September Rides and Events in Waltham Forest

Thursday 3 September
Cycle to Work Day

If you’re cycling to work on 3 September please sign-up on this link to make sure you’re recorded on the official count! Also, let us know if you’re happy to lead others or if you’re looking for a ride leader!
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Sunday 6 September
The
E11 Ride
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) for 10am departure. Back by 2pm. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

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The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on katjarosenberg@hotmail.com.

Sunday 13 SeptemberWalthamstow Family Bike Club
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride
A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough. Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

Wednesday 16 September
Bridget’s Evening Ride

Join Bridget for a 6.30pm start outside Walthamstow Library for an hour or so of riding around the borough.

Sunday 20 September
Take the Peaceful Route with Nic

Meet from about 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.
Join Nic for the peaceful ride over mixed surfaces (be ready for a bit of mud!). The destination and direction of the ride will be discussed at the start and will account for wind speed and direction and may be train-assisted – so take your Oyster or contactless debit card with you.

Sunday 20 September
Bridget’s Open House Ride

Our monthly social ride comes a week early in September! Join Bridget for a gentle tour of open houses on the Open House Day, visiting places of interest in Enfield and Tottenham. Meet at 10.30 outside Walthamstow Library. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Tuesday 22 September
Cycling training for van / LGV drivers

OK, if you’re reading this you probably ride a bike already… but spread the word: there is still room at the September Driver CPC Training provided by Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest Council at the Low Hall depot in Leyton! Usually these are booked by companies with fleets of vehicles, but individuals can get free training too!

Friday 25 September
Critical Mass

Meet Nic outside Walthamstow Library  by 6pm if you want to join the monthly Critical Mass in Central London. Otherwise meet at Waterloo roundabout by 7pm and come back with us.

Saturday 26 September
Ahead Charity Ride
Ahead, our local charity in support of various projects in Ethiopia, is organising a fundraising event which includes a ride. Ahead’s mastermind Elfneh Bariso is a good friend and supporter of WF Cycling. Last time we were involved with Ahead’s ride it was great fun so do come along and help raise money for schools, colleges, girls’ hostels, and other important projects!IMG_0151+Peter+Hse

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August Meeting – Agenda

Proposed agenda for WFCC meeting on Tuesday the 25th of August. 8-9:30pm in the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, E17 9AH. All cyclists welcome.

1 – Introductions and apologies for absence and appointment of minute taker.

2 – Review of Minutes of meeting

3 – Council liaison

  • Including member feedback on any other WF issues.

4 – LCC feedback

5 – LCC Stall in Orford Road, Monday 14th of September

6 – Mini Holland Leaflets / campaign

7 – Ride Leader update.

8 – Leytonstone Car Free Day, Sunday the 13th of September

9 – Other Rides and Events

10 – Updates and AOB

11 – Next WFCC meeting 22nd of September.

Any additional items for the agenda please comment below!

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The tube closure is almost upon us!

If you haven’t worked out travel plans for tomorrow we have a raft of options to help you get to work in comfort and style – routes you can download, a host of people offering to lead the way and even second-hand bike sales.

Route maps

Below are some routes starting from around Walthamstow Central. Check out our routes page for more details, return routes and alternative routes.

Ride buddies to show you the way

We’ve had a load of offers of help to make your first commute as easy and safe as possible. The destinations offered so far include:

Contact the ride leader if you’re interested!

20150809_102625Details of all the rides were posted by volunteers on our previous post (thanks!). If you would like to offer to lead a ride or want to update ride details, please add more comments to that post.

P.s. Thanks to everyone who came on our bike rides from “Waltamstow” today. It was a lovely day to be out on a bike and meet new people. We want to highlight the Finsbury Park route, it’s really nice, closer than you think and you can sign up to the secure bike storage (plus free security marking sessions).

‘Bring and buy’ bike sales and other mini Holland events

The council have organised ‘bring and buy’ bike sales in Walthamstow on the 13th and in Chingford on the 15th. Sell the bike which has been taking up half your shed to someone let down by the tube!

Other events include cycle training and free maintenance and rides – check out: http://www.enjoywalthamforest.co.uk/events/ for all the details.

How the Dutch got their cycle paths

Finally, the video this month is an inspiring 6 minutes to find out how the Dutch got their cycle paths – it wasn’t always like that, in fact they started going down the same route as the UK before changing course. Maybe mini-Holland is the start of this in the UK?

P.s. Hello to the newest bike shop in Waltham Forest, Mamachari which opened yesterday on Forest Road. You can find a list of all the local bike shops on our info page.

P.p.s. September’s WFCC ride is the London Open House ride and will be on Sunday 20th September (a week earlier than normal to coincide with Open House weekend). The route will be confirmed after the guide is published next week. We usual travel out of Waltham Forest and visit various attractions in that area – previous areas have included Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge.

http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/

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Ride out the Victoria Line closure and other news!

Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign will be coordinating guided commuter rides to help people ride to work during the closure. The closure starts on Saturday 8th of August and we will be running rides that weekend for people to learn the routes, then in the week starting Monday 10th August there will be morning rides (generally leaving around 8am) to get people to work.

Learn the route rides, Sunday 9th August: We are leading two rides starting from Walthamstow and going to Finsbury Park and back in the morning then to Stratford and back early afternoon. The rides will take quiet/easy paths as much as possible so they’re suitable for a wide range of abilities (and because ‪#‎miniholland‬ isn’t quite here yet).

Sunday 9th August:

  • 9:30 am, Learn the route ride from Walthamstow Market to Manor House/Finsbury Park and back. Meets outside the library.
  • 1 pm, Learn the route ride from Walthamstow Market to Stratford via Leyton and back. Meets outside the library.

Riding to work and ride buddies: There are also be a variety of rides led by members of the cycling community who have posted up details in the comments below. Please get in touch with the ride leaders to let them know your interested and for any questions you have.

These will include rides all the way in to central London which are aimed at more confident cyclists and will include sections on busy roads. If you are organising a ride please post a comment below!

Route maps: We have produced some route maps of possible commuter routes which you can look at online and also download to your phone. Some of these are posted up on our routes page, and we will be adding more as they are finalised.

You can also order free cycling maps from the TfL website: We use them all the time and they’re really handy. Local Cycling Guide 4 covers our area and it’s really useful to have – order yours today, it only takes a few minutes! https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12419.aspx

Other news:

The interesting thing is, all of them are positive but cycling is hardly mentioned, it’s mostly people really happy about the removal of the rat runs where they live.

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August rides and events in Waltham Forest

Saturday 1 August
Ride London
Join us for the annual visualisation of car-free London! The dream is so popular it’s a constant bicycle traffic jam but hey, it’s still fun! Many families arrive in central London by train but we will be leading a gentle, well-marshalled ride from Walthamstow so do join us for an entirely fear-free ride there and / or back.
Meet by 10am in Walthamstow Town Square by the library / Big Screen. The return ride starts at 3pm from Bank.

Sunday 2 August
The
E11 Ride: Redbridge parks not seen before!
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) for 10am departure. Back by 2pm. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 2 August
The Sunday Cycle
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eet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 2pm. If you have questions, email Katja on katjarosenberg@hotmail.com.

Sunday 9 August
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride
A relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough. Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.

Wednesday 19 August
The Evening Ride

The evenings are lighter now and our mid-week evening rides are back. Join us for a 6.30pm start outside Walthamstow Library for a couple of hours of riding, exploring Mini-Holland facilities.

Sunday 23 August
WFCycling Monthly ride
Ideas always abound, including options to account for weather. In case we use the train have your Oyster or contactless debit card with you!
Meet at 10.15 outside Walthamstow Library. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Friday 28 August
Central London Critical Mass

If you’re in town why not join this classic monthly celebration of cycling. People gather at Waterloo between 6-7pm. Nic will be riding from Walthamstow at 6pm so you can join him there.

Family-friendly free cycle training
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Check out the busy summer schedule of cycle training provided by Cycle Confident and Waltham Forest Council. In August, the locations include Lloyd Park & Church Lane – hurry, places are filling up fast!

Free bike maintenance courses
bFNwLBikeWorks are offering free bike maintenance courses: beginners and intermediate, in Leytonstone Howard Road, London E11 3PJ. Check out the dates and details here.

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