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.