Newsletter of Greenwich Cyclists No.21 September 2002.
Transport for London (part of Ken's Greater London Authority) now have £100m to spend over the next 5 years from 2003 on bike routes. This is on top of money that individual London boroughs have. The money is to be spent on LCN+. (London Cycle Network+). The feeling is that the existing London Cycle Network is patchy, directionless, poor quality, generally unattractive, and furtive in the way it sneaks around the back streets.
LCN+ is intended to pull more people of all sorts onto bikes by creating much safer, direct, high-quality, destination-oriented routes along commuter desire lines - those roads on which people want to cycle. Straight there, no messing. The London Cycling Campaign, after much internal consultation, is preparing a paper about what LCN+ should be like. The latest version comes out any day now and will be on Greenwich Cyclists e-list at once, and on the website a day or so later.
TfL seems to have agreed, after our lobbying, that Woolwich to the South Bank should be an early priority for LCN+. So, Woolwich Road, Trafalgar Road, Creek Road, Evelyn Street, Jamaica Road, Southwark Street and York Road would all get the treatment. And of course that route includes the approaches to six road bridges.
This must be excellent news. Now to ensure they get the details right...(and now to get Ken to put some bike parking at City Hall...)..
Greenwich Cyclists are organising a Ceilidh! Enjoy The Muckers, a live, fast, traditional celtic 7 piece fiddle band. They've even been on Bulgarian tele! As well as great music, dancing, a pay bar and internal bike-park, your ticket includes a mid-evening buffet.
So add the date to your diary - Saturday 14th December from 8pm until midnight at the West Greenwich Arts Centre, 141 Greenwich High Road.
Tickets are on sale now. £12 or £8 unwaged/under 18's. £15 on door, if available.
Mail Barry for payment etc details: email@example.com. 020 7232 0444.
Get your tickets soon as this irresistible event will be a sell out!
Greenwich Cycling Strategy Update
Greenwich Cyclists had a very positive meeting with Councillor Peter Brooks about our Cycling Strategy. He thought it was extremely good! He has promised to set up a meeting between Greenwich cyclists and the relevant individuals in the transport section of the council. Watch this space for further news!
Keep in contact!
For ease of communication, we usually keep in touch via e-mail. Join the e-group, by logging on via our website www.greenwichcyclists.org.uk
If you don't have access to e-mail or the internet, please contact us with your address. Phone Barry Mason on 020 7232 0444, or write to us at:
c/o Greenwich Forum
SE 10 6PQ
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Below is our latest rides programme. Our rides are enjoyable, informative, sociable and fun. All (except as shown) are free to anyone without booking. Most events start from Cutty Sark Gardens (CSG) in Greenwich. None of these rides are races - they are paced for all. On train assisted rides, we leave very soon after the meeting time. Expect help with minor problems like punctures but ensure your bike is roadworthy and bring a pump and a spare inner tube. Full list at www.greenwichcyclists.org.uk
Wednesday 4 September: Monthly meeting. 7.30-9pm. The Forum@Greenwich, 177 Trafalgar Road, SE10. Pub opposite after.
Saturday 7 September: Easygoing ride up the Thames to the South Bank. 6 easy miles. Train or ride home. 10am CSG.
Sunday 8 September: Dungeness! Bring your swimmie. 9am CSG for ride to London Bridge station then train to Ashford. Train back from cute Rye. About 40 lovely miles.
Monday 9 September: 3.30pm: The official opening of the Halfpenny Hatch Bridge over Deptford Creek. Meet on Norman Road, SE10.
Monday 9 September: Afterworker. Deptford Creek and beyond. 6pm CSG.
Saturday 14 September: Gatwick to Eastbourne. 9.30am Honor Oak Park station.
Sunday 15 September: Locks, Docks and one Smoking Ferry. 10, 20 or 30 flat miles. 10am CSG.
Wednesday 18 September: Afterworker. The Limehouse Cut. 6pm CSG.
Saturday 21 September: Herne Hill Velodrome, 1.30pm-4.30pm. 11am CSG for a slow ride there via coffee in Dulwich Park, or there at 1pm. £10, £5 concessions. Under 16's free.
Sunday 22 September: European Car Free Day. Greenwich Council is doing nothing this year, so we'll visit other London Car Free sites such as Tower Bridge and Camden. 10am CSG.
Tuesday 24 September: and for the next three Tuesdays: JulianÕs Maintenance Class. Work on your own bike. £30 the course. Barry and website for details.
Saturday 28 September: Bike Show, Business Design Centre, Islington. Entry fee. 10am CSG. Easy canalside ride. About 8 miles there.
Wednesday 2 October: monthly meeting. 7.30-9pm. The Forum@Greenwich. 177Trafalgar Road, SE10. Pub opposite after.
Saturday 5 October: Easygoing ride to Surrey Docks farm along the Thames. Very family friendly. 3 miles there. Meet 10am CSG.
Sunday 6 October: Ride the river trail from Croydon to Wandsworth and the Thames. 12 flat miles. Train or ride back. 9.45am Brockley station for train to Croydon.
Saturday 12 October: The Hoo peninsula & marshlands. 9.45am CSG. Ride to Lewisham, train to Gravesend. Flat easy 30 miles.
Saturday 2 November: Easy going ride. Details TBA. 10am CSG.
Saturday 2 November: London Cycling Campaign AGM. Details TBA.
Saturday 7 December: Easy going ride to Borough market for festive shopping. Meet 10am CSG.