June rides and events in Waltham Forest

Saturday 6 June
Beating the Bounds Ride
Join Nic and Katy, and the local Historical Society for a two-wheeled take on the ancient tradition of beating the bounds.
Meet by the Waltham Forest boundary sign by Eagle Pond at 2pm, or at 1pm at Walthamstow Library for a relaxed ride to Eagle Pond, for the ceremony led by the new Mayor of Waltham Forest to start by 2.30pm at Birch Well.
Everyone will meet up later at the “Ferry Boat Inn” on Forest Road N17, where we will mark the 100th anniversary of the bridge installed in 1915 to allow trams to link Walthamstow and Tottenham!

Sunday 7 June
E11 Ride to Fairlop Waters
We will be going via Wanstead, a small piece of Roding Valley, Clayhall Park and then the new access route to Fairlop Waters.
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.

Sunday 7 June
E17 Art Trail Ride meets The Sunday Cycle
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Gently exercise your sense of beauty and the sublime on the E17 Art Trail.
Meet outside Walthamstow Library, or outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. We’ll be done by 4pm but if you’d rather finish earlier, we’ll assist. If you have questions, email Mat@wfcycling.org.uk.

Monday 8 June
Vigil and Die-In for the latest victim of road violence, Esther Hartsilver


Esther was crushed by a lorry in Camberwell. She wasn’t spared pain, she didn’t die straight away.


This is the environment which she braved, and which killed her, courtesy of TfL and irresponsible freight industry (the lorry belonged to Co-op). Esther was the sixth person murdered whilst cycling in London this year (all by lorry drivers) and the fifth woman.
The Stop The Killing event will be held in Camberwell at 6 for 6.30pm and as always we will be present. Please join us to make sure Esther’s death isn’t forgotten and ignored the way people killed with motor vehicles tend to be, whether from Central London, or leaving Walthamstow library at 5pm.

Friday 12 June
Cyclists’ Tea

Coming home to Stow via Springfield Park? Visit us in Waterside (opposite Thames Water site entrance), Coppermill Lane, E17 7HQ. 5pm – 7pm. We’ll be serving up tea, cake and chat. This year we will also have Dr Bike herself with us – courtesy of Margaret’s Sick Bike Repairs.

Sunday 14 June
Walthamstow Family Bike Club E17 Art Trail Ride
Join us with your children or grandchildren for some gentle exercise as we embark on a relaxed exploration of E17 Art Trail venues and local open spaces, via back street routes you have probably never spotted before, and featuring a sociable café stop mid afternoon.
Our pace is easy, and the maximum distance we’ll do on this ride is 12 miles. 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 recommend you bring a snack, some water; and of course a bicycle.
Meet at 1pm at the Orford Road/Church Lane junction, E17 9RW, between the Ancient House and St Mary’s Church… see the map.

Wednesday 17 June
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.

Saturday 20 June
Breeze ride
SmallBreak-1332_rdax_75Margaret’s usual Monday ride is on 20 June instead, and will go to Broxbourne to see stage 4 of the Women’s Tour.
It’s an early one! The Tour leaves Waltham Cross at 10 so our Grand Depart will be at 8.30am from the car park at the bottom end of Coppermill Lane by the railway, E17 7HG. The ride is suitable for women and children only.

Sunday 21 June
Tour de Waltham Forest

This year’s TdWF has a new base at the Leyton Jubilee Park, joint with the Midsummer Festival. As usual, there will be four rides:
Gold at 12 noon – route here
Bronze 1 at 1pm – route here
Silver at 2pm – route here
Bronze 2 at 3pm – route same as before
Please note that these are the latest, updated routes, amended following advice there would be no cycling through Jubilee Park. For more info look here.

Sunday 28 June
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 28 June
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.

Advance notice:
Saturday 8 August to Sunday 30 August
Victoria Line upgrades: no trains between Walthamstow and Seven Sisters

TfL is being pressed to provide more bicycle parking at Seven Sisters.
We are planning bike trains for people who would like to cycle to work in the absence of trains. Routes and destinations are still under discussion so do get in touch if you have a particular destination you need!

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