Milena Rouse, the Green Spaces Community Worker at Plaistow South Big Local introduced her plans for promoting cycling in the area, including facilitating a try before you bike scheme and local bike parking. We agreed to support her initiative how we could.
Our Fix Your Ride stall at Woodgrange Market will resume on 17 April and continue thereafter on the second Saturday of the month. We will also explore the possibility of further stalls around the borough with potential partners who were approaching us.
We discussed the LCC’s campaign for the May elections based on:
- rapid expansion of the Strategic Cycling Network at the highest quality;
- development and implementation of a London-wide smart road user charging system; and
- co-ordinated expansion of easy access to low-carbon shared mobility services such as car club and and shared cycle/scooter points.
The Committee will look at promoting these objectives on social media, by writing to the local press and by organising a ride to which candidates would be invited.
The Treasurer set out the preparations for the annual accounts and budget, asked for all outstanding invoices to be sent to him and invited suggestions for what should be included in next years’ budget.
- Low Traffic Neighbourhoods were progressing;
- as nothing has been heard of progress on the Romford Rd we decided to chase this up again;
- the proposals for the Royal Docks Corridor route (Silvertown Way and North Woolwich Rd) on which we are being consulted looked promising but we needed to be sure of the treatment of junctions;
- Stephen Timms MP was promoting a Roding Greenway Route. Something which we have supported whilst recognising the challenges of achieving it.
We further discussed how cargo bikes might be promoted locally. political action such as a Scottish scheme would be the best way of achieving progress but there were some local steps we could take by liaising with those promoting use of cargo bikes, and publicising businesses which deliver by this means. If you know of any please let me know.
We discussed the resumptions of rides when LCC give the green light.
Member Liam Adams explained his opposition to Newham Council’s policy of charging for a first parking permit based on emissions.
We will be pursuing our project of recording local rides. If you would like to be involved please let me know.