Meeting Agenda for Tuesday 25th 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


1 – Introductions and appointment of minute taker

2 – Review of July meeting minutes

3 – LCC feedback & Coordinator’s business

4 – WFCC Rides and Events

5 – Council liaison officers’ report back

  • Feedback on any other Waltham Forest issues

6 – Any other business

Next meeting 23rd October

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

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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Mini-Holland Update, Summer 2018

The Mini-Holland programme is progressing all over the borough. The cycle tracks on Lea Bridge Road are approaching Baker’s Arms and the 3 of the “villages” have been calmed with modal filters. The council have installed or are planning to install 300 bike-hangars across the borough.

Francis Road has benefitted from street improvements

The last village, “Markhouse Village” will be going to consultation on the 10th of September. The village is the area bordered by Lea Bridge Road in the south, South Grove and Selborne Road in the north, Markhouse Road in the west and Hoe Street in the east.

The council would like to put in a number of modal filters in the area, most of these will be local filters to stop through traffic in local streets. However two of the filters are area wide filters on Queens Road and Boundary Road. These filters will significantly reduce traffic on 2 of the busiest, most unpleasant and unsafe roads in the area. Both Queens Road and Boundary Road are roads were cyclists have suffered close passes and there is a lot of conflict between cyclists and other road users. The roads themselves are also in need of some care and landscaping as both look quite tired.

Boundary Road is a rat run through the area with high traffic volumes

It is important that the consultation is successful and the council feel they have a mandate to complete the work as planned. Otherwise there will be a large hole in the scheme that will detrimental to local residents and create an area of rat running.

The consultation will be distributed as a paper document to residents, businesses and stake holders in the area as well as being online. The council have stated that the amount of the scheme that they are able to implement will depend largely on the results of the consultation.

So, if you live in the Markhouse Village area please do look out for the consultation and fill it out. Also if you know anyone who lives in the area please encourage them to respond to the consultation and support the council’s plans as local views will carry more weight. Also please look out for the consultation on Common Place (where previous consultations have been posted) and fill it in. This may come down to a numbers game and we know that groups that support the status quo and no changes are mobilising locally.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the campaign locally then in the coming weeks there are leaflets to be delivered and other activities – please ask to join the Markhouse Mini-Holland Facebook group at or email and we will put you in touch with the campaign.

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September Rides & Events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 2 September – 10am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
The E11 / North Star Vélo Ride to Lesnes Abbey
Meet outside McDonald’s in Leytonstone High Street E11 for 10am departure. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 2 September – 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, email “Art Catcher” Katja.

Sunday 9 September – 1pm, 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.
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 16 September – 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 16 September – 2pm, Walthamstow Village Square
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Newcomers Ride
This ride around the quiet streets in Walthamstow Village is intended 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.
Basic skills are necessary: please make sure you are able to pedal and balance, turn corners, and brake to a halt .. all without falling off! If you are not confident about your basic skills, then we can recommend the council’s free cycle training.
We’ll keep together as a group and ‘top and tail’ the ride with marshalls, with an experienced ride leader at the front, and an expert marshall at the back to keep cars out of our convoy. We also have at least one other marshall who cycles on the right hand side of the group to help out with junctions etc.
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.

Wednesday 19 September – 6:30pm, Walthamstow Town Square
Bridget’s Evening Ride – last one in 2018!
Join Bridget for an hour’s relaxing riding around the borough, with an optional pub or café settle-down at the end.
Bring your lights as you will need them before the end of the ride!

Sunday 23 September – 10am, Walthamstow Town Square
WFCycling London Open House Ride
Bring food and drink, though we will stop for a snack along the way. Please bring your Oyster card or contactless debit card in case we take public transport.
Meet at 10:15 outside Walthamstow Library, for a departure by 10:30. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Friday 28 September – 6pm, Walthamstow Town Square
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.

Every Saturday – 8:30am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
North Star Velo Road Rides: easy & medium paced
Whether you want to try road cycling and don’t know how fit you are, or you’re ready for a medium-paced effort, join the club.
Easy rides maximum 30 miles
Medium-paced rides c. 50 miles.
Meet outside McDonald’s in High Road Leytonstone.
Back in time for lunch, or a pint at the North Star!
North Star Velo also run frequent midweek short road rides, evening and sometimes morning so do check their website!

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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Summer Social – Tuesday, 28th August

Our summer social is on Tuesday and all cyclists are welcome to join us in The Castle, E17.

It’s a great opportunity to meet local cyclists and have a chat about cycling and what’s happening in Waltham Forest.

The castle serves a variety of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, snacks and meals in a friendly and welcoming environment. We have booked the sofas from 8pm to 9:30pm.

Drop in to say hi, or stay for a chat – either way it would be great to see you there!



Tuesday 28th August from 8pm

The Castle, 15 Grosvenor Rise East, E17 9LB

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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 a range of benefits, including discounts in many bike shops.

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