We will use our usual Monday evening meeting slot for another summer evening ride, following the success of last month’s. Â This time we will be taking a short ride up the Lea Valley to the Princess of Wales pub at Lea Bridge. Â Meet at the corner of Sebert and Woodgrange Roads at 7.00pm. Â Stratford pick up at the corner of Chobham and Leyton Roads at 7.15pm.
Don’t forget the Newham Ride this Sunday 15 June. Â We leave from the View Tube at 10.00am. Â For further details see the forthcoming rides section.
Olympic Park Cycling
Two question to Boris on a matter we have been pressing. Â Answers are polite as far as the ODA/LLDC planners are concerned. Â They messed up in the face of clear warnings from LCC, and now Newham council tax payers are having to shell out for remedial work:
“Olympic Park Cycling (1)Â Question No: 2014/1669
Please could you update me on the progress of re-examining the plans for cycling infrastructure across the Chobham Manor development, as you committed to do in answer to my question on the topic in December (Question 2013/4696)?
Written response from the Mayor
The approved Reserved Matters application for Chobham Manor has removed the need for cyclists to dismount at junctions on Chobham Manor. Cyclists will now travel on the road, rather than dismounting at junctions.
This is appropriate due to the low level of motor traffic expected in the area and followsÂ reasoning that on local streets â€“ such as those in Chobham Manor – if cars know they must share with cycles they will travel at a slower speed.
My cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, is working with the LLDC and Westfield to improve cycling provision across Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Olympic Park Cycling (2)Question No: 2014/1670
Will you remodel the cycle track on Westfield Avenue in the Olympic Park where cyclists currently have to dodge concrete cobbles every 15m or so? Why did your team allow for such a substandard track to be built?
Written response from the Mayor
Westfield Avenue, while part of the wider London Legacy Development Corporationâ€™s (LLDC) area, is part of the Westfield Stratford City estate, sitting outside Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The original plans for the cycleway were submitted prior to the London 2012 Games and were approved by the Olympic Delivery Authority in line with then guidelines on cycling.
Standards and aspirations have risen since those times. I have asked the LLDC and my cycling advisor, Andrew Gilligan, to work with Westfield Stratford City and others in the area to improve the public realm and cycling as part of a wider Park review.”
If anyone would like like to go (Newham Cyclists will reimburse the cost) Â please let me (Arnold) know.
This is how the conference isÂ billed:
“The major funding committed forÂ LondonÂ highlights a growing political will for ambitious and innovative approaches to improve the public realm and encourage more people to cycle on our road network. With huge commitment for such change, what is the future ofÂ Londonâ€™s landscape?
With schemes such as Mini-Holland set to create substantial and transformative change along with the extension of cycle superhighways and funding for Quietways, key questions and challenges start to arise around cycling design standards. How will the competition for space be managed? Is there a need to reallocate road space? How do we encourage and increase cycling numbers without taking away space from modes other than the private car, should we cut into bus lanes and muscle in on footways?
AsÂ Londonâ€™s number one borough for cycling, the Hackney Cycling Conference offers unrivalled access and opportunity to exploreÂ these issuesÂ with a cross-sector mix of transport professionals, politicians, academics and campaigners that areÂ involved inÂ influencing an increase in safe cycling in theÂ UK.
Confirmed speakers include Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
-Â Andrew Gilligan,Â LondonÂ Cycling Commissioner
-Â Klaus Bondham, Director at Danish Cyclistsâ€™ Federation
-Â John Dales, Director of Urban Movement
-Â Brian Deegan & Paul Lavelle, Transport forÂ London
-Â Peter Piet, Steer Davies Gleave & Roy Thompson, Royal Borough orÂ KingstonÂ uponÂ Thames
-Â Dr Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport,Â UniversityÂ ofÂ Westminster
-Â Tom Bogdanowicz,Â LondonÂ Cycling Campaign
-Â David Dansky, Cycle TrainingÂ UKÂ “
We have been notified that there are still places left on a British Cycling led ride of 14 miles described as “a leisurely circuit of Newham and Tower Hamlets using almost entirely traffic free off road paths”. Â It starts at the View Tube at 10 am. To book a place go to:
- To run a stall at Forest Gate Festival onÂ 21 JuneÂ and ensure one way or another that there was also a Dr Bike. Also to explore the possibility of a bike marking session from the Met Police.Â Â Let me know if you could do a stint on the tall for however long or short a period.
- To man a stall at the Forest Gate flea market onÂ 18 MayÂ (subject to confirmation that we can). Â This could be used for the Space for Cycling Campaign which will still be current. Â Again if you could do a stint let me know.
- To run a feeder ride with Tower Hamlets to the LCC central London ride onÂ 17 MayÂ co-ordinating also with Redbridge. Â There will be a met in forest Gate and a fixed pick up at a suitable point in Stratford. Â We will go through the Olympic Park and by canal to the Green Bridge to meet Tower Hamlets Wheelers. Â Again let me know if you would like to assist (essentially backmarking the group).
- Our fourth Newham Ride will be onÂ 7 SeptemberÂ (subject to being able to access Cody Dock).
- To print business type cards to distribute with our contact details. Â Bill’s mock up met with universal delight.
- To update our general leaflet and get it professionally printed.
- To add Â British Cycling rides in and around the Olympic Park and the Lea Valley to our events calendar.
- To design and purchase a pop up banner.
- To explore the possibilities for publicity in the margins of the Tour de France onÂ 7 July.
- To categorise our rides.
- To run the Rainham March ride onÂ 5 October
- To publicise convenient group rides -Â 20 JulyÂ to Southend andÂ 27 JulyÂ to Cambridge.
- To convert our next meeting into an evening ride around the Olympic Park ending up at the Â Brewery Tap cafe in Forest Gate. Â Due to Bank Holiday (when there will not be our usual Monday meeting) this will take place onÂ Tuesday 3 JuneÂ starting at Forest Gate market site (corner of Sebert and Woodgrange Roads) at 7.00pm aiming to get back to the cafe at 8.30pm. Â Please note that this is a change of date from that discussed at the meeting due to availability of the cafe. Â As it will be opening specially for us can youÂ please let me know if you are wishing to come along, so we have an idea of numbers.
- Richard outlined the positive future for potentiallyÂ transformative cycle provision, funded from a variety of sources) despite the fact that Newham had not achieved mini-Holland status. Â Still very much on the radar are: Â quietways (Stratford to Ilford, Stratford to East ham, improvements to the Greenway, improvement to the Greenway. Â A new “Roding Way” along the line of the A 406 was being considered; the extension of CS2 to Ilford remained in the lap of TfL; removal of the Stratford gyratory is now on the TfL junctions improvement programme.
- Olawale reported on progress on theÂ ward audit.Â Â The intensive series of rides had taken place which has identified over 500 schemes for minor works to improve permeability. Â Cycle contraflows in quiet one way streets dominate, but also there were some significant link-path creation and improvement possibilities. Â There would shortly be a consultation on prioritisation for the Â£100,000 per year funding available over the next three years. Â We will try to make photos available.
- We have completed our ward asks for the LCC’sÂ Space for CyclingÂ campaign and everyone was encouraged to use the LCC website to lobby local councillors. Â This should raise the profile of cycling. Â We considered favourably a feeder ride to the “Big Ride” in central London on 17 May. Â An idea for events was to have stalls in markets with Dr Bike.
- The first Newham Ride was considered a successful start toÂ our rides season. Â We need to ensure photos are available for future publicity by obtaining consents of even doing a special photo shoot. Â We will fix a late summer autumn version and advertise British Cycling Olympic Park/Lea Valley rides. Â Additionally we will continue with some weekend rides in conjunction with Tower Hamlets and Hackney. Â Our summer meetings will be short evening rides/picnics.
- We decided to consider further whether to support theÂ Stop Silvertown TunnelÂ campaign.
- Karena outlined progress onÂ communications. Â We will seek to progress further with Twitter feeds, and produce small publicity cards/leaflets which can be left at strategic spots such as the View Tube.
The ride season got off to a good start with over 15 joining in the first Newham Ride. Â Fortunately the weather was excellent and there was improved access to the Olympic Park. Â Having taken a look at the northern section of the Olympic park we moved down the river Lea to Cody Dock where Simon, who runs it, outlined his successes to date in carving out a new riverside community facility and his exciting plans for the future.
We moved down to the River Thames for a lunch break at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
Then through the Royal Docks to Â Thames Barrier Park, with its riverside pavilion and view of the Thames Barrier.
We then wended our way back via Beckton and the Geeway to the View Tube for a wellÂ deserved piece of cake and cup of tea. Â For the majority of the riders there were significant new discoveries and for all of us a pleasant reminder of our interesting borough.
This is a news update to sight everyone on what is current, before the annual meeting on 31 March.
Sadly Newham’s mini-Holland bidÂ was unsuccessful, but there are positives to come out of the exercise, and Councillor Christie has been in touch to outline these. Â In fact there remains a good chance Newham may get most of what it bid for (albeit through different pots of money). Â For example Stratford gyratory has been listed amongst the junctions for improvement, TfL has committed support for the Leaway (Cody Dock to Canning Town) Â and there is likely to be support for the Greenway improvement and linked quietways. CS2 to Ilford may come from the CS programme.
Disappointingly our request forÂ Upper StÂ to have a 20mph limit was overruled. on the following grounds: Â “Being a bus route and major road link in the borough it was agreed that it was not appropriate to install speed reducing features on Upper Road to bring the speed limit down to 20mph, and that the objection be overruled” Â It is particularly retrograde to treat Upper St as a major through road, which it should be not and does not have to be; and then to use that as an excuse to allow motor vehicles to use it at a dangerous speed. Â Cyclists and pedestrians have to pay for the police and the Council’s unwillingness to enforce traffic rules.
I have been given a design forÂ Carpenter’s RdÂ for when it is opened as a through route. Â This is a key Olympic Park connection route. Â A 20 mph limit is proposed (it is a bus route and a through route which makes Upper St even less understandable). Â It looks like cyclists are being pushed back onto the carriageway from shared paths in the railway tunnel. Â I have sought further clarification.
- The Council have adoptedÂ Honour Lea Avenue. Â This is the key east west cycle route through the Olympic Park for which LLDC left its miserly and minimal cycle facilities – in particular a two way cycle track on only one side of the road. Â Fortunately the Council in this instance recognises that the cycling provision should be better (indeed throughout the Olympic Park and Westfield areas). Â So still lots to play for here. On the bright side, Â the crossing over this River Lea on this route (near the Copper Box) has been left as stairs and a lift. Â This was a matter of constant objection from LCC and it now looks like something better is going to happen.
- Sandringham Rd and Cramner RdÂ cycle contraflows, as request by us, Â are now going to be put in place (albeit later than the one introduction of the one-way schemes).
TheÂ “No to Sivertown Tunnel”Â have campaign have written to seek support, financial or otherwise.
The first of this year’sÂ Newham RidesÂ had a good turnout this Saturday and excellent weather.
This will take place at 7.00pm at CoffeE7. Â See events page for details.