Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tribute to David Eales


It is with great sadness that we report that David Eales died on Tuesday 23rd August after a short illness. David was the heart and soul of the cycling community in West London. Since he joined Ealing Cycling Campaign in 2004 he threw his energy and enthusiasm into every aspect of cycling: He led social rides, campaigned, wrote newsletters, fixed bikes, and was present at nearly every stall or event we organised. In 2010 he took the bold step of starting the Ealing Bike Hub, which shortly became the London Bike Hub. With this, he began a full-time job promoting cycling. He obtained the use of a space in Greenford and started running regular bike maintenance classes. Soon he was recycling unwanted bicycles and teaching children and adults to cycle on the roads with Bikeability training. Through the Hub, David initiated work with charities - offering All-Ability Cycling with Ealing Mencap, maintenance classes to deprived communities, and working with young offenders and ex-service personnel to give them the skills for employment. He built up an impressive knowledge of every aspect of cycling - developing the expertise not just to train people to cycle, but to train new trainers. And he knew every part of a bike, what was wrong with it, and somewhere in a drawer he would find the specialist tool to fix it. He was an inspiration to the dozens of volunteers and paid enthusiasts who made the London Bike Hub possible. And, ever on the look-out for new trends in cycling, in the months before he died he was promoting the use of cargo bikes for local deliveries. David was not only a tremendous ambassador for cycling but also a lovely guy with a warm heart and a wry sense of humour. We will miss him terribly, but his influence will live on in all the people he inspired. His wife Shirley and daughters Joanne and Laura can be very proud of what he achieved.

Martin Gorst
ECC Coordinator

Other tributes to David:
Local MP Rupa Huq wrote in a tweet that his death is "a great loss". Leader of Ealing Council, Julian Bell said, "If ever someone was irreplaceable it is David. He gave so much to the community and his commitment to cycling was unmatched.", and Councillor Bassam Mahfouz said: "He was a superb advocate for cycling, a great mind with an entrepreneurial flair matched by his social drive to improve peoples’ lives."
In 2011 David was voted Ealing's Local Hero on Ealing Today, which has published this touching tribute to David. And the voice of London's cycling community, the London Cycling Campaign paid this tribute.

I can't go without giving David the last word. Here's a joke from one of his first email newsletters back in 2005: 'Two black bits of tarmac are drinking in a bar, a green piece of tarmac comes in and both black bits run to the toilet to hide. Later they both emerge sheepishly and return to the bar when they are sure the green piece has gone. The barman asks what the problem was – one black piece says “you don’t want to mess with him, he’s a right cycle-path.”'


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Freecycle


Another great turnout for our annual ride to the Prudential Freecycle event. One hundred and fifty people joined us for the ride into town, and just over 100 for the journey back. Well done to everyone. We are always impressed by the youngsters - some as young as seven - who complete the journey. Including the ride around the central London loop it's about 50 kilometres, or a shade over 30 miles. A big "chapeau!" too to the cargo bike riders. And thank you to the marshals for making it all flow so smoothly.
We run social rides throughout the year. If you are interested in marshalling or leading rides, we can offer training. Please contact us on info@ealingcycling.org.uk
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ride to Prudential FreeCycle

Come and join us on Saturday 30th July 2016 for a great day out as we ride to the Prudential Ride London FreeCycle where you can enjoy cycling on central London streets closed to motor vehicles. This year's FreeCycle offers seven festival zones and includes a section of the new East-West Cycle Superhighway which is planned to eventually come out to Ealing. We will meet at Ealing Town Hall, W5 2BY at 8.45am for a prompt 9am departure. Our ride to the event will travel along quiet back streets and is suitable for all ages, though under 18s must be accompanied by an adult. At 3pm we will reassemble at the same place near Hyde Park Corner for the ride back to Ealing. You are of course free to make your own way home at any time. You can register for the ride, which will give us an idea of numbers, or you can simply turn up on the day. If you have any questions contact: rides@ealingcycling.org.uk.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer Cycling Events

We have a host of events for Bike Week and the summer. 
For up-to-date information visit our Rides and Events page. 

Bike Week: 11 - 18 June
Events coming up in Bike Week.

Wednesday 15 June  Sunset Ride
Gentle ride along the river to watch the sun go down from Richmond Hill. Remember to bring your bike lights for the ride back. 
Departs 7pm from Ealing Town Hall.  Arrives back approx. 11pm.

Saturday 18 June  Hanwell Carnival - Dr. Bike and stall
From 12 - 6pm join us at Hanwell Carnival, Elthorne Park, Boston Road, where Dr. Bike will be present to check over your bike. There will also be people on hand to give advice on all things cycling, cycle maps and leaflets. Further details at hanwellcarnival.co.uk

Sunday 19 June  Family Ride
A gentle ride suitable for all the family.
Departs 10am from Ealing Town Hall. Returns 2pm.


Other Summer Events
Here are some more events enjoy over the summer.

Sunday 26 June  Party in the Park
We will be operating a stall at Pitshanger park from 1pm to 5pm.

Sunday 26 June  Ticket to Ride
A day of fun guided cycle rides organised by Ealing Council. From 10am to 3pm, a ride leaves every hour from two hubs: the bandstand at Churchfields Recreation Ground, Hanwell, and Northala Fields, next to the cafe. There will be free Doctor Bike checks and police bike marking.
Check the Ealing Council website for details: www.ealing.gov.uk

Sunday 3 July  Sunday Social Ride
Our July ride will be going to the Ruislip Lido.
Departs from Ealing Town Hall at 10 am

Saturday 30 July  Ride London
We will lead a ride into the Prudential Ride London Freecycle where central London streets will be closed to motor vehicles. See our web site nearer the time for details. 

Sunday 7 August Sunday Social Ride
Our regular first Sunday of the month ride departs from Ealing Town Hall at 10am.

Sunday 4 September  Brentford Festival

From noon to 6pm join us at our stall at Brentford Festival, Blondin Park, Northfields.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Sign For Cycling - Update

Thanks to everyone who signed the LCC's "Sign for Cycling" petition to make London a better place for cyclists. We have already exceeded our target of 10,000 signatures, and all the candidates for the main parties, with the exception of UKIP, have signed up. This is a great result and helps ensure that London will continue to become a safer, less polluted city. 

Ealing Cycling Campaign also wrote to all the main candidates urging them to sign up to the 'Sign for Cycling' commitments and also to continue the post of Cycling Commissioner for London. You can see our letter and the responses we've received so far below:



You can sign the Sign for Cycling petition here.





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