A reminder that our Annual Meeting takes place on Monday 30 April at 7.30pm at the East Ham Working Mens’ Club, Boleyn Road.
Interesting guests, interesting speakers, and there will be light refreshments.
In order to help get the formal business concluded as soon as possible and to stimulate discussion here is a
We hope to see you there.
Despite having to pull the ride day forward as we were clashing with the marathon we had another good turn out at the View tube on Saturday -with riders from Newham, south London, Elm park and as far afield as Brentwood! 20 of us set off on a very sunny day down the river Lee calling at Three mills & Cody dock.
For a change, after Bow ecology park, we crossed the bridge to London city island and navigated through the new open areas. After a quick visit to East India Dock we followed river through isle of dogs to Greenwich via the foot tunnel -here we picked up another south London cyclist then navigated the extensive diversions to the Thames path stopping for lunch at the cafe under cable cars -here we lost half the group to a local pub, football or gardening! However the rest of us continued along Thames path to Woolwich ferry -some exploring an interesting local Tor viewpoint & the site of the wreck of the Princess Alice boat on the Thames -with the loss of many lives in 1878.
Across the River back in Newham we followed river round to Gallions reach past the new Decathlon shop -offering cyclists free servicing discounts
We then picked up greenway & followed it back entering Olympic park via new ramp leading to Channelsea passage – ending with a welcome beverage at the view tube cafe!
The decision continue to the Tor & shipwreck added a few miles to ride but worth it! (thanks to riders for showing us these!)
We welcomed no mechanical problems this time and that no-one fell in the river!
Many thanks to all who assisted -esp. Arnie & Steve for back marking & Robin as ever for great photos
A turnout of over 20 , including 2 Council Officers and two prospective Councillors participated in an interesting meeting:
- Murray Woodburn, currently Head of Highways and Traffic at Newham Council and Richard Wadey, Sustainable Transport Officer, presented Newham Council’s new Cycle Strategy (see earlier post) and answered a wide range of questions on it. This discussion will inform further analysis planned for the annual report to be presented to the annual meeting on 30 April.
- This discussion also informed our further discussion on Living Streets where the emerging priorities (which, for this exercise combine practicality and political attraction) are for areas without through traffic in (a) the north of the Borough, (b) the Freemasons Rd/Custom house area, and (c) Green St area, plus enhancing corridors (a) the Romford Rd, (b) Barking Rd, (c) Leyton Rd, and (d) A117.
- The Council’s next LIP bid (for funding for transport projects) is due to be submitted to TfL in September and there will only be a short time for this to be consulted upon.
- A follow up audit ride of Stratford Gyratory will be organised.
- We approved payment of £238.10 for the rebuild by Bill of our “Fix Your Ride” trailer.
- We had a preliminary discussion of what next years’ budget may look like.
- Francois Donnard presented the cycling offer that Decathalon at Beckton was making involving supply of bikes and spares as well as training. This looked a promising avenue to explore further.
- Newham council have announced that their partnership for dockless bikes (a pilot of approximately 6 months schemes in West Ham and Royal Docks) will be with Mobike. This is not the LCC preferred supplier.
Given that the clocks had gone forward to BST and everyone had an hour less sleep we had an excellent turnout for this ride. Eighteen of us gathered at Leytonstone to catch the tube to Epping where three more riders awaited our arrival. The weather was clement, 10C and no wind, which was helpful as we were a large group on a slightly longer ride than usual, 37miles riding clockwise around Harlow. The road from Epping to Roydon in Hertfordshire is quite fast, and there was a fair amount of Sunday traffic so it was nice to cross the level crossing at Roydon and enjoy the quiet roads to Hunston and Much Hadam. There we crossed the ford and rode up towards Perry Green and the Henry More foundation, this is where the technical problems started.
Arnold’s derailleur sheered off just outside Perry Green. A few of us stayed to help, while the majority rode on for a mile to see the HM foundation and get a coffee. We broke the chain, disconnected and removed the derailleur and shortened the chain, so it became a single speed machine. About to move on and I discover I had a flat, the first of two for me and these deflations were followed by those of two other riders, four punctures in all.
The cafe at the HM Foundation was closed and so we continued with a caffeine deficit. We crossed the M11 and arrived at Sawbridgeworth, where Arnold’s single speed repair finally failed and he took a train home.
We followed the Essex lanes to Matching Tye where we had a well deserved lunch at the Fox, the food was good and it was warm enough to eat in the garden for those that chose to. The route back followed Fagotters Lane towards Blake Hall and Toot Hill. We fixed another complicated flat, where the valve broke in the pump, and tackled the final hill to Epping Station in the sun. Overall an eventful ride, but very satisfying that we overcame our problems and enjoyed the day’s riding in the spring countryside in good company.
As always, thanks to Robin for the photos! More can be viewed here:
& the route here:
These two documents have been produced by LCC HQ as a guide for what we are trying to achieve for the local elections in May and why.
My Liveable London Campaign Guide FINAL
My Liveable London policy brief FINAL
Approved at Cabinet this week:
In case you didn’t see the piece Arnold was interviewed for in last week’s paper…
Newham Recorder Feb 18
Throughout the cold spell the dream of the “Come on You Irons” West Ham United themed ride did not fade and die and we were rewarded by starting off the ride in the usual Newham Cyclists balmy weather conditions. Things did take a turn for the worse with thicker cloud cover and being too early for the coffee stall at Cody Dock.
Undeterred the band of 11 continued through quiet back streets and off road routes to visit 4 of the five sites where West Ham play(ed) and the site of the Thames Ironworks.
Refreshment having been taken in the Royal Docks were were joined by three more for the last leg to the Boleyn Statue commemorating West Ham winning the World Cup
Here was a welcoming party from our partners in Bike from Boleyn, including Bobby Seagull.
The thaw has progressed sufficiently so this ride will go ahead.
A background note can be found here;
West Ham United Ride
A good turnout of 16 mustered at the Velodrome on a bitterly cold evening.
We we rewarded with a really interesting presentation and discussion with Michael Barratt, TfL’s development impact assessment lead, who leads a team using innovative (and co-operative) methods to mitigate the impact from London’s major construction projects, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. He has already provided very helpful assistance to us on the Stratford Gyratory Project.
Given the plethora of development in Newham the approach he described should be very beneficial. This includes liaising with (a) constructors direct and through any “Consider Constructor” type scheme, (b) the Council, and (c) using TfL’s reporting tool,and the draft TfL Traffic Management Handbook.
We agreed run a feeder from Stratford to the Free Cycle on 28 July 2018. If you are able to help marshal this important event please put the date into your diary.
Steve outlined the ride programme to date and forthcoming events. Our 2 country lane drides have attracted participants from all over London Our local leisure rides start this Sunday, weather permitting.
Our partnership with AAA got off to a successful start with a bike checking session followed the next week by a Greenway ride.
We decided to put in a collective response the LB Redbridge’s consultation on its “Ilford Garden Junction” which includes in the plan a two way cycle track on the north side of the Romford Rd linking the existing track to the Tunnel Ave and the Roding Way, under the North Circular Rd; andthe creation of a “pocket park” . Please also respond to this very straightforward consultation as individuals supporting the scheme and, in section 3 on cycling adding the comment that the cycle provisions to be included phase 1 – the only phase to be funded so far.
Olawale updated the meeting on current infrastructure issues:
- the removal of a point closure at Glenparke Rd/Palmerston Rd; this was regarded a a retrograde step that will encourage rat running in an area ripe for creating a “village” without through traffic.
- A link between CS3 and Barking along Jenkins Lane, which is generally beneficial but has some issues of concern which have been transmitted to the Council’s Sustainable Transport Officer.
- a huge development in the offing at Stephenson St which ought to improve connectivity e.g. between West Ham Station and the Leaway and under the District Line. However the initial transport plan needs careful consideration as to the benefits to cycling that should derive from this scheme.
The Channelsea Ramp on the Greenway has been opened and now provides an excellent off road link from the Greenway to Stratford Town Centre. There have however been a number of attacks targeting cyclists o the Greenway. It is helpful to record personal experiences with the Greenway Users Group.
There was a general discussion on the implications of the recent Councillor selection process by local labour party wards.