WALTHAMSTOW: Ungritted lane concerns cyclists

The cycle lane at the Billet roundabout

Sheet ice on the cycle lane

First published in News by

A SECTION of a major cycle lane has been left without grit in spite of a leaking water pipe and freezing temperatures.

The section is formed of a slope running underneath the Billet roundabout, Chingford Road and is intended to provide cyclists with a safe way to leave Chingford Road.

However, because of the water leak, believed to be within the wall of the structure, or from Cecil Road above it, it has been covered with dangerous sheet ice.

Keith Foster, 58, of Farnan Avenue, Walthamstow, said: “On New Year’s eve the gritting lorries had salted Chingford Road for vehicles but the cycle lanes at the Billet had still been forgotten.

“The council has had 14 winters to get into the habit of gritting this location since it opened in 1994, and they still treat cyclists and cycle lanes with utter contempt.”

Mr Foster also claims that although some salt was later put down on the slope, this was insufficient, as ice has since formed over the top.

“It beggars belief,” he said.

“Since I brought up the matter, some rock salt has been spread throughout the area, but it has been far too random and most definitely without any particular intelligence as to where it should be spread.”

He added that most of the grit had been spread in the sheltered area below the underpass formed by the Billet roundabout, which is not exposed and is less susceptible to ice.

Cabinet member for environment Cllr Bob Belam said: "As I'm sure most residents will understand, it just isn't possible for us to grit every single one of the borough's roadways and cycle lanes.

"However, due to Mr Foster's complaint, a gritting truck was sent to the area to help combat the problem."

The council have also reported the leaking water pipe to Thames Water.

Residents who are concerned about icy roads can view the council's Winter Maintenance Plan by clicking here.

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10:11am Tue 6 Jan 09

jrp says...

It beggars belief that the cyclists are still paying nothing to use roads and cycle lanes and are still moaning.
It beggars belief that the cyclists are still paying nothing to use roads and cycle lanes and are still moaning. jrp
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10:13am Tue 6 Jan 09

Bert Small says...

Utter madness to cycle in such conditions anyway.

Burst pipes everywhere at the moment. How can they predict which is going to burst next.

Why not dismount at that bit instead of putting your life and others at risk?
Utter madness to cycle in such conditions anyway. Burst pipes everywhere at the moment. How can they predict which is going to burst next. Why not dismount at that bit instead of putting your life and others at risk? Bert Small
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12:40pm Tue 6 Jan 09

Walthamstow noob says...

jrp wrote:
It beggars belief that the cyclists are still paying nothing to use roads and cycle lanes and are still moaning.
Do cyclists not have to pay taxes then? Also last time I checked most shops still require money in exchange for bikes and other cycling related products.
[quote][p][bold]jrp[/bold] wrote: It beggars belief that the cyclists are still paying nothing to use roads and cycle lanes and are still moaning. [/p][/quote]Do cyclists not have to pay taxes then? Also last time I checked most shops still require money in exchange for bikes and other cycling related products. Walthamstow noob
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12:41pm Tue 6 Jan 09

jrp says...

Well some sort of insurance would be a good start.
Well some sort of insurance would be a good start. jrp
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7:30pm Tue 6 Jan 09

Stowaway says...

Are all cyclists moaners are do just a lot of moaners cycle, never sure on that one?
Are all cyclists moaners are do just a lot of moaners cycle, never sure on that one? Stowaway
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10:35pm Tue 6 Jan 09

chingfert says...

So because of the ice i should have to put away my unicycle.
So because of the ice i should have to put away my unicycle. chingfert
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12:33pm Thu 8 Jan 09

bewildered,e17 says...

self-righteous whingeing gits in stupid clothes.
self-righteous whingeing gits in stupid clothes. bewildered,e17
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5:45pm Thu 8 Jan 09

maltesers says...

I pay income tax and council tax, so I have a right to expect roads, footpaths and cycle paths to be maintained properly whether I'm on a bike, in a car, or bouncing along on a spacehopper. That's not self-righteous whingeing - it's called "getting value for money".

Anything that keeps cyclists safely separated from the motorists of Waltham Forest has to be a good thing. Leyton and Leytonstone aren't too bad - good cycle lanes and the drivers are polite and pretty well-behaved. But Chingford and Walthamstow... full of aggressive middle-aged men driving badly.

I pay income tax and council tax, so I have a right to expect roads, footpaths and cycle paths to be maintained properly whether I'm on a bike, in a car, or bouncing along on a spacehopper. That's not self-righteous whingeing - it's called "getting value for money". Anything that keeps cyclists safely separated from the motorists of Waltham Forest has to be a good thing. Leyton and Leytonstone aren't too bad - good cycle lanes and the drivers are polite and pretty well-behaved. But Chingford and Walthamstow... full of aggressive middle-aged men driving badly. maltesers
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10:17pm Thu 8 Jan 09

bewildered,e17 says...

i pay income tax, i have rights blah, blah, blah, i rest my case.
i pay income tax, i have rights blah, blah, blah, i rest my case. bewildered,e17
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1:08am Fri 9 Jan 09

sensibility says...

Waltham Forest doesnt even grit all the roads, let alone cycle paths. Personally I think the gritting of all roads should be the priority purely because a skidding vehicle can cause far more damage than a skidding cyclist on a designated cycle path and this is just a reality not a dig at cyclists because in london cycle paths are needed too.
Waltham Forest doesnt even grit all the roads, let alone cycle paths. Personally I think the gritting of all roads should be the priority purely because a skidding vehicle can cause far more damage than a skidding cyclist on a designated cycle path and this is just a reality not a dig at cyclists because in london cycle paths are needed too. sensibility
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1:48am Fri 9 Jan 09

Earle Martin says...

jrp wrote:
It beggars belief that the cyclists are still paying nothing to use roads and cycle lanes and are still moaning.
Typical hogwash from the petrol freaks in the peanut gallery. You think the roads are only paid for out of your excise duty? Think again. It goes to central government and is not earmarked for road maintenance expenditure.

Anyway, cyclists are entitled to "moan", because using the road is their right. Unlike drivers, who are given road use as a privilege.
[quote][p][bold]jrp[/bold] wrote: It beggars belief that the cyclists are still paying nothing to use roads and cycle lanes and are still moaning. [/p][/quote]Typical hogwash from the petrol freaks in the peanut gallery. You think the roads are only paid for out of your excise duty? Think again. It goes to central government and is not earmarked for road maintenance expenditure. Anyway, cyclists are entitled to "moan", because using the road is their right. Unlike drivers, who are given road use as a privilege. Earle Martin
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