On Sunday 23rd March there will be a Campaign ride to Upham in the South Downs starting from Riverside Park (behind social club on Manor Farm Rd) at 10 am (assemble from 9.45 am). Mainly on rural roads and quiet suburban roads; cycle paths avoid the A27, so no busy roads.
We will be going out to the South Downs via Barbe Baker Ave, Moorgreen Rd and Burnetts Lane and returning via Allington Lane, stopping for refreshments at Arturis Garden Centre. Unfortunately the half-way point is the pub at Upham but it does not open until noon on Sundays and I estimate that we will be there around 11.30 am. However, we have stopped at Arturis on a previous ride and it is excellent. About half of the ride is fairly flat but once in the Downs it is hilly. Don’t let this put you off as we can walk up any steep hills.
If you haven’t cycled in the Downs before, come along and join us for an exploration of some wonderful countryside right on your doorstep.
Anyone who would like to know the complete route, email email@example.com
A report has been prepared on the trial of Steven Petterson, charged with causing the death of cyclist David Irving on Mountbatten Way. Different members attended each day with one assigned to make notes of the day’s proceedings and produce a summary to form part of the complete report.
An item in the Daily Echo was spotted that mentioned a public consultation meeting to discuss road changes to Church Street, Shirley Towers. The promotion of the meeting has been very low and we are concerned that the only segregated cycleway in Southampton could be under threat. The meeting is in the Salvation Army building (Victor Street) on Saturday Jan 18th between 10am and 1pm. Please, can as many people as possible attend. http://goo.gl/maps/AoqfR
Sunday 15th December TITCHFIELD TOUR 22 miles
Meet at 9.45 am at Woolston Station for a prompt 10 am departure. Apart from a short section on the A27 from the bridge at Swanwick to Barnes Lane, this route uses quiet roads, bridleways and cycle paths; return route also uses the pink ferry from Warsash to Hamble (cost with bike £1.75). Most of the route is fairly flat, but Swanwick Bridge to Barnes Lane is fairly steep uphill and there are steep lanes in the Bursledon area. We will cycle through the pretty village of Titchfield and continue north for approximately half a mile to look at the remains of Titchfield Abbey (free). Coffee stop will be at the public house by the Abbey. Return to Woolston Station between 1.30 and 2.00 pm
You are all welcome to join the Campaign ride on Sunday 10th November. Meet at the Hawthorns on Southampton Common between 9.45 and 10 am for a prompt 10 am departure. A new route of 17 miles around familiar territory, stopping for refreshments at Chilworth Manor. A mixture of quiet roads, country lanes and cycle paths. No uneven terrain or muddy tracks.
Suitable for all bikes and all abilities (except novice cyclists). Toothill and Misselbrook Lane are steep, otherwise fairly easy undulating terrain.
According to Daily Echo’s weather forecast for the next seven days, Sunday will be dry with a mix of sunshine and cloud.
No need to book, just turn up to join this easy paced friendly ride, returning to the Hawthorns between 1 and 1.30 pm.
If you haven’t already signed up yourself, your family and at least a couple of friends or added this to your Facebook/ Twitter/ whatever page, THEN you have JUST 7 DAYS left to do so. We need another boost in numbers for this European initiative to change our default speed limit from 30mph to 20mph (30kmh).
The latest news about the Junction 9 M3/A34 issue:
Success: Our public meeting to discuss the problems with the Avenue cycle path went really well. The outcome is that the Council has agreed to carry out works on the cycle path, the budget allocated should allow as a minimum: repainting of the existing lining, give-way markings on vehicular accessways (subject to landowner consent), warning signs or markings for cyclists, and no parking markings on the footway alongside the cycletrack. Congratulations to Dilys for all the work she did on this. Minutes of the meeting can be found at: http://www.cyclescape.org/threads/1001
Title: Campaign ride: Common to Countryside
Location: The Hawthorns on Southampton Common
Description: This ride starts at the Hawthorns on Southampton Common and takes a route north through the Common and Sports Centre, off-road paths through Lords Hill, Toothill and Lee Lane. Return via Hoe Lane, North Baddesley, Missleborough Lane and Rownhams Lane. Coffee stop at Chilworth Manor. 18 miles.
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 13:30