February Rides & Events in Waltham Forest

Sunday 4 February – 11am, The Mill, Coppermill Lane, E17
The Sunday Cycle
Meet outside The Mill in Coppermill Lane at 11am. Return c. 3pm. If you have questions, email Katja on katjarosenberg@hotmail.com.

Sunday 4 February – 10am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
The E11 / North Star Vélo Ride to celebrate the Chinese New Year
Join us for the annual ride to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a lunch at Yiban, an excellent dim-sum restaurant at the Royal Docks.
Meet outside McDonald’s in Leytonstone High Street E11 for 10am departure. If you have questions, call Dwight on 07973 131429.

Sunday 11 February – 1pm, Ancient House E17
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Open Spaces 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 café 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 14 February – 5pm Walthamstow Town Square, OR 6PM – Regents Park gates on Euston Rd
Stop Killing Cyclists’ CLOSE THE GATES! Vigil & Die-In
It has been two years since TfL got a resounding 60% support from the public consultation to build the CS11 cycleway, from central London to Swiss Cottage via Regent’s Park.
Since then Westminster City Council, one of London’s most cyclophobic, congested and polluted boroughs, and a bizarre feudal unelected body called the Crown Estates Paving Commission which has legal powers over the streets, land and gates on the south-side of Regent’s Park, have been blocking the Mayor’s proposals.
Join us for a peaceful protest where we will lie down across the park gates at Regent’s Park entrance blocking the traffic, calling for their closure to enable the London Mayor’s new cycleway CS11 to be built.
Join the event at 6pm if you’re already in town, or join Nic at 5pm if you’d like to ride together from Walthamstow. Here’s Nic’s quiet route.

Sunday 18 February – 10:30am, Walthamstow Town Square
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 18 February – 2pm, Walthamstow Village Square
Walthamstow Family Bike Club’s Newcomers Ride
This ride around the quiet streets in Walthamstow Village is intended for those new to cycling, including families with young children, and will especially appeal to those who don’t have the stamina or confidence for our longer ‘Open Spaces’ excursions on the 2nd Sunday each month.
Basic skills are necessary: please make sure you are able to pedal and balance, turn corners, and brake to a halt .. all without falling off! If you are not confident about your basic skills, then we can recommend the council’s free cycle training.
We’ll keep together as a group and ‘top and tail’ the ride with marshalls, with an experienced ride leader at the front, and an expert marshall at the back to keep cars out of our convoy. We also have at least one other marshall who cycles on the right hand side of the group to help out with junctions etc.
We meet at 2pm in Walthamstow Village Square at the junction of Eden Road and Orford Road (for a map click here). We finish at the Square around 3:30pm.

Wednesday 21 February – 7:30pm, Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street
Film night: Fredrik Gertten’s Bikes vs. Cars
Join us for a screening of this well-received 2015 documentary.




Friday 23 February – 6pm, Walthamstow Town Square
Critical Mass
Come to Belvedere Road in the Southbank by 7:30pm to join this energising bike party if you’re already in Central London, or else meet Nic outside Walthamstow Library by 6pm to ride there together.

Sunday 25 February – 10am, Walthamstow Town Square
WFCycling Ride in Central London (train-assisted)
Join Bridget on this train-assisted ride around Central London: we are taking a train to Liverpool Street Station, ride down the Embankment, and into Royal Parks.
Bring food and drink, though we will stop for a snack along the way. Please bring your Oyster card or contactless debit card.
Meet at 10:15 outside Walthamstow Library, for a departure by 10:30. We are usually back by 3-4pm.

Every Monday in February – 10am, William Morris Gallery, Forest Road E17
Margaret’s Breeze Road Rides
Join Margaret, of Sick Bike Repairs, every Monday morning in January at 10am for a British Cycling Breeze women-only ride starting outside the William Morris Gallery.
The first three are easy paced rides exploring parks, wetlands, marshes, towpaths and back streets around Walthamstow. We will cover approximately 10 miles, mostly off road but with some back street:
Monday 5th February
Monday 12th February
Monday 26th February

The final ride is longer, from Walthamstow to Broxbourne and back. We will head north along the River Lea towpath and return via Nazeing and Fishers Green. Please note this is not a ride for beginners, it is for confident riders with experience. We will average 10-12mph, there will be some sections on busy roads and it will probably be muddy so make sure you have mudguards:
Monday 19th February

Every Saturday – 8:30am, Leytonstone @ McDonald’s
North Star Velo Road Rides: easy & medium paced
Whether you want to try road cycling and don’t know how fit you are, or you’re ready for a medium-paced effort, join the club.
Easy rides maximum 30 miles.
Medium-paced rides c. 50 miles.
Meet outside McDonald’s in High Road Leytonstone.
Back in time for lunch, or a pint at the North Star!
North Star Velo also run frequent midweek short road rides, evening and sometimes morning so do check their website!

If you would like your ride listed here just get in touch.

No bike? Rent one for the ride in Waltham Forest’s dockless bike hire scheme.
Want to try family bikes and trikes? Rent one for the ride directly from Waltham Forest Council.

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