A lot to report:
- We provided our views on Stratford High Street to Atkins.
- We decided the committee would pursue a meeting with Councillor Christie.
- We will take up communication training with a view to creating more targeted communications.
- East London Hubub rides will be circulated on the Yahoo group.
- Richard provided a general upbeat update on cycling developments. (1) Consultation has opened on the e-w and n-s Superhighways through Central London; (2) Aldgate to Bow CS2 improvements will go out to consultation , but are likely to include proper protection from left hooks and Â (over 30%) segregation. Â We need to look out a press for left hook protection in Stratford High St. This has opened today – see Â https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/eastwest and https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/cycling/northsouth (3) This week Newham will be submitting an application for funding to remove the Stratford Gyratory, for which the ground has been prepared. (4) Proposals are moving forward for remedial improvements to Westfield Avenue in the Olympic Park, to be paid for by the developers of the International Quarter (5) Newham have employed a further person to deal with cycle projects. (6)The cycle permeability project is progressing to the mapping stage and will be incorporated into a draft cycle strategy for the borough which is being written at the moment. (7) the Lea Valley route will also link Canning Town to the Excel Centre/Cablecars via Sivlertown Way. Â This links to our ward ask for South Canning Town. (8) 200k has been obtained to improve Gallions roundabout. (9) Newham almost doubled its cycle training delivery; it Â is sending all its drivers on Â serious cycle awareness training; and its engineers are getting LCDS (London Cycle Design standards) training . (9) A cycle parking audit has almost been completed picking up on historic suggestions for cycle parking, and 25K is available to spend on cycle parking and decluttering; 14 stands have recently been installed..
- Richard exposed the Sustrans proposals for the Aldgate to Hainault quietway route on which immediate comments were offered. Â We will carry out a formal consultation exercise separately.
- We decided to pursue a response to the river crossings consultation: Â https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/roads/river-crossings. A ferry at Gallions Reach to Thamemead will reduce traffic on local roads in the south of the borough and create a slight increase on the A406 and a feeder road to it, and bring environmental benefits over upgrading the existing Woolwich Ferry. Â My suggestion is to oppose any new Â bridges – Â which will Â bring traffic too much traffic into the borough bearing in mind the prooposed Silvertown tunnel. Â Â The Gallions Reach ferry appears the most beneficial to cyclists followed by the Woolwich ferry. Â Comments to me by close 8th SeptemberÂ Â for drafting the response and submitting it by 12th September.
Not surprisingly after all this there was not time to look at the Space for Cycling follow up which we will do at our next meeting onÂ 29 September.
See separate posting for forthcoming rides.