Monthly Archives: August 2012

Ride London Website now online – why not enter

RideLondon: an annual two day festival of cycling – a true legacy of the 2012 Games

Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies, RideLondon will be a world-class festival of cycling, starting in August 2013.

There will be no other closed road event like it that combines the fun and accessible element of a free family ride in central London with the excitement of watching the world’s best professional cyclists race the following day. Taking a cue from the London Marathon, amateur cyclists will also participate and ride a 100 mile challenge on the same closed roads as the professionals, with the added incentive of raising money for good causes. To capture it all, the best action will be broadcast live on TV both in the UK and internationally, to be seen by an audience in the millions.

Register now at

Havering Council would like your input to changes at Central Park, Harold Hill

As  part of the Harold Hill Ambitions Programme Havering council are now formally consulting the public on plans for Central Park.

Have your say by going to for more information

Vehicles waiting in a cycle advanced stop box is illegal, does everyone know this?

I was just reading all the blogs about the AutoExpress anti-cycling article today and it prompted me to check if waiting in a cycle ASL box is illegal. Yes it is and its worth a £60 fine and 3 penalty points.

It is difficult to do anything about as the police officer has to see the driver crossing the ASL after the lights has turned to red, as you can wait there is you’ve crossed the line as it turns to red.

See more at

Harold Court Road Repairs under Railway Bridge made permanent

Nice and Smooth

Just finished John’s Thursday evening ride, and a jolly good ride it was. We had a very pleasant time, with 2 electric bikes, 1 road bike, one childs bike, 1 folding bike and a number of MTBs/Hybrids.

The Highlight of the ride was passing under the railway bridge on Harold Court road which now has a very smooth tarmac surface with 3 speed bumps. An excellent improvement.

Just tried the Sustrans travel calculator, you get a free bike by not using your car.

I just tried the sustrans travel calculator. A new bike costing £250 will be paid back in just 33 days if you use it instead of a car for a 6 mile journey into work. Plus you’ll save yourself over £1500 a year.

Look in the left hand column on

Summer Rides on Saturday Afternoons until 8th September

We will ride from Central Park to Harold Wood, park stop for a rest . and the kids can play in the park and we can have a chat lol . and then throw Harold Court Wood and back to Central Park. This ride is about 6.5 miles with some hills, some of us old ones may like to walk up them lol, and lots of hills to ride down with a bit of a rest half way round.

Most of this ride is off road (95%) on shared cycle path, with some off road shared cycle path next to the A12 (any young children need to be supervised along this short stretch), with a small stretch on quite roads.

Saturday 1.30pm, leaves 2.00 pm so don’t be late. Meet at Central Park
Carpark, Petersfield Avenue, Harold Hill, Romford Essex RM3 9pB
This is a part of the new Connect2, 13 mile route.
National Cycle Route No.136 Called Ingrebourne Way. Starts from Noak Hill and ending at Rainham Marshes, running through Harold Hill, Harold Wood, Harold Park, Cranham, Upminster, Hornchurch, Elm Park and South Hornchurch ending at Rainham Marshes.

Under 16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult and take full
responsibility for them and must wear a cycle helmet at all times.
if you need any more info phone john on 07533 150140

Saturday 11th August 2012 at 1.30pm
Saturday 18th August 2012 at 1.30pm
Saturday 25th August 2012 at 1.30pm
Saturday 1st September 2012 at 1.30pm
Saturday 8th September 2012 at 1.30pm