November Meeting Agenda

Our next monthly meeting is on Tuesday and all cyclists are welcome.

Proposed agenda for WFCC meeting on Tuesday the 24th of November – 8pm to 9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH:

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

2 – Review of minutes of previous meeting

3 – Council liaison

  • Feedback on any other Waltham Forest issues

4 – LCC feedback

5 – Mini Holland / campaign

6 – Newsletter

7 – Christmas Social

  • Plans – Food

8 – WFCC Rides and Events

9 – Updates and AOB

10 – Next WFCC meeting 22nd of December – Christmas Social.

Any additional items for the agenda please comment below, or email

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Drive less, Live more & Save our planet!

Ride for Road Safety Week – Drive less, Live more!

All welcome, child friendly bike ride Sunday 29th November, meeting 9am at Drapers Field, Leyton.

We plan to ride 5-6 miles and take in the sights around the Olympic Park and finish by 10:15. Most of this will be on cycle lanes and shared use paths, although there will be a short section where the ride will be on road. The ride will be marshalled and has been joint organised by WFCC and the council.

Please fill in the sign-up form to give us an idea of numbers:

Hope to see you there,


P.s. We’ve just reinvented the concept of park & ride :-)

Ride to the People’s Climate Bike Bloc

Lizabels awesome hatAlso Sunday 29th November – Just 15 minutes after the Drive Less, Live More ride ends we’re leading a ride to join the People’s Climate March in central London, and in particular the ‘Cut Transport Emissions Bloc’ – nuff said!

It’s an 8 mile ride and we will be going on some busy roads and keeping up a reasonable pace (the quiet routes are quite indirect) so unfortunately this is not an all abilities ride – please ask if you’re not sure it’s for you and we can give you more information.

Join the Facebook event here!

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November rides & events in Waltham Forest

Throughout November
Dr Bike check-ups
To help us make cycling all fun and games this autumn and winter, the Council are providing a number of Dr Bike sessions – all at commuter-friendly times between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Here are the November dates and locations:

  • Bakers Arms, opposite Barclays bank on the square – 29 October, 12 and 26 November
  • Leytonstone High Road, opposite the library – 3 November
  • Highams Park, near Tesco – 17 November
  • Forest Road, near William Morris Gallery – 8 December

24 October – 1 November
Half-term free cycle training at Drapers Field in Leyton

Free group training courses – the last session on 1 November is in Leyton.

Sunday 1 November
E11 Ride & Sail
Yes, E11 riders are taking to water this time! Riding from Leytonstone to Thames for a clipper trip down the river. Bring your Oyster card or contactless debit card with you.
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.

B8b-SjHCMAAJeflSunday 1 November
The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on

Mondays: 2, 16, 30 November
Breeze road ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9.30am outside The Castle, 393 – 395 High Road, Woodford IG8 0XG.
This Breeze ride will be on the roads around the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside and will be approx 35-40 miles at a brisk pace of 12-13mph.  The route will be adjusted to take account of conditions on the day. We will be unlikely to return to our start point and will generally finish near a station and get the train home; however, if you wish you can return to the start point on your own.

Walthamstow Family Bike ClubSunday 8 November
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.

Sunday 15 November
Take the Peaceful Route with Nic

Meet from about 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.
Join Nic for the peaceful ride over mixed surfaces (be ready for a bit of mud!). The destination and direction of the ride will be discussed at the start and will account for wind speed and direction and may be train-assisted – so take your Oyster or contactless debit card with you.

Sunday 22 November
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 10.30 outside Walthamstow Library. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Tuesday 24 November
Cycling training for van / LGV drivers

OK, if you’re reading this you probably ride a bike already… but spread the word: there is still room at the November Driver CPC Training provided by Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest Council at the Low Hall depot in Leyton! Usually these are booked by companies with fleets of vehicles, but individuals can get free training too!

Friday 27 November
Critical Mass meets Stop Killing Cyclists’
No More Coffins Vigil & Die-In
11990390_10207454121455331_3458950982933685524_nThe Mini-Holland antis’ coffin stunt in Orford Road was despicable in its derision of the tragedy of death. The 21 coffins at the Vigil & Die-In outside Transport for London’s HQ on Blackfriars Road will, on the other hand, represent every single person murdered whilst cycling in London over the last two years. But we will also protest against killing pedestrians, the slow, insidious poisoning of us all with motor pollution, as well as death and disease due to inactivity.
Afterwards we will join the monthly Critical Mass at Waterloo roundabout c. 7pm.
Meet Nic outside Walthamstow Library by 4pm, and if you’re already in Central London, please join us on Blackfriars Road by 5.30pm.

Sunday 29 November – 9am
Drive Less, Live More Family Bike Ride

RSW15RegisterNowTo crown the Road Safety Week we are putting on a short family ride, meeting in Drapers Field Recreation Ground in Leyton at 9am for 9:20 departure. Join us for a quick spin – we’ll be back shortly after 10am, so you can then ride with us to the Climate March!

Sunday 29 November – 10:30am
12036482_890748804294265_195288414946494815_nRide to People’s Climate March
This is this year’s most important event and anyone who cares about the planet – or just about their own kids’ future – ought to be there, by whatever means necessary.
We’re going there by means of bikes so, if you wish, do meet us at The Velodrome in the Olympic Park for 10:30am departure (a possible earlier start from Walthamstow TBC).
It’s 8 miles to Park Lane (where the 2012 Go Dutch ride started) and we will be going on some busy roads and keeping up a reasonable pace: please ask if you’re not sure it’s for you and we can give you more information.
P1340843We will also have a rendezvous point for people who are coming from other areas, or those who might want to get the train and meet us there you will find us in the Cut Transport Emissions Bloc, location to be confirmed!

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October Meeting on Tuesday

Our next monthly meeting is on Tuesday – all cyclists welcome, agenda below.

Proposed agenda for WFCC meeting on Tuesday the 27nd of October 8pm at Hornbeam 458 Hoe Street.

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

2 – Review of Minutes of September meeting

3 – Council liaison

  • Including member feedback on any other WF issues.

4 – LCC feedback

5 – Mini Holland / campaign

  • Organising public meeting in November?

6 – LCC AGM – Feedback

7 – Other Rides and Events

  • Google calendar
  • Call for ride leaders

8 – Updates and AOB

9 – Next WFCC meeting 24th of November – Public meeting for Mini Holland.

Any additional items for the agenda please comment below, or email

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Epping Forest consultation closes Sunday

Ban cycling. Continue to resist the creation of cycling routes. 

Some of the options presented in the Epping Forest consultation would significantly affect people who cycle in the forest for fun and/or to get from A to B. The consultation closes on Sunday 4th October and will determine their stance for the next ten years, so if this could affect you please respond before then.

It takes 10 minutes and you need to register, but once that’s done you can skip to section 1.6.A.2 and give your views on their cycling proposals.

Epping Forest Consultation

The outcome of the consultation will determine the direction for the next decade but the cycling section has distinctly ‘anti bike’ approach. This follows from their current stance of resisting provision being made for cycling despite 10% of forest visitors choosing to cycle.

They start by identifying some of the positives of cycling in the forest:”Cycling has significant health benefits, can be a great social activity, and is a good way to discover the Forest” and “cyclists use the Forest’s quieter roads and trails as a pleasant alternative to urban access routes for their travel needs”. Despite these benefits the consultation is mainly focussed on how to reduce and restrict cycling.

Section 1.6.A.2

Several of the items being consulted on are very open ended and given their current stance on cycling might well be used to introduce further restrictions. I feel the key proposals are the following:

  • Ban bicycles from the Forest in line with all other vehicles
  • Continue to resist the release of Forest land for cycling routes to support cycle travel unrelated to the Forest as a visitor destination – This is their policy of resisting the creation of safe and direct cycling routes which would be used for people to travel
  • Identify areas of the Forest where restrictions to cycling may be necessary, whether on a temporary or permanent basis, or where current routes and signage can be improved. This is a very vague proposal which could range from putting up a few signs to permanently banning cycling from whole areas of the forest
  • Improve communication with cycling groups and other cycling stakeholders to raise awareness of issues and develop practical solutions. Despite listing WFCC as a consulted organisation we heard nothing about this consultation from the City of London
  • Identify routes that could be designated as mountain bike trails
  • Restrict or ban cycling at night during the deer rut, and enforce rules relating to evening car parking I have no idea why banning cycling during the deer rut is related to whether they enforce their parking restrictions at night.

We need to Epping Forest ensure drops their anti-bike stance and makes proper provision for cycling in order to realise the many benefits, otherwise we may well be looking at cycling being severely restricted or banned.

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