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The newsletter for north east London LCC groups
Redbridge ◆ Havering ◆ Barking & Dagenham ◆ Newham ◆ Waltham Forest
Don’t sweat, cycling’s for life
Cycling was discussed in a recent Waltham Forest Cycle Framework Meeting, part of a collaboration between the Council’s sports development team and the other four Olympic boroughs. Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign’s Gerhard Weiss attended the meeting. “The focus was on cycling as a sport. That’s fantastic, but their document also talks about cycling as a safe, integrated part of East London life. Now for that we need to nurture a cycling culture at large. And that includes suitable infrastructure, like secure parking. I made a case that competitive cyclists need proper facilities as much as commuter cyclists. They totally agreed. I’m full of hope that our sports development team will help us bring about a change in our streets.’
E17 Art Trail gets a Tour de
Waltham Forest Cyclists organised a grand tour de Art Trail and several shorter étapes. The E17 Art Trail is in its sixth year now and bigger than ever: 200 listings with 1200 participating artists in 100 venues scattered throughout the postcode, from established galleries through pubs, studios, schools, to private homes which artists opened to the public for ten days. WFCC focused on hard-to-reach venues away from the town centre and other clusters. The grand tour visited 18 locations in one afternoon and there was enough time to savour the art, talk to the artists over wine, stop for ice cream and, naturally, cycle. The weekday étapes were limited to an hour and no more than five destinations.
Redbridge Skyride best in town
While Central London’s Skyride was famously overcrowded, Redbridge 12 September 2010 Volume Skyride was much closer to VII perfection. Redbridge LCC’s Gill James explains: ‘We had five and a half thousand mostly family cyclists, on a lovely sunny day. Cardominated roads turned magically into delightful country lanes once the motor traffic was removed! Considering that Hainault is a long way out of town, the numbers were good. We hope that those residents who so strenuously objected to having to move their cars to the next street have heard what fun it turned out to be and will join us next year.”
23 Redbridge cyclists do the annual Ride+Stride
23 cyclists met at Canterbury Youth Hostel to do the Friends of Essex Churches Trust Ride + Stride. Among them was the veteran rider, 81-yearold June Cocksedge from Wanstead. This is a national event held on the second Saturday every September. Redbridge LCC’s Alan James worked out a 23-mile-long route.
Ride to Skyride
Hundreds met locally across East London to cycle together to the London Skyride this September More than 30 in Chingford, 60 in Walthamstow, 50 in Stratford Families with kids and trailers, seasoned cyclists and cycling novices on brand new bikes joined marshals from the Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign on guided rides o attend the September Skyride. LCC organised 50 such rides throughout London to help cyclists and get to the traffic-free zone safely. With over 85000 people riding streets specially closed to traffic the Skyride was a huge success – perhaps bigger than anticipated. We call on the organizers to close the entire Zone 1 to motor traffic next year. More details: wfcycling.blogspot.com
Olympic Park without its Cycle Superhighway
Newham Council has postponed its planned Cycle Superhighway. Stratford’s Olympic Park will have to do without it. CS2 was proposed from Aldgate to Ilford. Instead, it will end at Bow Roundabout. TfL’s explanation refers to “significant urban realm improvements as part of the Stratford High Street 2012 project… Furthermore, the Olympic Delivery Authority begins operational testing in May 2011, which will further constrain the availability of road space for construction projects.” It looks like Newham Council's opposition to painted cycle lanes (including blue ones) will prevent, or at least delay, this important development.
Redbridge Environmental Action Plan targets CO2
The Redbridge Council’s Environmental Action Plan (REAct) is out for consultation.
Gill James comments: “ It’s CO2 targets are great but won’t happen unless Redbridge radically changes its transport policy. Redbridge's cycling levels are amongst the lowest in London and a recent Department of Environment study pointed out that Redbridge has the highest proportion of children travelling to school by car in London.” Copies of the plan at the Library.
Cyclists get a gateway to the Thames in Havering
Rainham to Purfleet Path got its finishing touch in form of light controlled crossings where it meets A13. At a cost of £2,5M the 6 miles of trafficfree asphalt through the marshes between Rainham and Purfleet have crowned years of efforts to reclaim and regenerate this former military range and landfill. It offers views across the marshes and the river and forms part of the National Cycle Route 13 and the Loop, London’s orbital footpath. Bob Flindall, the leader of Havering’s Regeneration Team, said: “We’re happy to have got this final piece of the jigsaw done. We are now working to connect the path to Sustrans’s Connect2 route towards Ingrebourne Valley. We also continue the regeneration of the marshes. We intend to turn the area into a regional visitor destination.”
Local group contacts
David Gould http://tiny.cc/HaveringCC
Barking & Dagenham
Colin Newman http://www.stibasa.org.uk 020 8144 8591
Arnold Ridout http://tiny.cc/NewhamCC
Every Sunday morning – rides from Upminster. See www.essexcycling.co.uk/havering for details. Saturday, 25 September, 10am – 4pm - Barking & Dagenham’s Big Green Borough Day / In Town Without My Car – Can you volunteer at LCC stall? Contact Colin Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org; Home telephone (020) 8144 8591; Mobile: +44 7761 577255 Saturday, 2 October – Gravesend to Rochester, by Thurrock Sustrans. 35-40 miles. Meet at Tilbury ferry terminal at 10.00am or for riders coming from Kent at the Gravesend ferry terminal at 10.30am Sunday, 3 October 9am – 2pm – Going South. We're going south using the new East London line to take us and bikes near Crystal Palace, where we can take in five London boroughs in one swoop. Meet in Walthamstow town square (outside the library, by the Big Screen) Sunday, 10 October - Family Bike Club Ride. Meet at 1pm at Orford Road/Church Lane junction E17 (next to the old postbox near St. Mary’s Church); we will get back by about 5pm. Contact Paul on 020 8520 0648 or email email@example.com Sunday, 21 November 9am – 2pm – Fat Boy Ride. Our annual meet-up at the Fat Boy diner (Trinity Buoy Wharf). We follow the river Lea to where it meets the Thames taking in some of London's industrial heritage sites and the new Olympic stadium. We hope to meet fellow LCC groups there and exchange stories maybe even from across the river. Meet in Walthamstow town square (outside the library, by the Big Screen)
Gerhard Weiss www.wfcycling.org.uk 020 8521 1893
The Redbridge Cycle Maintenance Workshops Course at Wanstead House starts on Wednesday 22nd September. To book the next course in March 2011, email: firstname.lastname@example.org The Crossrail Corridor Area Action Plan is out for consultation until 15th October. The Area covers Goodmayes, Seven Kings & Ilford & promises to focus on cycling and walking but needs specific comments such as the need for a link through Ilford Town Centre to the proposed 'Superhighway' on Romford Road. Copies at the Library or contact email@example.com Join the new Epping Forest Cycle Forum. The Forum will be made up of cyclists for cyclists and will work together with Corporation of London to tackle everyday issues as well as user conflicts and the future management of the Forest. Alison O'Connor, Community Liaison Officer - Epping Forest T:020 8532 5337 firstname.lastname@example.org London Cycling Campaign has announced its Annual General Meeting on 17 November 2010. You can register here: http://lcc.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=1532. Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign will hold its Annual Meeting on 12 January 2011 at 8pm at the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, London, E17 9AH.