WFcycling May round-up!

Half way through the month here’s a round-up of the rides which didn’t get in to the monthly email, plus details of our meetings and more.

Firstly a reminder: There isn’t a meeting today (it’s moved) but we’d love to see you on the 26th May – new faces are always welcome! Details here.

Free family/child cycle training for half term

Leyton Jubilee Park Pavilion by Lammas School, 26th to 29th May – book your place through the Cycle Confident website.

For the other SIX rides still to come this month full details of our May rides are here!

Just a minute, or two…

The draft minutes of our April meeting are here (thanks Kevin!) for review at the next meeting. We also have the approved minutes from March.

If you want to download or print the files open them from Google Drive here.

Video of the month

For our first video of the month I wanted a video with a mini-Holland theme. I’ve chosen ‘Bicycle Anecdotes From Amsterdam’ showing observations and insights from a city full of bikes:

I hope everyone likes this new feature – Let me know comments, suggestions for next month or if there’s anything I’ve missed!

Fred (Chair)

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May rides and events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 3 May
E11 Ride to King’s Cross
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 3 May
The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on

Sunday 10 May
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 15 May
IBikeLondon Night Ride

The Night Ride returns and we’re going!
We’ll be leaving Walthamstow at 6pm (meeting outside Walthamstow Library) to be under Waterloo Bridge on time for the 7pm start. We will lead a return ride, the time of which will be agreed after sufficient fun has been had. Definitely back before the library opens in the morning!

Sunday 17 May
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 18 May
Breeze ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9.30am 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.
NB: this month we’re meeting at 9.30 and will cycle along the Lea to Broxbourne, then take a train back.

Wednesday 20 May
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 24 May
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.

Spring Bank Holiday Half-Term Break 26-29 May
Family-friendly free cycle tra
CyCycleConfident52_jpg_300x300_q85cle Confident and Waltham Forest Council will be providing training during the half-term school break. Leyton Jubilee Park Pavilion, Seymour Road, E10 7LX (next to Lammas School and Sports College). See details here.



Sunday 31 May
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 31 May
E17 Art Trail Ride

Join us for some gentle exercise as we embark on a relaxed exploration of E17 Art Trail venues and local open spaces, via back street routes you have probably never spotted before. We’ll stop for a sociable cafe lunch, and the ride will feature a stop at the ever-popular We Love Lego.
Meet at 11am outside Walthamstow Library. We will be done by 4pm.

Advance Notice:

Bike Week’s back in June. Look out for events in Waltham Forest, and elsewhere in London.
Saturday 6 June – Beating the Bounds Ride with Nic and Katy, and the local Historical Society
Sunday 7 June 11am – E17 Art Trail Ride
Friday 12 June – Cyclists’ Tea
Sunday 14 June 1pm – E17 Art Trail-themed Walthamstow Family Bike Ride Art Tour
Sunday 21 June – Tour de Waltham Forest

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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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