1. Welcome & Introductions
Julian Dobson (Chair), Stephen Craven, Ray Suomi, Derek Mark, John Clarke, Andy Braben, Chris le Breton, Sarah Ellis, Anthony Austin, Liz Delap, Matt Lynch and David Senior.
2. October Minutes approved.
Approved (proposed Liz, seconded Ray).
Julian had not yet followed up the action on maps. Andy was stil investigating the enquiries e-mail but was not getting a response from the provider.
4. Rides Ray said the next rides meeting would be on 9 November. Rides coming up included the Finnish Fair on 18 November. Barry would lead the usual Christmas Day ride. Ray was planning a 5-day break at Easter 2007, possibly in Scotland.
CRIM LCN 59+ (Peninusla to Kidbrooke)
Dave submitted a report on the CRIM that he attended (Anthony to forward to yahoogroup). The main discussion was on the diversion around the new development on the 'bus garage site' off Charlton Road. Donald Anyiam had argued unsuccessfully against the Chair, Cllr. Grant, for reinstatement of the path. A planning appeal might be possible on the grounds that taking the decision the same day as the CRIM did not allow time for proper consideration, and/or that it had become a right of way by reason of unchallenged use; Roger Stocker might be able to advise whether an appeal had a chance of success. If there is a "Designing Out Crime" officer in Greenwich s/he might be able to back an appeal (Anthony to contact Roger & Don).
6. Tour de France
Saturday 7th July 2007 – prologue in central London; Sunday 8th – first stage through Greenwich. LCC were asking for (1) a realistic estimate of how many new cyclists we could attract to a ride to Hyde Park (presumably on the Sunday – Julian to check); (2) ideas for targeting local youth and community groups; and (3) ideas for promotion of the events. Local roads are guaranteed to be open for this ride as it is an official part of the planning for the Tour.
Members divided into 3 groups for a brainstorming session, concluding that 100-150 people would be a resonable target; ideas for groups to target included cycle trainers, schools, Macmillan student village, bike & sports stores, leisure centres, faith groups, venture scouts, Blackheath rugby club, health food shops and choirs.
Publicity ideas included handing out a flyer with each new bike sold in local shops, putting the event in school calendars (the latter needs action ASAP), Meridian publication, posters in community centres, links on websites, local councillors and MPs, the Mayor's Ride, and interviews on local radio. Ray, Stephen, Chris and Liz to form a planning sub-group.
Julian reported poor attendance last time and few bookings for the next class; it seemed to work better as a three-week ourse than seperate sessions a few weeks apart.
8. Christmas Social Event
It was agreed to have a GC social on a seperate night from the Southwark ceilidh. Thursday 14 December was suggested – at the Dog and Bell if available. Mainly for regular members. no subsidy from the group. Liz new a musician who might be available. Liz to book the venue
Chris and Ray would draft for discussion an article for Meridian (Council magazine).
10. Any Other Business
Points to be included in the "around the boroughs" page were our updated website, progress on training and the maintenance classes.