The season of Newham rides started on Easter Saturday. Here are a couple of photo’s taken by Chris Kendrick of our stop at the Thames Barrier. Can you spot the Easter bunnies (not the baby on the Brompton!)?
Our next Newham Ride is on 2 May.
Here is Newham Cyclists response to a consultation for a scheme at the East Ham South end of Lonsdale Ave. It is progressive in incorporating cycle contraflow but disappointing in not extending 20mph to the roads that count. If you would like details of the scheme please use the contact address on this website.
“Thank you for consulting on this proposed scheme.
15 of us gathered at Coffee E7 for the annual meeting , fortified by a buffet. We benefited from the presence of Richard Wadey -Sustainable Transport Officer for Newham Council and Councillor David Christie, both of whom have gone out of their way to consult over the previous year. We are grateful for their support.
On the formal side the annual accounts and report were adopted (see earlier post). Bill’s oral presentation of a budget for next year was similarly approved.
Elected onto the Committee were: Kerena Fussell and Arnold Ridout, as joint Chair; Bill Bremner as Treasurer and Olawale Ajibola as Cycling Schemes Lead.
Richard gave a talk on the application of TfL’s Cycling Levels of Service (CLOS) assessment. Right click on the link below for a copy of his presentation.
It emerged that Newham has a high level of walking and public transport use, but a relatively low (but significantly increasing) level of cycling.
CLOS is likely to be a useful tool. It is instructive how low the score was for the proposed Upton Corridor scheme, to which we have lodged formal objections (see earlier post).
This opened up a series of open discussions ranging from the lift failures in the Woolwich Foot Tunnel to our website and communications to our proposed rides for the forthcoming year (the next being a Newham Ride on 4 April).
Some future guidance emerged:
Out annual account for 2014-15 is below:
Our annual report is available via this link (right click to open) :
With the weather looking dry, breakfast and/or morning coffee having been taken at the view Tube, 20 of us set out for Ware along the Lea Valley. Our group included guests from Romford, Stockwell and Greenwich.
With only minor mishaps (one puncture and one deviation from the route) we managed to reach coffee/lunch at the white Water Centre.
With time getting on we decided that Broxbourne was far enough, so we fixed the second puncture and enjoyed a breeze assisted ride back to the View Tube with occasional glimpses of sunshine.
Thanks to Chris Kendrick for leading us for this enjoyable 40 mile jaunt and to Simon Leicester for the photos.
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Our objections have been lodged in the following terms:
Newham Cyclists object to the plans for the Upton Corridor.
Upton Lane is a combination of residential and shopping with access from it to both parks and schools. Furthermore the section of Upton Lane from St Georges Ave to Romford Rd is a key section of a proposed North Woolwich to Forest Gate quietway cycle route providing an essential north south route for cycling linking numerous schools and Newham Hospital. This section of road also complements Woodgrange Rd, north of the Romford Rd where improvements are contemplated using Crossrail money.
This context requires that genuine priority should be given to pedestrians and cyclists.
This can be achieved by:
• The creation of segregated cycle lanes and safe junctions, providing proper “Space for Cycling”. The traffic flow along Upton Lane justifies this. Alternatively;
• The creation of genuine “shared space” route where a completely decluttered space gives pedestrians and cyclists as much priority as motor vehicles, following the principles put into effect, most notably, in Exhibition Rd.
This scheme is misconceived because it does neither; the result is expenditure of public money which will be wasted in gestures to cyclists and pedestrians, but which will not achieve the proper objective of making the Upton Lane along the Upton Corridor a living street which pedestrians and cyclist will consider themselves safe and will actually want to use the space – as opposed to a space where the needs of cyclists and pedestrians remain so obviously secondary to those of motor vehicles. A particularly egregious example of gesture expenditure are the cycling “patches” when the scheme as it stands is unlikely to bring about any significant increase in cycling as it does not properly address the safety of cyclists and certainly will not increase the perception of safety for cyclists. Therefore this scheme does not assist in bringing the level of exercise in the Borough up from its present shameful place of the worst in the country.
No serious thinking appears to have been given to cycling. In particular there does not appear to have been a Cycle Level of Service (CLOS) analysis. This should be done.
In the light of the above, Newham Cyclists advocate the scrapping of these plans and replacing them with something giving genuine priority to cyclists and pedestrians following one of the models outlined above.
Should the Council nevertheless persist in this “gesture scheme” Newham Cyclists object to the following features:
• It is vital that this whole section of Upton Lane be limited to 20mph, given the context outlined above. Furthermore, (a) a 20 mph limit is a the natural complement to steps taken to prevent fast exit from side roads, to facilitate pedestrians crossing the road, and to improve the general environment; (b) the curving line of the road makes travelling more than 20mph particularly dangerous. In the past Newham Council have objected to requests for 20mph limits on the grounds of objections from the bus companies. But there is no need for buses to travel at more than 20mph along this stretch of road.
• The Upton Cross and Romford Rd junctions should be made safe for cyclists to normal continental standards enabling them to avoid being “left hooked” by motor traffic and giving a safe option for right turns.
• St Georges Rd should have a cycle contraflow (as already contemplated as part of the LIP minor schemes) improvements, and, as a consequence provision for cyclists to turn right into and out of it should be made, as a matter of joined up thinking.
• We support the additional cycle parking but do not consider it sufficient – particularly as Upton Lane includes one of the very few cycle shops in Newham.
• We support removal of guardrails which just encourage motor vehicle to regard the road as a race track, but consider they should all be removed.
• Build out of pavements should be used to benefit pedestrians and cyclists rather than create additional parking space.
We support the removal of the cross hatch dead areas in the middle of the road and central bollards. This is space that could be made available for cycle lanes or tracks.
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Well attended and lively as usual. There is still a lot going on – much is positive.
If you would like further details on any of these items please get in touch through the contact details on this site.
Details of TfL’s proposals for Bow Roundabout have been released:
At last night’s meeting, Olawale took us through the discussions he has had with Tower Hamlets Wheelers, taking into account LCC’s standards for junctions. His draft response and sketch map are attached to this post, as well as an article on Cycle Segregated Junctions from the last issue of London Cyclist.
This is an important issue and although it is only an interim measure, it is important that we push TfL to get it right. We will be submitting a response on behalf of Newham Cyclists, but individual responses are probably more important.
Please make sure you have your say!
Stratford Gyratory is a key cycling node. More than £1m is available for design and consultation of a new junction. Here are the principles we are working on for its improvement from the cycling angle.
This link will open a drawing (which will need rotating clockwise).
This form of design would bring huge public realm gains including the link between the Stratford Centre to Westfield; permit the repositioning of crossings and bus stops to more convenient locations; and reduce conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists and motor traffic.