I will let you know when polling is open.
Newham and TfL, with assistance from us, are continuing to look at possible quietways and have looked at: Greenway improvements, a possible Roding Valley way, a northern route from Stratford to Ilford and the Forest Gate to North Woolwich route. These, with the Lea Valley (which is already planned and funded), a southern west-east route (which emerged during the ward audits) and from hte Excel to UEL, would make an excellent foundation for a Newham network of quietways.
We will consider the Space for Cycling follow up in September.
We are progressing with the possibility of making our 7 September Newham Ride a Councillor focussed rideg; and a meeting with Councillor Christie, who has been notified of recent instances of disappearing cycle racks and registered his concern.
We decided to participate with Atkins in their survey of freight traffic on Stratford High St (see below)
We agreed to contribute to Olawale attending the cycle design courses run by Urban Design for London.
I am awaiting a meeting with Council officers on Crossrail improvements around Manor Park station. If you would like to see the (very early pictures) and comment please let me know.
The 25 bus route has been chosen to trial a sensor system to improve cycle safety.
Our next meeting will be on 1 September (venue to be confirmed but probably Coffee E7). A representative from Atkins will be attending to consult on freight in Stratford High St.
A pleasant ride up the canal last Monday (30 June) with just a bit of business. First we will run a furher evening ride on Tuesday 5 August for those who have not fled on holiday. Usual 7.00pm start at the corner of Sebert and Woodgrange Rds. We will wend our way off road to Canary Wharf for refreshment.
The French themed ride is on for Sunday 6 July. Breakfast from 9.30 at the View Tube, depart after 10.15.
Three of us attended an informal update with Newham Coucil on outstanding cycle issues. In a nutshell:Olympic Park, CS2 from Stratford to Ilford, Westfield - not off the radar but no news.
Quietways - Four of us looked today at the Greenway, the Roding Valley way and the Stratford -Ilford quietway with 2 TfL Officers and Richard from Newham Council, particularly scoping out improvemetns to the Greenway and creating a Stratford to Ilford quietway. The Roding Valley has local funding for a study. The Council are also actively pursuing Woolwich to Forest Gate and West Ham to East Ham quietways
Removal of cycle parking at Leyton Rd and Romford Rd – to be looked into , since when the position on Romford Rd has become worse and more than half the pavement has been removed for car parking.
Cycle contraflows on Cramere and Sheringham Rd - definitively blocked at the political level, as was a 20mph limit in Upper St.
Warton Rd - the Council are looking at a separate cycle lane through the a separate arch in the railway.
Cycle officer- the funding from TfL for this is not being used for a full blown cycle officer but is being devoted to cycling purposes.