Monthly Archives: April 2013

Havering Cyclists Vision for the Future

Havering Cyclists Vision for the Future.
To provide a clearly segregated cycling infrastructure linking all the town-centres and facilities in the borough and to link the borough to the adjoining London Cycle Network.
BENEFITS
Safety
o   People tell us that they would love to cycle but feel that the existing roads are too dangerous
Fitness
o   The BMA say that cycling is an excellent way to challenge obesity and heart disease which is showing an alarming increase.
o   A recent study shows that physical activity has dropped by 20% in the last 2 generations and is expected to decrease further
Environment
o   Less pollution, better air quality, less energy use
Leisure
o   Safe places to cycle gives great opportunities for individuals, families and friends to have fun while they exercise and enjoy the outdoors
OUR IDEAS
·         Linking Tier 1 Centres: Romford – Hornchurch – Rainham – Upminster
·         Linking Tier 2 Centres: Collier Row – Elm Park – Gidea Park – Harold Hill – Harold Wood
·         Linking these to stations, hospitals, retail parks, leisure facilities, green spaces
·         Safe Routes to ALL schools
·         Make all junctions forming part of the cycle routes cycle-friendly
·         Remodel the Romford Ring Road to make it cycle-friendly

 

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Minutes from Havering Cyclists Meeting Wednesday 21 April

This was the last meeting at the Nalgo, the next meeting will be at Chequers Public House, Hornchurch. Thanks to the staff for all their help in the past. 
HAVERING CLG MEETING REPORT
The bidding process for funding as part of the Mayor’s Vision for Cycling was discussed:
There are two phases. From now until June, the ideas need to be worked into practical plans and from June till September the bids need to be developed for submission. There is to be a “ideas gathering” meeting on 30 April at the Town Hall where we are invited by the council to share suggestions.
NOTE: Havering is one of only three boroughs earmarked for access to an extra fund to implement a “Dutch-style” cycling borough but from the council officers’ remarks we sense that there is some opposition to taking this up from the political leaders of the borough. We need to make approaches to see how this can be addressed and we will also try to get some coverage ion the local press to raise awareness. Jeff will provide Terry with his contact on the Romford Recorder and Terry will draft some articles.
A CYCLING VISION for HAVERING
We discussed what our input for the 30 April meeting should be:
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OUR VISION – To provide a clearly segregated cycling infrastructure linking all the town-centres in the borough and to link the borough to the adjoining London Cycle Network.
BENEFITS
Safety
People tell us that they would love to cycle but feel that the existing roads are too dangerous
Fitness
The BMA say that cycling is an excellent way to challenge obesity and heart disease which is showing an alarming increase
Environment
Less pollution, better air quality, less energy use
Leisure
safe places to cycle gives great opportunities for individuals, families and friends to have fun while they exercise and enjoy the outdoors
DETAILS
Linking Tier 1 Centres: Romford – Hornchurch – Rainham – Upminster
Linking Tier 2 Centres: Collier Row – Elm Park – Gidea Park – Harold Hill – Harold Wood
Linking these to stations, hospitals, retail parks
Safe Routes to schools
Junction improvements
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INGREBOURNE VALLEY WAY
There have been some delays and the whole route is not quite open but the new foot and cycle bridge in Hacton Parkway (Philip’s Bridge) is in place and is a great improvement on the old one.
There was a ride on 14 April organised by Tonia Scott for the Sustrans NE London section taking us from UpminsterStation to the RSPB centre: Good company, good weather and good cake.
We will support the formal route opening event on 22 May with a ride from each end of the route planned to arrive for the opening ceremony. Please contact Steve Pinder if you’d like to support from the Southern start point or Ray Whitehouse for the North start point. Jeff will ask Laura from some T-shirts to hand out on the ride.
CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
The new local A5 leaflet has been printed and we started distributing them at our April Mark-it event. Ray has ordered a heavy-duty Gazebo and is in the process of clearing its use with the Romford Market inspector. We will order some business cards. Terry to draft.
HAROLD HILL FESTIVAL
We are planning to support the event on 6 July with an information stall.
PEDALLING INTO THE PAST
We are planning to support the event on 11 August with an information stall.
PLANET HAVERING
This is a full two-day event and it was felt that with the number of volunteers we have, it is not practical for us to commit to covering it.
HGV EVENT
Is yet to speak to Mark P with a view to us setting up an HGV awareness event.
DONM is 15 May at the Chequers PH in North Street. This is because the NALGO will be closed down by then.
As always, see the web site at www.haveringcyclists.org for the latest news.

SkyRide need Breeze ride leaders

LADIES – HELP BRITISH CYLING GET MORE WOMEN CYCLING!

 We are looking for Breeze champions across Greater London and we are running courses in a number of boroughs.

The Breeze Network is British Cycling’s women only programme aimed at getting more women on their bikes. Led by women for women, Breeze relies on a hugely important group of volunteer champions to make this programme come to life.  Breeze champions help other women enjoy the fun, fresh air and freedom offered by bikes rides.  There is no need to be a cycling expert, just be confident on a bike and have heaps of enthusiasm.  Breeze empowers women to change the face of cycling for good and leave a lasting legacy in their area.

To become a Breeze champion:

  • You’ll take part in a free and fun one day ride leadership course where you’ll have a chance to meet other Breeze champions.
  • The certificate qualifies you to independently plan, deliver and promote rides to groups of women.
  • In addition to free training, we will provide you with a Breeze kit, British Cycling Ride membership and plenty of support along the way.
  • Furthermore, to ensure you’re able to deliver safe bike rides, British Cycling will support you to gain a first aid qualification.
  • In return we ask champions to deliver on average 12 rides over the year to local women in their area.

The following free, one day courses are taking place:

 Location  Venue  Date  Time
 Haringey Bruce Castle, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU Saturday 20 April 2013 08.45 – 5.30pm
Richmond Shene Sports & Fitness Centre, Richmond Park, Academy, Park Avenue, SW14 8AT Saturday 4 May 08.45 – 5.30pm
Central London TBC Saturday 8 June 2013 08.45 – 5.30pm
Barking The Broadway Theatre, Broadway, Barking  IG11 7LS Saturday 6 July 2013 08.45 – 5.30pm

The great thing about the network is that women don’t have to lead alone. Add an extra dose of girl power and team up with a friend to become Breeze buddies and deliver the rides together. The opportunities are endless.

To register for the course ladies should contact the Breeze Network on 0161 274 2117, email breeze@britishcycling.org.uk or visit www.breezebikerides.com and fill out an application form.

SKY Ride need Breeze ride leaders

LADIES – HELP BRITISH CYLING GET MORE WOMEN CYCLING!

 We are looking for Breeze champions across Greater London and we are running courses in a number of boroughs.

The Breeze Network is British Cycling’s women only programme aimed at getting more women on their bikes. Led by women for women, Breeze relies on a hugely important group of volunteer champions to make this programme come to life.  Breeze champions help other women enjoy the fun, fresh air and freedom offered by bikes rides.  There is no need to be a cycling expert, just be confident on a bike and have heaps of enthusiasm.  Breeze empowers women to change the face of cycling for good and leave a lasting legacy in their area.

To become a Breeze champion:

  • You’ll take part in a free and fun one day ride leadership course where you’ll have a chance to meet other Breeze champions.
  • The certificate qualifies you to independently plan, deliver and promote rides to groups of women.
  • In addition to free training, we will provide you with a Breeze kit, British Cycling Ride membership and plenty of support along the way.
  • Furthermore, to ensure you’re able to deliver safe bike rides, British Cycling will support you to gain a first aid qualification.
  • In return we ask champions to deliver on average 12 rides over the year to local women in their area.

The following free, one day courses are taking place:

 

Location

 

Venue

 

Date

 

Time

 

Haringey

 

Bruce Castle, Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU

 

Saturday 20 April 2013

 

08.45 – 5.30pm

Richmond Shene Sports & Fitness Centre, Richmond Park, Academy, Park Avenue, SW14 8AT Saturday 4 May 08.45 – 5.30pm
Central London TBC Saturday 8 June 2013 08.45 – 5.30pm
Barking The Broadway Theatre, Broadway, Barking  IG11 7LS Saturday 6 July 2013 08.45 – 5.30pm

The great thing about the network is that women don’t have to lead alone. Add an extra dose of girl power and team up with a friend to become Breeze buddies and deliver the rides together. The opportunities are endless.

To register for the course ladies should contact the Breeze Network on 0161 274 2117, email breeze@britishcycling.org.uk or visit www.breezebikerides.com and fill out an application form.