Meeting – Tuesday 22nd October

Our monthly meeting is on Tuesday and all cyclists are welcome – 8pm to 9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH

Agenda

Introductions

Appointment of minute taker – Caroline has volunteered

Review of previous meeting minutes

Please read the previous meeting minutes in advance if you want to comment on them.

  • Any comments/corrections?
Sarah with her award for the Family Cycling Fun Day (best family cycling event) at the London Cycling Campaigner Awards

Campaigning, Outreach and LCC (8:10)

  • The LCC AGM (Wednesday 16th October) – feedback
  • What we’re working on (Trello board)
  • Whipps Cross potential cycling rehabilitation project – Fred to update group.
  • One year(+) plan. Fred to start looking at what this should contain and come back to the group with an outline for discussion and input. Anyone else want to be involved?
  • Setting up teams to work on specific areas. These could then work outside of our monthly meetings, and or take over monthly meetings so we can focus on a specific area – specific teams to be discussed later in meeting.

Outreach working group aka ‘Smashing the patriarchy’

  • Set up a team to look at cycling outreach. Who would like to be involved?
  • Named outreach person – what should their role be?  Quick discussion now and then the outreach team can develop futher. 

Inclusive cycling & rides

Working group for inclusive cycling:

  • Who would like to be involved?
  • Slack Channel
  • What is the best way to communicate with the council?
  • Issues to look at:
    • Ask council to lend bikes for rides
    • Ask council about more funding for bikeworks to provide sessions for kids.  Or can we use bikeworks bikes/wheels for wellbeing etc to take kids on rides?
    • Can council get adapted bikes?
    • Providing better information about the rides we publicise (see September Agenda)
    • Contacting Bikeworks for a meeting?
    • Anything else?

WFCC Rides (8:35)

  • Ride leader report back
  • December ride to end at cafe?
  • Routes page on website has been fixed
  • rides@wfcycling.org.uk email address created for any queries about rides. Currently this goes to Bridget, Mat and Fred
  • Cards for riders with contact details – volunteer required to design something.

Ride leader training

  • We have three people interested, but we need 6-12 and a venue.
  • Are there any guidelines for who is suitable to do the training? Details here.
  • How can we add more people to this list (nudge keen riders?)?
  • Any volunteers to organise this?

Council Liaison (8:55)

Issues

  • LBR design over bridge into Hackney – light seg rationale – loss of effective width
  • Rigg Approach, Heybridge Way – replicate Lammas Rd treatment
  • Parking on LBR, Markhouse, Forest difficulty contacting enforcement (need improved escalation process)

Successes

  • Whipps Cross Interchange (landscaping) & LBR completion & launch event
  • Higham Hill/Lloyd Park LTN engagement – Higham Hill through road all others filtered?
  • Markhouse track extension
  • LBR Extension to Dalston
  • Community Walking & Cycling Fund (using Ashden award funding)
  • Woodhouse Rd/Terling Close junction treatment and planters
  • School streets
  • New hanger batch (confirm numbers in/planned)

Any other Waltham Forest issues?

  • Fred asks: Who is it best to talk to in the council about non infrastructure issues For instance, getting cycles moved to Leytonstone to enable people without bikes to get training? Or the promise to get an all ability bike?

Any other business (9:15)

  • School bike bus! (Caroline)
  • What do you want to discuss?

​Informal networking

Next meeting – November 26th, same time same place

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

WFCC is part of the London Cycling Campaign, the world’s largest urban cycling organisation. You don’t need to be an LCC member to attend our meetings, but if you like what we do please consider joining LCC to help support our work. Members also receive discounts in many bike shops, insurance and other benefits.

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Waltham Forest Town Hall Campus Regeneration

Last month we were contacted regarding the redevelopment on the Waltham Forest Town Hall campus by Poplar HARCA, who are working on the bid by the developer Countryside.

It’s still at an early stage and hasn’t yet reached planning, however we felt this was a good opportunity to set out what we want to see at this important site in the middle of the borough.

Dan went to meet them and discussed the bid and their ideas.

Following that meeting we wrote a letter to record our hopes for this site, which we also shared with the council. The letter is attached. We understand that HARCA will include this letter in their bid to show they’ve liaised with local community groups.

It’s important to note that, as we say in the letter, we’re happy to work with any of the developers working on this site or elsewhere in the borough. So if you’re a developer please get in touch!

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October Rides & Events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 6 October – 10am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
The E11 Ride to Eastbury Manor House in Barking
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This will be train-assisted so bring your Oyster or rail card.
Meet outside McDonald’s in Leytonstone High Street E11 for 10am departure. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 6 October – 11am, The Mill, Coppermill Lane, E17
The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 3pm. If you have questions, contact Katja at katjarosenberg@hotmail.com or 07799 411 587.

Sunday 13 October – 1pm, Orford Rd / Church Lane by the Ancient House E17
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Open Spaces 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 café at about half-time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water.

Sunday 20 October – 10:30am, Walthamstow Town Square
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 20 October – 2-3:30pm, Walthamstow Village Square
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Newcomers Ride
The perfect ride for those new to cycling, including families with young children, and will especially appeal to those who don’t have the stamina or confidence for our longer ‘Open Spaces’ excursions on the 2nd Sunday each month.

Sunday 27 October – 10:30am, Walthamstow Town Square
WFCycling Autumn Leaves Ride to Forty Hall in Enfield
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Our monthly gentle-paced social ride, never more than 30 miles.
Bring drink, but we will stop for lunch along the way. Please bring your Oyster card or contactless debit card for use on public transport.
Meet at 10:15 outside Walthamstow Library, for a departure by 10:30. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Sunday 2 November – 5-8:30pm, Woodgrange Market, 10 Sebert Rd, E7 0NQ
Newham Cyclists’ Fireworks Ride
Ride to the organised fireworks display at Dockside.

Every Saturday – 8:30am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
North Star Velo Road Rides
North Star Velo also run frequent midweek short road rides, evening and sometimes morning so do check their website!

Dr Bike
Cycle Confident training sessions
All Ability Cycling Club
Maintenance Sessions
Head over to the Enjoy Waltham Forest website for dates and locations!

If you would like your ride listed here just get in touch. 

Want to try family bikes and trikes? Rent one for the ride directly from Waltham Forest Council.

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Meeting – Tuesday 24th September

Our monthly meeting is on Tuesday and all cyclists are welcome – 8pm to 9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, E17 9AH

Agenda

Introductions

Appointment of minute taker.

Review of previous meeting minutes

Please read the previous meeting minutes in advance if you want to comment on them (we won’t read them in the meeting). Previous meeting minutes are saved here. Items to discuss:

  • Any items we need to discuss (which aren’t covered in the rest of the meeting)?
  • Any comments/corrections?

Campaigning, Outreach and LCC (8:05)

  • How can we change the meetings so they are more interesting and less male dominated and infrastructure heavy?
  • Delivery riders, reaching out and supporting – Vin (8:25)
  • Do we want to claim the £180 for Ride London? Fred has initially said no, as we do not need the money for our budgeted activities and LCC are able to invest in more ride leader training if we don’t take it.
  • Waltham Forest Town Hall regeneration – response letter sent (deadline was yesterday).
  • August Summer social – feedback. We should do more like that…
  • The LCC AGM will take place on Wednesday 16th October in the evening
  • Any confusion about Slack, and would anyone like to  join? https://wfcycling.slack.com

WFCC Rides (8:30)

  • Ride leader report back
  • Bikely is no more – Any volunteers to help update the website?
  • Cards for riders with contact details

Barriers to cycling – how can we make cycling accessible to everyone in WF? (8:40)

  • Group discussion
  • From Facebook – How to help families with learning disabled children (in particular) enjoy cycling. That means investment in the same sort of training opportunities currently available for non disabled children and a range of bikes usable by those families with kids who’ll never be able to ride independently, eg tandems with adaptable passenger bits. At the moment provision is very ad hoc.
  • Caroline – Details to include when posting a ride to make them more inclusive.  Draft here. Discussion of points people think should be included, for instance:
    • Time starting and returning
    • Cafe break?
    • Destination
    • Level suitable for 
    • Distance
    • Types of roads (e.g. busy/ quiet/offroad)?
    • Who would like to work with Caroline to develop this further, for full discussion in October’s meeting?

Council Liaison (8:50)

  • Council Liaison Report
  • Who is it best to talk to about cycling numbers/training in Leytonstone? Is there less happening currently and if so how can we improve it?
  • How is it best to discuss tackling illegal parking in cycling lanes with the council? Proposals for this e.g. employ more enforcement officers, have them travel by bike e.g. the council’s own electric bikes so they get around quicker.

Feedback on any other Waltham Forest issues (9:00)

  • Maintenance and enforcement – feedback from group – how’s it going raising concerns about infrastructure to council?

Any other business – 5 mins

  • Any nice pics of cycling round the car free roads for social media? Please send them in!

​Informal chatting – 5 mins

Next meeting – October 22nd, same time same place

London Cycling Data Project

Sushil and Stewart will present an updated briefing on the LCDP after the main meeting. It’s likely to take up to half an hour.

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

WFCC is part of the London Cycling Campaign, the world’s largest urban cycling organisation. You don’t need to be an LCC member to attend our meetings, but if you like what we do please consider joining LCC to help support our work. Members also receive discounts in many bike shops, insurance and other benefits.

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