This is a leisurely ride with stops. It is part of is part of Newham Heritage Week and is taking place with the assistance of Eastside Community Heritage, which has provided material, including sound clips relevant to the history of the area.
Those coming on the ride are encouraged to bring a phone or tablet to give access to this document, Newham Heritage Ride Oct 2017,which provides more detail on the sights to be visited.
Traditionally our October ride to Rainham RSPB is blessed with fine weather and this year was no exception. A record turn out of 16 gathered at the Greenway Common Cafe
and we picked up 3 more as we started along the Greenway. Fortunately we had two of the group’s ace photographers (Robin and Steve) to capture it the day.
Braving the A13…
brought the reward of an open day at the national Trusts’ lovely Rainham Hall and a quick stop to inspect the beautiful gardens.
The Thames was as atmospheric as ever.
A coffee stop at the RSPB centre (which now has bike hire and other outdoor activities) and a visit to the site of a house stayed in by Dracula led us to the Ingrebourne Valley and the train back from Upminister.
On my calculation 25 miles, almost all off road.
On 30 September Newham Cyclists had a crack team of marshals on duty to lead the latest in the regular Bike from Boleyn rides, from the statue at Green Street to the London stadium, along the Greenway. This is a partnership with “Bike from Boleyn”
A joyous occasion, which started in glorious weather and was blessed, this time, with a win by West Ham – much appreciated by those who obtained tickets in the draw or for marshalling.
A range of bikes took advantage of the refreshed Greenway, including unicycles….
and a cargo bike. Here we are at our destination:
On Sunday 1 October three of us braved an adverse (but mistaken) weather forecast and were rewarded with a beautiful 40 mile ride from Epping, through the countryside of the Hertfordshire/Essex border around Harlow and back to Epping. this was new to our calendar and Steve is to be congratulated for putting it together. A particular highlight was the newly opened Henry More Foundation.
Fortunately we had enough money that none of us had to resort to the free lunch in the Fox.
The next ride is Sunday 8 October to Rainham and Upminister.
With apologies to all the ride scheduled for 25 June has been cancelled for personal reasons.
The next Kent ride is scheduled for 28th May and takes in the beautiful Kent countryside from Ramsgate to Canterbury. Meet at Stratford International at 9:15 sharp
The weather had still not particularly warmed up for the start of the second in our consecutive run of three Sunday rides. After Cake Mountain we were intent on a flat, leisurely off road circuit round Newham . A goodly band of participants included a contingent from the Forest Gate Women’s Institute assembled at the Greenway Common Cafe. Our 15 mile route started down the Greenway, and continued through Beckton to the Royal Docks, stopping only for a breather/puncture repair. We then took in nature reserves at East india Dock and the Bow Ecology Park. The latter is newly linked to a back entrance to Canning Town Station. Lunch at Trinity Buoy Wharf was swiftly followed by another coffee stop at Cody Dock, whilst all the time the weather was getting more cheerful. We returned to the Greenway under a blue sky.
Thanks once more to Robin for some excellent photos.
Join us for a ride up the the Lea valley, through Epping Forest to the the historic St Thomas’s church Upshire. This is a 40 mile round trip, mostly off road, with an option to take a train from Waltham Cross to Liverpool St, for those that would prefer not to ride back. Bring a packed lunch, as we will eat in the churchyard if the weather permits. Meet at the the View Tube – The Common Greenway at 10am on 30/04/17
We meet at 9am on Sunday 09/04, to catch the 09.30 train to Canterbury and the 17.00 return from Ramsgate (not Minster). The cost of a return to Ramsgate is £40.30, but this will be reduced by 1/3rd (£26.60) with group discount or railcard.
The Crab and Winkle way does have a few stoney sections, therefore road bikes are not recommended, but it is largely traffic free. On a (hopefully sunny) Sunday there may also be a few short lengths by beach huts etc where pushing might be advisable.
Newham cyclists are fielding (at least) one table for the Bike From Boleyn Group’s Quiznight on Friday 13 January at 7.30pm at West Ham Supporters Club, Castle St. This is essentially a fundraiser but two prizes already secured are two taster sessions at the Velodrome and tea for two at the House of Commons.
If you would like to come along please do. It would assist if you let me know in advance.
Our Next Meeting …
will be at Coffee7, Forest Gate, at 7.30pm (note the new time) on 30 January.
Steve’s Ride to Greenstead is scheduled for 15 January.
We are looking into having some kind of workshop – probably at Forest Gate market. Plans still at an early stage.
- We have lodged objections to the conversion of Bridge H14 in the Olympic Park to vehicular traffic (7/12/16).
- We made representations in respect of a traffic scheme for roads off High St North in Manor Park.
- We have been receiving plans for the Tower Hamlets section of the proposed Quietway 6 (from Victoria Park to Fairlop). They are not good, unfortunately.
- Just before Christmas three of us had one of the regular catch up meetings with Newham Council’s Sustainable Transport Officer. As usual Richard was open and informative.
Headlines:- The ramp at Twelve Trees Crescent is now open making it much easier to get from Three Mills to Cody Dock along the Lea Pathway. However the completion of the path from Canning Town is now so delayed that an (unsatisfactory) cycle diversion is being signposted.
– The Greenway improvements (Quietway 2.1) comprising lighting, longer opening, some resurfacing, more ramps, some targeted training- are beginning to be put in place. This will be complemented by the long awaited examination of these sequencing of the lights at the A13 flyover. These improvements will provide a key artery for cycling through Newham.
– Some improvements to Quietway 6 through north Newham are being put in place, but there remain some critical uncertainties over key junctions crossing at Leyton Rd, Leytonstone Rd and Woodgrange Rd. Astonishingly the Council have recently introduced pavement parking for vehicles in Cemetery Rd.
-The Council are planning to extend cycle improvements from Silvertown Way (delayed further whilst more remodelling is done for TfL) along North Woolwich Rd.
– Stratford Gyratory work is envisaged to start in August 2017.
– Some improvements to CS3 designed to improve access to Barking could bring cycle benefits to Jenkins Lane. The cycle parking under the Westfield bridge is well used, but closed between midnight and 5.00am.
– We have been provided with an early draft of a long awaited Cycle Strategy for Newham. It includes an assessment of the main routes through Newham (which are mostly very sub-standard) and an interesting factual introduction: Cycling has increased as a share of travel in recent years but the biggest increase has been on public transport (buses), whilst motor vehicle use and walking has declined; less than half the households in Newham own a car.
A new chart of ongoing infrastructure issues in the light of this meeting is available on our website.
Please get in touch if you would like any further information.
Newham Cyclists led a feeder ride of 71Â from Stratford (Meridian Square) down Cycle Superhighway 2 to Leadenhall to join the excellent 8 mile FreeCycle route of closed roads in central London. Â Our groupÂ 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 theÂ Surrey Hills ride the following day.
Here is a picture of our excellent ride leader Steve giving theÂ briefing at the start…
And one of the team of trained marshalls…
And this is proof that we made it happily to the Walkie Talkie in Leadenhall St….
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.