Our July meeting started with an well attended ride from Forest Gate around the Olympic Park. We were please to welcome Fran from LCC. More joined us for the business end, which took place at The Neighbourhood in Stratford Village.
- We elected Olawale as our Infrastructure Rep. This is effectively a change in name (from Local Scheme Lead) to fall in line with the LCC organisation of its Infrastructure Review Group. It was noted how active we had been in responding to consultation and how thorough the responses, prepared by Olawale, were.
- We discussed the Stratford Gyratory proposals where Newham Council, contrary to their consultation and the overwhelming response to it, were dropping the proposal for 20mph limit. We have been liaising with “20’s Plenty” and considered further how we could campaign for the restoration of a 20 mph limit.
- The lack of coherence of the Council’s approach was only reinforced by its recent Traffic Order for a 20 mph limit at neighbouring Maryland (but not Windmill Lane -the cycle route connecting to Westfield and roads to Stratford and Leyton) nor Forest Lane, a rat run which already has speed cushions.
- Forthcoming consultation responses were in preparation for Gallions Roundabout and High St North.
- Bill, who sent his apologies, reported (vicariously) that we had received our portion of membership fees from LCC and our grant from Newham Council for “Fix My Ride”.
- Our feeder ride 9 July successfully brought over 50 riders to the Freecycle event, and about 30 returned with us. We decided to hold a debriefing session.
- Fix Your Ride will next appear at Forest Gate Market on 12 August and the following week at the Arc Saturday Cycle Club in Canning Town (run by the charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve). Upcoming rides are a family ride with AAA on 2 September, a brewery ride on 16 September and a Bike from Boleyn ride on 30 September.
- We had a first discussion on the Mayor of London’s draft Transport Strategy, and recent TfL transport analyses. LCC are preparing a central response- for which we emphasized the need for hard targets with strong interim targets, consequences for not meeting them, and proper TfL control over how their money was spent by local councils. A zero accident target for 2041 may already be changing the approach to the quality of cycle projects (which can be very poor, as TfL’s for Nine Elms demonstrates).
- We considered the practicality of applying for a London Cycle Grant, for which applications are open to 18 September. We recognised the practical difficulties and the size of the commitment and did not want to make up a project simply to get the grant. However Bike from Boleyn was interested in a partnership with us and it was worth considering a scheme for taking elderly people out cycling or in a rickshaw.
- The LCC will be running a feature of women and cycling and Kerena provided an update on our activity – promoting women’s rides and encouraging cycle leader training.