Monday, 8 October 2018

Cycle training provider closes

Cycle Training UK ,the organisation that provides the cycle training for schools in Ealing, ceased training on 20 October. Ealing Council are going to put the work out to tender in March 2019, so it looks like there will be no training in Ealing's schools for the next five months or so. A notice on CTUK's website had said: “Thanks to the support of Ealing Borough Council, all the Bikeability courses for this current half term will be completed. Other training and Dr Bike events will continue until late October.” It looks like that time has come. 

The not-for-profit workers’ co-operative ran for over 20 years and for nearly all that time provided the cycle training for Ealing council.  In 2014/15 it trained over 1000 children at 42 schools in the borough, and ran individual sessions for 244 adults and 318 children. It also ran the Dr. Bikes the council provided around Ealing – roughly one per week.

Sadly, it appears to be a victim of the gig economy. It was a not-for-profit workers’ cooperative and paid its trainers a monthly wage. Many other organisations employ their trainers on a job-by-job basis.

Cycle Training UK revolutionised the way cyclists are trained. Back in the 1990’s it was a pioneer of Bikeability training - taking trainee cyclists out on the roads so they could gain the skills to cycle in busy traffic. Before then, cycle training was confined to the school playground. In the last 20 years, CTUK trained over 80,000 people, including many of the instructors that now work for other organisations. It provided Ealing Cycling Campaign with the ride leader and marshal training that enables us to lead our mass rides to central London for the Freecycle event. It will be greatly missed. 
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Friday, 28 September 2018

Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday, 3rd October, at our usual venue: The Library, Questors Theatre, 12 Mattock Lane, Ealing W5 5BQ, at 7.30pm.

We elected the following members of LCC as the new committee:-

Borough Coordinator:  Nick Moffitt
Treasurer:  Jon Chambers
Secretary:  Tom Hartwell
Meeting Chair:  Elly Castellano
Council Liaison:  Peter Mynors
Rides Coordinator:  Helen Hayes
Newsletter Editor:  Nick Moffitt
Press and Publicity:  Andy Hillier
Deputy Borough Coordinator:  position not filled*
Deputy Council Liaison:  David Lomas and Nick Moffitt
Deputy Rides Leader:  Alan Neil

* This position is not required by our constitution.
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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Eales Ride arrives in Amsterdam

Congratulations to all the riders in the 2018 David Eales Memorial Ride. All 16 cyclists in the four teams pedalled into Amsterdam and posed for the traditional photo outside the Rijksmuseum.
If you would like to sponsor a rider, you can still do it through the following links:

The Story of Tonight
Elias Belkis, Nick Moffitt, Cici Romain and Chris Woods

Born to be Mild
Michael Broom, Jon Chambers, Richard Miller, Tanya O’Toole and Brian Smith

Old Friends
Elly Castellano and David Lomas

Chain Gang
Kathie Binysh, Giovanni Pilides, Ros Ramsay, Alexandra Taylor and Nick Goldsmith

Team The Story of Tonight (modified)

Team Old Friends

Team Chain Gang

Team Born to be Mild

Team Born to be Mild

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Help Install Segregated Cycle Lanes on the Uxbridge Road

Now's your chance to have your say on the council's early draft of its plans to transform West Ealing. There are two options for the Uxbridge Road. The first is segregated, stepped cycle lanes, which would provide safe space for cyclists. The other is a central median, which would force cyclists to share a narrower road with motor vehicles. Please support the stepped cycle lane option – here’s a link to do it. You can add comments in your own words.

Full details of the consultation are here.

What makes segregated lanes so good?
  • Segregated cycle tracks open up cycling to people who currently feel intimidated by busy traffic, enabling a lot more people to make their journeys by bike. This has huge health benefits – both for the individual, and the NHS
  • Cycle lanes are one of the best ways to reduce congestion in London, carrying up to five times as many people per hour as a main road. [details]
  • Stepped cycle tracks are safer than on-road cycle lanes as they give cyclists their own space, and help ensure motor vehicles stay out of the cycle lane. [details]
  • They can help boost profits in local shops. Although motorists will buy more in a single trip, cyclists visit the shops more frequently and overall spend more money. [details] 
  • And it seems installing high quality cycle lanes can even boost your house price! [details]

Why is the central median so bad?
  • This central median will narrow the road, forcing cyclists to share the carriageway with motor vehicles, which will not encourage more people to take up cycling.
  • Cyclists can get blocked by congested motor traffic.
  • A median island can increase the danger to pedestrians [details p.21]
  • The lack of cycle lanes puts pedestrians closer to polluting motor vehicles.
  • Slower cyclists will slow all the vehicles behind them, creating potential conflict with motorists.
After the death last year of cyclist Claudia Manera at the Lido Junction, it is good to see the council putting forward proposals to improve safety for cyclists, but it's imperative they choose the right option. The project is part of Transport for London's Liveable Neighbourhoods scheme.

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Monday, 10 September 2018

Mobike Shrinks Area in Ealing

Mobike has shrunk its operating area in Ealing and Hounslow to a small zone centred around Acton and Chiswick. Anyone renting a Mobike and leaving it outside this zone will be fined £20. The new zone came into operation on 4 September, at the same time that Mobike announced it was pulling out of Manchester because thieves were stealing their bicycles. Explaining the new policy Mobike said it was "to ensure Mobikers can easily find a bike when they need one. We are committed to extending this area progressively as we deploy more bikes." The new area is about half the size of the previous zone, and will mean many Ealing residents can no longer use the bikes to get to and from their homes. To obtain a refund on your Mobike pass, email with the phone number associated with your Mobike account, and ask for a refund.
At the Ealing Cycling Campaign meeting in August, council leader Julian Bell said the council was considering allowing another rental bike operator to operate in the borough to encourage competition.
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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Eales Ride to Amsterdam 2018

The annual Eales Ride set off for Amsterdam on Thursday 13th September.  Sixteen riders raised money for London Cycling Campaign and SJS Awareness in memory of David Eales, a key member of Ealing Cycling Campaign and founder of the London Bike Hub, who died suddenly of Stevens–Johnson syndrome in August 2016. Half a dozen riders completed the whole distance from London to Amsterdam via Dover over six days, the rest joining the ride in Dunkirk and cycling to Amsterdam over four days. See: The Ride and the Route   You can follow the riders on Twitter at: and at #Ealesride

The riders were in four teams and you can still sponsor them through the links below.

The Story of Tonight
Elias Belkis, Nick Moffitt, Cici Romain and Chris Woods

Born to be Mild
Michael Broom, Jon Chambers, Richard Miller, Tanya O’Toole and Brian Smith

Old Friends
Elly Castellano and David Lomas

Chain Gang
Kathie Binysh, Giovanni Pilides, Ros Ramsay, Alexandra Taylor and Nick Goldsmith

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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Pedal-Powered Cinema

Come and join us for a pedal-powered screening of The Greatest Showman in Lammas Park on Friday 21 September. Ealing Council, supported by Filmworks are presenting this evening's entertainment. All you have to do is provide the power for the screen and sound system. There will be cycle parking at the event, and we will have a stall. It's free. Register for tickets here.

Update 28 Sep 2018
This event sold out, but was then cancelled on the day due to high winds. The council now plans to run it next spring/summer.
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