“Ride the diversion” flashride (and walk!) Sunday 29th July

This Sunday we will take our protest to the streets to highlight our belief that the LOCOG official diversion for the towpath closure is NOT a safe or viable alternative.

Our complaints about the closure of the Lea towpath (National Cycle Network 1) have been compounded by the impending closure this Friday of the Greenway (off-road cycle path) east of Stratford. As with the towpath closure, this is not mentioned on the ‘Get Ahead of the Games’ website or TfL cycle planner. Requests for a diversion route for cyclists who usually use the Greenway have been met with silence.

We will meet at the closure site – under the Eastway bridge on the canal towpath – at MIDDAY for a BBQ (bring some food or drink to share), then set off from there at 1.30pm. Our route will take in the “Cycle Superhighway” of the A11, the notoriously fatal Bow roundabout and the unofficial motorway that is Stratford High St (due to the additional Greenway closure).

What is a flashride? Simply a group of cyclists all riding together. By virtue of the number of us, we tend to slow the traffic, so nervous cyclists and children are ESPECIALLY welcome. If you are normally too afraid to use the roads, come along and make your voice heard! Pedestrians are encouraged to come too and walk alongside us on the pavement. The route is as unsafe for pedestrians as it is for cyclists, due to dangerous unlit bridges and many junctions with no safe crossing facilities (including Bow).

We hope to see as many of you as possible. Strength in numbers!

Join the Facebook event (you may need to request to join our “Protest the Lea towpath closure” group first)

Download posters and flyers to print and share here

Any questions? Contact us openourtowpath@gmail.com

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4 Responses to “Ride the diversion” flashride (and walk!) Sunday 29th July

  1. Pingback: Lea Valley towpath closure « Frederick Guy

  2. James Taylor says:

    Ill be coming to protest.
    Since the canal route has been closed due to the so-called ‘cycle-friendly games’, I and many others now have to divert along Ruckholt Rd through many fast junctions, and sadly where this young man was killed this evening, at East Cross Rd to Victoria Park.
    It is not safe for any cyclists to have to ride there, even though it is on the designated diversion route. No thought has gone into this . Instead we have a diverted route where one cyclist was killed and many risk their lives.

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