Sunday, June 22, 2014

Bike Week 2014

It's been a busy week, with rides, stalls, Dr. Bikes and thrills and spills on the street velodrome at Haven Green. A big thank you to everyone who helped out. We've put a few photos online here.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Sunset Ride

Wednesday of Bike Week. Ealing cyclists joined the annual Sunset ride to Richmond Hill to watch the sun go down and meet up up with other LCC groups. 

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Bike Week 14 - 22 June

To celebrate Bike Week, we're organising a host of rides and events. Residents can have their bikes checked for free at Dr Bike events taking place at West Ealing Farmers’ Market on 14 June and at Hanwell Carnival on 21 June. A series of organised rides is also planned, including the popular Sunset Ride on 18 June that leaves from Ealing Town Hall at 7pm and finishes with a drink in a pub watching the sun go down from Richmond Hill. The week closes on Sunday 22 June with a family-friendly ride and picnic that leaves Ealing Town Hall at 10am. All the rides are ideal for beginners or people who want to gain some road skills. Nick Manthorpe, borough coordinator of the Ealing Cycling Campaign, says: “Bike Week provides the ideal opportunity to experience the joys of cycling. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced cyclist or a novice, there is an event for you this year, so please come along and join in the fun.” All the details are on our Rides and Events page.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Massive Vote for Cycling

Ninety percent of Ealing’s newly elected councillors support Space for Cycling - that’s 62 out of the 69 councillors elected last month. In the last days of the campaign, the Labour Party and Liberal Democrats signed up on mass. With their 100 percent support added to the total support of the Green Party, 155 candidates out of a total of 222 supported specific proposals to make cycling safer in their wards. Top of the list was Hanger Hill with all candidates calling for cycle lanes to be installed alongside the North Circular Road.  Next came Perivale with 82% support for a protected crossing point at the junction of Teignmouth Gardens and Bideford Avenue. Four schemes gained 73% support: Southfield candidates supported the proposal to make the area outside Turnham Green Station safer for cyclists and pedestrians. In Walpole candidates supported Advanced Stop boxes at the junction of Uxbridge Road and Northfield Avenue. In South Acton they called for a 20 mph limit on Mill Hill Road, and in Ealing Broadway they wanted to see two-way cycling allowed on Mountfield Road. In the coming months Ealing Cycling Campaign will liaise with LCC to push Ealing Council to turn this wave of support into real schemes on the ground.  There are many other proposals to improve cycling in Ealing, and it will be important to make sure that the schemes that bring the greatest benefit are developed first.
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Rent a Brompton Special Offer

If you’ve never tried a fold-up bicycle, now’s your chance thanks to a special offer from Brompton. Next to the taxi rank at Ealing Broadway station the Brompton Dock, holds 20 bicycles for rent. Normally they’d cost from £2.50 a day, but in the special promotion below you can get 2 days rental for just £1. 

To claim two days’ free rental, register online at by 30th June. Registration costs £1 with your special promotional code – Free2Ride. The 2 days free hire must be used within a week of registration.

Why Rent a Brompton?

I tried out the Brompton Dock for the first time this spring. I wanted another bicycle to take my niece and nephew cycling, so I registered online, booked a bike, and received a code to open the bike locker.  Once the door is open, you have 15 minutes to make sure the bike is OK – it was - and then it’s yours until you return it. I’m a Brompton owner already and a big fan of the freedom they give you. There are no restrictions on taking them on trains or tubes, so they make it easy to get to meetings in far flung places or explore remote parts of the country. On this day, however, we stayed close to home and headed to Richmond - my niece riding the rented bike. My only worry was the £500+ it would cost me if the Brompton was stolen and I had to replace it. The bike doesn’t come with a lock; indeed you are warned not to leave it locked outside, but to take it into buildings with you. Fortunately, the small fold makes this easy, and when we rented a rowing boat, the Brompton came too, folded in the bow.
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