Monday, June 07, 2010

Redbridge Sky Ride

I am alerted to this by Morris. It is basically an event to be held here in Redbridge on Sunday 15th August that entails closing roads to traffic [that is motorised traffic of the internal combustion engine type, including buses] to allow lots of people on bicycles free rein for a day. It’s a bit like the car free day we used to have down in Wanstead but on a much bigger scale.

The area so closed off, according to Morris’ informants is bounded by and includes Station Road Barkingside, Tanners Lane, Barkingside High Street, Forest Road, Painters Lane and Aldborough Road North.

That’s one big area, but it is a Sunday and it is at the height of the holiday season, not that anybody can afford holidays these days what with the national debt and having to keep our bankers [double checks spelling] in the manner to which they have become accustomed.

So, why is it called a Sky Ride, it sounds like something to do with aeroplanes and parachutes? Well, it’s advertising – for Sky the company.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, is calling on local residents to dust off their bikes and join in a free family cycling event, the Mayor of London’s Sky Ride Redbridge, organised by the Mayor, Sky, and Redbridge Council, coming to the borough on 15 August. More…..
Morris thinks it’s all barmy and I’ll let him do his bit in the comments but I’m not so sure. It could generate quite a lot of trade in the High Street – those bikers will get hungry and we do have quite a few eating establishments hereabouts, and if it’s really hot they will need some refreshing liquids. We don’t want them falling off their bikes on FX roundabout while we are watching from the safety of you know where.

Note: we appear to have one of our locals pictured in the graphic above riding a penny farthing.

Update: It appears that local councillors were presented with this scheme as a fait accompli.

The roads effected are Forest Rd (between Hainault Rd & Redbridge Cycling Centre). Hainault Rd (Between Forest Rd & Billet Rd). Painters Rd (whole length) Aldborough Rd North (between Painters & Oaks Lane) Oaks Lane ( between Aldborough Rd North & Cheviot Way & section between 160 to 180 Oaks Lane). St Peters Close (No vehicle access or egress because of closure of Oaks Lane). Station Rd, Barkingside (whole length). Carlton Drive/Carlton Court - (due to partial closure of Craven Gardens, no vehicle access or egress).
Craven Gdns (between Station Rd & Baron Gdns) Baron Gardens ( Between Craven Gdns & Sandringham Gdns) Sandringham Gdns ( Between Baron Gdns & Waverley Gdns). Waverley Gdns (between Sandringham Gdns & Barkingside High St) & finally : Barkingside High St (Between Waverley Gdns & Fairlop Rd).

In addition to those above which will be closed, the following will also be effected and may as the 'briefing note' implies ' experience displaced parking : Fairlop Rd, Virginia Gdns, Westminister Gdns, Sydney Rd, Hobart Rd, Waverley Gdns, Sandringham Gdns, Tollesbury Gdns, Cranbourne Gdns, Cheviot Way, Chiltern Rd, Roy Gdns, Applegarth Drive, Elmbridge Rd & Roebuck Rd.

Plus during the period of between 9-5pm Craven Gdns will be closed BOTH sides of the junction with Baron Gdns - as a result there will be NO THROUGH ROUTE from Tanners Lane & Horns Rd into Craven Gdns and from Fullwell X Roundabout towards Horns Rd & Tanners Lane.

51 comments:

  1. Yes - well rumour has it that HE rode a penny-farthing in the days when they were the ONLY form of mass personal transport on wheels......

    More later.

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  2. The route is not settled yet. And it is a wonderful idea. I sometimes think Morris is a human black hole that could suck the joy out of Christmas!

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  3. Surely it's good publicity for Redbridge? Let's encourage cyclists to explore the local amenities so that hopefully they will return and boost local trade.

    If I may add an idea of my own, perhaps Sky should be made aware of some of our local traditions - and therefore a particularly large bike could be made that would get lodged under the Fairlop Station bridge in Forest Rd?

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  4. That cowardly anonymous creature again. With luck he'll ponder sufficiently long when walking near Fairlop Station......

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  5. When are we going to have a proper day when all cyclists, busses and pedestrians are banned from the roads and pavements for a day, road humps removed, traffic lights in a logical sequence,road repairs removed, (especially Gants Hill) unused cycle lanes removed, stupid traffic calming schemes abandoned, Speed Cameras turned off,and BT Roadside Public Telephones removed.
    Freedom for the poor motorist!who contibutes more to the Exchequer than almost any other class of population.

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  6. Why is it that we spent millions on Redbridge Cycle centre, along with the millions of column inches of publicity,only to close roads for politically correct muppets which will do nothing for the countrys ills, except make them hungry , so they consume more of the worlds resources, advertise Sky Television and give themselves an opportunity to appear on Sky News-
    Baa Humbug. A complete waste of time, and exactly how much will it cost the put upon council tax payer, to set up the course, clear it up afterwards and remove the signs. when it could be done for nothing at the Cycle Centre,
    It is time Officers rethought a stupid expensive and completley pointless exercise.

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  7. Is it the same officers that organised this, that are incapable of organising a toilet in Barkingside High Street, in which case we are quite safe from this horror. If they expect the 11,000 that took part in Hounslow, then Barkingside High Street has my sympathies, with only one Public Toilet. and I for one will find another borough to spend my Sunday

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  8. Or incapable of organising a p***** in a ......

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  9. Well, well, well, I can see Area 3 is alive and well!
    I cannot wait to witness the next furore which is sure going to explode after the Mayor of London's comment that councils are responsible for getting rid of foxes, which he describes as pests.
    That is going to put some petrol on the bonfire!
    annesevant

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  10. Nitpicker's post:

    I assume the list of roads that will be closed was copy/pasted from Council papers - could someone please tell the writer the difference between 'Effected' and 'Affected', because I think they mean that Effectively, the following roads ... will be Affected.

    Effectionally yours, Judith

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  11. Why has the route not been set to utilise the little used very expensive cycleways which the borough has installed,as far as I can remember this route has no cycleways at all, and certainly has no scenic value either,its only merit is to disrupt a quiet sunday, it appears that a race track has been replaced by a cycle track, perhaps Alborough Hatch Defence Association will welcome it as a monthly event..

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  12. You say this was effectively forced on the Council.

    By whom????

    Don't tell me Transport for London?..... or perhaps it was our (increasingly seen to be incompetent) Mayor of London?

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  13. Ray being, of course, the paragon of competence!

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  14. At this stage, I would prefer to say little - for I have other irons in the fire. All I will say is that Ward Councillors and local residents have not been consulted over the route. Had we been we could have proposed alternatives that would not have affected commercial businesses such as the Aldborough Hall Equestrian Centre (where riders will be denied access for eight hours on one of the busiest days of the week)and the Dick Turpin (where someone has made the almost unbelievable suggestion that the restaurant would benefit as cyclists would stop off for a three course meal enroute!). It appears to be a fait accompli. I am all for cycling - and ride myself - but this is madness, shere and utter madness.
    Ron Jeffries

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  15. Careful, Ron - or the gutless anonymous contributor may attack you too.

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  16. ..but this one does, at least, have some literary merit!

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  17. It remains to be seen if Officers will now take note of the storm of protest and either (preferably as far as I am concerned0 cancel the whole thing, or now consult with residents as to the route, or of course change nothing - I know where my money lies,as Officers can never be shown to be wrong.
    This shows up the need for Council transparency - see my Post on Redbridge Eye

    http://redbridgeeye.blogspot.com/2010/05/council-information-transparency.html

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  18. How very kind to suggest that I might have some literary merit. The comments quite made my day. Many thanks

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  19. Nobody,should dish out criticism,if he or she cannot,accept criticism,especially if it is constructive.

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  20. Sorry Ron, not that I would suggest you do not have literary merit, but I was referring to the anonymous comment above @ 07 June, 2010 23:38

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  21. Well, Anonymous @ 18.00 today. Like most people in the public eye I am fully prepared to consider CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. That is particularly so where critics identify themselves. Much of that posted anonymously, however, is NOT constructive, but simply ABUSIVE.

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  22. My letter in this week's ILFORD RECORDER says just how I feel about this event. I have nothing against cycling - I am a cyclist myself and have a bicycle even today. I am concerned about commercial establishments such as the Aldborough Hall Equestrian Centre - which will suffer heavily financially, in addition to which riders will be denied their lessons and owners of horses will be unable to reach the Centre by road to work with their horses.
    But I have now learned that this is all being organised (and that's a laugh for a start!) by none other than Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, and Transport for London - the gang who spent millions of our money at Newbury Park and then filled in all the work with concrete, only to create a patio with lawn and saplings. I have yet to see anyone sitting on the patio or enjoying the lawn, whilst some of the saplings are already dead! I guess if BJ and Tfl are involved the whole things will be a costly fiasco.

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  23. BJ a modern euphemism for a pleasurable act,
    I see no pleasure in this either as residents, tax payers or participants.Tfl should at least stick to things they are legally entitled to foul up, not extend their recognised incompetence to a pointless exercise.I look forward to TfL organising a Pedestrian Free Day,
    A Street Clutter Free Day,A Bus Free Day, A Tube Free Day, An Oyster Free Day (sorry we have already had that several times) or even a TfL Free Year.

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  24. What puzzles me about the Sky Ride event is that, according to the Recorder, it was sanctioned by the new Cabinet member for Leisure, this of course before any post election local Area meetings could happen, which was perhaps a wise decision! The speed and efficiency in organising an event affecting so many people is truly magnificent.
    annesevant

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  25. Almost as magnificent as providing a new pool or even the consultation on the new pool, or at £35 million providing every house in the south of the borough with an above ground pool, with enough left over to run the SkyRide event every week for several years.

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  26. Perhaps Councillors in Aldborough and Fairlop Wards should organise a "Bikeathon" that closes Wanstead High Street.

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  27. Tut Tut Jawal thats almost as mischievous as me,
    Nutter Lane would also be an apt part of the route.

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  28. Well, Mrs Knowsie's comment on the whole sordid affair is that, if we were going to be imprisoned in our home for 8 hours, representations would already have been made to our local MP, local and national press, local and national radio and TV ...

    ... How far have the affected Barkingside residents got with this? Apart from Ron's letter to the Recorder, that is ...

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  29. Is being able to use one's car from one's garage/ parking space at any time of day and night a human right?
    Out of interest, however, will the powers ask people who live along the cycling route to remove their cars from the highway? That would aggravate quite a few I imagine!
    Now, let's bash the uncaring cyclist! Today,whilst walking on the pavement along Fullwell Avenue, I was suddenly overtaken by a fast pedalling young female cyclist. I did not hear her and I could have change trajectory without checking my virtual back mirror.
    Now, if I can cycle along Fullwell Avenue even in traffic, I cannot accept the need for an adult cyclist to use the pavement as a race track.
    Where are the local cops when one needs them!
    annesevant

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  30. With you there, Anne. As a pedestrian, I'm p****d off with adult pavement cyclists, as a driver I'm similarly fed up with bikers who ride on the roads without lights at dusk or nighttime.

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  31. I'm pissed off with irresponsible drivers who park on the pavement not leaving enough room for wheelchairs and prams to pass. Where are the Police when you need them?

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  32. I received notification about the Sky Ride on Monday, informing me that this will take place on 15th August and I had to get my car out of the area before 9am, if I wanted to use it that day. I seem to have spent my life with the misconception that we live in a democratic, not a facist, or communist state! This must have been planned for months, with no thought to consult the residents of the area. This is an infringement on our civil rights and runs much deeper than a simple Sunday bike ride!

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  33. Now we start the fight to find out who is paying for this piece of lunacy, any decent transparent council would have released this information at the same time as the announcement, but not this council - it must keep its Official Secrets, no TRANSPARENCY in Redbridge, it does make you wonder why?So far we have a £30,000 cost. We also have "Sky will pay for it All", leaving only the £3000 for the highways order for Redbridge residents to suffer. We Shall See, I am reminded of the "Big Conversation". One councillor said about Barkingside High Street "it will be swings and roundabouts"in terms of trade,hmmm - all the cheap food outlets we dont want, in Barkingside will do well whilst those non food outlets that we are desperate to keep might as well close for the day.This councillor is obviously unaware of the horror of residents at the continually rising number cheap takeaway food outlets,let him talk to Councillor Hai!!Perhaps Officers should do a cost analysis on this exercise, loss of business for non food outlets and showing an aging and desperately needing regeneration Barkingside High Street on Sky News against the increase in trade for cheap takeaway outlets, it would not look so good then.Officers are obviously hoping for the same number of people as Hounslow - 11000,just where are they are going to park?
    and more to the point how are they going to go to the toilet, and what are they going to find to do in the High Street for several hours?
    Meanwhile all those residents and business thajt have they freedom restricted Barkinkgside High Street all the surrounding roads, Station Road, Roads in ldborough Hatch, Businesses in Hainault Road and Painters Road. They should stay at the Cycle Centre as far as many people are concerned

    I will Paraphrase a newly elected Councillor
    "Clear the Streets" of cyclists.

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  34. Oh dear what a lot of tosh and bother this all is. Can't drive your car to the horse riding centre just once in the year and upset that the expected 15000 or so cyclists might get in your way? You know you could always walk there, or *shock horror* even ride your bike! Isn't that the point? What a bunch of scrooges you all are. Every day is a car day, let's have a bit of cheer for something different which will attract 1000s to the area.

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  35. Freedom for the poor motorist!who contibutes more to the Exchequer than almost any other class of population.
    No you don't. The motorist costs the Exchequer much more than he contributes. Anyway, paying tax is "unrequited" meaning that we do not get any direct benefit from paying it. Legal definition.
    Do some research before spouting the same old tired prejudices and factoids.

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  36. from Pages 107/108 Agenda Report Pack for next weeks Cabinet Meeting

    1.1 This report sets out the background to the non ring-fenced Area Based Grant and
    seeks Members’ approval to the release of an element of the 2010/11 allocation
    currently held as a “windfall” contingency.
    1.2 The report proposes that Cabinet confirm its previous decision to utilise £34,500
    for the recruitment of Council staff as Special Constables and to use a further
    £30,408 for the Skyride event on 15th August 2010.
    The provisional cost for the Event will be £8,000 to cover road closures and
    signage, up to £10,000 for resurfacing works and £12,500 for Event logistics and
    the festival entertainment at the two main locations



    There is no mention whatsoever of any contribution from Sky.

    from the same report

    The benefits to the borough are:
    – National and regional exposure, which will include the diversity of the
    borough via varied routes and terrain.
    – The event will showcase facilities such as Redbridge Cycling Centre and
    Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre.
    – Increase in physical activity and leisure
    – Provide and showcase culturally rich events based on the diversity of the
    borough
    – Increased exposure for businesses especially for those located on
    Barkingside High St
    – Development of future cycle routes/foot paths
    – Linked with the large central London based event and other national
    programmes organised on the day.
    – Increase in inter-generational activity
    – Borough based possible 2012 athletes will be invited to attend the event,
    showcasing the sporting talent of the borough.
    – Accessible and inclusive event.

    And that is Officer speak to justify the unnecessary expenditure of £30,000 pounds.

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  37. Re the sanctimonious anonymouses, would it not be nice if we knew just a little bit about them!
    I know some of us have a pseudonym (or two, or three,...) but, mostly we get to know who they are, which makes their comments more valid.
    The road leading to the inn and the stables will be lovely for cyclists without the speeding motorised traffic (despite the 30mph limit!) but it will be a nightmare for pedestrians, the footpath is not very well maintained.
    Will the road be barred too to horse riders and the lovely horse-carriage which is a regular sight?
    annesevant

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  38. Is the plural of Anonymous Anonymice?

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  39. I saw the letter re the sky-ride sent to residents (within a geographical catchment area). There is mention of sponsorship from Sky but not a word about any contribution from the council.
    I am not against the ride but mentioning a money contribution from Sky but not mentioning a money contribution from the council is a little bit economical.
    Are the bridle ways mentioned suitable for tricycle riding which requires a flat(ish) surface?
    annesevant

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  40. I suggest that all those who are offended by this development gather around the Oak tree on Fullwell Cross roundabout to do the naked Rain Dance.
    Let the heavens open.
    If that doesn't work the dance itself should be a suitable deterrent.

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  41. Patsy has just informed me that there is a Skyride in Ealing this coming Sunday 18th July.
    May be worth keeping an eye on that and see what the feedback is. Anyone got any rellies or friends over that way?

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  42. Hat tip to Mark Mason for discovering this link, which I have not seen anywhere else. Provides an additional perspective on the reasons behind the push for the Sky Ride.

    Question - what are all the other boroughs doing and, if nothing, then why not?

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  43. There are some insights into the Ealing Experience of the Skyride last Sunday (July 18th).

    here
    and
    here

    Further comment superfluous, I think, but this is what you are letting yourselves in for, Redbridge.

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  44. Something I recently discovered about the Skyride that I do not believe has been publicised -

    According to the London Cycling Campaign, the "main event" definitely starts and finishes at the Cycling Centre at Hog Hill. There are, however, "Feeder Routes", under the supervision of experienced Guides, that residents of neighbouring boroughs can sign up to. These join the "main route" at certain points as follows:

    Walthamstow Town Square to Fremantle Road (via Snaresbrook, Roding Lane South, Clayhall Avenue);
    West Ham Park to Craven Gdns. (via Aldersbrook, Valentines Park, Ley Street/Horns Road);
    Harold Wood Station to Painters Road (via Collier Row, Billet Road);
    Barking Park to Roy Gdns./Oaks Lane (via South Park, Aldborough Road South).

    I wonder if people along these routes are aware of this and what is planned regarding marshalling of the potential congestion at the entry points of the feeder routes into the main route.

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  45. There's a "presentation" (ie propaganda exercise) about this farce at Area 3 tomorrow night. Come along to Fullwell Cross Library and ask questions there.

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  46. I will remind taxpayers that these are the admitted costs for Redbridge
    £30,408 for the Skyride event on 15th August 2010.
    The provisional cost for the Event will be £8,000 to cover road closures and
    signage, up to £10,000 for resurfacing works and £12,500 for Event logistics and
    the festival entertainment at the two main locations

    the same event in Hounslow last year was

    1. Traffic Management Plan £4,750
    2. Traffic Orders £2,556 (Media and consultant costs)
    3. Development and printing of communication material £ 2,479. (Borough graphic artist’s costs and printing cost only).
    4. Communication material delivery incidental costs £153.
    5. Removal and replacement of barrier on Woodlands Estate £4,049.


    The above costs total £13,987, of which £8,545.50 has been met by Events for London as agreed prior to the event, with the balance, £5,441.50 met by the Borough from the Local Cycling Improvements Programme funded through the Borough’s Local Implementation Plan.

    So Hounslow did it for £5,441.50
    and got Events for London to pay for the entertainments.

    Does anyone feel ripped off by incompetent Officers and Councillors?

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  47. Cllor Prince has kindly replied to my question posted to his blog concerning the costof Skyride
    which he has said is £35,000.However this is still £30,000 more than it cost Hounslow last year, and to put it in terms of cuts, probably 1 or 2 Street Cleaners or Carers or Museum staff
    or full scale Xmas lights for Gants Hill and and other parts of the borough- the lights have gone out all over the borough .

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  48. does someone want to sort out the traffic and arguments?

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  49. From the safety of the allotments along Fullwell Avenue, I watched the aggravation caused by the re-routing of the traffic. Levels of noise up up up and the fumes!!!
    I am not sure that creating so much aggro and pollution is the best way to promote cycling. (I do cycle whenever possible so I am not a hate the cyclist type of person.)
    Husband did the circuit and enjoyed it despite the fierce gusts of wind.
    annesevant

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