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Mayor releases Strategic Cycling Analysis for London

The Strategic Cycling Analysis can be downloaded from

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


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

Ride leader training is being provided by LCC please email Cathy on .

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 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 /

* 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.

Havering Cyclists’ Meeting 9th January 2017

Dear Fellow Cyclists,

Please see below the notes of our Havering Cyclists’ meeting on 9th January 2017.


Ray will write to Cllr Frost regarding the proposals for improved pedestrian (but not cycling) facilities in Gubbins Lane for access to Harold Wood Station.

Also LCC have been setting up a web tool called Cyclescape to help socialise traffic schemes that affect cyclists at


There have been calls for the Sunday Cycle Club rides be restarted as soon as possible so we make start them again at the end of February.


We need to stock up on literature and materials for our street stalls – Maps (nos. 5 & 8), join LCC leaflets, Tools for the cargo bike, and a mat for the cycle marking.  Ray is also planning an update to the website.


Our next meeting s planned for Monday 13th February 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 for the latest news.



Young Again Cycles – A mobile cycle workshop which comes to you.

Would any of you be interested in a mobile cycle repair service whereby the workshop comes to you.  

It might be at an event or on a training ride, a mechanical is never well timed affair. It can be hassle taking your bike down to your local shop and potentially loose it for a few days.  Thats where YoungAgain Cycles steps in, I offer a fully mobile service that can cater for many cyclist needs.    

If you have any questions I would be happy to help.  Kindest regards. James Youngs 

Also on facebook at

Do you fancy a “Christmas morning bike ride” then join John’s ride starting from Central Park, Harold Hill at 10:00 on Chrismas Day

National Cycle Route No.136 called The Ingrebourne Way.  It starts from Noak Hill  then runs through Harold Hill, Harold Wood, Harold Park, Cranham, Upminster, Hornchurch, Elm Park and South Hornchurch, then passes Rainham Hall before ending at Rainham Marshes.

We will be riding from Central Park car park Harold Hill to Hornchurch Country Park Visitors Centre and returning back to Harold Hill.

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

If you need any more info phone john on 07704793895

Register at