October 2021 Catch Up

The beginning of the month saw a welcome return of the catch up meetings with the cycling Senior Project Officer of Newham Council. A list of borough wide cycling issues revised in the light of that meeting is here. Please get in touch if there are any issues (big or small) which you think are missing. It will help our infrastructure team ensure that they do not fall off the radar.

At short notice we attended a useful and positive discussion with the Royal Docks team who are preparing a walking and cycling strategy for the area. The success of this could have huge benefits for a large chunk of the borough.

We are hoping to resume our partnership work with the the children’s cycling clubs of the charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve. This involves having a bike fixing/checking session one Saturday followed by a ride the next. If you would like to get involved in either or both of these activities please get in touch. You can then be included in the exercise of sorting out convenient dates.

Save the dates:

  • Our next meeting will be the evening of 25 October. Details to follow. Get in touch if there are issues that you would like included on the agenda.
  • Fix your Ride at Woodgrange Market is 13 November.
  • An autumn warmer Newham Ride is planned for 14 November.
  • Our November meeting which the Walking and cycling Project Manager at LLDC has agreed to attend will be on 29 November.

Arnold

Readout from September 27 Meeting

Despite gathering gloom 12 of us made it for a ride down Quietway 6 and around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where Jonathan explained developments, or lack of developments (as the case may be) at Temple Mills Lane, Abercrombie Rd, Northwall, Waterden Rd and Monier Rd Bridge and Westfield Avenue.

At a short meeting afterwards there were the following matters were discussed:

  • We agreed to invite the LLDC Sustainable Transport Officer to our October meeting – due on 25 October. This is likely to take place by Zoom.
  • There is a ride along the Roding Way on 1 October with representatives from Stephen Timms’ Office and Newham Council.
  • On the same day there is a resumption of our catch up meetings with Newham Council. It will be based around a revised chart of cycling issues. If you have any additional suggestions of cycling issues you would like raised please get into contact with me; including gaps in existing cycling provision.
  • We agreed to a further round of bike fixing and rides with the children’s cycling club of “Ambition, Aspire, Achieve” on suitable Saturdays. Further notices will go out to find suitable dates but if you would like to participate please get in touch with me.
  • Next rides are: a short Bike from Boleyn linked to the West Ham game on 3 October and a Newham Ride on 10 October.
  • We have been busy with Fix Your Ride stalls at Woodgrange Market and the Carpenters Estate. The next Woodgrange Fix Your Ride is 9 October.
  • Consultation responses have been submitted on 2 minor changes to the existing Low traffic Neighbourhoods and to Thames Water in respect of the weight limit on Stratford High Street.
  • Jonathan is continuing to film major local cycling routes. If you would like to help in this enterprise get in touch with me.

If you would like any further information on any of the above please get in touch with me.

Arnold

August Catch Up

As we will not be having an August meeting this is a catch of of what has been happening and a preview of what is going on in September.

Our Fix your Ride facility has been in great demand. Whilst we were not able to do our usual Woodgrange Market stall this month we have been on the road with two sessions in the Royal Docks with Newham Wellness on 3 and 4 August, for a Sikh charity ride on 8 August (see picture) and with Dovetail on the Carpenters Estate on 20 August.

Green Street was the mid point in a 60 mile charity ride. We provided some mechanical aid.

There is great demand for Fix your Ride. If you would like to help in fixing or simply advising on cycling in Newham let me know. Our normal Fix Your Ride service resumes at Woodgrange Market on 11 September and there will be a Further opportunity at the Ambition Aspire Achieve Charity Festival (to mark their 5 years and as a tribute to their founder Kevin Jenkins). We have been working with AAA for a number of years supporting their Children’s Cycle Club.

Our ride calendar has been disrupted by the pandemic but there will be a Newham Ride on 29 August – see events section.

Finally there are a number of important infrastructure developments.

  • We have suggested ways of alleviating the dangers caused to cyclists by the long term diversion of heavy goods vehicles from Stratford High Street.
  • We have supported Redbridge Cyclists in respect of (poor) proposals for Centre Rd, Aldersbrook Rd, Lake House Rd – important connections to the north of Newham.
  • We are considering a raft of “bus enhancement” proposals for the Barking Rd and Plaistow High Street which do little if anything to improve cycling along what are recognised by TfL to be among the most important strategic cycle routes in London.

Please get in touch if you would like more info on any of the above.

Arnold

Readout from 26 July 2021 Meeting

Pleasant weather for an evening ride from Canning Town through the Royal Docks Corridor and on to the Red Lion at East Ham. The purpose was to look at the route being currently consulted upon, which ends on 30 July. We have already fed in a detailed collective response (which can be provided on request) but individual responses are needed. The main issues that became apparent were:

  • The northbound section at Canning Town bus Station.
  • The width of the cycle lanes/tracks.
  • Avoiding left hooks at main junctions.
  • Priority for cycle lanes at junctions with minor roads.

There was a lot of catching up in the discussion afterwards:

  • We are going to do Fix Your Ride sessions in the Royal Docks area; at Waterside Park E16 2FN on 3 August and at RADLAC, Albert Rd E16 2JB on 4 August – each from 10am-4pm (with breaks). If you would like to help on either of these days, even if for a part only, please get in touch with me.
  • Funding is available for improving access to green space through the Grow Back Greener Fund. If you have a good scheme for a parklet let me know. There are a few weeks to formulate a scheme.
  • Next rides are Forest Gate Pride on 14 August and a Newham Ride on 29 August – likely a boundary of the borough ride to take in the current Roding way route and look at future possibilities.
  • We have met with the re-formed Redbridge LCC and have current shared issues with the poor proposals by Redbridge Council for Centre Rd and Aldersbrook Rd. consultation on the Aldersbrook Rd scheme was previously limited to residents of the Aldersbrook Estate, but has not been widened, so Newham users can make their views known.
  • We discussed how to campaign for improvement on the Leyton section of Quietway 6. This will be picked up by the Committee.
  • We discussed developments in the QE Olympic Park including the forthcoming opening of Monier Rd Bridge. There is progress but slower than we would have liked. We will invite an LLDC rep to our September meeting.
  • We are continuing to film routes – so all ideas for routes to film gratefully received.
  • Stratford High Street is going to be subject to major works so we discussed how best to ensure cycle safety, particularly at Marshgate Lane which is likely to get busy. This will also be picked up by the Committee.
  • The Greenway ramp to Newham Hospital has opened at long last. Huzzah!

If you would like further information on any of the above please get in touch.

Arnold

 

 

Summary readout of 8 June Meeting

Richard Wadey provided a wide ranging overview of Newham Council’s progress in implementing its Cycle Strategy. Key points emerging from his presentation and follow up questions:

  • Of the 33 priority cycle routes it identified plans were in place or being developed for beneficial interventions on 19. But implementation depended on funding, which was being sought from a variety of sources.
  • The low traffic neighbourhood strategy was not part of the original cycle strategy but has been added since. LTN’s would complement and in some cases enhance the plans for the 19 cycle routes.
  • In some cases compromises were necessary especially in relation to bus priority schemes.
  • Pressure on staff time was a significant constraint on progress.
  • There was a build up of demand for cycle hoops which the Council were not currently meeting.

An invitation was extended to all to provide any infrastructure ideas which would be collated with our existing checklist and pursued at the resumption of catch up meetings with Council Officers. 

John Morris was appointed Deputy Co-ordinator.  He has a special interest in outreach.  

In relation to events and partnerships:

  • Fix your Ride is continuing at Woodgrange Market on the second Saturday of each month and we were responding positively to a request for some midweek sessions to support community activity on the Carpenters Estate.
  • There is an opportunity to assist in a Woodcraft Folk cycle project.
  • The AAA children’s cycle club has resumed at both The ARC in Canning Town and Abbey Hub. Details of opportunities for us to resume this partnership will be pursued by e-mail and discussion group.

Jonathan outlined positive developments in the QE Olympic Park where LLDC have appointed a expert sustainable transport officer.  

Our rides programme is progressing and country lane rides are resuming.   The number of no shows after booking has been disappointing. 

We had been invited by the Council to attend a resumption of Traffic Management Liaison Meetings, where infrastructure developments would be discussed with official bodies such as ambulance and police. 

Our programme of video’s of rides was continuing. 

If you would like further information on any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Arnold

Ride Reports April and May 2021

Our intensive short season of local rides suitable for those new to cycling kicked off on 25 April with a River Ride taking in the banks of the river Lea and the north and south banks of the Thames between Woolwich and Greenwich. The weather served us well but we did have to carry bikes down to the foot tunnel at Greenwich . A lovely way to start our transition from lockdown.

The following Sunday was our ride to help launch GoParks Newham. We took in over 20 parks including an excellent coffee and cake stop in Central Park and a stop at the East Ham nature Reserve.

The launch of GoParks Newham in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
East Ham Nature Reserve
Beckton District Park

The route is available on the GoParks Newham website. It shows the all the parks in Newham and our ride demonstrates access by sustainable transport

An interesting and worthwhile jaunt of 23 miles.

The following Sunday, 9 May, we tried out a new local ride – Beating the Bounds of Newham where we kept a closely as we could to the boundaries of Newham using paths and quiet roads. Using Quietway 6 to cross the north of the borough we then followed the rivers Roding, Thames and Lea. The main disappointment is that the pathway is not open to allow cycling to the bottom of the River Roding and on to the Royal Albert Dock.

Beating the Bounds – the banks of the River Lea
Beating the Bounds – having finished coffee at Royal Albert Dock

A 20 mile ride of tremendous variety and interest.

Two more rides complete this short season – a 10 mile west ham themed Bike from Boleyn on the final day of the Premier League season – 23 May; and another “Call the Midwife” themed ride around Poplar on 30 May.

And with lockdown easing we shall be turning to some longer country lanes rides.

Arnold

Readout from Annual Meeting 26 April 2021

The meeting benefitted from the attendance of a number of guests with whom we have worked over the course of the year and from throughout the borough.

We started with informative presentations from Terry Patterson, Councillor James Asser, and Murray Woodburn, followed by a lively question and answer session. This session served to highlight the recent progress made in supporting sustainable transport in Newham, the plans for the future and the challenges ahead – particularly political, human resources, and unlocking funding .

On the formal side the following elections were made: Co-ordinator, Arnold Ridout; Treasurer, Bill Bremner; Secretary, Kate Byrne; Rides Co-ordinator, Steve Smith; Infrastructure Representative, Olawale Ajibola, Deputy Infrastructure Representative, Chris Kershaw; Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Representative, Jonathan Rothwell.

Kerena Fussell who has done such amazing work for us over a number of year stood down as Deputy -Co-ordinator but agreed to stay on our Committee as our Better Streets Liaison Officer.

We agreed our accounts for 2020-21 and our budget for 2021-22. The annual report of our activities over the last year was approved.

In terms of ongoing activities; there was an outline of our forthcoming rides, our project to record useful cycling routes, and information on a study by Car Free London which is seeking volunteers for a survey of long established road filters.

We did not get time to discuss in any depth the ongoing infrastructure consultations in which we are involved which include major projects for the Royal Docks Corridor, and Westfield Ave.

Forthcoming local leisure rides Rides: Parks Ride 2 May and Beating the Bounds of Newham 9 May.

If you would like further information on any of the above please get in touch on newham@lcc.org.uk.

Arnold