Richard Wadey provided a wide ranging overview of Newham Council’s progress in implementing its Cycle Strategy. Key points emerging from his presentation and follow up questions:
- Of the 33 priority cycle routes it identified plans were in place or being developed for beneficial interventions on 19. But implementation depended on funding, which was being sought from a variety of sources.
- The low traffic neighbourhood strategy was not part of the original cycle strategy but has been added since. LTN’s would complement and in some cases enhance the plans for the 19 cycle routes.
- In some cases compromises were necessary especially in relation to bus priority schemes.
- Pressure on staff time was a significant constraint on progress.
- There was a build up of demand for cycle hoops which the Council were not currently meeting.
An invitation was extended to all to provide any infrastructure ideas which would be collated with our existing checklist and pursued at the resumption of catch up meetings with Council Officers.
John Morris was appointed Deputy Co-ordinator. He has a special interest in outreach.
In relation to events and partnerships:
- Fix your Ride is continuing at Woodgrange Market on the second Saturday of each month and we were responding positively to a request for some midweek sessions to support community activity on the Carpenters Estate.
- There is an opportunity to assist in a Woodcraft Folk cycle project.
- The AAA children’s cycle club has resumed at both The ARC in Canning Town and Abbey Hub. Details of opportunities for us to resume this partnership will be pursued by e-mail and discussion group.
Jonathan outlined positive developments in the QE Olympic Park where LLDC have appointed a expert sustainable transport officer.
Our rides programme is progressing and country lane rides are resuming. The number of no shows after booking has been disappointing.
We had been invited by the Council to attend a resumption of Traffic Management Liaison Meetings, where infrastructure developments would be discussed with official bodies such as ambulance and police.
Our programme of video’s of rides was continuing.
If you would like further information on any of the above please do not hesitate to get in touch.