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Waltham Forest makes the most of Le Tour

Just as it did when the Olympic and Paralympic games came to the borough two years ago, Waltham Forest is looking to make the most of Le Tour de France as it winds its way through our streets on Monday 7 July.

The third stage of the legendary cycle race will see around 220 cyclists entering the borough from Epping via Waterworks roundabout onto Woodford New Road, down Lea Bridge Road, left on to Orient Way and right on to Ruckholt Road towards the Olympic Park.

“It’s fantastic for Waltham Forest to play host to the Tour and we’re looking to make the most of it by laying on a Family Fun Day on the Sunday and a host of celebrations the next day when the cyclists come through,” said Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council.

The Family Fun Day on Sunday 6 July, that will take place between 1pm and 6pm at Leyton Jubilee Park, will have a British and French theme influencing both the food and entertainment. Sport will include cycling, paralympic cycling, boules, petanque and polo and there will be other activities including gyroscopes, pedal karts and a climbing wall.

Key viewing points along the route on the day will be Whipps Cross roundabout, Leyton Green and the Lea Bridge Road/Bakers Arms junction, with the whole race screened live on a big screen at Whipps Cross roundabout. There will be live music, entertainment and refreshments at Whipps Cross, and viewing points at Leyton Green and the Bakers Arms/Lea Bridge Road junction.

One of the highlights along the route will be the ‘land art’ project on Whipps Cross roundabout. Designed to be seen from the sky by the helicopters that follow the procession of cyclists as they race through the streets, the project will be the only piece of land art in London created to celebrate the event.

Designed and created by Leyton Sixth Form College students and artist Phil Coy, the design combines the iconic geometry of the bicycle with the floral motifs of Waltham Forest’s most famous resident William Morris. The red tulip in the design also anticipates the planned ‘mini- Holland’ cycle route that will transform the borough into one of the most cycle-friendly places in the capital thanks to an injection of £30million funding.

Whipps Cross roundabout, the site of the land art, and Lea Bridge Road, down which the tour will be travelling are both earmarked for major work as part of the mini-holland initiative over the next couple of years. Whipps Cross roundabout will be turned into a ‘dutch-style’ roundabout providing a separate lane for cyclists, and Lea Bridge Road will become a cycle super-highway.

The college were delighted to be asked by Waltham Forest Council to be involved in the Tour de France celebrations. It has been a fantastic opportunity for a group of students to not only engage with the sporting event but also to work on a live community art project. “The association of sport, art and celebration of local heritage brings together three themes close to the college’s heart,” said Principal Kevin Watson.

Clare Newton, Programme Manager Art and Design at Leyton Sixth Form said: “The students involved study a wide range of subjects and have been keen to contribute to all parts of the process – from developing design ideas to measuring out the huge grid for scaling up.”

“They have really gained from working with Phil Coy, the artist, allowing them to experience his professional approach - how to create a design in a very short timescale, that not only represented cycling and the local area, but also could be seen from the air. We are very grateful to Transport for London for funding the project and allowing us to play a part in this prodigious event,” she added.

Residents are urged to take into account disruption throughout the day. Transport for London have pulled together a handy factsheet on some of the travel disruption. For that and all the latest news about the Tour go to or visit the Council website at


  • The land art created on Whipps Cross roundabout by Leyton Sixth Form College students and artist Phil Coy.

  • A design of the land art piece.

  • Banners adorn Waltham Forest Town Hall.

Notes to Editors

Waltham Forest’s mini-holland status means a £30m injection of funding from the Mayor of London for significant infrastructure projects designed to make the borough more cycle-friendly. The Council has developed a 3 year programme with Transport for London to implement the proposed improvements, between now and June 2017 and is keen for residents and businesses to be involved in the development of the varying scheme designs, and take advantage of the opportunity to guide the changes in enhancing the boroughs roads and high streets. Residents and businesses can register their interest by emailing Further information is available on the Council website at

Leyton Sixth Form College is a lively, diverse, successful institution located in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. About 2,000 students attend the college, mostly aged between 16 and 19 and studying courses from Level 1 to Foundation Degree. The college offers over 35 A Level subjects and vocational courses in Science, IT, Business, Child Care, Health and Social Care and others. The college is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted and has achieved a gold grade with Investors in People. Students are engaged in a vast range of sporting and enrichment activities at the college and work in a safe and welcoming environment.

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Media Communications Officer, Waltham Forest Council

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Sanoobar Patel

Marketing and Enrichment Team Leader, Leyton Sixth Form College

020 8928 9140

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