Monthly meetings – Tuesdays are the new Wednesdays

WFCC monthly meetings will now be on the 4th TUESDAY of the month – Next meeting 26th May, 8-9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH.

Following our April meeting I can announce that we’ve taken the decision to stay at the Hornbeam, but move the meeting to the 4th Tuesday of the month, with the next meeting on the 26th May. Same time, same place, but different day!

It might take some time for all the places with the old meeting times to be found and updated, so please spread this far and wide – If you see this listed wrongly anywhere please let us and the person listing it know!

Next meeting: 26th May, 8-9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH.

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WFCC monthly meeting – Wednesday 8th April

Our April meeting is on Wednesday runs from 8pm to 9:30pm. All are welcome.

It will be the last Wednesday meeting at the Hornbeam (458 Hoe Street). The day and venue going forwards will be discussed and decided at the meeting.

In addition, our draft summary of accounts and budget is to be discussed at the meeting. If you’d like to review them before the meeting click here. As discussed in the document there are two questions the group must decide in the meeting:

  1. Are there additional items to add to the budget for 15/16?
  2. Should we apply for grant for 15/16?

Once the accounts and budget have been discussed and agreed these will be finalised (with any necessary amendments).

Proposed Agenda, Wednesday 8th April

1 – Introductions and apologies for absence

2 – Review of Minutes of meeting.  Note: we are currently lacking any minutes to review, these will be circulated once they are received.

3 – Council liaison and LCC

Including member feedback on any other WF issues.

4 – Proposed change of meeting

5 – Proposed Budget for 2015 – Robert

6 – Hardship Fund Motion – Tony

7 – Presumed Liability Motion – Janine

8 – Mini Holland Leaflets / campaign

9 – Map working group report

10 – Other Rides and Events

11 – Wrap up/AOB

12 – Next meeting WFCC meeting to be confirmed.

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Summary of consultation responses – 2014

Please see below for a summary of Waltham Forest Cycling Campaigns formal responses to consultations for 2014, most recent first.

 

November 2014

Mini Holland: Ruckholt Road improvements

Details for the segregated tracks and junction changes proposed at Ruckholt Road as part of “mini-Holland” are now public. Download consultation leaflet PDF.

The Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign’s mini-Holland team has already fed back on the plans – we’re broadly supportive, but there’s a few minor issues we think are outstanding:

  1. Plans for Alexandra Road aren’t ideal – with buses and traffic mixing it up with cyclists (albeit with speed tables due to be in there). Physical segregation can only be achieved by moving the bus stop (eg to Grove Green Road on the other side of Leyton High Road) and removal of the car parking on the south side of the road). Quieter Meade Road is an option for less confident cyclists, but this is not ideal due to the diversion and need to traverse along Leyton High Road.
  2. The eastbound lights from Oliver Road offer cyclists a 30 second green head start before motor traffic gets green. However this junction might appear initially daunting, so we want to make sure the council communicates clearly that even slow cyclists will be able to clear through the non-segregated section without pressure from vehicles coming from behind.
  3. We want “filtered permeability” (a road closure) for Maude Road where it hits Leyton High Road.
  4. Leyton High Road is due to be looked at later on during the mini-Holland process as part of the North-South routes, but any quick fixes to sort out the junctions with Ruckholt Road and Alexandra Road would be good to help cyclists get in/out of the scheme smoothly.

 

October 2014

Mini Holland: Walthamstow Village Trial Road Closures

A series of temporary closures around Walthamstow Village in order to reduce rat running and create more pleasant residential streets. Download the trial closure information leaflet & map.

We enthusiastically support the principle of reducing rat running motor traffic in residential streets as this will deliver step change improvements in air quality, street noise, health, and road danger reduction, which will lead to more people using these travel modes locally.

We encourage the council to find solutions to the few streets where residents saw an increase in car volumes, and to continue to optimise the closure locations to give the best balance between discouraging through motor traffic and maintaining adequate car access for residents.

 

August 2014

Mini Holland: Selborne Road – Air Quality and Highway Improvement S​cheme

The council is consulting on a number of measures for Selborne Road including a 2 way kerb segregated cycle track. Download consultation leaflet PDF.

Overall we view the scheme very positively, but

  1. We appreciate that outline design work first needs to be conducted for major changes to the Hoe St gyratory, but are concerned that the key section between the bus station and Hoe St has been completely omitted.
  2. There is no consideration of how cyclists leave and join shared use track in South Grove. Whilst we appreciate this is due to be resolved as part of the South Grove retail & housing development,  timescales for this development appear to be at best elastic, so there is a need for an interim solution.
  3. How will cyclists enter/leave the track at the Willow Road junction during the traffic green light phase? When travelling east from South Grove or south along Willow Road onto the track is of special concern.

 

July 2014

Peterborough Road/Essex Road one ways

Proposal for a series of one-way streets in Peterbrough Road, Essex Road, and the streets in between. The council is aware of WFCC’s concerns over the introduction of new one-way streets, and we have objected on the grounds that one way streets increase road danger for cyclists and pedestrians (due to increased motor vehicle speeds and the tendency for more aggressive driver behaviour), lengthen journey times for law-abiding cyclists, and that these proposals also sever the Leytonstone/Walthamstow ‘quiet’ route for cyclists.

Mini Holland: Blackhorse Road

The council is currently consulting on the first mini Holland scheme, which is for a southbound physically segregated cycle track running along the eastern side of Blackhorse Road between the tube station and Northcote Road. No northbound segregation or cycle lane is proposed as Blackhorse Road is not wide enough; cycle logos will be painted along the road.

WFCC reps were invited to a meeting in early July to review the Blackhorse Road proposals and welcomed the high standard planned for the southbound track. We provided a written response (straight after the meeting) on the scheme advising our concerns as

  • the lack of north bound provision and hence the introduction of major barrier to one of the 2 key mini-Holland north-south routes. We proposed Pretoria Avenue (which is due for a road closure soon) as a northbound route.
  • uncertainty over the viability of the route between Markhouse Road and Northcote Road, where road widths are arguably even narrower in places. Given the potential loss of segregated space in both directions and the consequential impact on continuity (just one substandard section will deter a high proportion of potential cyclists), we believe its important to have some confidence on the feasibility of high quality measures for an entire route before consulting on a section of it.
  • getting sight of plans only days before public consultation – we thought we had agreement with the council some months ago that we’d be consulted much earlier in the life cycle of proposals. We believe the issues we’ve raise for this scheme are too substantial to be sensibly managed as part of the public consultation.
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April rides and events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 5 April
The
E11 Ride “Victoria Park extravaganza”
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) fro 10am departure. Back by 2pm. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 5 April
The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on katjarosenberg@hotmail.com.

Sunday 12 April
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride
A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough. Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

Easter School Break 13-17 April
Family-friendly free cycle training

Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest Council will be providing training during the Easter school break. Leyton Jubilee Park Pavilion, Seymour Road, E10 7LX (next to Lammas School and Sports College). See details here.

Wednesday 15 April
The Evening Ride

The evenings are lighter now and our mid-week evening rides are back. Join us for a 6.30pm start outside Walthamstow Library for a couple of hours of riding, exploring Mini-Holland facilities.

Sunday 19 April
Nic’s CARe-free ride to Copped Hall in Epping Forest.

We’ll set off from Walthamstow library at 11 am PROMPT and plan to be back between 4 and 5.  As before, we’ll go a quiet route to Chingford Plain,  and then hit the surfaced paths from there.
This ride is suitable for all bike types. Our total distance is about 30 miles,  and a draft route is here.
There are alternatives, including a trip to Epping and back by the glorious descent we all enjoyed last time out,  so we’ll decide on the day.  Bring water and some refreshments as we’ll be far from anywhere to stock up on the ride!
Meet from about 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.

Monday 20 April
Margaret’s
Breeze ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 10am in the car park at the bottom end of Coppermill Lane by the railway, E17 7HG. The ride is suitable for women and children and usually goes through the marshes to the Olympic Park, no further than 12 miles.

Monday 20 April
Vigil and Die-In for the latest victim of road violence, Moira Gemmill
Moira-Gemmill-Evening-StandardMoira was killed on the Lambeth Bridge roundabout. Her killers are the driver, the vehicle, and crucially in this case, Westminster Council, who were presented by TfL with a decent upgrade plan for the roundabout, and rejected it. You can read more about Moira, a renowned designer, here; and about the Lambeth Bridge roundabout debacle here. The Stop The Killing event will be held at 6pm and we will ride from Walthamstow at 5pm, starting outside Walthamstow Library.

Sunday 26 April
WFCycling Monthly ride
Ideas always abound, including options to account for weather. In case we use the train have your Oyster or contactless debit card with you!
Meet at 10.15 outside Walthamstow Library. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Sunday 26 April
Margaret’s
Breeze road ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9am outside Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, 8 Ranger’s Road, E4 7QH in Chingford. This is a road ride aimed at those new to road riding.  We ride on the roads around Epping, approx 20 – 25 miles with some hills but nothing too difficult and the route will be adjusted to take account of conditions on the day.  The pace is brisk, roughly 11-12 mph.

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March rides and events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 1 March
The
E11 Ride “Redbridge Parks”
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) fro 10am departure. Back by 2pm. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 1 March
The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on katjarosenberg@hotmail.com.

Monday 2 March
Claire-Hitier-AbadieVigil and Die-In for the latest victim of road violence, Claire Hitier-Abadie.
Claire was killed by a tipper driver on the morning of 19 February, in Victoria. She is the fourth cycling victim of London’s road violence this year; third woman and third to be killed by a tipper driver. Read more about Claire here. It’s sickening to be scheduling this like any other ride, but so is the approach to human life by Transport for London and other authorities responsible for roads – in this case Westminster Council – as well as the construction industry, automotive industry, and drivers. There are no accidents, there is only negligence.
Stop Killing Cyclists are organising a protest outside Westminster City Hall at 5.30pm, and a vigil and a die-in for Claire at 6.30 in Victoria Street near Bressenden Place. We’ll be leading a ride from Walthamstow, leaving from outside the library at 4.30pm.

Tuesday 3 March
Women’s only free cycle training and Dr Bike at the tennis courts in Memorial Park, Chingford.

Entrance is via the main entrance on Chingford Mount Road opposite the junction with Frankland Road. The tennis courts are to the right as you go through the gate. All instructors will be female.
See details and book here.

Saturday 7 March
Women’s only free cycle training and Dr Bike at the Walthamstow Leisure Centre (was Kelmscott).

On the outdoor ‘red crumb’ sports pitch. There is a side gate for direct access. All instructors will be female.
See details and book here.

Saturday 7 March & Sunday 8 March
Bridget’s International Women’s Day Breeze rides

To celebrate the International Women’s Day Bridget will run Breeze rides on both days of the weekend.

Saturday: a women’s-only (children welcome) gentle ride along River Lea and nearby, with a stop at a cafe.
The route is entirely traffic free, and uses the towpath, a path along the side of allotments, and a section of unused road. No hills. Meet at 10:30am, in the car park at the bottom end of Coppermill Lane by the railway, E17 7HG. We’ll be done at 11.45. Please book through this link!

Sunday: a women’s-only gentle bike ride around parkland in the Walthamstow area, using quiet roads and cycle paths.
Meet at 10:30am, Waltham Forest Town Hall, by the fountain E17 4JF. We’ll be done at 11.45. Please book through this link!

Saturday 7 March
Time to Act! National Climate March
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Cycling is essential to the future of our climate and Time to Cycle! Bike Bloc are ensuring that it is represented at the national climate March.
We’ll be leading a feeder ride from Walthamstow at 11am for 11.30 departure, otherwise come to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PF, for 12.30pm.

Sunday 8 March
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride
A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough. Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

Friday 13 March
Vigil and ride for Michael Mason in support of road justice
michael_masonMichael was killed a year ago, on 25 February 2014. His killer readily admitted she should have seen him. Yet, as usual, the Police and Crown Prosecution Service have treated Michael’s death as less important, less deserving of their attention and of just atonement. If you want flesh behind these words, read this recent excrutiating article in the Guardian about how victims of road violence are left hanging and failed by our “justice system”. Cyclists Defence Fund has taken on Michael’s legal battle, in order to make a difference to the way victims of road violence are treated in the UK. So this vigil and ride aren’t so much to protest against TfL’s failings, but to protest against the systemic failure of our legal system.
Meet at 5.30pm at the Piccadilly end of Regent Street to set off on the ride at 6:00 towards Regent’s Park, returning to the point where Mick was hit at the junction with Little Portland Street for the vigil at 6:30.
If you are coming from Walthamstow, meet at 4:30pm outside Walthamstow Library. As ever Nic will lead the ride and you can contact him on 079 6154 4044.

Sunday 15 March
Nic’s CARe-free ride
The destination and direction of the ride is entirely based on wind speed and direction and may be train-assisted – so take your Oyster or contactless debit card with you.
We’ve taken the train to West Drayton and had a down-wind trip all the way home via the Grand Union canal and Thames Path when we had a brisk westerly.  Then, when we had a blustery southern wind, we took the cycle path north to Broxbourne and took the train back, and right glad were we to do so – that was the coldest,  wettest and downright nastiest south wind I can remember!
Meet from about 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.

Monday 16 March
Margaret’s
Breeze ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 10am in the car park at the bottom end of Coppermill Lane by the railway, E17 7HG. The ride is suitable for women and children and usually goes through the marshes to the Olympic Park, no further than 12 miles.

Sunday 22 March
WFCycling Monthly ride
Ideas always abound, including options to account for weather. In case we use the train have your Oyster or contactless debit card with you!
Meet at 10.15 outside Walthamstow Library. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Sunday 29 March
Margaret’s
Breeze road ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9am outside Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, 8 Ranger’s Road, E4 7QH in Chingford. This is a road ride aimed at those new to road riding.  We ride on the roads around Epping, approx 20 – 25 miles with some hills but nothing too difficult and the route will be adjusted to take account of conditions on the day.  The pace is brisk, roughly 11-12 mph.

Sunday 29 March
Spring Into Your Saddle: Local Food Growing Tour

Celebrate the arrival of spring with the Walthamstow Family Bike Club by joining us on a cycle tour of food growing sites in Waltham Forest.
Our destination via back street routes is Organiclea‘s innovative Hawkwood site in Chingford, where we have the option of a tour of Hawkwood, or helping out with an activity which is suitable for young and old. On the return journey we’ll call in at a cafe for a bite to eat at around 4.15pm.
Meet 1pm on Sun 29th March outside the Ancient House (at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction) in Walthamstow Village.  Approximate distance 15 miles. This event is free. All welcome. No booking required, just turn up.
More information:  paul.gasson@gmail.com, 020 8520 0648
https://walthamstowfamilybikeclub.wordpress.com This event is part of the Cultivate Festival running across Waltham Forest 20th – 29th March: http://cultivatewf.org

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