Ride out the Victoria Line closure and other news!

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign will be coordinating guided commuter rides to help people ride to work during the closure. The closure starts on Saturday 8th of August and we will be running rides that weekend for people to learn the routes, then in the week starting Monday 10th August there will be morning rides (generally leaving around 8am) to get people to work.

Learn the route rides, Sunday 9th August: We are leading two rides starting from Walthamstow and going to Finsbury Park and back in the morning then to Stratford and back early afternoon. The rides will take quiet/easy paths as much as possible so they’re suitable for a wide range of abilities (and because ‪#‎miniholland‬ isn’t quite here yet). See details below.

Riding to work and ride buddies: There are also be a variety of rides led by members of the cycling community and we will be putting up details of those below. This will include rides all the way in to central London which are aimed at more confident cyclists and will include sections on busy roads.

Route maps: We have produced some route maps of possible commuter routes which you can look at online and also download to your phone. Some of these are posted up on our routes page, and we will be adding more as they are finalised.

You can also order free cycling maps from the TfL website: We use them all the time and they’re really handy. Local Cycling Guide 4 covers our area and it’s really useful to have – order yours today, it only takes a few minutes! https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12419.aspx

Some of the rides planned so far:

More rides to be added soon and more in the comments below – if you are organising a ride please post a comment.

Walk Cycle Enjoy

Walk Cycle Enjoy

  • Saturday 8th:
    • Ride to Central London, early afternoon.
  • Sunday 9th:
    • 9:30 am, Learn the route ride from Walthamstow Market to Manor House/Finsbury Park and back. Meets outside the library.
    • 1 pm, Learn the route ride from Walthamstow Market to Stratford via Leyton and back. Meets outside the library.
  • Monday 10th, meeting 8am, Walthamstow Market (outside the library) unless noted otherwise:
    • Ride to Central London.

Other news:

The interesting thing is, all of them are positive but cycling is hardly mentioned, it’s mostly people really happy about the removal of the rat runs where they live.

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August rides and events in Waltham Forest

Saturday 1 August
Ride London
Join us for the annual visualisation of car-free London! The dream is so popular it’s a constant bicycle traffic jam but hey, it’s still fun! Many families arrive in central London by train but we will be leading a gentle, well-marshalled ride from Walthamstow so do join us for an entirely fear-free ride there and / or back.
Meet by 10am in Walthamstow Town Square by the library / Big Screen. The return ride starts at 3pm from Bank.

Sunday 2 August
The
E11 Ride: Redbridge parks not seen before!
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) for 10am departure. Back by 2pm. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

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

Sunday 9 August
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.

Monday 17 August
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.

Wednesday 19 August
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 23 August
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.

Friday 28 August
Central London Critical Mass

If you’re in town why not join this classic monthly celebration of cycling. People gather at Waterloo between 6-7pm. Nic will be riding from Walthamstow at 6pm so you can join him there.

Sunday 30 August
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.

Family-friendly free cycle training
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Check out the busy summer schedule of cycle training provided by Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest Council. In July, the locations include Ridgeway Park and Drapers Fields – hurry, places are filling up fast!

 

Free bike maintenance courses
bFNwLBikeWorks are offering free bike maintenance courses: beginners and intermediate, in Leytonstone Howard Road, London E11 3PJ. Check out the dates and details here.

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Agenda for July 28th meeting

Here’s the agenda for WFCC’s monthly meeting on Tuesday 28th July, 8-9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH. All cyclists welcome, if you want to find out what we do please come along!

1 – Introductions and apologies for absence and appointment of minute taker.

2 – Review of minutes of previous meeting

3 – Mini Holland

  • Jon Little from the council

4 – Council liaison

  • Including member feedback on any other WF issues.

5 – LCC feedback

6 – Ride London on the 1st August

7 – Space for Cycling Petition

  • The petition is now ready to be delivered to the council. How do we want to do this.

8 – Mini Holland Leaflets / campaign

9 – Presumed Liability Motion

  • Do we want to put a motion to the LCC AGM

10 – Other Rides and Events

  • Call for ride leaders
  • Rides during tube closures

10 – Updates and AOB

11 – Next WFCC meeting 25th of August.

Any additional items for the agenda please comment below or email david@wfcycling.org.uk

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You can make your street into a Play Street!

Would you like your street to come alive with play?

Play Street - This street is open for play
The good news is that in Waltham Forest starting a play street is fairly easy. The council has simplified the bureaucracy involved and their growing popularity means your neighbours are likely to be supportive. You’ll be surprised how much kids enjoy playing in the street even if there is a park nearby.

I set up a regular road closure for the kids to play out near my home in Walthamstow. It’s not a street party and requires no special facilities or catering. It only needs setting up once and you can them roll on with regular closures for play. Below are the simple steps I went through:

  • The council provided me with a template letter to put through the door of each resident on the street in question by way of a consultation. Download it here.
  • The council provided me with a template form to fill out indicating where I had consulted and when I wanted the event to run. I chose 3pm until 6pm on every last Sunday of the month. Download the form here.
  • I then contacted the council to confirm they received the application and had put the regular closure on record. Current council contact to apply for a play street order are Iain King Iain.King@walthamforest.gov.uk, Tom Wright Tom.Wright@walthamforest.gov.uk and copy in Chris Harrison Chris.Harrison@walthamforest.gov.uk. The address for those officers is Low Hall Depot, Argall Avenue, London E10 7AS and the application should be sent or dropped in there for their attention.
  • The council can be slow to respond but Paul at London Play can help to expedite the request so I suggest copying info@londonplay.org.uk in on all email communication.

That’s it!Playstreet

On the day the kids bring scooters, balls and skipping ropes. I generally bring a big box of pavement chalks as it’s great to see the colours remain on the road for a couple of days afterwards.

Please feel free to ask me any questions as one of my aims with these events to encourage others to do the same on streets near their own homes.

 

Dan Kelly, danrkelly@yahoo.com

 

P.s. For more information on play streets visit the London Play website Play streets – London Play or download their London Play Street Guide.

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July rides and events

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

Sunday 5 July
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 July
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.

Wednesday 15 July
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 July
Nic’s CARe-free ride

Regent Street will be car-free every Sunday of July and we will ride there to check it out.
Meet from about 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.

Sunday 26 July
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.

Family-friendly free cycle training
CycleConfident52_jpg_300x300_q85Check out the busy summer schedule of cycle training provided by Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest Council. In July, the locations include Ridgeway Park and Drapers Fields – hurry, places are filling up fast!

Please note there will be no Breeze rides led by Margaret in July. Search the Breeze network for other rides in the area.

Advance notice:

Saturday 8 August to Sunday 30 August
Victoria Line upgrades: no trains between Walthamstow and Seven Sisters

TfL is being pressed to provide more bicycle parking at Seven Sisters.
We are planning bike trains for people who would like to cycle to work in the absence of trains. Routes and destinations are still under discussion so do get in touch if you have a particular destination you need!

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