Bike Ride - Sunday 10th July

This Sunday's ride will be out to the North Downs.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 25 miles.

Our route will take us through Downside and across Great Bookham Common. Then through Effingham and up Greene Dene. Then down Shere Lane to West Horsley where we will stop for lunch at the King William IV pub. After lunch we head back via Ripley and West Byfleet.

The full route is described here:

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 14th August. Weather permitting this will be our summer picnic ride.

Campaign Updates

The application to upgrade Muddy Lane to a bridleway (to allow cyclists to be able to use it) was submitted to the Surrey Planning and Regulatory Committee on 8th June. The committed voted to approve the application and the council will now prepare a Map Modification Order. This is unlikely to be the final episode of this long running saga because those opposed have the right to appeal and this could give rise to a public enquiry. Watch this space.

Norman Johns' petition to have the footway on Byfleet Road upgraded to a shared use cycle path was presented to the Elmbridge Local Committee on 27th June. It was well received and the committee was sympathetic to the need. As is often the case it would be very expensive to do and there is no available budget for this kind of think. There was some discussion about a more modest approach which would make life easier for both motorists and cyclists without creating a fully fledged shared use facility.

As a result of work done by members of the Elmbridge Cycle Strategy Task Force, on 6th July Elmbridge Borough Council agreed in principle to a cycleway in Weybridge between Brooklands Lane and Weybridge Station. This will form part of an aspirational route dubbed the Byfleet to Thames spine. This would ultimately provide a much needed link to the Basingstoke Canal and all points south.