Monthly Archives: May 2013

CTC publish the answers to the 10 most common cycling myths/questions

Have you ever wonder what the answer is to the following questions.

  1. Cycling’s dangerous, isn’t it?
  2. Wouldn’t wearing a helmet make cycling safer? Shouldn’t it be compulsory?
  3. Cyclists should all be wearing hi-viz, shouldn’t they?
  4. Cyclists cause havoc on the roads, don’t they?
  5. Why don’t cyclists obey red lights
  6. Cyclists are always knocking people down by cycling illegally on the pavement, aren’t they?
  7. Shouldn’t cyclists stop slowing down traffic and stick to where they belong – i.e. cycle paths/tracks off the road? Shouldn’t campaigners be asking for more off-road paths and on-road cycle lanes because they make cycling safer?
  8. Cyclists should have compulsory training, number plates and insurance, shouldn’t they? That’ll stop them riding dangerously and illegally – or make sure they pay for it if they do.
  9. Cyclists don’t pay road tax, so have no right to complain about the roads or drivers, or to take up road-space, do they?!
  10. You’ll never get large numbers of people cycling, will you?

If so read 1112ctc10-common-questions

Free Bike Security Marking – Saturday 1 June 11:00 to 15:00 Romford Market

Don’t forget to bring your bike along to Romford Market this weekend to get it security marked for free.

We will be at the Market from 11:00 to 15:00 on Saturday 1 June.

You’ll find us there with the Met. Police safer transport team at the junction of North Street with Market Place.

Ingrebourne Valley ride this weekend – Sunday 2nd June

Dear Havering Cyclists

We are organising a cycle ride for this Sunday and still have a few spaces. The weather is looking great, participants will have the chance to learn a new cycle route, enjoy some lovely cake and discover more about the RSPB Rainham Marshes with an informative talk and is all free! Full details below

Sunday 2th June Ingrebourne Valley Cycle Ride

2pm start – 5pm approximate finish time

Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through the Ingrebourne Valley to the RSPB Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve. This ride is 15 miles long, mainly off road and suitable for intermediate bike riders. An informative talk, tea and cake will be provided.

Booking essential. Children over 8 welcome. Please bring your own bike. Meet at Squadrons Approach Car Park, Hornchurch Country Park RM12 6TS.

We hope to see some of you there (please book in advance) and would appreciate if you could circulate this email to your contacts or put it in your blog.

Many thanks for your help!

Best regards,

Carlos Izsak

Community Development Consultant

Ingrebourne Valley Project

Regeneration

Town Hall

Romford RM1 3BB

London Borough of Havering

01708-432863 (office)

07733318963 (mobile)

Carlos.Izsak@havering.gov.uk

Join a Havering Sky ride and kids can ride for rewards

led skyride local

Sky Ride Local is running a series of free, fun, community bike rides throughout Havering from Sunday 9th June and this year kids can pick up some great gifts for taking part. Sky Ride Local rides are great fun for the whole family – and if you’re aged between 5 and 12, there are some great goodies up for grabs:

Register and take part in your first ride and you’ll receive a cool Sky Ride Local sports watch.

Keep riding and once you’ve completed three rides, a fantastic backpack will be yours.

Register now at www.goskyride.com/SkyRideLocal and start riding for rewards with Sky Ride Local.

First Havering Sky Ride – 10:00 9th June – Romford ride through Raphael and Lodge Farm Parks

Raphaels Park

Join us for the 1st Havering Sky Ride on June 9th at 10:00. Starts in Lodge Farm Park at eh Carlton Road entrance and then travels through Lodge Farm Park and Raphael Park before returning to the start point.

Join us on this fantastic easygoing ride through two of Haverings great parks.  This traffic free route is perfect for anybody wanting to get out on their bike in a safe environment.  At around two and a half miles long you will get the chance to stretch your legs without over doing it on a Sunday!

Kids can ride for rewards

Sky Ride Local is running a series of free, fun, community bike rides throughout Havering from 9th June and this year kids can pick up some great gifts for taking part. Sky Ride Local rides are great fun for the whole family – and if you’re aged between 5 and 12, there are some great goodies up for grabs:

Register and take part in your first ride and you’ll receive a cool Sky Ride Local sports watch.

Keep riding and once you’ve completed three rides, a fantastic backpack will be yours.

Register now at www.goskyride.com/SkyRideLocal and start riding for rewards with Sky Ride Local.

Please support us and register for this ride and much more to come.

News from Havering Cyclists

INGREBOURNE VALLEY WAY

We supported the formal opening event on 22 May with two rides starting at each end of the route and timed to meet on the new bridge where the opening ceremony took place and where the ribbon was cut as shown below.

Opening of Ingrebourne bridge

Above: The official opening of Sustrans Route 136 at the new bridge across the River Ingrebourne in Upminster.

 BORIS’S CYCLING VISION

We understand that a borough-wide approach will not be taken as there is not the political will for it; instead a single town-centre will be targeted for the Dutch-style measures. We will need to build a letter-writing campaign to get public support to ensure that even this is not blocked by objections.

UPCOMING EVENTS

We are supporting the Harold Hill Festival on 6 July and Pedalling-into-the-Past on 11 August with information stalls. Look out for our new Gazebo. We are also planning an HGV awareness event but the date is yet to be set.

CAMPAIGN MEETINGS

We meet at the Chequers PH in North Street Hornchruch on the third Wednesday of each month.

As always, see the web site at www.haveringcyclists.org for the latest news.

Join us for the opening of Sustrans Route 136 – The Ingrebourne Way – 22 May

The new Sustrans route 136 along the Ingrebourne Valley in Havering is being formally opened on May 22nd at the new bridge in Hornchurch Country Park at 12:00.

Two led rides will be leaving at 10:30 from each end to join the formal opening at 12:00. Afterwards you can do the return ride, continue to the other end, or just relax on what hopefully will be a great day.

The north ride starts from Dagnum Park, Lower Noke Close and the south from the RSPB Centre Rainham Marshes at 10:30 on 22 May

The rides can be ridden by any form of bike but off road tyres, not necessarily MTB tyres would be best.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

You can register for the rides on www.goskyride.com (do a search on Hornchurch) or just turn up on the day.