This is the letter that we have sent to Cllr Tripp, having discussed and agreed at our September meeting.
We have prepared a paper on Cycling in Newham. It starts with evidence to show that Newham lags behind other boroughs in reducing traffic accidents and public health; and its long recognised high potential for cycling has not been realised.
It seeks the adoption of an effective cycle strategy to underpin a coherent approach – giving priority to walking and cycling over motor traffic.
The paper provides examples where past and current deficiencies in this regard have exacerbated our road safety and health problems.
The attached was distributed at last night’s Local Group forum meeting. Â The launch of the campaign is 22nd July, with the intention of handing over the petition to the Mayor on 1st September. Â Once the campaign goes live, please spread the word!
Details of TfL’s proposals for Bow Roundabout have been released:
At last night’s meeting, Olawale took us through the discussions he has had with Tower Hamlets Wheelers, taking into accountÂ LCC’s standards for junctions. Â His draft response and sketch map are attached to this post, as well as an article on Cycle Segregated Junctions from the last issue ofÂ London Cyclist.
This is an important issue and although it is only an interim measure, it is important that we push TfL to get it right. We will be submitting a response on behalf of Newham Cyclists, but individual responses are probably more important.
Please make sure you have your say!
Stratford Gyratory is a key cycling node. Â More than Â£1m is available for design and consultation of a new junction. Â Here are the principles we are working on for its improvement from the cycling angle.
This link will open a drawing (whichÂ will need rotating clockwise).
- The main axis for motorised traffic would be Stratford Broadway through to the Grove i.e. the A11.
- Stratford Broadway to be bi-directional with segregated cycle lanes forming part of CS2 (on existing westbound carriageway).
- Tramway Avenue sliproad closed.
- A subsidiary traffic axis Â from Leyton Rd /Â Angel lane through to Great Eastern RdÂ (eastern section to the Grove) to be single single bidirectional lanes with Â cycle tracks and bus islands.
- Eastbound, one way bus, taxi, delivery and cycle traffic only on Great Eastern RdÂ from the “Rhubarb” sculpture to Angel Lane, with cycle contraflow.
- This leaves (essentially) a series of Â T junctions (at (1)the “Rhubarb” sculpture), (2)Tramway Ave/Broadway, Broadway/Romford Rd, Â (3) Grove/Great Eastern RdÂ (4) Angel Lane/Great Eastern Rd.) These to have, in principle “hold left” arrangements to prevent left hooks and attractive options for cycles turning right.
- Additional cycle parking at convenient points with large footfall.
- Maintain and, in some areas Â improve, existing facilities e.g. at pavement level on the Grove, the Grove Crescent contraflow, Oxford Rd, the eastbound bus lane in the Broadway.
- 20mph throughout.
This form of design would bring huge public realm gains including the link between the Stratford Centre to Westfield; permit the repositioning of crossings and bus stops to more convenient locations; and reduce conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists and motor traffic.
If you haven’t already signed the Space for Cycling petition, please make sure you do. Â At the time of writing this, only 59 people from Newham have signed, so please add your name and spread the word!
Meeting with Councillor Christie 9/10/14
Bill, Kerena, Arnold from Newham Cyclists (NC)
Handling cycle issues
â€¢ Councillor Christie indicated that his role as Mayor’s Cycling Office had always been informal. Whilst he now had another formal executive post, he did still take an active interest in cycling issues. The removal of cycle parking and other infelicities happened by oversight rather than deliberate policy. NC made the point that consultation was not full. Given the possibility of oversight, this was important. DC agreed to look into more effective consultation. NC to follow up disappearing cycle parking in Leytonstone Rd and Romford Rd. [10 October Richard Wadey (RW) informed us that he was populating a database of “assets” such as cycle parking, cycle lanes and this should pick up for reference to him, all instances where projects impacted on cycle assets.]
â€¢ The Council were preparing new design standards (complementing the new LCDS) that would help avoid cycling issues falling through the cracks.
â€¢ Some discussion on the removal of CS2 at Tramway Ave. Counciloor Christie distinguished this junction from others as (a) not signalised and (b) a sliproad rather than a junction. He indicated that there had been numerous near misses and that it was a question of balancing out providing incomplete protection for cyclists (as complete protection was not practicable) against giving cyclists a false sense of security. Newham Council had responded to the CS2 consultation by asking for CS2 extension to be brought up to the same standards i.e. “hold left turns”. He invited suggestions for improvements.
Councillor Christie had no progress to report re Westfield s, but offered to ask the Mayor to write to Andrew Gillighan re need for LLDC to up their game. NC asked that Newham Council engage in favour of improving the cycle facilities in the LLDC planning process.
â€¢ Councillor Christie stressed that funding was tight and that highway money would be priorities on surfacing and pavement improvements which were getting particularly poor. NC stressed that for cyclists junctions were a priority. Financial constraints also bore down on the proposed cycle strategy.
â€¢ NC suggested a straightforward strategy built upon (a) a network of quietways (b) infilled with permeability measures in urban Newham and (c) 20 mph and (d) protection for cyclists on the relatively few major corridors (Romford and Barking Rds being LCN+ – albeit substandard). Councillor Christie was sympathetic to 20mph, but explained why politically it needed a robust evidential basis, and may be better approached piecemeal. NC were invited to assist in this. They indicated that immediate enforcement problems should not be a problem and 20mph could take effect over the long term. NC raised specifically 20 mph in Woodgrange Rd , but this was not discussed.
â€¢ Councillor Christie set out some current activity, particularly where funding was being sought or had been obtained: CS2; the Quietways programme -building especially on the Greenway, Royal Docks walking and cycling programme; the Roding greenway; and Gallions roundabout.
â€¢ Councillor Christie had obtained an update on the LCC ward asks: CTN – Leaway funded and in train; CTS – Silvertown Viaduct being looked at; Custom House – route from Building 1000 to UEL being sought from developers; SNT – Stratford gyratory junction improvement being sought from TfL; LI – Roding greenway study funded. He asked NC to look at their ward asks to ensure they were what we really wanted and gave the example of the Beckton roundabout. Posible future engagement with other Councillors discussed.
Meeting with Richard Wadey (Newham Council) 10/10/14
Bill, Anold and Olawale from Newham Cyclists
Aldgate to Hainault Quietway points:
â€¢ NC supported mini-Holland project of Â a routeÂ going past City of London Cemetery and over a new bridge to Ilford town centre.
â€¢ Junctions need particular attention,Â with proper crossings.
â€¢ Choice of route either Henniker Rd or Chobham Ave balanced.
â€¢ 20mph on route and on periphery very important.
RW outlined priorities based on (a) what could be achieved bearing in mind 2014-5 needed spending quickly and DfT rules on transport signing facilitating contraflows changed in March 2015 (c) need to spread the work around wards and (d) links to coherent routes.
NC to seek to obtain the map of the ward audits etc.
Wok on this depended on there being funding left over from the priority section from Canning Town to Silvertown Viaduct including Tidal Basin roundabout. A cycle around revealed there was enough space s-e bound for two way track to link with that starting at West Sivertown DLR, and also a cycle facilities n-w bound using dock road and thus avoiding a difficult slip road. This may need to be held due to closure of tunnel under Sivertown Viaduct and pending development money becoming available.
RW asked if NC would be prepared to be trained to help with traffic surveys.
Many of you, like me, will use CS2 on a daily basis to get to work. Over the past few months, there have been a ridiculous number of changes to the start of CS2 at Stratford Broadway, coming full circle back to exactly where we started. This just isn’t acceptable. Not only is it hugely dangerous to keep changing the road layout so that no road user has any idea what they’re doing, but the cost of all these changes must be incredible.
Arnold has already emailed Councillors Crawford & Christie and submitted a Freedom of Information request, but it may be that this is something that we really want to push as a group. Please let us have your thoughts by commenting below.
Here are some photos documenting the changes as well as a short video.
The consultation for both the East-West and North-South Cycle Superhighways are out. Â The plans look promising but as always need input from people using the routes.
Also, Danny at Cyclists in the City has written a good piece on the various consultations and plans going around:
There’s also a good article on the Telegraph website: