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Farnham Festival of Cycling

Sunday 2 July – the Farnham Festival of Cycling

Farnham Maltings hosts the Velo Village, and the event spreads across the town to include

Farnham Charity Bike Ride

The Hoops Velo Hill Climb

The Pedal Heaven Town Centre Races

Look at the latest kit, try out new bikes, watch arthouse films, take part in workshops and fun competitions, browse the cycle jumble, compete in the races… Or simply do what cyclists do best – drink good coffee and eat cake!

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Advisors wanted…

New members are needed for a group which advises on ways to improve access to Hampshire’s countryside.

The Hampshire Countryside Access Forum (HCAF) needs two new members to represent the interests of off-road cyclists and people with disabilities, to advise organisations including Hampshire County Council and Portsmouth and Southampton City Councils.

HCAF is the statutory Local Access Forum for Hampshire (excluding the New Forest and South Downs) Southampton and Portsmouth, required under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000. Its members are people from a cross-section of interests, from landowners, farmers, councillors and rural business owners to walkers, horse riders, cyclists and motor vehicle users. This ensures that the needs of all groups are taken into account when the Forum provides advice on access to the countryside.

  • Shaping and influencing: The Forum has recently provided guidance and advice on the review of the Countryside Access Plan (Hampshire’s Rights of Way Improvement Plan).
  • Awarding grants: the Forum also makes up the Panel that assesses applications to the Small Grants Scheme (www.hants.gov.uk/sgs), which since 2006 has provided funding to Parish Councils, community groups and landowners for improvements to rights of way and other access.
  • Major projects: the Forum recently completed the Providing Access to Hampshire’s Heritage project (http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/hcaf/pathh.htm) after securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project recruited over 100 volunteers to research historical evidence for rights of way which are not yet shown on our legal records but still meet current needs. Some of these routes have now been added to the definitive map of rights of way and other additions are in progress.

Forum members are volunteers but can claim back travel and other related expenses. An employed Forum Officer provides administrative support for the Forum, which meets four times a year. Members are usually appointed for three years, however current membership is due to be renewed in September 2017. These two vacancies are therefore for a 1-year term, at the end of which you may reapply for a period that will bring you into line with other members.

To apply for Forum membership, download an application pack and return by 27 February 2017 to petronella.nattrass@hants.gov.uk

Many thanks for your help,

Petronella Nattrass
Countryside Access Development Officer
(normally available Monday-Thursday)
Countryside Access Team, Countryside Service,
Culture, Communities & Business Services (CCBS)
Hampshire County Council,
Ground Floor, Castle Avenue, Rm 0.01,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UL
Telephone: 01962 845326
HPSN2: 845326
petronella.nattrass@hants.gov.uk
www.hants.gov.uk/countryside
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What if it gets stolen?

Immobilise is a national property ownership database whereby members of the public register their property through the website in the hope that if it is lost or stolen and comes into the hands of the police, their property will be returned to them. Immobilise is a police data base where items that have serial numbers can be logged.

Bike crime is particularly prevalent in Basingstoke and many of the bikes recovered by Police cannot be traced back to their owners.  Equally if we suspect that a person is in possession of a stolen bike we find it hard to prove unless the owner has registered the serial number on Immobilise.

More information can be found on the website  www.immobilise.com

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John Dowie

John Dowie is crowd-funding his memoirs on Unbound – telling the tale of a man who launched a comic career when no-one was interested, and walked away from it, just as the crowds (and the money) showed up. About a man who took to cycling ahead of the rest of us – but in baggy shorts, not Lycra, and eating lukewarm baked beans rather than performance gels. A man, in short, whose nature ensured he took a very different road. Literally.

And you can get involved in the story – support the book, get your name in there, get exclusive mementos (emphatically not ‘merchandise’), and even have John cycle to your door with your personal copy, followed by your personal story.

It’s an unmissable opportunity to support one of the lost legends of  British comedy and to read a genuinely extraordinary life story.”

Below is a link to the Unbound website where you can read excerpts from the book (as well as watch a video narrated by the great Barry Cryer), and choose a level of pledge that suits you.

As a token of gratitude, Unbound are offering a discount to any cyclist who makes a pledge. Simply apply the code CTC16 at the checkout stage and £5. 00 will be wiped from your bill.

https://unbound.co.uk/books/the-freewheeling-john-dowie

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Good home wanted…

I am trying to find a home for a cycle trailer.  It was made by an engineering student many years ago.  It is located here in Andover and as a CTC member thought that a member might give it a good home.  We are not talking money, but don’t want it scrapped!

Email for details

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Cycle Basingstoke

PrintCycle Basingstoke is a new cycle campaign group. CTC members and anyone who supports cycling is welcome to Cycle Basingstoke. You can be a supporter, a volunteer or just have your say at our monthly campaign meetings.

Keep up-to-date with Cycle Basingstoke developments and read more about it on the dedicated page.

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Shopping and Social Cycling Group

For beginners, returners, mums and old blokes.

On Friday mornings, a small group ride from Fleet, for about 45 minutes at a pace of the slowest, either to:

  1. Hartley Wintney W.I. weekly sale of cakes, jams, fruit etc.
  2. Froyle Village Hall
  3. Odiham Village Weekly Market

For coffee, tea, cake or biscuits (as available), then a 45 minute return ride. Slow and easy!

Start 9.30 and back by midday. Meeting and finish at 127 Crookham Road, Fleet. GU51 5SA. Junction with Coxheath Road (close to canal bridge).

Any bicycle, no fancy clothing, long pants and trouser clips. Ladies get bonus points for handlebar cane shopping baskets!  You can do it! we promise.

Details from: Jack; Fleet 01252 612565 or Dave; Odiham 01256 704493

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Cycle routes to nowhere…

…or cycle routes to Accident and Emergency?

Why we need SPACE FOR CYCLING

Many motorists cannot understand why cyclists do not use cycle routes. Well, most cycle routes, unlike the M3 or the M4, go nowhere, they may end on the edge of a field, in the middle of a wood, half way along a street or just short of a busy junction or roundabout.

What about the cycle routes which do go somewhere? Well, caveat emptor, or in plain English, “user beware” or you could experience a painful tumble.

Last winter I was foolish enough to go on the cycle path instead of the adjacent pavement for pedestrians (there was no road for motors). A cyclist suddenly appeared round a blind corner, there was nowhere to go other than into a solid wall, we tangled handlebars and I ended up in casualty unable to use my hands or hold cycle handlebars for three months. As I say, I should have known better, as my husband was thrown off his tandem negotiating a hidden obstacle in the middle of the cyclepath. He was unable to walk or cycle for weeks and eventually had a knee operation.   My friend in Aldershot is a cycle trainer and should have known better than to use an 18 inch wide cycle lane, she was caught between kerb and parked cars with nowhere to go and was invisible to a car turning across her path, she was run over and had her leg broken. If she had used the wider pavement or even the road she would no doubt have been accused of contributory negligence. “Fortunately she was wearing a helmet” you might say, but how that is meant to prevent a broken leg or prevent the accident in the first place I have no idea. Then too no amount of yellow clothing will make you visible through a solid wall or behind parked cars.

The message is clear, cycle paths which are poorly designed or go nowhere are DANGEROUS and should not be built let alone used. What we need is SPACE FOR CYCLING and the courage to spend the necessary MONEY. Holland, the modern utopia for cycling despite having more cars per head than in Britain, was once just like Britain with few cyclists and nowhere to cycle. The Dutch had the courage and the will to spend money on well designed infrastructure with lots of space for cycling.   We need to do the same instead of buying a few metres of cycle path here and there from housing developers.

The Local Plan is up for final consultation, lot of new housing but nothing for cycling – just a few more shoddy cycle paths.

If you want to join the Basingstoke local cycle campaign group contact Heather Rainbow

heather@rainbowramsey.plus.com or phone 0758 3336879

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Snippets

Stories by Dave Moseley

Sixty Years. The brief autobiography of no ordinary bike.

Gambia.

Mexico.

If you have a story to tell, along with some photos and would like us to publish your story, Email me to post your story.

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