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Whitstable:The Long Way. Not the Wrong Way,

We set off, having cofffeed up and breakfasted,  heading out through Ladywell Fields. The Nordic walking teacher called out a cheery goodbye and good wishes for our ride. I reciprocated, although wasn’t sure what to substitute for the word “Ride” to describe their activity. Have a good Nordic walk sounded a little odd. In record time I upset someone, though not a car driver as is often the case. I called out a warning to the riders behind to take

Brief Campaign Update

After the flurry of activity to get the best bits of Quietway 1 finished in our borough, (although Childers St and the Deptford High St crossing still isn’t done; we’re keeping our eye on those,) you may think things have gone a bit quiet on the Campaigning front. Not so. We still carry on working to keep safe space for cycling a key part of both the council’s and TfL’s transport policies.  It’s not an easy job, and we always

Quietway 1 User Survey

At the end of the summer, you may remember that we carried out a survey aimed at finding out what users of Quietway 1 felt about it. Qe also wanted to see who was using it, whether it had attracted new users.  We carried out the survey during the evening peak hours and, although we had a lot of respondents, felt that the category of cyclists mostly around at that time would be commuters.  We’d like a wider range of

London Parks Ride

This report of our leisurely 20 miler around South London comes from one of our riders, Debbie. London Parks ride (the rear view!) The morning was chilly but bright as 12 of us gathered at the Delice and we soon headed off through Ladywell Fields visiting the first of nine of some of South London’s finest green spaces. Autumn was still clinging on and the trees provided a warm, dappled canopy leaving space for the watery sun to illuminate carpets

Essex Circular from Shenfield

I’d already wimped out of a wet solo ride earlier in the week. So couldn’t really back out this time, as I was leading a group ride now, and despite receiving a fair number of early morning DNS texts, there were still a few who wanted to get out and explore Essex. So, wrapped up in my waterproofs, I pumped up my tyres, checked for grit bits, and rolled out the front gate. Even in the warmed up city centre

Over The Hills and Not So Far Away

New resolution re Ride Reports. They’ll be short and sweet and if possible, done on the day. Here goes: What a beautiful day. Freezing mist hanging over Ladywell Fields as I headed out about 7.30am. Pedalled fast as I could to Norwood Junction for the train and hopefully a hot coffee. Norwood Junction doesn’t seem to function before 8am on a Sunday however. But when others arrived a bit later, they went off on a coffee hunt. And returned. Laden

Tuesday Totter

Tonights Tuesday Totter didn’t go quite to plan. Started by heading out to Greenwich via the Coldbath Egerton Drive route which entails crossing the railway over the Elverson Rd bridge, which I like to include now and again. Gives everyone a chance to practice their bike handling skills. Through the tunnel and out the other side, along the river, me trying to push it a little bit as I suspected the park path near Shadwell Basin might be closed. And

Change to Wednesday evening Mend and Ride

The second Wednesday of the month workshop that we have been running for over a year will have to change to the second Thursday from this month (September).  Although for this month only, changing from the second Wednesday to the nearest Thursday will mean we are not running a workshop on the 14th September, but on Thursday 15th September. Time and place still unchanged: Young Lewisham Project, 124, Kilmorie Rd, London SE23 2SR 6.30pm to 9pm close, last book in

Changes to August Mend and Ride

Its the holiday month so lots of folk are away. At the same time we’re very busy with school holiday stuff. So we’ve been a bit stretched and have to cancel our August third Friday Mend and Ride.  We are also attending Chinbrook Meadows Dog Show, with a Dr Bike, cycle jumble and information stall on the 21st August 11am to 4pm.  Therefore our usual last Sunday of the month workshop just down the road at the Grove Park Community

Dunwich Dynamo 2016: Back once more

The forecast looked about as good as it could possibly be for a ride from London by night to the Suffolk coast. Warm, but not too warm, dry and a touch of a tail wind. So, my final decision, always made on the day, was to ride. However, had I not promised to lead a ride from Ladywell up to the start point I think I’d probably have crashed out at home after a much more difficult day than I’d

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