May rides & events in Waltham Forest

Katja's Sunday Cycle1Sunday 1 MayKatja's Sunday Cycle2
The Sunday Cycle

Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on

Note: The ride previously listed for Monday 2nd May has been cancelled.

Sunday 8 May 10:00
E11 Ride to Waterlink Way
NB: this month’s ride is, unusually, on the 2nd Sunday of the month!
Following rivers Pool and Ravensborne, the Waterlink Way is a fasiniating cycle route revealing a variety of landscapes, from beautiful country parks to post industrial landscapes.
South Norwood country park is our furthest point . Various other parks and rivers en route.
Riding easy and mainly off roads, with a few busy junctions. Total distance c. 30 miles and DLR is available if you wish to make it shorter. We will stop for coffee and lunch, and a pint at the North Star to finish the day.
Meet at Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) for 10am departure. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.E11 riders Jan 2016 crop

Sunday 8 May 10:30
E11 Ride to RSPB Rainham
Another ride from the E11 crowd: meet at Café Solo, 117 Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green at 10:30. Return by 4pm.

Walthamstow Family Bike ClubSunday 8 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.

Sunday 15 May – 11am, Walthamstow Library
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 15 May – 2pm, Walthamstow Village SquareNewcomers Ride
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Newcomers Ride
The gentlest of them all: following the roaring success of the monthly family rides, Walthamstow Family Bike Club is now offering an even gentler and quieter introduction to cycling, ideal for those new to cycling, including families with young children.
We’ll ride around the quiet streets in Walthamstow Village, and tailor the distance to the riders’ needs and confidence. Before we set off we’ll do a quick check on all bikes to ensure they are roadworthy.
We meet at 2pm in Walthamstow Village Square at the junction of Eden Road and Orford Road (for a map click here). We finish at the Square around 3.30pm.

Monday 16 May
Breeze road ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9.30am outside The Castle, 393 – 395 High Road, Woodford IG8 0XG.
This ride will be on the roads around the Essex countryside and will be approx 35-40 miles, the route will be adjusted to take account of conditions on the day.  The pace will be brisk, 12-14 mph.

Tuesday 17 May
Bridget’s Evening Ride

Join Bridget for a 6.30pm start outside Walthamstow Library for an hour or so of riding around the borough.

Wednesday 18 May
The Ride of Silence
Details of the possible feeder ride to follow soon.

Sunday 22 May
David Bellamy Memorial Ride 2016

Our friend and member Martyn Bellamy is organising a challenging charity ride to Southend on 22 May to raise funds for day trips to the seaside for looked after children and young carers in Newham and Waltham Forest. Why not join and / or sponsor his worthy cause?

Sunday 22 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, for a departure by 10.30. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Friday 27 May
Critical Mass

Come to Belvedere Road in the Southbank by 7:30pm to join this energising bike party if you’re already in Central London, or else meet Nic outside Walthamstow Library by 6pm to ride there together.

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

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Cycling is My Goal: the Leyton Orient FC Match Day Ride this Saturday

Saturday 30 April

Orient vs Mansfield Ride 2 GameCycling is My Goal: the Leyton Orient FC Match Day Ride
Leyton Orient vs Mansfield Town

Leyton Orient Football Club have teamed up with the Council to promote cycling – a good reason to support them! Nic will be running another ride for Leyton Orient and we hope to get some scarves flying in the wind!
All comers get the match ticket free!
You can join us from Chingford or Walthamstow:
1 pm departure from Chingford Green
1:50 pm departure from Walthamstow Library
2:10 pm departure from Leytonstone Green Man Roundabout

The ride is appropriate for all ages and abilities. See the route here.

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April Meeting Agenda

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

Proposed agenda for WFCC meeting on Tuesday the 26th of April, 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 March meeting

3 – Council liaison (30 mins)

  • Feedback on any other Waltham Forest issues

4 – LCC feedback & Coordinator’s business

  • Mayoral Election – 5th May 2016. Flyering and promotional materials available!

5 – 2016 Budget – Treasurer

6 – WFCC Rides and Events

  • Bike Week! Plus ‘Green Open Homes’.

7 – AOB

  • Competition to win bike lights (schools)
  • Business cards

8 – Next WFCC meeting 24th of May, same time, same place.

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

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Review of 2015 & The Year Ahead – WFCC Coordinator’s Report

Review of 2015

This year most of the news has been about Mini-Holland. Earlier in the year there was much debate about the benefits of the scheme. At times it has felt like the plans were under legal threat and public mobilisation including the “battle of Orford Road” at the official opening of Mini-Holland. However we have now started to see the building of Mini-Holland throughout the borough. It’s great to see those plans on paper becoming real and tangible.

We have also been given the opportunity both as individuals and as a Waltham Forest Cycle Campaign to comment on the upcoming schemes and plans for Mini-Holland. I’d again like to thank Simon Munk, Paul Gasson and Dan Kelly for their hard work in liaising with the council and ensuring Mini-Holland is a success and keeping the everyone informed about what has been happening. Their hard work was recognised at the London Cycle Campaigns AGM when Waltham Forest Mini-Holland won campaign of the year.

We have seen bike hangers going in all over the borough with more planned and new secure bike parking at all the stations in the borough. Also residents can hire Brompton Bikes at Walthamstow station and can hire cargo bikes from the council. Santander hire bikes are now available from the Olympic Park.

Cyclists' tea 2015

Cyclists’ tea 2015

We have continued to lead regular rides. From April Waltham Forest Cycle Campaign and Walthamstow family bike club will be leading 4 rides a month including a new ride on the 3rd Sunday of the month for people new to cycling lead by Paul Gasson. Along with our rides there are now many other regular rides in the borough for rider of all abilities. All the rides we know of are listed on our website, if we’ve missed any out please let us know.

The Year Ahead

London Cycle Campaign’s big campaign this year, Sign for Cycling, is around the Mayoral and GLA elections in May. In the last few years we have seen the beginning of real investment in cycling infrastructure in London and at last TFL and many local authorities beginning to understand the London needs high quality infrastructure and not just paint on the road if we want more people to cycle safely in our city. However over the term of the next Mayor it’s likely that TFL will see a reduction in funding and we know that all local authorities are seeing their budgets cut. The limited money available for transport infrastructure improvements is going to be cut and more fiercely fought over than in the last few years.

It’s vitally important that we continue to see new investment in cycle infrastructure throughout London. In order to do this we need the Mayor (whoever they might be) and GLA to understand that cycling is important and that many people want to continue to see improvements. We therefore need as many people as possible to sign the petition so that our voice is heard. LCC have set a target of 50,000 signatures by the election so if you haven’t done so yet please go to and sign the petition and get all your friends and family to do so as well. There is information there about the key asks for the candidates from LCC. We will be organising some campaigning activities over the next month so keep an eye out for those.

Tour de Waltham Forest 2015

Tour de Waltham Forest 2015

Along with LCC’s campaign we will continue to ensure that Mini-Holland is delivered throughout the borough and that the opportunity for great cycling infrastructure in Waltham Forest is not wasted.

Anyway that’s enough from me. I hope to see you at a meeting, a ride or a campaign event, if you want to get in touch do not hesitate to contact me at

Happy Cycling,

David Hamilton
Waltham Forest Cycle Campaign – Borough Coordinator

David on our ride to Finsbury Park

David on our ride to Finsbury Park


Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting in March we adopted an updated constitution and elected a new committee (including re-electing David as Coordinator). You can find details of the new constitution and see the full list of people on the committee on our ‘About & Contact’ page.

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