What time should our "Healthy Rides" start?

How is our cycling group going to set about the task of deciding what time we should start our "Healthy Rides"?

It's a contentious issue! Starting at 9.30am allows us to go further afield, whilst still getting back by lunchtime. but starting at 10am allows people to join our rides after Parkruns.

When making this decision, we need to be careful, as, with numbers in our cycling group having dwindled to just two, we don't want to upset anyone, or we'll end up riding alone!

Like Brexit, we are now asking the question: can we survive on our own, or ought we to think of ourselves as being part of the wider community?

It was for this reason that we had decided that it was necessary for us to amalgamate our rides with "Healthy" ones.

Charlie Chaplin Rides Again - Southwark Healthy Ride

Meet Saturday 24th November 2018 10:00am, Peckham Square, next to Peckham Library and Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre, SE15 5JR.

Charlie Chaplin was born and bred in SE London, This 2 hour ride round local roads visits several places linked to him, including his birthplace and many places he lived in while growing up, including the Lambeth Workhouse. This is the track for the ride:


Meet Saturday 17th November 2018 9:30am, Park Life Cafe, Burgess Park, SE5 0RJ.

Why pay a CLOG membership subscription when Cyclists in Southwark rides are free?

Perhaps the answer is that you will end up doing rides on you own if you don't take the trouble to identify and collect membership subscriptions from the members of your cycling group!

These are the photos I took on my reconnaissance anti-CLOG protest/demonstration ride from Dulwich Clock Cafe to Meopham last Saturday:: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CyclistsInSouthwark/permalink/1810132115...

Lambeth is no longer too rough an area to cycle in, so let's celebrate by doing a Southwark Healthy Ride there!

We will be doing a loop starting in Burgess Park and will pass or ride through Myatts Fields, Brixton Windmill, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, Wandsworth Windmill, Tooting Bec Common and Brockwell Park. Finish up on the Surrey Canal Path back to Burgess Park. Will pretty much follow the route from 15/8/15 (see report http://healthyrider.weebly.com/healthy-ride-reports-aug_sept2015.html) but with a changed return leg.

As letsride.co.uk has become unusable for us because of relentless spamming, first by CLOG and now by Beckenham to Croydon commute rides, we will now be displaying routes for our rides on our own website:

This is one of our regular Saturday morning "Healthy Rides".

Is this the writing on the wall for Cyclists in Southwark?

Let's enjoy cycling with and, more importantly, communicating with friends, rather than going on about politics all the time!

With double to number of participants on our ride on 3rd November compared to the week before, with six people signed up to the Rochester Ride in December and with about 60 expected for the Christmas Day ride, we are going from strength to strength!

The ride to Battersea was going to start a bit late and the Southwark Cyclists had already started arriving for their 10am ride. Would we be permitted to join their ride, as we were both planning for follow the same route down to the Thames? It turned out that they were happy for us to join in and one of the Southwark Cyclists even expressed an interesting coming on a Cyclist in Southwark ride.

We did explain that we normally get more people on our rides, but we were having problems at the moment because letsride.co.uk is not giving us riders any more and is being spammed with daily Beckenham to Croydon commute rides, including one on Christmas Day: https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/beckenham-to-croydon-commute-42. I was told that this spamming might be deliberate action taken for marketing/advertising reasons.

Bruce Lynn mentioned that it was now possible to cycle round the American Embassy and its moat, so after we had left the Healthy Riders at Quietway 1 to go to Battersea, we did this (see https://www.facebook.com/groups/CyclistsInSouthwark/permalink/1794817863...). We then cycled through the heart of the Battersea Power Station development and stopped for coffee at the Pear tree Restaurant. We returned to Herne Hill via Clapham Old Town and Brockwell Park.

After the ride some discussions took place by phone and it was agreed that the way ahead was for people to try to depoliticise the Southwark rides, as this would benefit everybody.

Thanks to Eleni for the photos.


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