Readout of meeting of 29 July 2019

We started with an evening ride from Forest Gate around the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. We saw the newly opened section of the Greenway before moving on to Crate for refreshment and a short discussion.

  • Michale Barratt, TfL’s Development Impact Manager, told us he was having discussions with Newham Council’s Network Management team and we agreed to maintain contact (whilst being wary that this department had a done little in the past to promote cycling in Newham). This initiate should benefit pedestrians , site workers, the less able as well as those that cycle.
  • The disappointing backtracking by Newham Council in respect of theBrowning Road bridge (see previous post). This issue gives greater urgency to our efforts to link with other like minded groups promoting a better environment and better neighbourhoods for Newham.
  • We will give feedback to LCC that scheduling the Freecycle in August made it difficult for us to provide marshals for the feeder ride.
  • We discussed forthcoming events on 22 September (Car Free Day) and 5 October (Bike from Boleyn).
  • We will seek discussions with Newham Council over the defective scheme for the junction of Greengate St and Barking Road.
  • We noted that staff at the Financial Conduct Authority found parking in Startford so cheap compared with Canary Wharf that commuting by car had increased.
  • We discussed the possibilities of hiring and/or hiring out a cargo bike.

Our next meeting will be 30 September – details to be confirmed.

Arnold

AAA Ride 27 July 2019

Despite rain the children of the saturday cycle club run by hte charity Ambition, Aspire, Achieve, were keen togo out for a ride. They (and we) were rewarded by the rain stopping. We used the Greenway, including the newly opened section north of Stratford High Street, and the Olympic Park for an enjoyable (mostly off-road) ride.

We will be looking at running another round of fixing /ride on consecutive Saturdays in the autumn.

Arnold

TfL Cycle Parking Strategy

This strategy has just been published. For some local flavour:

  • a map on page 10 shows that Newham’s on-street parking mirrors outer London rather than inner London;
  • a map on page 13 shows the routes in Newham with a top 5% potential for cycling (as first revealed in TfL’s Strategic Cycling Analysis of June 2017);
  • a map on p 14 shows a strong demand for additional on-street parking in the Beckton area;
  • a map on p 24 shows Forest Gate, Canning Town and East Ham as Town Centres with high demand for cycle parking;
  • page 30 ff provides evidence that cycle parking (over car parking) benefits Town Centres;
  • a map onn p 33 shows the location of cycle hangers over London. Newham has a relatively low provision for hte density of its population.

Arnold

Rainham Ride Report and latest news

14 July was the new summer date for our traditional 25 mile ,off road (mostly) saunter to Rainham Marshes and Upminister. The weather was no better than on our previous September/October rides – but we escaped any rain (but suffered one puncture)..

The route was as interesting as ever.

  • We saw some frantic working on the northern section of the Greeway in preparation for its opeing the following day after being closed for more than a decade.
  • There are signs of the massive development of Barking Riverside.
  • We had a short stop in Rainhm Hall – the subject of an interesting blog by Diamond Geezer on 18 July.

The following Saturday we did some bike fixing at the AAA Fun Day. The all-ability bikes are particularly vulnerable to malfunction and present a challenge to repair. Nevertheless we ensured that a couple more would be available.

Other news:

  • Our next AAA ride is this Saturday 27 July leaving 10.30 from the Arc – see rides.
  • We have submitted strong support for the 5 pilot School Streets. These are all relatively easy to implement. We have suggested extending the scope in some cases and commented that they should be a stepping stone to proper Liveable Neighbourhood schemes.
  • There is an important current consultation on the “Greater Carpenters Neighbourhood Plan” – an area important for cycling and walking connections to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The plans look – typically for the LLDC – deficient.
  • There is a current consultation on closing the bridge at Browning Rd to through traffic to lessen rat running in Manor Park.
  • We looked with TfL and Newham Council at the the Romford Rd corridor.
  • The consultants for the developers of the MSG Square have contacted us after our objection to their seriously deficiant plans after our objection had been lodged. However they have not yet been able to indicate that they would contemplate changing them (and they are likely to be supported by the LLDC Planning team); nor have they shown any interest in a site visit to look again at the cycling angle.
  • We understand and hope that Newham Council are looking again at their original (poor) proposals for the Greengate St/Barking Rd junction.
  • Our next meeting is 29 July – an short evening ride followed by a chance for some informal discussion – see events.
  • LCC are holding a social at at 6:00PM in Look Mum No Hands (49 Old St, London EC1V 9HX).  All are welcome.
  • Steve has devised an exciting new route for our feeder to the Freecycle on 3 August. More marshals would be greatly approciated for this event which is both fun and important in promoting cycling.
  • I will be leading a feeder ride to a cycle fun event in Greenwich Park on 17 August – see rides.

Arnold

Forest Gate Festival 6 July 2019

A long and successful day at the Forest Gate Festival. A wide rota of us spend all day fixing and talking bikes. This in addition to Dr Bike who was operating next door. We recycled a number of bikes and bits of equipment that had been donated to us for this purpose and received just over £150 in donations.

Brewery Pride ride Report 29/6/19

10 of us set off on a very sunny Saturday to ride around some east and north east London’s Breweries –as well as old favourites we found a no. of new brew sites! Crossing river Lee we passed old favourites inc Crate & Howling hops to cross Victoria park (& a family marathon in park!) to Old street brewery in Bethnal green –new to us last year. Passing Boxcar –soon to reopen, we stopped for first sample at new Mechanic Brewery also in Bethnal green.

Travelling north now the day started to really heat up passing more Hackney breweries we headed for Lee navigation canal where we rode up to Hale brewery near Markfield park –they actually brew in a shipping container –very micro! Back up canal past Beavertown who were holding a ticketed beer festival we had our lunch stop at Pressure drop brewery –however promised food was not there! after some negotiation some procured food from tasty Beavertown stalls.

Then past new brewery Ora and onto new site for One mile end brewery & Redemption –both in Tottenham. –back across canal and Tottenham marshes to new site of Wild card –next to a retro scooter shop in north Walthamstow. Past alcohol free brewery Nirvana, four more in Leyton before a stop at another new brewery Gravity well for more sampling. We spoke to keen staff at Solvay Society tap room in E11 –brewers of Belgian style beers! We passed Pretty Decent brewery in E7 to our final stop at Woodgrange market where Forest Gayte festival was in full flight and to sample Pretty Decent brew!

Prize for best dressed bike must go to Anita -8 made it back to E7 after a very hot day of riding 23 miles and 28 breweries! -see list below

Bill

brewery location tap room/notes web
1 Trumans E3 2NT no https://www.trumansbeer.co.uk/
2 Crate E9 5EW y https://cratebrewery.com/
3 Howling hops E9 5EN y https://www.howlinghops.co.uk/
4 Laine E9 7BT ceased? https://www.peoplesparktavern.pub/brewery
6 old st Arch 11 Gales Gardens, London E2 0EJ y https://oldstreet.beer/
7 boxcar Unit 1 Birkbeck St, London E2 6JY tap not yet open https://www.boxcarbrewery.co.uk/
8 mechanic Railway Arches, 22A Cudworth St, London E1 5QU stop https://www.mechanicbrewery.co.uk/
9 Three sods E2 6NB ceased? https://www.threesodsbrewery.com/about-us
10 Forest rd 8 Netil Ln, London E8 3RL y https://www.forestroad.co.uk/
11 London fields 365-366 Warburton St, London E8 3RR tap not yet open https://www.londonfieldsbrewery.co.uk/agegate
12 church E8 1JE y https://www.hackneychurchbrew.co/
13 Deviant & Dandy Arch 184 Nursery Rd, London E9 6PB y http://deviantanddandy.com/
14 Hale at five miles 39b Markfield Road, London, N15 4QA y https://twitter.com/halebrewing?lang=en
15 Beavertown N17 9QP y https://www.beavertownbrewery.co.uk/home/
16 Pressure drop Unit 6, Lockwood Industrial Park, Mill Mead Rd, London N17 9QP lunch stop https://pressuredropbrewing.co.uk/tottenham-taproom
17 Ora Unit 16a, Rosebery Industrial Park, London N17 9SR y http://www.orabeer.com/en/
18 Redemption Brewing Company 16, Compass West Estate, West Rd, Tottenham, London N17 0XL n http://www.redemptionbrewing.co.uk/
19 One Mile End 2, Compass West Estate, 32 West Rd, Tottenham, London N17 0XL n http://onemileend.co/
20 Wild card 2 Lockwood Way, Walthamstow, London E17 5RB y https://www.wildcardbrewery.co.uk/about
21 Nirvana Unit T6, Leyton Industrial Village, Argall Avenue, Walthamstow, London E10 7QP n https://www.nirvanabrewery.com/
22 Neckstamper Unit 3, Cromwell Industrial Estate, Staffa Rd, Walthamstow, London E10 7QZ y https://www.neckstamper.com/
23 Magic spells 24 Rigg Approach, Leyton, London, E10 7QN y http://www.magicspellsbrewery.co.uk/ourbeers.html
24 ELB E10 7QB n https://www.eastlondonbrewing.com/
25 Signature brew E10 7BT y https://www.signaturebrew.co.uk/
26 Gravity Well Arch 142 Tilbury Rd, Leyton, London E10 6RE y https://www.gravitywellbrewing.co.uk/beers
27 Solvay Society Taproom 223 Dyers Hall Railway Arches, London E11 4AF y http://www.solvaysociety.com/taproom/
28 Pretty Decent 338 Sheridan Rd, London E7 9EF y https://www.prettydecentbeer.co/
Woodgrange market E7 stop

Notes of Meeting 24th June 2019

Thanks to Steve for the meeting notes & Olawale for photos!

10 of us rode from the “Rhubarb” statue in Stratford to Here East. The focus was on MSG Sphere issues in Angel Lane and Montfichet Road. As several member of the the group took photos we agreed to send ride photos to Kerena for uploading.

Sphere consultation response: The planning proposal for the sphere and NC’s response to this planning application was discussed and our objections based on transport issues only:

1 Generation of excessive car traffic

2 Monfitchet Road inadequate contingency plans

3 Strategic cycling analysis showing high potential Angel Lane are compromised

The full response details are on the NC website Please note that individual responses are required and there is a link on NC website to a standard email for sending a personalised response

Leafleting against proposal was discussed and some members may pursue this

Freecycle

This event is scheduled for 3rd August and is likely to be the most well attended ride of the year, therefore we need as many many members as possible to volunteer to marshal this ride. Training is provided by LCC so please contact Steve Smith if you are interested. The route is to be confirmed, but the plan is to use CS13 and approach the rendezvous point from the north east.

FYR at FG Festival 6 July

NC will have a “Fix Your Ride” stall and we need members to join us as we will be busy.

Feedback on Councillors’ Ride

Councillor Blaney gave feedback – This was a tour NC organised whereby Newham councillors saw Waltham Forest (WF) mini Holland improvements. All were very impressed although many were already sympathetic to such transport and environmental changes. However, as many councillors cannot cycle it was suggested that walking tour to be arranged via Living Streets will widen support for copying these schemes.

LCC Local Groups quarterly meeting – Camden and Southwark quarterly social event agreed cost circa £30

IBikeLondon forum

Likewise there was a positive response to the idea of a forum to share cycling ideas and events

AOB

Bernard suggested a new Newham Parks Ride to be scheduled for August

Brewery ride starting at 11am on Saturday 29th June, marshals needed please contact Bill

School Streets consultation has started – this environmental scheme will be camera enforced – Olawale to draft NC school streets response

Cody dock rolling bridge crowdfunding – NC to support