The newsletter for north east London LCC groups
Barking & Dagenham
SINHA IN REDBRIDGE
LCC’s main man Ashok Sinha weighs up Boris,announces a members’ poll and greets Red-bridge’s new coordinator.
Sinha praised Boris Johnson’s belief in the civilisingpower of cycling but lambasted politicians for their op-portunism and the resulting low modal share and everlower goals for the future. He compared Amsterdam’scycling budget of £98 per head to London’s meagre £2-3.
Sinha urged local authorities to show commitment andsuggested to start by ensuring lorry drivers are cycle-aware and new developments meet and exceed cycleparking guidelines.
He talked about the new LCC website’s focus on peo-ple and invited members to participate in the online pollon LCC’s campaigning priorities.
Sinha also greeted David Giddings, Redbridge LCC’s newcoordinator, and congratulated the group on the Red-bridge’s status as a ‘Biking Borough’. He reminded every-one to keep track of the Borough’s promises, especiallythose regarding infrastructure.
TOUCHING UP LEYTONSTONE
Leytonstone High Road makeover has begunbut improvement seems superficial.
The sheme’s objectives include better cycling and walk-ing, safer environment, improved accessibility and trans-port flow.
WF Cyclist Gerhard Weiss commented, ‘We arepleased to see attempts to reduce the ‘corridor effect’of Leytonstone High Road which is in danger of becom-ing a conveyor belt of motor vehicles accessing the newWestfield shopping centre, draining Leytonstone’s econ-omy. But the steps taken are not strong enough and thescheme is failed by allowing high speed and volume of motor traffic and pavement parking at the expense of walking and cycling.’
Weiss added, ‘We are disappointed about the lack of consultation from the Council. We have seen plans onlyafter getting in touch several times, just weeks beforework was due to begin.’
A newly designed bridge outside the OlympicPark puts cyclists at danger.
The Angel Lane bridge runs north of Stratford towncentre over rail tracks. For a length it has a segregatedcycle track which then abruptly turns and disappearsinto the main traffic lane at a pinch point. The road isstraight and clear and so encourages speeding, furtherincreasing danger to cyclists.
WF Cyclist Tony Fincham said, ‘We are dismayed that inthis day and age such appalling design has been imple-mented.’
ETHIOPIA RIDES AHEAD
Local charity Ahead put on a ride to sponsor avocational training centre and girls’ hostel inEthiopia.
Forty riders departed from Walthamstow’s St. James’sPark on 5 June on Ahead’s quest to raise £10,000. Theywere met by the Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy at Pe-ter House and then they rode on through Epping Forestto Woodford’s Stone Bomb, a memorial erected in 1935by the suffragette, feminist and political activist SylviaPankhurst. Her descendant Dr Helen Pankhurst and Les-lie Stowe, President of Chingford Rotary Club, gave ashort address.
The ten-mile-riders then turned back while others ped-alled on to High Beach and North Weald Bassett’s RAFmuseum. These included Ethiopian youngsters living inLondon for whom cycling was a brand-new discoverythanks to Dr Elfneh Bariso, ride organiser and Ahead’sleader. All were welcomed back in Walthamstow withhot food and drinks.Pavement parking rolled out all over Leytonstone