Mostly a social meeting with excellent cheeseÂ and beer. Â Nevertheless some business transacted as there is still a lot going on.
- Crossrail funding had come through for environmental improvements around Maryland, Forest Gate andÂ Manor Park Stations. Â Forest Gate Councillors have been invited to attend our next meeting to discuss the plans for Forest Gate Â which will take place on 26 January. Â Councillor Patel of Manor Park had agreed to pre-consultation on those for Manor Park which is planned for mid January. Â If you are interested in attending the Manor Park meeting please contact us through the details provided on this site.
- We are now in possession of an excellent A3Â map of Newham streets showing all of the 495Â small improvements to improve cycle permeability. Â It will be available for close inspection at our next meeting at the end of January.
- Discussions are continuing between TfL and Newham Council on the Aldgate to Hainault Quietway on whichÂ we have provided input. Â There is emerging recognition from both bodies of the potential for a network of quietways, as per our vision.
- Arnold will be visiting the Outdoors in the City Project on 29 November to explore the possibilities of co-ordination withÂ Â Community Links, who run a cycle club there. Â If anyone is interested in coming along get in touch with Arnold through the contact details on this site.
- There was an update on the sorry saga of CS2 at Tramway Avenue.
- The meeting was keen for the group to runÂ a variety of rides next year- including someÂ Â Newham based Â ones providing variations on the traditional Newham Ride, Â some slightly longerÂ rides and a call for the popular summer evening series of rides. Â We will be putting togetherÂ a programme shortly so volunteer leaders very welcome.
- Stratford Gyratory is moving up the agenda of TFL junction improvements and the CommitteeÂ will work out some thoughts for presentation at the January meeting.
In what is turning out to be a Newham Cyclists tradition, the weather was amazingly good. The ride was enjoyable; 25 miles, mostly off road. Â Particularly notable was the Thames in the autumn light – Â as still as a mill pond. Â Below are a couple of phots, taken by Chris. Â The first is the group stopping by the river for a photoshoot and the second on the marsh pathÂ approaching the RSPB.
Any LCC members planning on voting in the Board Trustee elections may want to do a bit of additional research into Tony Martin. It has come to our attention that he is an extreme right wing activist (he has confirmed he is @tonyleemartin on Twitter).
The weather respected the tradition of being excellent for ourÂ rides. Â Nine of us sortied to Chelmsford by train and then followed Sustrans national route 1 from there to Maldon and back, with a diversion to Mundon with its 14th Â centruy church and “petrified” oaks. Â Very picturesque and extremently pleasant. Â Thanks to Chris for leading us. Â
Above: The oaks, but no bikes.
Below: Â A high spot en route, this time with bikes.
On Tuesday night we had a very pleasant saunter down the canals to a pub in Canary Wharf that turned out to be called the Ledger – and back. Â Some business was transacted as refreshments were taken.
- The 25 bus route has been chosen to trial a sensor system to improve cycle safety.
- Our next meeting will be on 1 September (venue to be confirmed but probably Coffee E7). Â A representative from Atkins will be attending to consult on freight in Stratford High St.
- The Essex ride is on 24 August.
Some of you may have already done this, but if not – please just take a few minutes to have your say on TFLs plans to make London’s lorries safer for pedestrians and cyclists.
Do come and join in the fun at the Greenwich Foot Tunnel on 3rd August!
Sunday, 3 August at 3pm at Tunnel Entrance, Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
Join Fogwoft to celebrate the opening of the tunnel in 1902 and the completion of the refurbishment works.Â
Live music from Trinity musicians Michael Underwood and Oscar Laurence
Short addresses from Dr Mary Mills and Ian Blore of fogwoft, and aÂ walk through the tunnel to Island Gardens where refreshments will be served.
All are welcome.
See you there!
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.
Great idea to get people cycling rather than driving during the upcoming tube strikes!