Four Newham Cyclists participated in another cycle round the Stratford works on 4 June with Michael Barratt, TfLs influential Development Development Impacts Manager and Paul Gannon, the Newham Council Officer managing the restructuring project, .
Here is their full Report with the full list of actions, and more (annotated) photos:
Focus on the gyratory works 04 june 18
By way of reminder, the Stratford Gyratory scheme has been generally welcomed by Newham Cyclists. The works already completed give a flavour of the benefits to come.
One of our concerns has been to ensure cyclists remain as safe as possible during the lengthy construction works. The very positive approach by all concerned is helping to achieve this. The engagement of TfL and Newham Council is very welcome.
At present there are two major issues, which are recognised as difficult to avoid at present:
- The closure of the cycle track in the Grove. However Paul indicated that this was planned to open southbound in the next few weeks. Cyclists going northbound can still use the wide shared use pavement up to Great Eastern Street.
- The cycle lane completed in the Broadway westbound can only be used for cyclists turning into Tramway Avenue towards Plaistow. it cannot be used for continuing westbound to Stratford High St.
Otherwise it is necessary to move into the centre lane in order to get to the now open westbound lane outside the Old Town Hall. Please be aware of this if you are going westbound through Stratford to Bow in order to avoid conflict with pedestrians.
Otherwise a series of minor modifications (moving fences, changing the position of signs, covering loose wires etc.) were suggested.
The 4m wide two way cycle track between Angel Lane and The Grove, which is currently under construction may need to be temporarily limited in width at first to prevent the idea arising that this is extra car parking space. Paul is looking for the best way to do this, for example by use of planters or cycle parking. All ideas gratefully received.
The track will still open with a very adequate 3m width and will move to its full 4m when bedded in.
It was also interesting to learn that traffic counts had shown a significant overall decline in motor traffic (evaporation) since the works had started and a significant reduction in speeds – to nearer the 20mph limit. Also, further major development on Stratford High Street between Bridge Street and the Magistrates Court could present another opportunity for improvements for cycling and walking in the area.
The “Over the Hill” group of cyclists from south of the river have become regular participants in our Newham rides and so they were once again tempted to cross the river and try the cake. The weather was fine and warm and travelled at a leisurely pace along the canal towards Enfield lock.
The first part of the ride along the canal is naturally quite flat. Dawes hill is always a test for heart, lungs, and the benefits of ebikes and we approached the forest this way. Riding through Chingford we stopped at the Queen Elizabeth hunting lodge, which was open, and it was easy to imagine Tudor nobles chasing deer through the valley below. Onward to High Beech and through the forest, before negotiating the busy A121, we crossed a lesser known bridge over the M25, down a track and into Upshire and St Thomas’ church. We had lunch in the Horseshoe pub before returning to the church for tea and a mountain of cake.
We rode back sated and probably more slowly, taking an alternative route around High Beech avoiding the hills to the the canal, which led us all the way back to our start point. Unfortunately, as we rejoined the Greenway Roxie’s derailleur got caught in her back wheel. We we almost at the end of the ride and she was able get home and hopefully repair or replace the bike, which I believe is under guarantee.
Coincidentally, I saw my daughter Ellie’s narrow boat along the canal and stopped for a photo with the new tenant
We have led two more rides for AAA’s Saturday children’s cycling club – on 5 May and 2 June.
The first was a jaunt along the Greenway (first braving a traffic jam caused by a funeral in the West Ham Cemetry) and through Three Mills Green. Notably we got a disability bike along the Channelsea Path linking Three Mills to the Greenway.
There was very positive feedback from the eight children participating.
Duly inspired, and with a group of six slightly older children, our second ride ventured from the Greenway along the Lea towpath to the Olympic Park. This gave us a chance to focus more on cycle skills as well as taking some of the children to a part of Newham they had not been to before or had little knowledge of.
A great pleasure and success for them and us.
We are therefore trying to fit another ride in before the summer shut down. If you might be able to help between 10.15 am and 12.45 pm on either Saturday 30 June or Saturday 7 July let me know at email@example.com
A goodly band, including a contingent from south of the River, set out without any expectation of avoiding at least one thunderstorm.
In the event we were blessed (as usual) with good weather and those that lasted to the end finished hot, but dry; all without mechanical mishap.
The ride was just over 16 miles around Newham with one small diversion to Trinity Buoy Wharf on the Tower Hamlets side of the mouth of the River Lea.
The intention was to pick up on some of the places of interest missed out in previous local rides. What was remarkable was the scale of development along the Thames, from City Island to Gallions Reach. Indeed the new developments at Thames Barrier Park made it a difficult task to thread our way to the park.
Lets hope Newham ends up with a proper Thameside path!
This was held on 21 May to avoid a bank holiday. In the evening sunshine we took a quick ride around the rat runs of Manor Park, between the Romford Road and East Av/Plashet Grove, either side of High Street North, leaving time for discussion in the garden of the Golden Fleece afterwards.
On Manor Park, Adam suggested how through traffic could be stopped by point road closures leaving groups of streets accessible (each group shown as the same colour on this map):
We decided to-
- discuss the problem and possible solutions with Newham Council’s Sustainable Transport Officer and Newham Living Streets;
- invite ideas for possible solutions. If you have ideas or would like to participate in developing ideas please get in touch, by 10 June, to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com);
- continue to raise awareness of local residents, schools etc;
- inform the new local councillors.
We discussed how to run our Freecycle feeder ride on 28 July. We are looking at a new route. Marshals are needed. If you can help and have not already indicated please let me know on newham.lcc.org.uk again by 10 June.
We were not impressed with the plans for Q6 Temple Mill Lane/Leyton Rd jucntion and will be renewing our objections. It is imperative that the quietways reach an decent quality. otherwise they will waste public money on infrastructure that will not attract cyclists.
We decided to run a programme of Councillor Rides to reinforce with our new Council the potential of and benefits from cycling in Newham.
Out third cycle of bike maintenance and ride with Ambition, Aspire, Achieve goes ahead over teh next two Saturdays.
This will take place a week earlier than usual to avoid a bank holiday, on 21 May.
We will be doing a short fact finding ride of some rat runs in Manor Park
Start at the golden Fleece, Capel Rd at 7.30 pm and we will return there for discussion of our findings and other current topics – weather permitting in the garden.
A lively Annual Meeting, with refreshment, was held at the East Ham Working Mens Club on 30 April 2018. A turnout of 24 members and guests heard an interesting presentation by Dr Rachel Aldred, an LCC Trustee, on cycle safety. She has undertaken a study which examined the various factors contributing to cycle safety such s the nature of the roads, the amount of traffic, the presence of bus lanes, speed limits and the number of cyclists. One of her findings was that safety improved with a 20mph speed limit irrespective whether it was enforced or not.
This finding was complemented by Jeremy Leach from Living Streets London and 20’s Plenty who provided an optimistic view of recent developments including forthcoming speed limiters for buses.
Gerard Bailey, Chairman of Bike from Boleyn, thanked us for our contribution to the successful ride of thee previous day.
In addition to the matters raised in the report (see earlier post):
- Newham Cyclists and Living Streets Newham jointly met with the (now) Mayor of Newham, at her invitation; she subsequently pledged to submit a bid to TfL for a Low Traffic Neighbourhood.
- Some residents in Manor Park are now wanting to take action against rat-running . We will seek to assist.
On the business side the following Officers were elected for 2018-19:
- Joint co-ordinators, Kerena Fussell and Arnold Ridout
- Treasurer, Bill Bremner
- Infrastructure Rep, Olawale Ajibola
- Ride co-ordinator, Steve Smith.
The Accounts for 2017-18, the Budget for 2018-19 and the Annual Report (see earlier post) were all approved.
Our crack team of marshals was out in force to guide 70 riders (including a large contingent of children and their parents from Central Park School) from the Boleyn Statue to the London Stadium and back. Some used dockless bikes provided by Mobikes.
Stephen Timms MP was amongst the riders as well as local councillors.
Most children also enjoyed a session of football training from the West Ham Foundation at the Community Track.
The Newham Recorder has a full page spread (not yet available on line)
Unsolicited feedback was extremely positive. A very successful event in partnership with the Bike from Boleyn organisation which demonstrated the value of the Greenway for getting around Newham.
Thanks also to Newham Council for providing a Dr Bike, facilitating the dockless bikes, and opening the big gates on the Greenway.
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.
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.