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Southampton Riverfest: Saturday 27th May

May 26th, 2017 No comments
Southampton Cycling Campaign will be making their presence felt at the first Southampton Riverfest on the late May bank holiday weekend. There will be cargo bike rides, an information point,  and bike doctor to look over your cycle. Lyn Bradley is organising a cargo bike ride from Southampton Common to the Festival on Saturday morning.
In addition, Cycling Campaign qualified leaders will be leading a  ride from Riverside Park  to Weston Shore, where participants can stop to watch the Parade of Sail before returning by a different route.  The ride is suitable for all, it will follow use cycle paths, lanes and quiet roads, mainly alongside the River Itchen. 
Those who would like to join a gentle ride to Weston Shore should assemble by the Clock Tower at the Triangle just before 12 noon on Saturday 27th May.  Approximate time of return to Riverside Park is 2 pm.
More details from Lindsi Bluemel  lindsibluemel@hotmail.co.uk

Bike Week 2017: 10th-18th June

May 26th, 2017 No comments
The 2017 national bike week is running from 10th-18th June this year. That means there are two weekends for rides and meetings. We will be organising a set of runs so keep an eye on the site and on our Facebook and twitter feeds to find more details.  A ride leaflet is available for downloading.
Sunday 11th 10 am WINCHESTER
Meet at Lakeside cafe (SO50 5PE) for a ride to Cyclefest in Winchester. Return 5pm. Bring sandwiches or buy cafe/pub lunch.
Mon 12th 6.30 pm SOUTHAMPTON
Meet at the Bargate for a ride through parks and Common to St Denys Comm Centre at 7.30 pm for refreshments and talk by Clean Air Southampton.
Tuesday 13th 6.30 pm  NEW FOREST
Meet at the Hawthorns for a ride to the Forest. Quiet roads and Forest tracks. Refreshments at Ashurst; return 10 pm.
Wednesday 14th  6.30 pm  HAMBLE
Meet at the Bandstand, Palmerston Pk or Woolston Stn 7.15pm for an easy paced  ride to Hamble via Weston Shore. Refreshments at Hamble, return 10 pm.
Thurs 15th 10.30am CLEAN AIR DAY
Family and Cargo Bike Ride
Meet on the Common by play area for a gentle, flat ride to the city centre Clean Air event. Cargo bikes, families, new cyclists, returners; all welcome.
Friday 16th  6.30 pm: DURLEY
Meet at Riverside Pk by Cobden Bridge for a quiet ride to Durley. Refreshments at the Farmers Home PH; Return 10 pm.
Sat 17th Easy Family Rides
10am PORTSWOOD REC
Meet at the Hawthorns for a family ride to Portswood Rec. Mainly cycle paths, stopping for play at the Rec. Return 11.30 am for refreshment at the Hawthorns.
2pm ITCHEN VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
Meet at Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge for a family ride to Itchen Valley. Cycle paths and quiet roads. Stopping for play and refreshments ; return 4 pm
Sunday 18th 11.30am  BIG LUNCH
Family Ride Meet at Cedar Lodge Park, Oakley Rd or outside cafe, St James Park at 12 noon, for a family ride to the Big Lunch on the Small Common. Bring packed lunch
Mon 19th 7pm ST DENYS HISTORY
Meet at the car park of St Denys Church for a gentle history ride around St Denys Finishing at the Dolphin PH in time for the jazz session at 9 pm. Suitable for all.
Also: Night Ride, Saturday 1st July 11 pm – 1 am. Details to be announced.
(part of national Wild Night Out)
All rides insured and led by experienced leaders Over 12s welcome with an adult. Participants should bring waterproofs and lights if possible.
Participants need to join as associate members. This is free and simple to do online

Response to the Southampton City Council “Cycling Southampton” plan

January 2nd, 2017 No comments

Southampton City Council has produced a draft ten year cycling plan for the city.cyclingplan

As part of the public consultation the Southampton Cycling Campaign has submitted a response.

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“.

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.

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.

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.

Local election survey on cycling

April 28th, 2016 1 comment

326px-Vote_icon.svgWe have carried out a survey of the 101 candidates for the local council election candidates, on May 5th, to find out their opinions on cycling. This year we have asked two questions:

Question 1. If elected will you sign up to the Space for Cycling campaign?

Question 2. If elected what would you do to encourage cycling in Southampton?

Before you vote, find out if the candidates in your ward have chosen to respond and see what they have to say.

FILM NIGHT – Wednesday 16 March, 8.00pm

March 9th, 2016 No comments

Come along and view ‘Bicycle – A Great British Movement’

A documentary about the bicycle’s history and impact in Britain.

86 mins, tea and popcorn provided

 

£2.00 per head, £2.50 per couple

www.ctc.org.uk/event/ride/southampton-ctc-film-night