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Special Event - SkyRide - September 5th

Next Sunday, September 5th, is the London SkyRide. Details here. It's a 15km route around central London that will be traffic free from 9:30am until 4:30pm. There'll be a carnival atmosphere and there will be mass participation with about 65,000 cyclists. The Elmbridge Cycle Group will be leading cyclists from Weybridge into London to join the SkyRide. Departing at 9:00am from Weybridge Station, we will ride to Kingston where a larger group will set out at 10:00am. We'll be arriving at Buckingham Gate at around 12:00. Once in London we will do at least one circuit of the route. You can either stay with the group or break off and do your own thing. Return will be from Buckingham Gate at 4:00pm and will arrive back in Weybridge by about 7:00pm. If you've never cycled into London do not be put off by the thought. It's not as formidable as you might imagine, much of the route is traffic free, and there are well marked cycle lanes on most of the on-road sections. If you want to join in there are three options: 1) Ride from Weybridge, starting at 9:00am, via Kingston in to central London 2) Join us at 10:00am at Kingston Market Place and ride into London from there 3) Take the train into central London and join up with us around 12:00 somewhere near Buckingham Palace Please let me know if you want to take part. You need to tell me: 1) Which option 1, 2 or 3 you are going to take 2) Your mobile phone number (so that we can coordinate meeting points etc during the day). Email this information to georgej@georgejames.com There is a registration process for the SkyRide, but it's not compulsory for the central London part, and I'll take care of the registration for the Kingston to London part.

The best route to Kingston

Last Sunday the clouds lifted for a few hours, the rain held off and we had one of the best rides yet.

A record seventeen people turned up, all ages, from far and wide (and Woking) and inevitably a couple of people on a tandem. We set off on the challenge to find the best route to Kingston.

At a leisurly pace we arrived in Kingston less that an hour later having avoided most of the busy roads and all of the hills. The route was shorter than the towpath along the Thames, being more direct. We avoided the hills around Esher by passing to the north following the line of the railway. Quiet side roads until Hersham when the route goes off road through the back of Esher and on through Thames Ditton. We rejoined the main Portsmouth Road before Surbiton where it has a good cycle lane all the way into the middle of Kingston.

From there we rolled slowly through the busy waterside area and joined the towpath to the north of Kingston. Arriving at Teddington lock we crossed the river on the footbridge and arrived at the Anglers for lunch.

The hog roast was popular, and accompanied by a cold beer, it met with widespread approval.

Our return route took us along Teddington High Street, through Bushy Park and then back along the towpath all the way to Weybridge. Arriving back just in time to beat the rain.

Thank you to everyone who came along. It was a great ride and a good day out. I hope to see all of you again on the next one.

Bike Ride - August 5th

The next Thursday Evening bike ride will be this Thursday (ie tomorrow), August 5th at 6:30pm. We'll start from outside the Hand and Spear at Weybridge Station as usual. The route will take the very back way through Addlestone and on into Chertsey. Through the middle of Gogmore Farm Park and sweeping round the back of Chertsey past the site of Chertsey Abbey and then back via the Meads to Weybridge. The ride should last no more than 2 hours with the possibility of some liquid refreshment at the end. The route will be a mix of off-road and quiet residential roads with only a couple of short main road sections. If you want to come along just turn up on Thursday at 6:30pm outside the Hand and Spear.

July Bike Ride

This month's Sunday bike ride will be this Sunday 18th July at 11:00am. As usual we'll meet at the Hand and Spear at Weybridge Station. We will head south towards Telegraph Hill, then across Wisley Airfield towards Ripley for lunch at a suitable pub. The return will follow the canal and then cut through Byfleet to the newly opened path at Seven Arches Bridge. The route will be about 15 miles taking 3 hours or so depending on how long we stop for lunch. If you want to come along just turn up on Sunday at 11:00am outside the Hand and Spear. Thank you to all those who provided feedback about the proposed shared use cycleway along Oyster Lane. We'll be consolidating the comments and publishing a write up on the Elmbridge Cycle website in due course.

Seven Arches Bridge is Open

After almost 15 years of procrastination the footway under Seven Arches Bridge has finally been opened.

This is a strategic connection between Weybridge Station and Brooklands. It gives access to Brooklands Museum, Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands Community Park and the superstores. It also opens up routes to Byfleet and Wisley and beyond.

Forming part of a much needed strategic north/south route cyclists and pedestrians will no longer have to follow the busy Brooklands Road and negotiate the roundabout at Wellington Way.

For pedestrians and cyclists this short piece of footway has changed the map of Weybridge.


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