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.

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.

Campaign Ride: Saturday, 10th September

September 3rd, 2016 No comments

bikesOur ride this month is on a Saturday, to mark Ride and Stride fundraising day for historic Churches – on 10 September. Starting from the Four Horseshoes pub, Nursling at 10 am, the 32 miles circular route goes through Rownhams, North Baddesley, Ampfield, Braishfield, Eldon, Kings Somborne, Mottisfont, Lockerley and Romsey. Lunch will be at the Crown Inn, Kings Somborne and we should be back by around 4pm. Please note that, although we will be using quiet country roads for the most part (also taking in tracks such as the Test Way), some busy roads and tricky junctions are unavoidable and will require a minimum level of cycling confidence. There are a few hills, though generally fairly gentle ones.  We will be riding at a leisurely pace and making many stops en route. Most of the churches are worth visiting, some of them have toilets and some will be providing refreshments to Riders and Striders. I will be making a donation to the Historic Churches Preservation Trust and you are welcome to join me, if you so wish, but the ride is of course free to all. If the weather looks as if it will be very wet on the day, ring me on 07857 156416 to check what the plans are. If you are planning on coming to the pub for lunch, please e-mail me so I can book some tables.

Stephen  (stephenedwards12 at gmail.com)

Minutes of July 2016 meeting

July 15th, 2016 No comments

minutesThe minutes from the monthly meeting on July 11th 2016 are now available

Campaign ride to Upham, Sunday 17th July

July 13th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe next Campaign ride will take place on  Sunday 17th July.  Assemble at Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge, from 9.45 am for a prompt 10 am start.  Coffee stop at Arturi’s Gdn Centre, Allingham Lane.

Cycle lanes, off-road paths and quiet roads; fairly hilly.  Approximately 21 miles.

Route in brief: Riverside Park, Forest Hills Drive. Cutbush Lane, through Townhill Park to Ivy Lane, West End High Street, Chapel Rd, Moorgreen Rd, Burnetts Lane, Knowle Lane, Durley Rd, through Durley, Kytes Lane and Manor Rd to Durley St, Winters Hill, Ashton Lane and Cross Lane to Upham; Return via Alma Lane, Greenwood Lane, Durley Rd, Knowle Lane, Burnetts Lane, Fir Tree Lane, Allington Lane, Gaiters Hill, Riverside Park.

Anyone wishing to join at West End, we will be outside the library in Chapel Rd at 10.20 am.

All bikes suitable.  Weather predicted to be dry with some sunshine.

Minutes of June 2016 meeting

June 27th, 2016 No comments

minutesThe minutes from the monthly meeting on June 21th 2016 are now available

BIKE WEEK 2016

June 5th, 2016 2 comments

MPU-300x250px11th  – 19th June

EVENTS AND RIDES

All rides insured and led by experienced leaders. Participants should bring waterproofs,and lights if possible. Over 10s welcome with an adult. More info: lindsibluemel@hotmail.co.uk A printable leaflet of the events and rides is available.

Sunday 12th 11am-3pm  British Cycling SKY RIDE. Visit the Campaign stall in Hoglands Park and find out who we are and how to join and help our campaigning work

Monday 13th   6.30 pm NEW FOREST

Meet at the Cowherds (or the Ship Inn, Redbridge at 7 pm) for a led ride out to the Forest on quiet roads, paths and forest tracks

Refreshments at Ashurst   Return 10pm

Tuesday 14th   6.30 pm CITY CYCLE RIDE

Meet at the Cenotaph for a short ride including the boardwalk, St Mary’s stadium and parks

Return to Friends Meeting House, Ordnance Rd at 7.30pm for refreshments followed by talk

8.00 pm     TALK ON SUSTAINABLY ENGINEERED WOODEN BICYCLES

Nick Coates of Beamz   www.beamz.org.uk

Wednesday 15th  6.30 pm ROYAL VICTORIA  COUNTRY PARK

Meet at  St Denys Community Centre for a led ride to RVCP (or Woolston Stn 7pm). Return

to St Denys Community Centre at 8.30 pm for refreshments followed by talk/demo

8.30pm NAVIGATING BY SMART PHONE

This talk/demo will show you how to use an iPhone or Android phone to plan your route, to navigate while you are on your bike and to log your trip.  Also the best way to keep your phone on your handlears, keep it dry and charged.

Thursday 16th  1.45 pm HAMBLE

Over 50s led ride. Meet at  Southampton Sailing Club, Victoria Rd for a safe quiet

ride along Weston shore to Hamble. Led

by Jenny & Andy, Active Travel Officers

5.30 pm: ROMSEY

Meet at the Cowherds for a led ride to Romsey with the option of joining the CTC evening ride to Braishfield or stopping for refreshments in Romsey and returning to Southampton at 9.30pm

Friday 17th  6.30 pm: DURLEY

Meet at Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge for a led ride to Durley on quiet roads and lanes

Refreshments at Farmers Home Return 10pm

Coming up: cargo bikes night ride with music (panniers & baskets qualify) later in June. See website for details of this and more rides

BIKE WEEK 2016 event: Sustainably Engineered Wooden Bikes, A talk by Nick Coates

May 31st, 2016 No comments

Beamz bikeTuesday, June 14, Refreshments 7.30 pm; talk starts 8 pm. 

Friends Meeting House, Ordnance Rd (off London Rd), Southampton

Free; all welcome

More info at www.beamz.org.uk

BEAMZ Birch-wood Bikes.  How are they made, why are they made?   Nick Coates – Founder – BEAMZ C.I.C.
BEAMZ, a Social Enterprise based in Sholing, Southampton, are developing the technology and craft to make high-performance bicycles out of locally grown Birch-wood poles. Beautiful, entirely individual bikes are the result, whilst energy sustainability, wildlife diversity and social sustainability are the objectives.  Find out how traditional craft techniques and high technology are combined to achieve these results. BEAMZ represents an experiment in holistic enterprise, where beautiful products, care of the environment and high-wellbeing jobs are synergystic.
Find out how you can follow, support or get involved  in the BEAMZ adventure.