Newsletter of Greenwich Cyclists No.25 April 2003
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..said Clive Efford MP (Labour, Eltham) in his helpful closing words to Greenwich Council's first ever Public Transport Conference on Saturday 15 March. Connex heard that very clearly, as did the DLR, Crossrail and London Buses.
Greenwich Cyclists had a useful stall there at Woolwich Arsenals Firepower museum.
We'll have worked magic if we ever get Clive on a bike, and Firepower might just install bike racks one day as their planning permission says they must.
Bikes on all sorts of public transport will be easy. one day! We'll just keep doing our bit to help.
New!! Sustrans Ranger rides
Ride along the Thames Cycle Path in Greenwich every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. Greenwich Cyclists' have developed these rides to support our role as Sustrans Corporate Ranger. We ranger the route out to Dartford.
Sustrans is the charity responsible for the construction of the National Cycle Network. They rely upon volunteers to keep the routes easy and safe for everyone to use.
Join in to clear obstructions, clean signs, paint mileposts or to simply enjoy the ride.
Meet 10am CSG on 1st Sunday of month. Ride to Thames Barrier and return. On 3rd Sunday of the month meet 10am Thames Barrier Visitor Centre Cafe for ride to Erith and return.Adrian 079 4146 2082.
Sustrans Ranger e-mail list
There's now an e-list for London rangers:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/londonrangers. Join if you're interested.
Womens Festival A Winner!
Greenwich Cyclists hosted a whole range of events for the International Womens Festival aimed to get women and men, on their bikes! The events kicked off with Absolute Beginners sessions, on Saturday 8th March. A picture of this event in the Mercury newspaper gave us great publicity for the 5 easy going rides planned during March.
One of these rides got a group of animal loving cyclists to Surrey Docks Farm. The star attraction was definitely the two kid goats who were just a few days old. They loved the fuss and attention deciding that shoelaces were far tastier than hay - although they didnt rule out the carrots some of us had brought along!
The biggest ever easy-going ride was the Thames path between Woolwich and Greenwich. A whopping 16 people turned out, mostly first time riders with Greenwich Cyclists. Judging by their comments it wont be their last. The assorted group included a family of four on a long tandem trailer proving the whole family can get cycling together!
Want to cycle with us but havent got a bike?
Greenwich Cyclists have recently bought two bikes for lending out to people. We have one large childs / small adults bike and a small framed ladies bike. If you would like to borrow them for a ride please contact Hilary on 020 8769 4661 / 07929 722 973 giving at least two days notice.
All rides meet 10am Cutty Sark Gardens, unless otherwise stated. For more details, or future rides see our website
Sat 5th: Easygoing ride. The Monument. Gentle 5 mile ride into the city. Optional Monument climb. Train or cycle back. Hilary 07929 722 973.
Sun 6th: Sustrans Ranger Ride. Adrian 07941 462082
Sun 6th: 1066 Country. An all-day explore round Saxon/Norman Sussex. Meet 9am Peckham Pulse, 9.40am London Bridge St.Cheryl. 07946 378 174
Sun 13th: Locks, docks and one-smoking ferry. Explore London's fast-changing Docklands. Barry 07905 889 005.
Good Friday 18th: Watch the Velodrome Racing: £12 entr. Barry 07905 889 005.
Sun 20th: Sustrans Ranger Ride. Meet 10am at Thames Barrier. Adrian 07941 462082.
Sat 26th: Whitstable. 55 miles through very varied scenery. Cycle all the way or train it to Rochester for the last half. Train back Whitstable to London. Barry 07905 889 005 (Or overnight and......)
Sun 27th: Whitstable - Dover. The Last Resorts. 13 seaside towns in 60 miles. Meet 11am Whitstable Harbour. 9.05am Victoria train. Train back lateish. Barry 07905 889 005.
Cycle Greenwich Park
Greenwich Cyclists are now in discussion with the Royal Parks Police about more cycle routes in the park. We need to know what you'd like.
The roads to the east and west of the Park now have 20mph speed limits, that makes the 30mph limit in the Park itself look even sillier. We're onto that too. ..And the planned merger of the RPP and the Met edges forward.
Easy going rides
We run easy going rides on the first Saturday of every month. They are slow, flat rides, off-road, and suitable for beginners and families, but all welcome. If you would like to join us, come along to Cutty Sark Gardens, 10am on the following dates:
Sat 5th April - The Monument. Gentle ride to the City. Optional climb of the monument. Hilary 07929 722 973.
Sat 3rd May Sculpture Vultures. Aguided tour of 20 works of art at Canary Wharf. Karen 020 7394 8642
Keep in touch!
For ease of communication, we usually keep in touch via e-mail. Join our e-group by logging on via our website www.greenwichcyclists.org.uk
If you dont have access to the internet, please contact us with your address. Phone Barry Mason on 020 7232 04444, or write to us at
C/o Greenwich Forum
Get your copy of Pedal Power
You can pick up the latest edition of Pedal Power at the following places;
* Greenwich Tourist Office
* Greenwich Forum
* Harry Perry cycle shop, Woolwich
* Halfords Bike Hut in Charlton
* Our e-group
* The website www.greenwichcyclists.org.uk
This newsletter is published monthly. Contributions are always welcome!
Send your news, pictures and tips to Kate Horne at
Deadline for Mays newsletter Wednesday
30th April. Junes deadline Wednesday 258th May
Co-ordinator of Greenwich Cyclists - Barry Mason 020 7232 0444, firstname.lastname@example.org