Sunday 1 March
The E11 Ride “Redbridge Parks”
Meet outside Carlton House in Aylmer Road, off Leytonstone High Street (E11 3AD) fro 10am departure. Back by 2pm. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.
Monday 2 March
Vigil and Die-In for the latest victim of road violence, Claire Hitier-Abadie.
Claire was killed by a tipper driver on the morning of 19 February, in Victoria. She is the fourth cycling victim of London’s road violence this year; third woman and third to be killed by a tipper driver. Read more about Claire here. It’s sickening to be scheduling this like any other ride, but so is the approach to human life by Transport for London and other authorities responsible for roads – in this case Westminster Council – as well as the construction industry, automotive industry, and drivers. There are no accidents, there is only negligence.
Stop Killing Cyclists are organising a protest outside Westminster City Hall at 5.30pm, and a vigil and a die-in for Claire at 6.30 in Victoria Street near Bressenden Place. We’ll be leading a ride from Walthamstow, leaving from outside the library at 4.30pm.
Tuesday 3 March
Women’s only free cycle training and Dr Bike at the tennis courts in Memorial Park, Chingford.
Entrance is via the main entrance on Chingford Mount Road opposite the junction with Frankland Road. The tennis courts are to the right as you go through the gate. All instructors will be female.
See details and book here.
Saturday 7 March
Women’s only free cycle training and Dr Bike at the Walthamstow Leisure Centre (was Kelmscott).
On the outdoor ‘red crumb’ sports pitch. There is a side gate for direct access. All instructors will be female.
See details and book here.
Saturday 7 March & Sunday 8 March
Bridget’s International Women’s Day Breeze rides
To celebrate the International Women’s Day Bridget will run Breeze rides on both days of the weekend.
Saturday: a women’s-only (children welcome) gentle ride along River Lea and nearby, with a stop at a cafe.
The route is entirely traffic free, and uses the towpath, a path along the side of allotments, and a section of unused road. No hills. Meet at 10:30am, in the car park at the bottom end of Coppermill Lane by the railway, E17 7HG. We’ll be done at 11.45. Please book through this link!
Sunday: a women’s-only gentle bike ride around parkland in the Walthamstow area, using quiet roads and cycle paths.
Meet at 10:30am, Waltham Forest Town Hall, by the fountain E17 4JF. We’ll be done at 11.45. Please book through this link!
Saturday 7 March
Time to Act! National Climate March
Cycling is essential to the future of our climate and Time to Cycle! Bike Bloc are ensuring that it is represented at the national climate March.
We’ll be leading a feeder ride from Walthamstow at 11am for 11.30 departure, otherwise come to Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PF, for 12.30pm.
Sunday 8 March
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.
Friday 13 March
Vigil and ride for Michael Mason in support of road justice
Michael was killed a year ago, on 25 February 2014. His killer readily admitted she should have seen him. Yet, as usual, the Police and Crown Prosecution Service have treated Michael’s death as less important, less deserving of their attention and of just atonement. If you want flesh behind these words, read this recent excrutiating article in the Guardian about how victims of road violence are left hanging and failed by our “justice system”. Cyclists Defence Fund has taken on Michael’s legal battle, in order to make a difference to the way victims of road violence are treated in the UK. So this vigil and ride aren’t so much to protest against TfL’s failings, but to protest against the systemic failure of our legal system.
Meet at 5.30pm at the Piccadilly end of Regent Street to set off on the ride at 6:00 towards Regent’s Park, returning to the point where Mick was hit at the junction with Little Portland Street for the vigil at 6:30.
If you are coming from Walthamstow, meet at 4:30pm outside Walthamstow Library. As ever Nic will lead the ride and you can contact him on 079 6154 4044.
Sunday 15 March
Nic’s CARe-free ride
The destination and direction of the ride is entirely based on wind speed and direction and may be train-assisted – so take your Oyster or contactless debit card with you.
We’ve taken the train to West Drayton and had a down-wind trip all the way home via the Grand Union canal and Thames Path when we had a brisk westerly. Then, when we had a blustery southern wind, we took the cycle path north to Broxbourne and took the train back, and right glad were we to do so – that was the coldest, wettest and downright nastiest south wind I can remember!
Meet from about 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start outside Walthamstow Library / Farmers’ Market.
Monday 16 March
Margaret’s Breeze ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 10am in the car park at the bottom end of Coppermill Lane by the railway, E17 7HG. The ride is suitable for women and children and usually goes through the marshes to the Olympic Park, no further than 12 miles.
Sunday 22 March
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.
Sunday 29 March
Margaret’s Breeze road ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9am outside Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge, 8 Ranger’s Road, E4 7QH in Chingford. This is a road ride aimed at those new to road riding. We ride on the roads around Epping, approx 20 – 25 miles with some hills but nothing too difficult and the route will be adjusted to take account of conditions on the day. The pace is brisk, roughly 11-12 mph.
Sunday 29 March
Spring Into Your Saddle: Local Food Growing Tour
Our destination via back street routes is Organiclea‘s innovative Hawkwood site in Chingford, where we have the option of a tour of Hawkwood, or helping out with an activity which is suitable for young and old. On the return journey we’ll call in at a cafe for a bite to eat at around 4.15pm.
Meet 1pm on Sun 29th March outside the Ancient House (at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction) in Walthamstow Village. Approximate distance 15 miles. This event is free. All welcome. No booking required, just turn up.
More information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 020 8520 0648
https://walthamstowfamilybikeclub.wordpress.com This event is part of the Cultivate Festival running across Waltham Forest 20th – 29th March: http://cultivatewf.org