Dr Bike check-ups
To help us make cycling all fun and games this autumn and winter, the Council are providing a number of Dr Bike sessions – all at commuter-friendly times between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Here are the November dates and locations:
- Bakers Arms, opposite Barclays bank on the square – 29 October, 12 and 26 November
- Leytonstone High Road, opposite the library – 3 November
- Highams Park, near Tesco – 17 November
- Forest Road, near William Morris Gallery – 8 December
24 October – 1 November
Half-term free cycle training at Drapers Field in Leyton
Free group training courses – the last session on 1 November is in Leyton.
Sunday 1 November
The E11 Ride & Sail
Yes, E11 riders are taking to water this time! Riding from Leytonstone to Thames for a clipper trip down the river. Bring your Oyster card or contactless debit card with you.
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.
Mondays: 2, 16, 30 November
Margaret’s Breeze road ride
Meet Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, at 9.30am outside The Castle, 393 – 395 High Road, Woodford IG8 0XG.
This Breeze ride will be on the roads around the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside and will be approx 35-40 miles at a brisk pace of 12-13mph. The route will be adjusted to take account of conditions on the day. We will be unlikely to return to our start point and will generally finish near a station and get the train home; however, if you wish you can return to the start point on your own.
Sunday 8 November
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.
Sunday 15 November
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 22 November
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 10.30 outside Walthamstow Library. We are usually back by 3-4pm.
Tuesday 24 November
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 November 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 27 November
Critical Mass meets Stop Killing Cyclists’ No More Coffins Vigil & Die-In
The Mini-Holland antis’ coffin stunt in Orford Road was despicable in its derision of the tragedy of death. The 21 coffins at the Vigil & Die-In outside Transport for London’s HQ on Blackfriars Road will, on the other hand, represent every single person murdered whilst cycling in London over the last two years. But we will also protest against killing pedestrians, the slow, insidious poisoning of us all with motor pollution, as well as death and disease due to inactivity.
Afterwards we will join the monthly Critical Mass at Waterloo roundabout c. 7pm.
Meet Nic outside Walthamstow Library by 4pm, and if you’re already in Central London, please join us on Blackfriars Road by 5.30pm.
Sunday 29 November – 9am
Drive Less, Live More Family Bike Ride
To crown the Road Safety Week we are putting on a short family ride, meeting in Drapers Field Recreation Ground in Leyton at 9am for 9:20 departure. Join us for a quick spin – we’ll be back shortly after 10am, so you can then ride with us to the Climate March!
Sunday 29 November – 10:30am
Ride to People’s Climate March
This is this year’s most important event and anyone who cares about the planet – or just about their own kids’ future – ought to be there, by whatever means necessary.
We’re going there by means of bikes so, if you wish, do meet us at The Velodrome in the Olympic Park for 10:30am departure (a possible earlier start from Walthamstow TBC).
It’s 8 miles to Park Lane (where the 2012 Go Dutch ride started) and we will be going on some busy roads and keeping up a reasonable pace: please ask if you’re not sure it’s for you and we can give you more information.
We will also have a rendezvous point for people who are coming from other areas, or those who might want to get the train and meet us there you will find us in the Cut Transport Emissions Bloc, location to be confirmed!