Approved at Cabinet this week:
We have prepared a paper on Cycling in Newham. It starts with evidence to show that Newham lags behind other boroughs in reducing traffic accidents and public health; and its long recognised high potential for cycling has not been realised.
It seeks the adoption of an effective cycle strategy to underpin a coherent approach – giving priority to walking and cycling over motor traffic.
The paper provides examples where past and current deficiencies in this regard have exacerbated our road safety and health problems.
Photo report of last week’s Mini Holland tour of Waltham Forest courtesy of Olawale!
We had a great day on Saturday at Woodgrange Market, helping a number of people of all ages and from all backgrounds get their bikes back on the road. One of our favourite visitors was Jan who had not ridden her bike for 4 years and wanted to get back on it. She had a lovely dutch Gazelle bike which had a flat tyre & needed some general TLC. We helped her replace the inner tube & get the wheel back on her bike. She was spotted riding around Forest Gate the next day!
Our aim is to teach as many people as possible – especially women – to deal with basic problems, in particular fixing a puncture!
Our next stall is on Saturday 10th June – see you there!
SeptemberÂ Meeting of Newham Cyclists 26/09/16 at Coffee7. Items discussed included LCC funding, “Bike from Boleyn”, Stratford Gyratory, LCC AGM, Website Continue reading “September 2016 Meeting”
As mentioned at the AGM, there is going to be a cycling ‘networking’ event at the Gate in Forest Gate later this month. Â The details are below. Â If you are interested in helping out, please let us know – and please spread the word to your non-cycling friends!
On your bikeA drop-in evening to find out more about how you can get cyclingDo you have a bike you never use? Thinking of getting one? Keen to try cycling but don’t know where to start? Come to our drop-in event to find out more and to get you started.ÂAt the Gate Community Centre on Woodgrange Road we will have people to advise on cycle confidence training, cycle maintenance, some bicycle accessories for sale, the police who will security mark your bike if you bring it, information on local cycle routes and more.ÂBrought to you by Newham Cyclists and Newham Council
We will be meeting with Terry Paul & John Gray on Monday morning (14th December) at 8am at ‘The Rhubarb’ to discuss the various issues around Stratford, including plans for the gyratory, Warton Road and the changes at Sugar House Lane. Â Please join us if you can.
The attached have been received by Manor Park residents.
Despite discussions, thereÂ is no provision for cycling at all (with the exception of a few racks round the corner). Â The leaflet states that this is NOT the final agreed scheme, so we need to get as many responses as possible demanding cycle provision.
The email address for responses is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stratford Gyratory is a key cycling node. Â More than Â£1m is available for design and consultation of a new junction. Â Here are the principles we are working on for its improvement from the cycling angle.
This link will open a drawing (whichÂ will need rotating clockwise).
- The main axis for motorised traffic would be Stratford Broadway through to the Grove i.e. the A11.
- Stratford Broadway to be bi-directional with segregated cycle lanes forming part of CS2 (on existing westbound carriageway).
- Tramway Avenue sliproad closed.
- A subsidiary traffic axis Â from Leyton Rd /Â Angel lane through to Great Eastern RdÂ (eastern section to the Grove) to be single single bidirectional lanes with Â cycle tracks and bus islands.
- Eastbound, one way bus, taxi, delivery and cycle traffic only on Great Eastern RdÂ from the “Rhubarb” sculpture to Angel Lane, with cycle contraflow.
- This leaves (essentially) a series of Â T junctions (at (1)the “Rhubarb” sculpture), (2)Tramway Ave/Broadway, Broadway/Romford Rd, Â (3) Grove/Great Eastern RdÂ (4) Angel Lane/Great Eastern Rd.) These to have, in principle “hold left” arrangements to prevent left hooks and attractive options for cycles turning right.
- Additional cycle parking at convenient points with large footfall.
- Maintain and, in some areas Â improve, existing facilities e.g. at pavement level on the Grove, the Grove Crescent contraflow, Oxford Rd, the eastbound bus lane in the Broadway.
- 20mph throughout.
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.