Monthly Archives: June 2013

Join Skyride for an easy family ride next weekend at Thames Chase Visitor Centre


Come and join us on this ride for all abilities, especially families as the park is full of things to do and see during and after the ride.  The rides takes us round a flat circular route round the forest starting and ending at the visitor centre where riders can take a well earned rest at the end.

Thames Chase Community Forest is home to a variety of trails, ponds, meadows and even an orchard planted with traditional Essex apple and pear varieties. Scattered around the site are fun environmental play areas for children, including an Ants Nest, Hollow Logs and the Trusty Oak, which offers beautiful views across the whole site.  The Forest Centre offers lots of features and bags of room to provide more than enough activity the full family.  Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it!

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Join Skyride in Barking this Sunday and get your Bike Marked

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This route is ideal for people who love cycling in the parks!  We manage to cycle to 6 different parks within this 9 mile circular route.  Setting out from Valence Park you will get chance to see the beautiful Valence House before we link up with Parsloes and Mayesbrook Park.  From here the next stop is the historical Eastbury Manor before making our way back to Valence Park via Barking, South and Goodmayes Park.  Do join us for a great ride which will boost your confidence on quiet roads and park paths which takes in plenty of gorgeous scenery and historical buildings.

In addition to this great ride, subject to operational requirements, the Barking and Dagenham Safer Transport Team will be at the start point an hour before the ride starts to provide FREE cycle security marking and advice to all participants.  Security marking your bike deters potential thieves as your bike can be easily traced if it is stolen.   Please ensure that you turn up in good time to have your bike marked as the free marking will finish 20 minutes before the ride is advertised to start.

Havering Cyclists – notes from meeting held on 19th June 2013

  1. Apologies received from Terry Hughes
  2. Notes from May meeting were agreed
  3. Beam Valley bridge project was discussed and Ray reported back on meeting held at Millenium Centre in Dagenham.   Proposal for siting was outlined and it was expected to go for consent by Havering as planning authority.   Further meeting to be held in August.
  4. Ray reported back on letter from Havering Leader Cllr. Michael White which seemed pretty positive other than lorry situation.
  5. New Road at Havering Atte-Bower cycling proposal was reported on by Philip.   New approach to way forward adopted by Mark Philpotts working with interest groups.
  6. Arrangements for Harold Hill Summer festival on 6th July were agreed.
  7. It was agreed that Amandeep should be asked about his meeting with Andrew Gilligan at the next CLG meeting.
  8. Other business – Ray to pursue possible meeting with Councillors on the Highways Advisory Committee and Jeff and Ray reported back on their visit to Motorvations.
  9. Date of next meeting – 17th July @ The Chequers PH at 8pm

Thames Water adds Cycle Safety Devices to HGVs

Firm updates 230 HGV fleet, including contractor’s vehicles, in response to spike in London collisions.

It may not have paid its taxes last year, but Thames Water has faced up to one of its problems — fitting out its truck fleet with devices designed to avoid collisions with cyclists, following a spate of incidents.

Having confirmed that its trucks have previously been involved in incidents with cyclists, the firm has now fitted its fleet with audible sensors, which warn riders to not ride on the inside when the vehicle is turning left. Frensel refractors have also been equipped to eliminate the cab driver’s blind spot. Furthermore, side bars have been fitted, making it harder for a cyclists to be pulled under the truck in the event of a coming together.

Thames Water’s head of health and safety, Karl Simons said the cost to fit each truck out was around £1,000.

Simons said: “I think we have a responsibility as Thames Water, given our impact across London, to set standards for the rest of the industry and wider. There was a serious incident last year involving one of our contractors’ lorries and a cyclist. That was the catalyst for taking the action.”

Read more about what haulage firms are doing to minimise the risks to cyclists in this piece gathered from recent TRL trials of Dutch Roundabouts, eye level signals and equipment to alert HGV drivers to cyclists.

London is seeing a boom in cycling, with well over half a million cycle-trips made every day.

To help prepare, the Dutch — who boast Amsterdam as one of the most bike friendly cities in the world — have been drafted in to advise on cycling policy and infrastructure.

So how do we compare? According to figures from the London Cycling Campaign:

Amsterdam: 600,000 cycle journeys per day in a population of 750,800 = 37% of journeys are by bike.    London: About 500,000 cycle journeys per day in a population of 8.1m = 2% of journeys by bike.

MPs, Dutch representatives and London schoolchildren cycled en masse from the Dutch Embassy to the Houses of Parliament today to celebrate the start of Bike Week 2013 (15-23 June).

The ride marks a closer partnership between the two countries, with Dutch experts advising a delegation from the UK on cycling policy and infrastructure in preparation for a predicted record year for cycling.