The next Campaign ride takes place on Sunday 16th April; assemble from 9.45 am at the Lakeside cafe – it should be open, so if early you can have tea/coffee while waiting.
Route in brief: Stoneham Lane, past Concorde Club, Flemming Park, Oakmount Ave, off -road to Otterbourne,
Kiln Lane, Bishopstoke Lane, Stoke Park Woods, cycle path alongside the Itchen to join the shared -use path to Eastleigh Stn, through Eastleigh on quiet rds, back to Lakeside.
Coffee and cake at Brambridge Gdn Centre.
Hybrid and mountain bikes best as some gravel tracks, but there are road alternatives. No steep hills but Stoke Park Woods is like a roller coaster. If you have never cycled in these woods before, please do come along.
Return approx 1 pm.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on February 13th 2017 are now available.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on January 9th 2017 are now available.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on December 12th 2016 are now available.
Southampton City Council has produced a draft ten year cycling plan for the city.
As part of the public consultation the Southampton Cycling Campaign has submitted a response.
Southampton Cycling Campaign have created a list of suggested improvements to key routes or junctions that would not only make life easier and safer for current cyclists, but once carried out would encourage new people to cycle. This would contribute to the improvement of the air quality and would be a significant step towards Southampton becoming a cycle-friendly city. The list comprises locations and suggestions for improvement submitted by members and is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather the start of an on-going project aimed at transforming the city environment for the benefit of all. Southampton Cycling Campaign looks forwards to consultation on the locations included in the document.
A separate document has been created describing suggested improvements to Shirley High Street/ Shirley Road.
The next Campaign ride starts at the Four Horseshoes, Nursling St, Nursling and takes quiet roads and rural lanes to Hilliers, where we will stop for coffee/tea and cake or mince pies. Return through Romsey and Lee Lane, arriving back at the Four Horseshoes at 1 pm.
An enjoyable ride of approximately 16 miles. All welcome; a good ride to bring families and friends on as both terrain and distance are easy.
Meet: the Four Horseshoes at 9.45 am for prompt 10 am departure Please note: you can join the ride at the North Baddesley crossroads at 10.15 am.
Terrain: one or two hills on the route out to Hilliers, otherwise mainly flat. Quiet roads, rural lanes and cycle paths, one ford (best bypassed), short distance on fairly busy road to access Hilliers (Jermyns Lane), two busy roads and one railway line to cross. No off-road terrain.
Suitable for all bikes.
Coffee stop: Hilliers Arboretum
Route in brief: Nursling estate, Horns Drove, Rownhams Lane, Bracken Rd, Flemming Ave, Nutburn Rd, Pound Lane, Green Lane, Crampmoor, Straight Mile, Jermyns Lane Return: Braishfield Rd, Woodley Lane, Richmond Lane, NCN route alongside canal to the Plaza, path alongside Southampton Rd, Lee Lane, Dairy Lane.
An easy ride of approximately 16 miles. All welcome.
The 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.
The minutes from the monthly meeting on November 14th 2016 are now available
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 firstname.lastname@example.org