Dog & Bell Crew Catchment Area

As each London borough only has a very small number of residents interested in doing social rides, we have found that it is necessary for borough-specific cycling groups to organise rides on a cross-borough basis under the auspices of the Dog & Bell Crew. This is a graphic showing (in red) the Dog & Bell Crew boroughs and (in green) the group's catchment area. Other boroughs do rides as well, but they make their own arrangements and we rarely come into contact with them.

Ride to the View Tube - Sat Nov 14th

The rule we now have for arranging our rides is that each bubble of two makes its own mind up about what it wants to do. Given the poor weather on Saturday, there weren't many bubbles of two and those that there were didn't want to cycle every far. However, one of these bubbles was able to try out a new route from the Southwark Needle to Cutty Sark via Bermondsey Square, Southwark Park and the not-so-well-known Cunard Walk cycle path. The Dog & Bell was boarded up, but both the Greenwich Foot Tunnel lifts were working. Cyclists were vastly outnumbered by runners in Victoria Park, but, unlike in the last lockdown, everyone was allowed to use the park. There was excellent food at the View Tube and, unlike the situation in South London, there was hardly any queueing needed to get a takeaway. The ride finished at Haggerson Station, but, as the Overground trains weren't running, we had to cycle home.

Ride to the Quaggy & East Greenwich Pleasaunce - Sat Nov 7th


We know that the "Rule of 6" has now become a "Rule of 2", but our WhatApp group didn't see this a a barrier for continuing to do Saturday morning rides starting at the Southwark Needle at 9.30am or at Cutty Sark Gardens at 10am. We had formed ourselves into three groups of 2 and the rule we follow is that each bubble makes its own decisions about where it wants to go.

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