It is now under a week until the big ride on Saturday 17th May.
It starts at 11am in Central London, and we have feeder rides going from Newham
Come and join us, it’s free, it’s fun and it’s a great way to make sure we get out the more serious message about the importance of Space for Cycling
Â The LCC site has the details.
We have now confirmed our Feeder Ride for the Big Ride.
Main meeting point: Forest Gate Â Youth Centre (opposite Wanstead Park overground station). Â We will also be joined here by cyclists from Redbridge.
Meeting Time: 09.30
Stratford ‘pick up’: Stratford International Station (in QEOP) – junction of International Way and Celebration Ave.
Pick up Time: 09.45
The map of our route is here for anyone who misses a pick up point and wants to catch us up:
We will link up with Tower Hamlets Wheelers at the Pavilion Cafe in Victoria Park
Contact details on the day:
Arnold: 07958 472771
Kerena: 07983 349076
We received the following email from Gareth Knight, Conservative party candidate for Canning Town South, which was originally sent direct to LCC.
Hi, I am a candidate in Canning Town South in Newham and I’ve just seen your website.
Firstly, my twitter handle is @GarethKnight and I’m more than happy for your members to contact me.
Secondly, I support your calls for dedicated cycle lanes on the Lower Lea Crossing and Silvertown Viaduct.Â
Finally, I would go far further than this and support a wholesale strategy to encourage residents in my ward to commute to Canary Wharf by bike, relieving pressure on the DLR and Jubilee Lines, including:
-secure cycle parking serving the developments on Western Gateway and Seagull Lane and the new developments off Hallsville Road;
-secure cycle parking for all new developments in the Canning Town area to be built as they are constructed;
-bike racks and cycle lanes on Western Gateway serving local shops, restaurants, the Emirates Air Line and the ExCel centre;
-the introduction of “Boris Bikes” to the Royal Docks area (they currently stop before they reach Newham);
-a cyclist hotline where reports of potholes, dangerous roads and dangerous drivers can be made so action can be taken quickly;
-mandatory cycle proficiency training for all local primary school children;
-an offer for adults to receive cycle proficiency training to increase confidence in cycling on London roads and reminders of the highway code as far as it affects cyclists.
I would actively encourage any of my colleagues on the council to identify similar opportunities to promote cycling in their wards, most notably around the Royal Docks and Olympic Park.
Newham has one of the worst reputations of any borough in London when it comes to being cycle-unfriendly and if elected, I would want to substantially shift that reputation as far as my ward is concerned.
I hope that explains my position!
We now have all but 2 wards where people have taken action (i.e. put in their postcode and sent emails to the candidates).
The 2 where no actions have been taken are:
Green Street East
So if you live in either of those, or you know anyone who does, please visit the website or pass on the details.
The TUSC and Green Parties have both said they are supporting the campaign right across London. In Newham we have 2 Green Party candidates (both in Forest Gate North) and 8 TUSC candidates.
Also there is one Green (Jane Lithgow) and one TUSC (Lois Austin) standing for Mayor.
We have 1 confirmed Conservative supporting (Adam Nowacki in Beckton) and 9 Labour candidates.
Plenty of work still to be done, but it’s a start!
It’s not good reading, but I’ve just spent a bit of time going through the ‘Action’ website to list all our wards, the candidates in them and the support so far. Â If you haven’t yet contacted your candidates through the website, please do. Â If you HAVE contacted them and they aren’t yet supporting, please feel free to harangue them. Â Obviously in a nice polite ‘tinging of the bell’ kind of way. Â Twitter is a good medium for this if you use it!
S4C Ward by Ward support
SPACE FOR CYCLING update:
So far we have ‘action’ in 14 of our 20 wards. This is a great start – but we need to get all wards covered and as many candidates as possible supporting.
Please, head over to www.action.spaceforcycling.org and do your bit.
The specific wards with no action so far are:
Wall End: https://action.space4cycling.org/data/ward/1220
Green Street East: https://action.space4cycling.org/data/ward/1226
Green Street West:
East Ham Central:
East Ham South: