Havering Cyclists News: February 2021

Greetings fellow cyclists! With the recent flooding and ongoing Covid lockdowns, I hope you’ve still been able to get out on your bike in the fresh air riding for work, errands or for some exercise but meanwhile, Havering Cyclists have still been campaigning and raising local cycling issues. Please read on for details.

LET HAVERING CYCLE” (GOVERNMENT FUNDING FOR ACTIVE TRAVEL)

We have been following up on our meeting with Havering council leader Cllr Damian White and we know that he has now been briefed on the contents of the government’s “Gear Change” walking and cycling strategy and we await a further meeting.

DANGER TO CYCLISTS IN MARSH WAY RAINHAM

You may have seen the shocking news that two cyclists were killed in, and close to Marsh Way in Rainham, in two separate incidents within one week, in January.   As you may be aware, Marsh Way leads south from National Cycle route 13 (along the A1306) connecting the A13 trunk road and a modern industrial estate, which includes the head office of the NELFT NHS Foundation Trust as well as the CEME college.

There is no other way to access the estate other than via Marsh Way.

As yet we have no precise details of the respective incidents but, be assured that Havering Cyclists have been in contact with Havering Council and will be pressing them to address the lack of safety along this road and the industrial estate, nearby, inclusive of the CEME site.

If anybody has details about either incident that they can share, please contact us.

Meanwhile, we ask all road users on Marsh Way, to take great care to avoid any further incidents.

LOWER THAMES CROSSING

You may have seen in the press that the planning application for LTC had been completely withdrawn and you may have wondered if they’d finally seen sense (what with climate change and all), but it seems that this is just a procedural thing to be able to incorporate the changes resulting from the consultations.

TRAFFIC CALMING – REMOVAL OF SPEED HUMPS

Whilst other measures are now accounted for; we are still pressing for an update on those still missing in Marshalls Drive, Romford.

CYCLE ROUTE FLOODING

While it is nice to have a cycle route that follows a river so that we can enjoy the scenery, this does have its problems when the rain just keeps falling and falling. Pictured is NCN136 at Gaynes Parkway.

CYCLISTS SAFETY ISSUE: RUMBLE STRIPS

We were told incorrectly by Havering council that this was now complete so we have pressed again for the programme of work to be competed as soon as possible.

CYCLE LIAISON GROUP

Meetings of the Cycle Liaison Group with Havering Council Officers resumed in January after a year-long break due to COVID-19. Sadly, progress with many issues is painfully slow and seemingly hampered by a lack of commitment, staff changes as well as by the COVID-19 situation. We will persevere for now.

CYCLE BUDDIES SCHEME

We are hoping to start a buddying scheme based on the fine work of the Wandsworth group. The idea is that experienced cyclists are “paired-up” with less experienced riders to help them plan their essential routes and accompany them on one or more rides to build their confidence.

We will publish a link where respective ‘Buddies’ can sign up.

WE WANT YOUR ROUTE PRIORITIES

We are building a list of preferred cycle routes that we would like to see developed or improved. If you have views on what you’d like to see, please get in touch and we will send you the list for you to review and to add your two penn’orth.

KEEP IN TOUCH

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Please also get in touch to let us know you views on any of the above.

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