The lovely month offers not just pleasure rides but also this year’s most important campaign ride in Central London. As usual, we will be leading a feed-in ride from Walthamstow for those who wish to join and aren’t already in London. Please remember that this ride is aimed not only at Boris Johnson, but mainly at the wannabe Councillors responsible for the situation in local roads. Just five days before the local elections, the ride will be an important statement bringing cycling issues to the forefront of Candidates’ minds.
Each one of you chooses three Councillors for your ward, so come riding with us on 17 May and stamp cycling on their foreheads!
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) to leave at 10am. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.
Sunday 11 May
Walthamstow Family Bike Ride
Our aim is for a relaxed and enjoyable afternoon travelling by bicycle and exploring the nooks and crannies in and around our borough (Waltham Forest). Frisbees sometimes materialise when we hit a suitable open space.
Our pace is easy, and the maximum distance we do is 15 miles there and back. We will do our best to tailor our route to the abilities of those who turn up, so the distance we cover might be considerably shorter.
We aim to stop off at a cafe at about half time, but we recommend you bring a snack and some water (in case our plans are thwarted); plus of course a bicycle, and any children you can round up. In the winter months, please remember your lights.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, next to the old postbox opposite the Ancient House … see the map.
Saturday 17 May
LCC’s Space for Cycling Big Ride
The ride sets off at 12pm from Park Lane if you are already in central London, but we will be riding together from Walthamstow to get there in time. Meet at 9.15am outside Walthamstow Library.
Sunday 25 May
WFCycling Monthly ride
Meet at 10.15 outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market. The Market opens at 10am so there is just enough time for a hot cuppa or your weekly groceries. Route yet to be finalised (ideas / emerging ride leaders welcome!). We are usually back by 3-4pm but do bring your lights.
North Star Velo Road Ride
For those with a penchant / stamina / bike for faster longer rides, the North Star Velo club meet every Saturday at 9am close to the corner of Browning Road and Bushwood, off Bush Road in Leytonstone, and try to leave London asap – most Saturdays the only way is Essex, but they have recently ridden to Maidstone, will be riding in the Peak District in March, and in May around Boulogne in France, and even further.
Lea Valley Cycling Club Runs
Another one for bar-raising bar-droppers, Lea Valley Cycling Club ride on Sundays from Walthamstow Town Hall in Forest Road E17 and often split at High Beech into faster / longer and slower / shorter rides to cater to all abilities.
For those of you who extend the love of cycling to spectator sports, some info on the UK bit of this year’s Tour de France and other events.
The Tour is looking for volunteers (known as Tour Makers) to help on Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the event from 5 – 7 July. The Tour de France riders will leave the city of Leeds on the 5th and race through Yorkshire, culminating in London on the 7th , finishing on the Mall. If you’d like to help out, follow this link.
Sunday 20 July – pencil in a sponsored ride in support of a local charity, Thuso, that supports children and education in South Africa. You can find out more at www.thuso.org. More details to follow.
Saturday 9 August 2014 – FreeCycle. Enjoy traffic-free central London for a day! Well, crummy bits of it… It’s ridiculously inadequate, but still a thrilling experience. We’ll be riding from Walthamstow (and possibly other locations in Waltham Forest) so join us to get to the car-free circuit safely.