campaign banner Welcome to the website for Southampton Cycling Campaign. Here you will find information about us and what we would like to achieve. We meet on the second Monday of every month (except August) at the St Denys Community Centre On Horse Shoe Bridge, opposite the Junction Inn pub. Join us for tea and biscuits from 19:30, and business from 20:00. Everyone is welcome.

Campaign ride to Carlo’s and New Forest: Sunday 20th November

November 16th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe next Campaign ride will take place on 20th November, leaving the Four Horseshoes at Nursling at 10 am.  A delightful circular route up the Test Valley to Carlo’s then south to the New Forest and returning via Winsor and Test Valley Lakes.  Return around 1 pm.

Meet:  9.45 am at the Four Horseshoes, Nursling Street

Terrain: some tracks (Moorcourt Farm bridleway  forest tracks and gravel track though Testwood Lakes); quiet roads.  Suitable for hybrid and mountain bikes.  Hilly up to Carlo’s, otherwise fairly flat.

Coffee and cake stop:  Carlo’s

Route in brief:  Dairy Lane, Lee Lane, Moorcourt Farm, Ridge Lane, Gardeners Lane, Ryedown Lane, through West Wellow, straight across the Salisbury Rd, Canada Common, Furzley Rd to Newbridge, Newbridge Rd, Pollards Moor Rd, Winsor Rd, Loperwood, Testwood Lakes, Mill Lane, Station Rd, Dairy Lane.

Weather:  predicted to be cloudy with showers, but don’t let this put you off; if heavy rain the ride will be shortened.

Brilliant news:  we will no longer have to lift our bikes over the stile to get from Testwood Lakes to Mill Lane as it has been replaced with a latch gate.  I have asked for this at the Test Valley Bug on several occasions and Adriane and I were very pleased to use the new gate when risk assessing the ride last week – and a simple latch gate, so much easier than a kissing gate.   A great benefit for parents with pushchairs, disability vehicles and elderly people as well as cyclists.  I will email Vivien Messenger (Test Valley Transport Planner) to express  thanks on behalf of the Cycling Campaign.

Regards,

Lindsi

Minutes of November 2016 meeting

November 16th, 2016 No comments

minutesThe minutes from the monthly meeting on November 14th 2016 are now available

Southampton Cyclists’ Code

October 31st, 2016 No comments

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Southampton Cycling Campaign have produced a useful set of guidelines called the Southampton Cyclists Code to help you enjoy your journey around Southampton more safely. It will soon be available at most local cycle shops in the city as well as Bike2Basics Community Bike Doctor at Aldermoor Farm and Repair Cafe in Freemantle. It is available to download and it may be shared freely.

If you would like printed copies of the cyclists code to hand out then please contact Jon Bingham at binghamjm@aol.com

Cargo bikes on The Common

October 17th, 2016 No comments
cargobikesAs part of Southampton’s first Sustainability Week, lots of cargo bikes met up on The Common.  From 1pm Sunday 16th October cargo bikes kept appearing at the play area, so those with ‘living’ cargo could be amused while they gathered. The bicycles were admired and stories compared; photos were snapped from the top of the slide, looking down on all the fantastic bicycles. Some then headed off for a mass ride around the top of The Common. If you own any sort of cargo bike – tandem, trailer, any variation – please do join the Facebook page “Southampton Cargo Bicycles“.

Minutes of October 2016 meeting

October 14th, 2016 No comments

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The minutes from the monthly meeting on October 10th 2016 are now available

Campaign ride to Bursledon: Sunday 16th October

October 10th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe October Campaign ride is to Bursledon on Sunday 16th October.  This is a short leisurely ride, suitable for everyone.  Half of the route is off-road (mountain bikes not necessary) and there are no busy roads.  Terrain is hilly in parts but hills can be walked up.

We will  be stopping for coffee and cake at the Old Ferry cafe (one of the floating bridges formerly used to take people and vehicles across the Itchen).  They would like numbers, so if you think you might come on the ride, please let me know by emailing lindsibluemel@hotmail.co.uk

Meet:  Woolston Station from 9.45 am  for prompt 10 am departure  Return between 1 and 1.30 pm

Distance:  15 miles

Suitable for:  all bikes except road bikes; all cyclists except beginners, incl children over 8 yrs.

Terrain:   off-road tracks and quiet roads; some short hills

Route: Garton Rd, Porchester Rd, Station Rd, Spring Rd, Millers Pond, Weston Greenway, Crest Way, Butts Sq, Sullivan Rd, Montague Ave, Shop Lane, Pound Rd, Chamberlaine Rd, The Acorns, off-road path to Hungerford, Kew Lane, High Street, Station Hill, Elephant Boatyard for the Old Ferry cafe.  Return via bridleway to Satchell Lane, through Hamble College, Hound Way, RVCP, then NCN 2 along Weston Shore.

Stolen bicycle

September 20th, 2016 No comments
stolenbikeA Raleigh Randonneur was stolen  in a forced shed burglary on the night of Sat 17 Sept from Lindsi’s garden in Whitworth Rd Bitterne Park Southampton between 1-4am.
Colour: turquoise, 27speed upgraded gearing with handlebar end controls  and small mauve ribbon tied to drop handbars.
Please keep your eyes open and report any possible sightings and/or Police tel 101  Crime No: 44160352265. Three other bikes were also taken from the shed but two were dumped in garden so we suspect there were more than one thief and a van involved and they are looking to resell. Any suggestions for recovery will be welcome.

Campaign ride to Titchfield Haven Sunday 18th September

September 14th, 2016 No comments

bikesSome were disappointed to miss the ride to Stokes Bay 3 wks ago and, as there is no ride in the programme for the 3rd Sunday in September (18th), it has been agreed to have another ride using a similar route.  We will not go as far as Stokes Bay, as this was a little further than the Campaign’s usual 20 m; we will instead stop for coffee at Titchfield Haven and return from here via NCN2.  Eric will lead us on an alternative route through Whitely, using off-road cycle paths.

Meet from 9.45 am at Netley Station for a prompt 10 am departure.  There is a train leaving Southampton Central at 9.35 am which stops at St Denys, Bitterne, Woolston, Sholing and Netley.  From here we will take a route through Bursledon, over Swanick Bridge, through Whitely, across the A27 just north of Titchfield, through Titchfield Village and Posgrove Lane south to Titchfield Haven.  Return along the coast via NCN2 and the pink ferry (£1.75).

Suitable for all bikes although be aware that there are some gravel tracks.  Mainly quiet roads and off-road paths; very hilly through Bursledon on way out; otherwise mainly flat.

Weather predicted to be dry.  Coffee and cake stop at the Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.

Return approximately 1.30 pm

Lindsi

Minutes of September 2016 meeting

September 14th, 2016 No comments

minutesThe minutes from the monthly meeting on September 12th 2016 are now available.

Cycle to Work Day

September 7th, 2016 No comments

Cctwd-logoycle to Work Day is a national event that aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work. This year it is on Wednesday September 14th. https://www.cycletoworkday.org

Free bike checks are available from a number of local bike shops and there is a chance to win a bike if you pledge to ride to work on Cycle to Work Day.