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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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Rushmoor Cycle Forum

The Rushmoor Cycle Forum (RCF), which works closely with CTC, has recently drawn up a survey which they will be submitting to local election candidates, to evaluate where they sit in regards to their cycle-friendly campaigning.

Southwood Woodlands, Rushmoor

Southwood Woodlands, Rushmoor is popular with cyclists and walkers

 

Rushmoor Cycle Forum is open to individuals who have an interest in promoting all forms of cycling in the Borough of Rushmoor and with its adjoining neighbours. Membership is a varied cross-section of Rushmoor residents/employees, who are linked by a desire to facilitate the use of bikes for recreation and as a means of transport, the RCF has the following beliefs –

  • UK’s elected representatives have a key role in the campaigning process.
  • Provisions for cycling shouldn’t be specific to any type of cyclist
  • Improvements to cycling conditions don’t just benefit cyclists
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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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