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.”
Under the intrepid leadership of Bill the hardy crew of Newham set out in poor looking weather for the third Newham Ride of theÂ 2016 calendar. Â Taking in the Lea Valley and the Isle of Dogs we crossed into Greenwich and followed the river round to the cable car. Â As this photo shows the weather did not improve south of theÂ river.
A return to Newham via the cable car did at least see the rain stop and we made it back to Stratford via the (now open to Stratford High St)Â Greenway.
The next ride is Essex Lanes on 26 June and our last scheduled Newham ride is 10 July.
Important:Â Please respond to the consultation on extending the lighting of the GreenwayÂ as a move towards creating a proper Quietway along its length.
The closing date is 17 June.
We have been asked to participate in trials of a new system allowing cyclists to ride through these two tunnels.
Greenwich and Woolwich foot tunnels go smart
Cyclists using the foot tunnels in Greenwich and Woolwich should check the overhead sign to see when they should walk their bikes.Â A new computer vision based system can now identify the numbers of walkers, and cyclists in the tunnel, and display messages to ask cyclists to dismount only when pedestrian levels are high.
An initial trial period is currently underway and messaging will be adjusted over the coming weeks.Â Please support this trial by walking your bike when the sign says to, and help demonstrate that the tunnels can permanently operate as a shared space.
Please also download and use the BetterPoints app to track your journeys through the tunnel.Â You will be rewarded with BetterPoints for all of your walking and cycling trips, with bonus points when you walk your bike through the tunnel.Â Points are redeemed for high street vouchers or charity donations. We will also be running a prize draw every month, and you will earn a prize entry for every recorded trip.
Visit techtunnels.betterpoints.uk for more information and look out for us at events we will be running at the tunnel throughout the summer.
Download the free app and get started.
Please see Arnold’s latest list of cycling issues and actions around the borough here: Â Outstanding stuff 7 Feb version
A reminder that two important and interesting meetings coming up:
26 October at 7.00pm at Coffee E7.Â Meeting with Murray Woodburn of Newham Council and possibly other Council officers to discuss the Forest Gate Crossrail improvement plans.
2 November at 7.30 at the Wanstead Tap.Open meeting with Living Streets. Â Jack Skillen, the London Director will be talking about the benefits of creating a walking nation.Â This meeting takes forward our wish to liaise more with other similarly minded groups.
Steve Smith, our rides coordinator, finished an epic 1000 mile ride across France in July. Read an account of this trip here:Â Â St Malo to Nice -steve 3
His next little trip is the end to end (Lands End to John o’groats) in September! He is cycling in aid of Â The Learning Revolution Trust http://www.learningrevolutiontrust.org.uk/ Â We all wish him well on this -you can sponsor him on: https://www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Smith61
As usual a lot happening.
12 July saw our last scheduled Newham Ride whichÂ again took inÂ a foray south of the river to enable us to enjoy almost all the pieces on the Sculpture Line and a trip on the Cable car. Â It was thoroughly enjoyed by the dozen or so participants. Â Thanks to Steve for the photos.
On 13 July we attended an initial stakeholder presentation for the remodelling of the Stratford Gyratory.
On the 16 July we were represented at the LCC Local Groups meeting Â which was concerned with the updating of its governance arrangements. Â There will likely be be a small knock Â on effect requiring some tinkering with our (by now venerably ancient) local constitution.
At the same timeÂ a Crossrail stakeholders consultation meeting was held by Newham Council. Â The point was made that at Manor Park and Maryland there was room for cycle lanes that could be continuous with the other proposed schemes for Stratford Gyrator y and the Quietway.
On 1 august we led our most successful yet feeder ride from Stratford to the central Lhondon Freeride. Â Over 90 cyclists were delivered safe and dry to Fenchurch St, by a large team of Newham Cyclists.
Our July monthly meeting took place on 3 August. Â We were pleased to have the opportunity to cycle the proposed Newham section of theÂ Victoria Park to Hainault Quietway withÂ Â Forest Gate North Councillor Â Seyi Akiwowo. Â We showed her our proposed more direct alignment (avoiding a potential conflict with a popular playground) Â and demonstrate how crucial it is to get high qualityÂ crossings of theÂ main roads.
Newham Cyclists and a number of us as individuals have already put inÂ Â responses to the Council’s consultation on this Quietway, but the details of the route are still very much open following a stormy meeting the Council held with the residents of Capel Rd and its immediate neighbourhood. Â Interestingly the traffic count for Capel Rd came out lower than expected.
Over refreshment the monthly meeting further discussed the Quietway, plus the following matters:
- Stratford High St: Â The Greenway closures either side are set to continue for some time. Â The additional closure caused by building work has been ameliorated by allowing shared use of a widened section of pavement – possible in reaction to a formal Freedom of Information Request that was made to TFL by us. Â The response to that request also shows that the Warton Rd junction of CS2 was assessed to beÂ dangerous. Â TfL now have a long term plan to have a hold left scheme as we originally asked for. Â But in the meantime there is danger of short term expedients Â which will disadvantage cyclists. Â Full details are available from Arnold.
- The Olympic Park and Westfield: Â London Assembly Member Darren Johnson pressedÂ Mayor Boris Johnson about Â recent studies of the sub-standard cycle provision. Â LCC are still in discussions with the LLDC about the siting of hire cycle stands especially near theÂ Timber Lodge where conflicts are likely to arise.
- We decided to ask for a catch up meeting with Newham Council’s Sustainable Transport Officer.
- TfL’s response to consultation on the latest tinkering with the Bow Flyover (designed mostly to assist pedestrians) is disappointing. Â In particular it will do nothing to improve cyclists access to the southern section of the Lea towpath.
- We decided to invite Living Streets to our 26Â October meeting and invite Councillors and other community groups such as school governors, youth groups, the WI. Â Put this in your diary and watch this space for further details of venue etc.
- The Crossrail public realm improvements at Manor Park are out for consultation which closes on 4 September. Â The link is here:
Newham Cyclists will be putting in a response, but individuals are encouraged to as well – in particular to press for cycle lanes. Â Forest Gate is expected toÂ follow in the autumn and Maryland in the new year.
Our next monthly meeting will be held on 3 August. Â This will be an evening ride, including a refreshment stop. Â Exact details to be confirmed. Â Meet outside Coffee 7 (corner of Sebert and Woodgrange Rds) at 7.00pm
This has been postponed from 29 June to Monday 6 July. Â We will meet at 7.30 and take a leisurely canal side ride to the Ledger Pub in Canary Wharf.
13 of us gathered at the View Tube in the Sunday morning gloom, with 12.5 bikes. Â With a spirit of undaunted adventure we nevertheless headed for south of the river, but not before seeing the new developments at Cody Dock (now open weekends), including theÂ innovative design for theÂ new bridge. Â We continued this year’s theme of sculpture by taking in 6 of theÂ 10 sculptures on the Sculpture Line started our inspection of the Sculpture Line, including works by Damien Hirst and Anthony Gormley. Â This was topped off by a short cruise on the Woolwich Ferry and a return along the Greenway. Â In the processÂ we discovered that the Greenway diversion has now been signed and various minor improvements completed.
A record 8 of us made it back to the View Tube – a thoroughly enjoyable 21 miles.Â by which time the sun had come out.
Our next Newham ride is 11 July