(Belated) Readout from November Meeting

A well attended social gathering at the Wanstead Tap.

We managed to conduct some business.  The main item was next year’s ride programme which is shaping up nicely and should be ready in the early New Year.  Early dates for your diary are 10 December for the Christmas Lights Ride and 14 January for a ride to the William Morris museum exhibition, “Posters of Protest”.

Other issues:

  • After further discussion we decided to maintain our opposition  to the current Quietway plans for the junction at Leytonstone Rd between  Henniker Rd and Buxton Rd.
  • Bike form Boleyn are holding a Quiz night on 13 January.  Newham Cyclists will be fielding a table.  If you would like to participate please get in touch with me.
  • All who had not were urged to respond to the Stratford gyratory consultation which closed on 30 November.
  • Our next infrastructure catch up meeting with the Newham council Sustainable Transport Officer will be on 16 December.  if you have any infrastructure issues that you would like to raise please let me know.
  • We discussed Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park issues.
  • Our next meeting will be on 30 January 2017

Happy Christmas and New Year!

Arnold

 

 

Support the Stratford Town Centre improvements

Please support the Stratford Town Centre Improvement plan by filling out the consultation questionnaire by Monday, 28th of November 2016.

The link to the online questionnaire is:

https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=147791813793

Olawale has produced a very easy and quick guide to help fill in the questionnaire (a total of #11 questions) with regards to specific support for the proposed cycling infrastructure.  It should only take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete!! (see PDF file nc-recommended-answers-to-sg-questionnaire-1)

The NC ‘recommendations’ focus on Questions #1, #3, #6, #7, #9 and #10 (6- choice tick answer option) with short ‘further comments’ additions for Questions #3, #6, #7and #10. All highlighted in bold italic red font in the PDF file attachment.

If you have more time don’t hesitate to elaborate further in your own words when filling in the questionnaire. Many thanks for support.

East London Brewery Ride 5 November 2016

We all knew that this ride would not be dry, despite the weather forecast. The day started cold and cloudy as we met at the Viewtube base camp for the much previewed brewery ride. The idea for this ride came from and article in the London Cyclist magazine a few months before. They had suggested a tour of six taprooms and microbreweries in east London. However our own resident expert, Bill, had discovered that there were approximately 20 breweries in east London, some in pubs, some with taprooms and some without, and we could therefore improve on this small sample. Although it was ambitious to cover all twenty breweries, we decided to limit the stops to three, Howling Hops, I Mile End and Wild Card.

We set off at 12:15 and it was not long before we alighted on the first stop in Hackney Wick. After the first sample we left just as West Ham fans were arriving for the home match against Stoke. We crossed into Victoria Park where we found the first brewpub. Through the park and into Bethnal Green we were tempted to stop at Redchurch with it’s cosy bar, however we were on a schedule and so had to limit our trade to offsales. Down Cambridge Heath Road to 1 Mile End and stop number two. This gorgeous pub is located in Whitechapel, adjacent to the Blind Beggar and the old Watney Manns brewery, and we had a group photo with no bikes and no beer, strange.

brewery-idoe

Then back to the Bethnal Green Working Mans Club which houses the Three Sods brewery. Continuing north though the back streets to Hackney Central, where we found the Cock brewpub and identified two other breweries nearby. The tour relentlessly tracked north along the Lea towpath to the Beavertown brewery in Tottenham Hale. Despite a rather inauspicious location, on an industrial estate, and the near freezing temperatures the place was packed with people sitting both inside and outside eating and drinking. This beer must be good, they certainly have some excellent artwork. But, we had only one more stop and it wasn’t here, so we pressed on through Waltham Forest to another quite unique little industrial estate with two breweries, a gin house and God’s Own Junkyard, which is difficult to describe and impossible to classify. After supping the Wild Card we returned, utilising the superior mini Holland roads, to Stratford, where we had planned to end the ride at the only Newham brewery taproom, Tap East. However we were late and as we approached the Westfield centre, we could see crowds of WHU fans pouring through the streets around the station on their way home. So we tactically ended the ride on Victory Way

Thanks to Bill for his comprehensive research, more details are on the Newham Cyclists website and also to Robin, whose photos provide and excellent record of this unusual day out.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/rsstephenson/sets/72157672535706514/

Steve

Readout of October Meeting

A meeting packed with discussion set in the congenial surroundings of Eat 16.  Apologies for the long post.

On rides:

  • Steve related the success of the Bike from Boleyn ride which attracted over 50 riders including 7 Councillors and Stephen Timms MP.  It has been reported in the Newham Recorder and will be in the Newham Mag to be issued on 4 November.
  • A bigger Bike from Boleyn ride is planned for April 22 (the Everton game).  Put this weekend in the diary (in case the match is shifted to Sunday!).
  • Some other side benefits include; contact with the West Ham Supporters Club which is able to accommodate meetings; fundraising/social events are planned; we can adapt a Newham ride in February to bring in  with West Ham heritage sites, with a view to attracting these participants.

We will discuss our 2017 ride programme at the next meeting which will have a more social focus.  Inm the meantime our Brewery ride will take place on Saturday 5 November, meet at the View Tube at midday.

In respect of the Greenway (which was brought to Councillors attention as a cycle resource by the Bike from Boleyn Ride) ther was good news: Planning applications are in for the 24 hour lighting and CCTV;  work should start on a new Abbey Rd ramp and signalised crossing to the Channelsea path shortly; Newham Council has prioritised the other new ramps in this order (1) West Ham Memorial Park (2) Newham General Hospital (3) Lonsdale Ave/Stokes Rd (4) First Ave (5) Gallion’s Reach (6) Khartoum Rd (7) Corporation St.  The funding is likely to reach to (3) and might even stretch to (5).

Furthermore TfL are going to look at the rubbish phasing of the lights at the A13 crossing (at long last).

However, the closure north of Stratford High St is likely to continue to at least spring 2018, but with any luck the pavement outside the former Porsche garage should be widened again soon to assist teh alternative shared path route.

Peter outlined the excellent progress he and Thom we making on building our new  website.  It should be possible to switch over shortly.  It will be more mobile friendly and simple that the current site. The features suggested at the meeting, based on the current experience (and seemingly possible) were:

  • better links., e.g. between  the calendar and rides and with Facebook and Twitter;
  • a facility to cut down posts with a “read more” button;
  • a facility to archive, e.g. our responses to consultations;
  • greater ability to download routes.

More long term we thought a “how to get there facility” would be useful, as would an weekly/fortnightly e-mail (with a view to replacing the current Yahoo Group) and an easy way for those interested to respond to consultations – see below.

We appreciated the need to cater for casual interest as well as the hard core supporter, and to seize the opportunity for educating Councillors.

On infrastructure:

  • The Forest Gate response had been lodged by Olawale and followed up with an e-mail to all local  Councillors.
  • He had also lodged a response to the Westfield Ave crossing  and elicited a helpful response from the responsible Council traffic officer.
  • The two Quietway consultations for crossing Leytonstone Rd at Buxton Rd which needed to be submitted this week  were discussed at length and the meeting concluded that we should (a) remind the Council of the better option of using Chobham Rd (b) stick to TfL and LCC standards by calling for a signalised crossing – even if that were to be sensored or push button in order to  avoid needless disruption at time of few cyclist crossing, and (c) indicate that we could accept Buxton Rd being two way.
  • The meeting confirmed there was no objection in principle to a zebra link from the floating bus stops on Stratford High St to the pavement but considered that further information should be sought as to their width and their lighting.
  • Straford gyratory consultations are taking place on dates and at venues found in this link,  and are important.   As we have been very closely involved in the development of the plan it is good.  Olawale explained that it would be helpful if as many as possible went to the consultations to give vocal support in principle, in the light of the current organised opposition taking place, especially in central London, to cycle schemes.  Information on where opposition was likely to arise would be useful.  The outstanding points that can be made are (a) phasing of lights should not discriminate against cyclist as on CS2 (b) there should be coherence with other schemes especially Maryland and “the Leyton ladder” route to Leyton (c) steps should be taken to stop rat running in surrounding areas, and  (d) the footpath between Station Rd and the DLR should be shared.  If there are individual questions on this scheme please get in touch.

As a matter of general principle it was suggested that in consultation we repeat our established view on schemes and press for illustrative drawings when these are not supplied as part of the consultation.

And there was even a short time for some AOBs:

  • Olawale will share the slides from the recent PASTA event.
  • Individuals encouraged to support cycling consultations even if out of Borough, such as Tavistock Place.  A positive approach was needed to counteract organised opposition.
  • Ken suggested providing a core briefing on cycle issues to Councillors and reported that Lyn Brown MP had been persuaded that the use of buses to transport bikes through the proposed Silvertown Tunnel was a poor idea.
  • We should emphasise the role of cycling in improving air quality.
  • TfL moving to the Stratford International Quarter provided an opportunity.

Arnold

 

Ride Report: Rainham Marsh 9 October 2016

Confident of excellent weather for the third year running for this traditional October ride a select band set out from the View Tube for coffee and cake at the RSPB centre on Rainham Marsh.   Having survive the industrial and post-industrial stretch from the Greenway at Beckton to Rainham Village the marsh provided an excellent ride including evocative views of the Thames:

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Having refreshed ourselves we took a very short diversion to examine a new  gunpowder museum, shown in thee background of this photo

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and headed back up through the Ingrebourne Valley country park to Upminster, taking in the Col de Ingrebourne Hill with its panoramic views of East London.

By the time we reached our destination there was a hint of light rain through the sun, but nothing to compromise an enjoyable 26 mile runaround.

Arnold

 

Notes from September meeting

Newham Cyclist (NC) Meeting 26/09/16 from 1900-2100hrs at Coffee7

Present:  Steve Smith (SS), Nigel King (NK), Peter Chauncey (PC), Emma Harper (EH), Lisa Eller (LE), Kerena Fussell (KF), Olawale Ajibola (OA), Bill Bremner (BB)

Apologies: Chris K, Arnold R

1. Request from LCC to return £750  reserves-letter-to-lcc-groups-july2016-newham-1

Liabilities – Current budget for 2016/17 = £1003

Assets – Bank £900 + Grant £241* + Ride London £100* = £1241 (*approximate and not yet received)

 Agreed

  • To forego the grant £241*
  • To discuss ideas for fundraising and development at the November social

 2. Bike from Boleyn

First ride planned for 22 October

Details still to be confirmed

  • Exact route
  • Bike security for loaned cycles
  • Alcohol policy
  • Number of participants

 3. Stratford Gyratory Proposals – request for support from LBN

Public Consultation process delayed until October

Olawale has drafted a response, detailing pros and cons.  He will discuss with the officer at LBN how to support without losing our concern over the ‘cons’.

 4.  LCC AGM 15/10/16

Request for highlights from the NC group. Suggestions included

  • Freecycle
  • Ride programme
  • Forest Gate Festival
  • Infrastructure Review Group
  • Other suggestions welcome

 5. Tavistock Place Consultation

This cycle route in LB Camden under threat with LTDA campaigning for the removal of the much used cycle lane.  Members are requested to add their support and spread the word!

http://lcc.org.uk/articles/take-action-save-tavistock-place-in-less-than-a-minute

6. Website

Peter & Thom have been in discussions with Rob to take over the hosting of the website.  They are now just about ready to transfer and the next meeting will involve a review/discussion of what sort of content the new site should have, including profiles etc.

7. Cleanspace Tags for measuring pollution

The Cleanspace app allows you to measure the pollution on different stages of your commute and to track your ‘clean miles’ whilst walking or cycling.  LCC members can apply for a ‘tag’ which enhances the readings.

https://our.clean.space/lcc-map-london/

 8. Million Miles Together

NC have registered a team for this – Steve is our team leader.  Sign up here and search for the ‘Newham Cyclists’ team.

9. Linking with WI for Rides

KF to meet with WI to discuss how this might work

A.O.B.

  • OA asked that we look out for any instances where filters/gates have been compromised, allowing vehicular traffic through were it shouldn’t be – he gave us an example of Farthingale Walk in Stratford.  Please take photos and send to Olawale if you see incidences of this.
  • OA told us that some of the QW6 upgrades may be delayed due to Crossrail works.  The Crossrail improvements may also be delayed and there are some concerns over increased freight traffic in the area.
  • OA has ridden the Tower Hamlets section of the proposed QW6 – apparently a lot of work is required on this!
  • OA reported that Tower Hamlets Wheelers (THW) are organising a post-implementation audit of the CS2 ‘upgrade’ from Bow to Aldgate.  They would welcome input from any regular users of this route.

 

 

 

 

 

Infrastructure Update

All,

We have had a couple of fruitful meetings with Newham Officers recently.

The first was with the sustainable Transport Officer and which we surveyed recent developments.  The second was with the officer responsible for putting together the design for Stratford Gyratory.  These and other sources of information have informed the ongoing record of local cycling issues – for those who would like to drill down into the detail.  Anyone looking at this who needs further information or explanation is welcome to contact me direct; or indeed if you think there is something not covered which should be.

The headlines in respect of big ticket and imminent issues are:

  • Stratford Gyratory plans evolving in a positive fashion.  They need some more traffic modelling and once that has been done are likely to be put out to extensive consultation in the autumn.  We are likely to recommend support and ask for individual responses.
  • Some elements of Quietway 6 across the north of the borough linking us with Victoria Park in the west and Fairlop Water in the East are in place or have received approval.  The key main junctions are yet to be built but greatly improved designs are in the gestation stage.
  • The Greenway Quietway 2.1 involves improved lighting and opening hours and, ultimately some more ramps. This is another positive story at the moment as the tortuous process of getting good design and the funding is coming together.
  • Whilst sounding rather boring the Newham Cycle Strategy is very important as it it help to ensure that cycling issues are taken into account in other transport and development policies by identifying in a very concrete fashion deficiencies in cycle provision and what remedial action is needed.  this is at its final stages of preparation and is likely to be subject to consultation in the autumn.

Arnold

 

FreeCycle of 30 July 2016

Newham Cyclists led a feeder ride of 71  from Stratford (Meridian Square) down Cycle Superhighway 2 to Leadenhall to join the excellent 8 mile FreeCycle route of closed roads in central London.  Our group comprised a whole range of different cyclists, from a small child in a trailer and a complete newcomer to cycling, to regular commuters and some warming up for the Surrey Hills ride the following day.

Here is a picture of our excellent ride leader Steve giving the briefing at the start…

Freecycle 2016 start

And one of the team of trained marshalls…

Freecycle marshalls 2016

And this is proof that we made it happily to the Walkie Talkie in Leadenhall St….

Freecycle 2016

A smaller band gathered for the return journey, and were safely guided back to Stratford, subject only to one puncture at the beginning which Dr Bike in Leadenhall swiftly fixed.

A joyous day of cycling.

Message from Newham Green Party

From Rachel Collinson of the Newham Green Party:

“On a leaflet distributed to every resident in Forest Gate North ward in Newham, in advance of the local by-election, the Green Party mentioned that our candidate Elisabeth Whitebread was endorsed by Kerena Fussell of Newham Cyclists. While Kerena does endorse our candidate in a personal capacity, Newham Cyclists are in no way affiliated with the Green Party and remain neutral in this election, as they do in all elections. This was a mistake on the part of Newham Green Party.”

Steve’s Ride Report – River Ride

River ride report 10th July
Although only 7 came on this ride, one member had travelled across London from Ealing to join us. The weather was warm and humid with some fine rain, but still comfortable riding conditions. We followed the rive Lea down as far as the Limehouse Cut at Bow Docks, where we did the usual loop back to the east bank of the Lea, and Cody Dock. A lovely ride along the Thames down to the Greenwich foot tunnel, where the lift was not working and we had to carry our bikes. Then east along the south bank of the thames to the cafe at the cable car stop by the O2. At Woolwich we took the ferry across and rode past the Tate and Lyle refinery, crossing the vast docks, where next week the Great London Swim takes place. Through to Beckton Alps, where the cycle path is in sore need of repair, across the A13 we picked up the Greenway, one of the best cycling highways in London, back to Stratford where the ride finished and this photo was taken

River Ride 10.07.16