Epping Forest Transport Action Group

EFTAG Cycling, part of the Epping Forest Transport Action Group, is the cycling campaign for Epping Forest.

We campaign for safer cycling facilities for all kinds of people on bikes, working with others to promote this healthy, convenient and cost-effective form of transport. We want a better cycling environment across the district: for getting to shops, schools or work, as well as for leisure cycling in and around the ancient forest.

More info at http://eftag.org.uk/cycling/

  • Havering LIP

    Created by Simon Still // 1 thread

    Not clear that there is an explicit consultation for this. LIP link attached. Discussion thread added. level. This is known as a Local Implementation Plan. A Local Implementation Plan (LIP) is a statutory document prepared under Section 145 of the GLA Act. It represents a borough’s own transport strategy and is reviewed on an annual basis. This is the third LIP prepared by Havering and it aligns with the MTS published in March 2018 for the period up to 2041. The draft LIP explains how the borough will implement the transport elements of the draft London Plan, the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and other relevant Mayoral strategies. The draft LIP also takes into account Havering’s own plans and strategies, particularly the Havering Local Plan submitted in March 2018, and sets out the long term vision for transport in Havering up to 2041. The Council is undertaking a consultation exercise to seek the views of the public, local businesses and other interested parties. Responses will be taken into account when drafting the final LIP3 document to be submitted to TfL in early 2019. please email the Transportation Planning team: lip3@havering.gov.uk or write to:

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  • Markhouse area

    From the council site: The Enjoy Waltham Forest programme is about making our streets work for everyone, and our borough a better place to live, work and travel around. The Markhouse Area is one of the residential areas we are investing in and it is the final residential scheme identified in our original funding bid to Transport for London. The Markhouse Area scheme aims to build on the changes already introduced in some of the neighbouring areas, including Walthamstow Village, Hoe Street-Wood Street Area and Leyton Town Centre, and will complement the improvements currently taking place along Lea Bridge Road and at Walthamstow Central. Summary of proposals The Markhouse Area scheme is framed by Hoe Street, Selbourne Road, Markhouse Road and Lea Bridge Road. The area consists of almost 5,000 households and businesses, and includes six schools, a children’s centre and learning centre, which are attended by more than 4,500 pupils. A key feature of the scheme involves returning the streets to local people by discouraging non-local traffic from cutting through the area, making the streets safer, quieter and more enjoyable for everyone. The scheme will help create a better environment for walking and cycling, will support the local economy by making the shopping experience more pleasant, and aims to improve the overall look and feel of the area with more greenery and planting, which the community can take pride and ownership of. The Markhouse Area scheme aims to: Reduce the non-local traffic Improve the look, feel and safety of the streets for everyone Improve routes to and from local schools, shops and places of interest Encourage people to use sustainable, active and healthy modes of transport. The proposals combine a mixture of timed and permanent road closures, traffic direction changes, safety improvements and environment enhancements. To ensure the proposed improvements are effective, some of them have been combined into Series of proposals. This is because the proposed improvements in each Series are reliant on each other to be effective and need to be delivered together.

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  • DfT Policy Paper - Inclusive Transport Strategy

    Created by Matthew // 1 thread

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-transport-strategy Lots of interesting stuff about inclusive transport regarding trains, buses, cars, public realm, streets and yes a bit about cycling too. Quotes: Shared Space: 8.11 While we consider CIHT and DPTAC’s recommendations and how to take them forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage. We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow us to carry out research and produce updated guidance. Objectives regarding Cycling: • Update Local Transport Note 2/08, which sets out the Department’s guidance to local authorities on designing safe and inclusive infrastructure for cyclists, to take account of developments in cycling infrastructure since its publication in 2008 and the responses to the draft AAP consultation and publish a revised version by early 2019; • By 2020, explore the feasibility of amending legislation to recognise the use of cycles as a mobility aid71 in order to increase the number of disabled people cycling.

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  • Rate my route - software / app ideas anyone?

    Created by GG // 1 thread

    For a long time I have wondered about a crowd-sourced cycleability map. In this, people cycle along a link (accepting the first question of how to define the beginning and end of this) then give it a thumbs up or down. After enough people do this, then others can see how popular it is. Some people wonder about subjectivity but I think this should be less of a problem with more voters. The reason I am asking is because this method could apply to a potential commercial project for a Council which wants to drive around 100km of rural roads and use a panel of 4 experts to grade meaningful segments on a 1 to 7 scale according to their suitability for HGV movements. Any views on whether this is already done within an app I am not aware of, or could be it done by anyone as an add-on to something else, or is it something CamCycle could offer as a commercial package (there may well be more than one local authority looking for this sort of thing)

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  • Walthamstow Town Centre. Hoe Street

    Created by Simon Still // 2 threads

    "We’re working in partnership with Transport for London (TfL) to deliver a range of improvements to make the Hoe Street and Selborne Road junction a more attractive, safer and better transport interchange for all. "We've been working closely with TfL and Network Rail to install a new traffic bridge to replace the existing Victorian-era structure. The first stage of the bridge installation is now complete. This means that costly future maintenance work that would require total closure of the gyratory area, from the Selborne Road and Hoe Street junction to First Avenue, has been avoided. The Network Rail (former road bridge) is being converted into a public space. We're now asking local residents, businesses and road users to help us decide on the final look and feel of the public areas the project will create. The town centre transport improvements will improve journey times and overall reliability, increase access for pedestrians and cyclists, and create public green spaces to boost air quality. "The illustration below shows how the improvements could look: Hoe Street railway bridge: create a new public space with high quality surface finishes, seating, space for market stalls and kiosks, trees and planting. Hoe Street junction with Station Approach junction: new trees and plants in level and raised beds Hoe Street junction with First Avenue: enhanced public green space with new trees, seating and cycle parking. Hoe Street junction with St Mary Road: new accessible green space adjacent to an upgraded walking and cycling track towards Walthamstow Village. Plant new trees and a variety of plants to complement the existing species in the area, and improve air quality"

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  • A121 Goldings Hill to Wake Arms

    Created by George Lund // 0 threads

    The A121 is a fast road and the network currently proposed by the CAP lacks a connection from Loughton to the various forest route proposals that meet at the Wake Arms roundabout. There is an existing footway on the west side of the A121 but it is entirely inadequate even for pedestrians, being at the level of the main carriageway and in a poor state of repair. A properly made unsegregated shared use path would be appropriate for the low levels of pedestrian traffic on the route. This proposal would open up access to the forest to many potential cyclists from Loughton, as it would also connect to the Epping Forest (Corporation of London) trails at Furze Ground. At Baldwins Hill, cyclists coming from the Wake Arms toward Loughton can join that road and either cross Goldings Hill and continue into Loughton, or join the existing quiet route to Buckhurst Hill.

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  • Buckhurst Hill (from Loughton)

    Created by George Lund // 1 thread

    Approaching Buckhurst Hill along the High Road A121 from Loughton is a significant hill. Being on a fast (40 mph) road, this is a major barrier to potential cyclists - the speed differential is approximately 40mph and close passes are not uncommon. Recent accidents have led to the painting of "cycle" signs on the main carriageway: this is a useful reminder for motorists regarding cyclists descending the hill, but is of little benefit for cyclists trying to go uphill. My suggestion is that the footway on the SE side of the road could quite easily be converted to Shared Use, and cyclists heading SW would be encouraged to use this. There is in fact plenty of width available to provide a wider footway, and narrowing the carriageway would help to keep general traffic to the 40mph speed limit. Through Buckhurst Hill itself there's room for on-carriageway cycle lanes in both directions, if the centre hatchings are removed. Existing pedestrian crossing points could be converted to zebra crossings in order to allow cycle lanes to continue uninterrupted.

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  • Colebrook Lane (CAP 11.3-C)

    Created by George Lund // 0 threads

    A route from Colebrook Path to Willingale Road via Hereward Primary School. The purpose would be safe routes to schools, and to the playpark on the green; the route would link houses on Colbrook Lane with the rest of the proposed network. This road is quite steep, has many parked cars, and motor traffic frequently travels in excess of 30mph. From Colebrook Path (see discussion of an alternative route for CAP 11.3) the footway alongside Colebrook Lane would be significantly widened, to become shared use (preferably segregated). Parking on the west side of the road would be formalised (providing a barrier from fast-moving vehicles for cyclists going uphill) but parking on the Jessel Green side would be likely need to be prohibited. There should be a large speed table and recommended 10mph speed limit opposite the playpark on Jessel Green. Cyclists travelling southbound could use this speed table to access the shared-use path if desired. At the junction with Castell Road / Jessel Drive, the shared-use path would cross the road, perhaps via informal crossings over speed tables. Colebrook Lane between Willingale Road and Jessel Drive would be significantly narrowed, and become one-way southbound (i.e. complementing the existing one-way system along Castell Road). This makes room for a cycle track on the eastern side allowing two-way access for cyclists to the school and up to Willingale Road. The one way system and road narrowing would discourage school drop-offs by car, and provide much-needed extra space for pedestrians outside the school frontage.

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