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LetsRide Guided Ride this Sunday 23rd July, 10:00 am, Havering – South Havering Circular – 24 mile ride, starts from Upminster Library

Register at https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/havering-south-havering-circular-24-mile-ride

Explore south of Havering on a mixture of roads, parks and country paths on this great route.

From Upminster Park you’ll pass Hornchurch Stadium before heading up to the church which gave Hornchurch its name. After crossing the lake in Harrow Lodge you’ll head towards Bretton’s Outdoor Centre and on to Beam Parklands.

It’s back on the road and onto Rainham Marshes where there’s some fantastic homeade cake for your half way stop!

Leaving the RSPB you’ll pass the Purfleet Royal Gunpowder Magazine before turning away from the river and heading back to the start via Mardyke Valley and the Thames Chase Forest.

Please note that we only recommend using a road bikes with a wider tyre (25mm or above) on this ride due to the surface on some sections of the route.

Starting Point

Upminster Library
26 Corbets Tey Road
Upminster
Greater London
RM14 2BB

 

Notes from Havering Cyclists’ Meeting 10th July 2017

Dear Fellow Cyclists,

Please see below the notes of our Havering Cyclists’ meeting on 10th July 2017.

 

CYCLE HUBS

Planning is well advanced for the activities at the four “Cycle Hubs” during the summer. Ray will be leading four family rides and one for the over-fifties. The booking of places on the rides is under way.

EVENTS

We will be supporting the Ride London event on the 29th July with a “feeder ride” from Gidea Park as usual though on this occasion, LCC head office has provided a ride leader for us. Please let us know if you are able to help marshal the ride.

We are planning to hold information stand events at the Hornchurch Country Park Visitor Centre using the cargo bike on Sundays in August.

We are planning to attend this year’s Havering Town Show for both days if we can get enough volunteer support. Please let us know if you can help with the information stand for a few hours on the Sunday 27th August or on Bank holiday Monday.

MATERIALS

Ray has ordered a batch of the new TfL cycle maps [now received], and is also hoping to obtain some of the new Let’s Ride leaflets. Terry has tried to obtain new LCC materials but the new flyer leaflets are yet to be printed.

CLG FEEDBACK

Mark Philpotts is still working on a plan to bring cycle route continuity across the difficult junction of South Street and Eastern Road, Romford.

Ray is meeting with council officer Chris Smart to discuss a number of proposed changes to the area surrounding Romford Station as part of the coming of Crossrail.

NEXT MEETINGS

Our next meeting is planned for Monday 14th August at JJ Moons PH in High Street Hornchurch. Just look out for the table where people, (or at least one person), are wearing red LCC or Sustrans tee shirts.

As always, see the web site at www.haveringcyclists.org for the latest news.

Regards

Terry

Join us for the first East London “Lets Ride” guided ride this Sunday July 2nd 10:00 – The “East London Marathon”

   

Come join “Lets Ride” this Sunday for the East London Marathon.

Starting in Dagenham’s Central Park the route take you on an amazing route through Barking and Dagenham and a further 2 London Boroughs before stopping next to the Tower of London. Along the way you will experience both the historic East London and the modern buildings of the future in Londons Docklands. The route utilises the full lengths of Cycle Superhighway’s 2 and 3 which provide a purpose built route through East London and into the City, this includes the new section of CS2 from Bow roundabout to Newham Greenway. You’ll follow the Greenway back to CS3 before taking a diversion away from CS3 through the parks of Barking and Dagenham. This is the perfect route for anybody who wants to do a few miles and see how easy it is to get to the heart of the city by bike!

Later rides are scheduled for

Sunday 23rd July 2017 10:00am South Havering Circular
Sunday 20th August 2017 10:00am East London Marathon
Sunday 10th September 2017 10:00am South Havering Circular

To register goto www.letsride.co.uk

Mayor releases Strategic Cycling Analysis for London

The Strategic Cycling Analysis can be downloaded from https://tfl.gov.uk/corporate/publications-and-reports/cycling

London’s Walking and Cycling Commissioner, Will Norman, has today named the 25 corridors in London with the greatest potential for cycling as he revealed the unprecedented analysis being used to map out the future of the capital’s cycling network.

Innovative data analysis is being used by TfL to identify where the next generation of cycling provision could make the biggest impact on the capital. The ongoing approach, based on growth forecasts, population growth, safety data and existing demand, is a completely new way of identifying where to invest in new schemes including Cycle Superhighways, Quietways and Liveable Neighbourhoods.

The wide-ranging analysis has seen 25 corridors across London identified for investment priority. These corridors spread from Brentford to Heathrow in the west, to Dagenham Dock to Ilford in the east, Highgate to North Finchley in the north, and Streatham to Oval in the south.

TfL will now work with London boroughs to conduct feasibility studies in these areas and develop cycling schemes that will help to deliver a long-term Strategic Cycle Network for London, as part of the Mayor’s forthcoming Transport Strategy. Future cycling routes will also provide benefits for pedestrians and public transport users as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Streets Approach.

This Strategic Cycling Analysis has been published today with new data that shows the dramatic growth in cycling that new routes have provided. This includes a 54 per cent increase in cycling along the East-West Cycle Superhighway from Parliament Square to Tower Hill, a 32 per cent increase along the entire North-South Cycle Superhighway, and 56 per cent increase in cycling along Quietway 1 from Greenwich and Waterloo, since 2014, before the routes were established.

In total, more than half a million kilometres are ridden by cyclists on the average day within central London, a rise of seven per cent in three years, and across London there are 670,000 trips made – the same number as on the Victoria line. At the busiest spot on the network, at Temple on the East-West Cycle Superhighway, a total of 12,572 bikes were counted each day. Kennington Park on CS7 saw 11,155 cycles and Blackfriars Bridge on the North-South Cycle Superhighway saw 10,276. There were 16 more locations where more than 5,000 cycles per day were counted.

This data forms a key part of the analysis to ensure that the growth in cycling continues at pace, the Mayor’s record £154 million per year investment is used most effectively, and that the network grows strategically across London throughout the Mayor’s transport strategy. It will also help direct a new Cycling Delivery Plan to be launched in the winter.

The Mayor’s record cycling budget currently includes funding for the completion of phase two of the North-South Cycle Superhighway from Farringdon to Kings Cross, an extension of the East-West Cycle Superhighway to Acton and work to deliver Cycle Superhighway 11 from Swiss Cottage to the West End, Cycle Superhighway 4 from Tower Bridge to Greenwich and Cycle Superhighway 9 from Olympia towards Hounslow. Working with London boroughs, three ˜Mini Hollands in Enfield, Kingston and Waltham Forest and at least 20 more Quietway routes are also planned, making cycling safer and easier across London.

Guided Rides now scheduled by British Cycling “Lets Ride” for this summer.

The summer schedule is now starting to become available for East London. In particular “The East London Marathon” and  “The South Havering Circular”.  Both are around 25 miles.

These are scheduled for

Sunday 2nd July 2017 10:00am East London Marathon
Sunday 23rd July 2017 10:00am South Havering Circular
Sunday 20th August 2017 10:00am East London Marathon
Sunday 10th September 2017 10:00am South Havering Circular

To register goto www.letsride.co.uk

 

Prundential Ride London Free Cycle Feeder Rides Saturday 29th July- Ride Leader/Marshals needed to help. Training can be provided.

Every year the Havering and Barking & Dagenham LCC local groups have led feeder rides into the Prudential Ride London Free Cycle. This year we do have problems running the rides due to lack of leaders/marshalls.

The feeder ride leaves from Gidea Park station at 09:00 on Saturday 29th July and picks up the Barking and Dagenham Riders at the start of CS3 at 10:00. Returning from London Leadenhall Market at 15:00.

If you think you can help please register at http://lcc.org.uk/articles/volunteer-as-a-lcc-ride-marshal-at-freecycle-2017.

Ride leader training is being provided by LCC please email Cathy on info@lcc.org.uk .

Training is available at the LCC offices on 24 June, 1 July and 8 July.

Bike repair and refurbishment – second hand bikes – abandoned and unwanted bikes

There are two charitable organizations local to Barking that train people to repair/restore bikes, Recycles Ilford and Respoke’s Becontree Cycle Centre. As a result they have refurbished bikes available for sale and/or part exchange. They also accept donated bikes if they are suitable for the project and if space is available.

They can also carry out repairs to your bike, subject to availability.

If you have an unwanted bike, please don’t let it gather dust/rust. Post it on Freegle or Freecycle (or Ebay), or donate it to one of these charities.

If you know of an abandoned bike, please report it on fixmystreet.com. We are making the effort to reclaim such bikes for repair/restoration or breaking for spares.

In 2016 it was announced that the Richard House Charity shop in Faircross, Barking, would be selling bikes that have been refurbished by a social enterprise.

Becontree Cycle Centre is at 3 Rugby Road, DAGENHAM, RM9 4AL, which is very near Becontree Station on LUL’s District Line * (come out of the station and turn left, and where the bridge lands, Rugby Road is on the left. (020) 8593 1677 / info@respoke.org.uk.

* one of the subsurface lines of London Underground – though here it is over ground – on which even non-folding bikes may be taken (though not at peak times). The others are the Circle, Hammersmith-and-City and Metropolitan lines.

BCC is a re-incarnation of Gascoigne Cycle Centre, which had to decamp from St Mary’s Parade owing to the redevelopment of The Gascoigne Estate. Their shop in Becontree is smarter in appearance, but rather smaller, and I daresay they’d be grateful to sell their bikes for space alone.