Monthly Archives: September 2012

Havering Cyclists Survey

We have started a survey to see what improvements cyclists would like in Havering. This was started at the “Pedalling into the Past” event on Saturday. let us have your views by commenting here or emailing

Comments from Saturday were.

Cycle paths to be more prominent and better signposted
Review Mawney Road pinch points on bends and along Eastern Avenue
Road “Buttons” instead of sleeping policemen guide cars into cycle lane e.g. Mawney Road
Change the cycle gates leaving Ingrebourne Valley Road, by Travis Perkin. They are too narrow for most bikes
Fix some potholes – roads are dreadful
Improve Romford Town centre – especially run a 2 way bike lane along South and North Street as done in Ilford.
Ensure Bike parking is installed in conjunction with Safer Transport team

Pedalling into the Past workshops and events schedule now available.

See you all on Saturday the schedule is as follows:

Pedalling into the Past Update – workshops and timed events

12:00 – 14:30 Bretons Entertainers + Jive Swing demonstration, Marquee
12:30 M.A.D BMX Display + BMX workshop
14:00 M.A.D BMX Display + BMX workshop
14:30 – 15:00 Big Welcome from Havering Mayor, Marquee
15:00 – 15:30 **Lancaster bomber fly past**
15:30 M.A.D BMX Display + BMX workshop
15:30 – 17:00 Bretons Entertainers + Jive Swing demonstration and lessons, Marquee

Various times (Check Dr Bike Stand): Bicycle maintenance skills (puncture repair and routine bike maintenance classes)
Various times (periodic): Bike Polo Try-out
Various times (Check Circus Skills Stand): Circus Skills + skills workshop

Note: times and activities are dependent on various factors (inc. weather) and may change.


You can now register for the Thursday Havering Park Ride on Sky Ride Social

The Thursday evening rides are continuing until the end of September. John has done a great job by loading them onto Sky Ride Social under group “On your Bike”.

To register go into ride finder, put Romford in the location box and unclick all the “what” boxes on the right except for Social riding groups. You will then get all the social group rides in the area including “Havering Park Ride”.

Can you help out on Sep 15 at ‘Pedalling into the Past’

If you’d like to help support the Havering Cyclists/LCC stand at “pedalling into the past’ at Hornchurch country park on September 15th please let us know.

We will be setting up from 10:00 and closing at 17:00.

Even if you can’t help then why not come along to enjoy a fun afternoon and see the fly past.


Have your say at the 2012 LCC Campaigns Conference

This Saturday the 2012 LCC Campaigns conference is being held at South Bank University. You can find the agenda for the conference at

At present 4 members of Havering Cyclists are attending, even if you can’t attend then let us have your views to feed into the conference on Saturday. The 5 workshops are

  1. What is the message to cyclists and non-cyclists? Making London Liveable
  2. Political engagement: how do we influence/link the key decision makers in our boroughs?
  3. Linkages: strengthening our message (economy, health, urban renewal, environment, equality)
  4. Social media: how do we communicate the message effectively locally?
  5. Borough campaigns. What do we aim for at borough level?

So comment on this blog and give us your ideas.


Only 14 days to go to Pedalling into the Past at Hornchurch Country Park

On September 15 from 12:00 to 17:00 at Hornchurch Country Park

Join this family fun-day in Hornchurch Country Park and try out bicycles, meet Alpacas and watch a Lancaster bomber fly past this September.

The free event combines a celebration of the history of the park with cycling to create a fun event for all the family.

Visitors can find out about the park’s RAF history, see its rich variety of wildlife and try-out cycling on the 12 mile walking/cycle/equestrian route that passes through it.

There will be many activities for all ages to take part in including cycle polo, archery. Kids can try out a pedal powered disco or learn bush craft skills and even meet some Alpacas.For those who like a thrill, a BMX stunt team will perform a show. Bike health checks will be offer for those who bring their bike and the police will be on hand to security mark them too.

The Havering Cyclists “Easy” ride has been extended to run every Thursday until end September, at 18:00. (6, 13, 20, 27 September)

Due to popular demand the Thursday evening rides have been extended to the end of September.

Weather permitting, we will ride from Central Park to Harold Court Wood, around Harold Court Wood and back to Central Park. This ride is about 5 miles with some hills, some of us old ones may like to walk up them lol, with a bit of a rest half way round.

Check on the Have_Bike Forum to see if its on.

Most of this ride is off road (95%) on shared cycle path, with some off road shared cycle path next to the A12 (any young children need to be supervised along this short stretch), with a small stretch on quite roads.

Anyone is welcome. Every Thursday until end September at 6pm, leaves 6.15pm so don’t be late.

Meet at Central Park Carpark, Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford Essex RM3

This is a part of the new Connect2, 13 mile route.
National Cycle Route No.136 Called Ingrebourne Way. Starts from Noak Hill and
ending at Rainham Marshes, running through Harold Hill, Harold Wood, Harold
Park, Cranham, Upminster, Hornchurch, Elm Park and South Hornchurch ending at
Rainham Marshes.

Under 16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult and take full responsibility for them and must wear a cycle helmet at all times.