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Carole’s September Blog

Dear All,

What happened to that wonderful Indian summer???? Never mind, there is still time for it to return.

I hope you have all seen that someone obviously listened to Annette’s complaint regarding parking on the shared pavement along Victoria Way opposite the hotel. A few leaflets cleared a lot of the cars/vans and now they will be installing some bollards to prevent them from returning.

There is still time to sign our petition for a family friendly route from Chobham to Woking. We have over 100 signatures at the moment which means at least Norman can address the council when the meeting is held.

I mentioned before about the Cycle to Work Day which is 13 September. There is still time to sign up and win prizes, Follow this link: www.cycletoworkday.org

Since then we have received another email regarding another cycle to work initiative. I have copied it below:

“because I’m currently involved with a brand new cycling initiative, www.free2cycle.com, and it appears that we have a common interest in encouraging more participation in cycling.

Whilst current cycle to work schemes attract about 2% of the workforce, www.free2cycle.com is targeting the other 98%.

www.free2cycle.com track their cyclists progress and provide their sponsors (employers, charities etc) with a monthly carbon report confirming their carbon savings.

By lowering their carbon emissions, reducing parking and traffic congestion and improving the health of their workforce, sponsors (employers,charities etc) are rewarded with an extremely positive cost benefit ratio.

If our initiative seems of interest, it would be wonderful if you could share our details with your members

Perhaps you or your members could qualify for a free bike?

James Currie

Free2Cycle Limited

Our all day ride this year will be 1 October. This year we will be going to Denbies near Dorking for lunch via Polsdon Lacey and then back via Leatherhead and hopefully even find the Chatley Heath Semaphone Tower. We will meet at 10:00 at our usual place near the children’s playground in Woking Park.  The ride will be about 35/40 miles with a few hills to add interest. If you are joining us will you please be sure to have a spare inner tube for your bike with you.

I am delighted to say that Sandra has taken up the challenge and will be leading the ride this month. That is Sunday 17 Sept leaving from our usual meeting place near the children’s play ground in Woking Park at 2PM. Once again, if you are joining us will you please be sure to have a spare inner tube for your bike with you.

Pub night is 26 Sept. at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road, Woking.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost

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Carole’s August mini-Blog

Dear All,

I thought I would pass this on to you for those who would like to take the challenge and RideLondon next year. You can put your name forward to be in the ballot. I don’t know how long it will be open but if you secure a place you don’t have to do any fund raising.  See https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/100

I’d also like to congratulate Annette and Norman who actually managed to get something done regarding all those cars and vans that park across from the Double Tree Inn and block the shared cycle/pedestrian pavement.

Happy cycling,
Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

P.S. I hope you have signed our petition!

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Carole’s August Blog

Dear All,

Norman, Robin and Steve have been on the campaign trail again and have done a sterling job in getting Chobham to back a project to make a family friendly Safe walking/cycling route from Chobham to Woking, we would like to get as many people as possible to sign the on line petition. Here is the link:

http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SafeRouteChobham/

If you know of any others who might sign the petition, please pass this on.

Annette has been trying to get Woking to do something about all the parking  on the shared pedestrian/cycle pavement in front of the flats on Victoria Way (opposite the Double Tree Inn). Many days it is almost impossible to even go down there on a bike for the sheer number of vehicles. I fear she is being passed from pillar to post but we will just have to see if anything is done about it.

Still on campaign issues,  Norman’s suggestion for the A245 off road route for cyclist use received the following reply from the  Elmbridge Local Committee  “ They met on 26th June and the scheme was retained in the programme. I don’t have a date for the works, but my understanding is that it is in the Local Highways Office’s programme for this financial year.”

On to something completely different. Be aware that Cycle to Work Day is Sept 13 with lots of prizes and incentives to cycle to work,  at least that day. I hope this link will take you to all the information. www.cycletoworkday.org.

Our easy social ride will be on 20 August leaving from the meeting point by the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2pm.  

Pub night is 29 August at the Sovereigns on Guildford road.

I should warn you that our easy ride in September may have to be cancelled. The gods have conspired to make it impossible for our usual leaders to lead this one. We will keep looking and let you know for sure in our next WCUG matters.

Happy cycling,
Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s July Blog

Dear All,

Hope you are not getting too hot on your rides! Take lots of water.

We hear the cycle scheme is sponsoring the ride to work this year with the possibility of winning a Ridgeback bike. Here is a link to the information I received:
https://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/featured/win-a-ridgeback-velocity-and-much-more.?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Cyclescheme-newsletter&utm_source=Competition

Reading the Neighbourhood watch reports lately it is alarming to see so may bikes being stolen. With that in mind, I hope you remember that there will be bike marking and registration on Saturday 29th July 2017  at West Byfleet Live between 12pm- 5.30pm at West Byfleet Recreation Ground, Camphill Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6EG

28, 29 and 30th of July is the big Prudential Ride London weekend. The Grande Prix will take place on Friday, then there will be the  free cycle on Saturday along with the Brompton World Championship and the Prudential RideLondon Classique which is the richest women’s one-day race in professional cycling. Sunday starts with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for charity riders followed by the world’s best cyclists battling it out at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. On Sunday you don’t even have to go far to see the riders pass you. This year they have also added a sportive (remember, it’s not a race!) comprising a 46-mile route. You can read all about the above on their Website: www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk

If you want something a little more gentle, you might like to join us on our easy social ride this Sunday 16 July starting from near the children’s playground in Woking Park leaving at 2:00.

Pub night is 25 July at the Sovereign’s.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s June Blog

Dear All,

Our AGM was held on 12 June and you can read the minutes and updates on our campaigns on our Web site under the heading of “useful information”. We want to say a big welcome to  Chris Jeggo who has very kindly accepted the role of Treasurer. We will miss Richard. Which reminds me, should you have not seen my last blog, “Dues are now Due.”

Other news:

Our long afternoon ride will be next Sunday  July 2. We will be meeting this time at the Bridge over the Canal by Bridge Barn and  will be going out to Staines via Lyne and back along the Thames path. We will be leaving at our usual time of  2 but will be going about 24 miles and will be back later than usual.

George James is going to be leading a ride to Shoreham by the Sea on 9 July down the Downslink. They will be returning by train. If anyone is interest, perhaps the Woking contingency  could meet the Weybridge group in Guildford at the start of the Down’s Link. Let me know if you are interested. It will be an all day ride.

Bike Swanky  have some organized rides which can be found on their web site. www.bikeswanky.com. They even have  rides for women only on Weds. starting at 5:30p.m.  as well as early morning rides for the serious cyclists.

We have received a request from the Basingstoke Canal joint management Committee to ask if anyone would like to  apply for a position as a non-voting co-opted Member of the Committee. The brief would be to  represent the cycling interest on the Canal towpath. They would require a response by 13 July 2017, which will be considered and voted on by the Committee at its meeting on 26 July 2017. If anyone would be able to fulfil this role would they please let me know soonest so I can send you the  expression of interest form to fill out.

If you haven’t had your bicycles registered and security marked please read the following from Lesley Foster (Surrey Police, PCSO, Woking):

Saturday 29th July 2017 West Byfleet Live Time: 12pm- 5.30pm West Byfleet Recreation Ground, Camphill Road, West Byfleet, KT14 6EG This is to let you know that I will be at West Byfleet live on the Saturday with a crime prevention stall and bike marking. You don’t need to bring your bike all you need to do is bring the details and I can give you the markings to put on your bike. What I need is bicycle make, bicycle model, frame number (this can always be found underneath the bike by the pedals just turn it over and  take the number down) and colour. Once I have got this information you will be able to register other things on immobilise free of charge on the website. This information I will give you when you register your bike. It is so important when a bike is taken to have that number written down somewhere so you can give it to the police. I’m trying to do this for bike marking because it is of course the weekend of the bike race, so bicycles seem to be in the upper of our minds at the time, and there are too many bikes out there that aren’t registered and how many of you have looked at your frame number. l bring information with me so you can actually register them yourself if you can’t do it at the time.

I think that is about all for the moment. Our normal easy Sunday bike ride will be 16 July starting near the children’s play ground in Woking Park and Pub night is this Tues. 27 June. 7:30 at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.

Happy cycling.

Carole Frost
WCUG Membership Secretary

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Carole’s May Blog

Dear All,

Wonderful weather so I hope everyone has been able to get out for a little…or long… ride.  If you want to do some charity rides, there is a link on our website for a few we know about, plus a link to a charity that might still have places for the Ride London.

We will be holding our  AGM on Monday 12 June at 7:30 at Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road, Old Woking, GU229AT.  This is right next to Woking College off Rydens Way.  Enter by the main entrance as the hall we are booked into is on the upper floor above that entrance. Come and tell us what is on your mind. I really regret to announce that our treasurer, Richard MacCutchan,  has had to relinquish his role due to so many other commitments.  So HELP we need a new treasurer. All those who are interested (pray there is at least one person ), please contact me by email and I will have Richard send you an email describing his roll. He assures me it isn’t too onerous. We want to thank Richard for all his work over the years and also his help on our Sunday rides, which we hope he will still attend.  Attending the rides is not a prerequisite to being the treasurer I hastily add. We could also use a recording secretary who would take the minutes of the AGM.

We have received an invitation from G-Bug to attend one of their open meetings  at Guildford Borough Council offices (Millmead House, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BB) at 6pm on Tuesday June 6th. They will be having two guest speakers  Clare Rogers from Enfield Cycle Campaign and  Paul Gasson from Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign. Both of these groups have made some significant changes occur in their areas to make the streets safer for everyone. A link to their invitation and more about their aim can be found on the link on our Webpage.

We heard from Les Bowerman that the  Charlotteville CC Cycle Jumble Sale is to be held on 8th July at Ripley Village hall. Once again all information on  our Webpage.

For those who have been members for a long time and remember Ian Wright who led the group for so long, he is back on the waterways in his narrowboat Leo and started this year’s blog on his adventures. To follow him go to  ianhelencanals.blogspot.co.uk

Sadly for those who have been members of our group for a number of years, you may remember Hillary Griffiths. Unfortunately she lost her battle with leukaemia on 2 May and will be buried at Clandon Burial  on Wed. 17 May at 12 noon.

Bike week is 10-18 June. There is a web page if you want to check out rides in different locations. www.bikeweek.org.uk  The Guildford G-Bug group are sponsoring their annual Around the Hog’s Back ride on Sunday 11th June, it departs at 9:30am from the Guildford Borough Council Car Park, Millmead, Guildford, GU2 4BB. It is free and suitable for all ages and abilities. A link to their ride is on our Webpage for more information and the address to let them know if you are joining them.  It will be a nice way to get to know members of the G-Bug group.

We will be having our monthly ride at the end of Bike Week,  18 June but before that, we will have our May monthly ride on 21 May meeting at the Leisure centre at  1:45 for departure at 2.

Pub night will be 30 May at The Sovereigns on Guildford Road, starting at 7:30.

I am sure I have forgotten something…. oh yes, it is May so I suppose the title of this “matters” should be “Dues are dues” Still only £5 for a year and £20 for 5 years. Our year strangely runs from 31 May to 31 May. As a member you can take out affiliated membership for Cycling UK (formerly CTC) for £24 and receive 3rd party insurance.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s March Blog

I received the following in regard to our Muddy Lane application for a MMO (Map Modification Order). At least it is still moving along. “Following the first public consultation, it became apparent that a small  part of the route is over land where ownership cannot be determined.  On  14 March the Secretary of State granted Surrey County Council dispensation on this so another 42 day statutory public consultation period has now commenced ending 8 May after which the Secretary of State will make a decision.” Dare we hope we can cycle Muddy Lane starting this summer????

Norman has been working away on the pedestrian and cycle friendly route from Chobham to Woking and is about to launch a petition. When we have the details, I will send an e-mail so you can sign the petition.

Norman went to the Space for Cycling workshop in London at the end of Jan. and he will be at our next pub night to fill us in on what was talked about and especially the “tube maps” that he and others are working on. Pub night this month will be on 28 March. It is at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road in Woking starting at 7:30.

Our first cycle ride of the year was yesterday and the weather was pretty good and Norman was delighted there were no punctures! Please remember to bring a spare inner tube for your bike. Our next ride will be on the second Sunday of the month April  9th.

The reason for the switch is that some of you may like to attend the Elmbridge Vaguely Interesting Easter Egg hunt run by George James on Easter Sunday the 16th. If you haven’t been to one, they are great fun. Starting from the Hand & Spear at Weybridge Station at 10am on Easter Sunday, the Easter Egg Hunt will take you on a tour of the area looking for hidden “Easter eggs”. In teams of two or three cyclists, and using a map and a clue sheet you will have 2 hours to find as many answers as possible. You can ride in a team of two or three. Don’t worry if you don’t already have a buddy to ride with, you can be paired up with someone suitable at the start. There will be no fixed route, but expect to cycle around 20 miles or so. And there are prizes! Also you can stop at the pub at the end for lunch if you like. No need to book, just be at the start by 10:00. If you want to follow George’s rides, get on his email list by going to www.elmbridgecycle.org

I hope everyone has perfected the Dutch reach and practice it all the time.

Happy cycling,
Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s February Blog

Do you know about the Dutch Reach? George James from the Elmbridge cycle group plus Cycling UK have been spreading the word that we should adopt the same here in England. Have you ever had a car door open in front of you and caused you to swerve, or actually been knocked off your bike? Usually it is just carelessness on the part of the driver not looking. The Dutch make it imperative that everyone learning to drive  must use the Dutch Reach. This is a simple manoeuvre by which the people in the car must use the far hand rather than the near hand to open the car door. As you reach across your chest, your body naturally turns, making it easier not just to check your mirrors for oncoming traffic (including cyclists), but also places you in a position to actually see the traffic. If it’s safe to do so, you can then open your door, and as you’re reaching across your body, you can ensure the door only opens partially, and not to its full extent. Simple really. Try it! You will like it! And if we can get everyone to do it, it might save a life.

Keith Cresswell, George James, Marion Melcher (footpath officer of the Muddy Lane area) and myself, all wrote to our MP Jonathan Lord asking him to urge the Secretary of State to move quickly on the appeal regarding the MMO to designate Muddy lane as a bridleway. We have had a favourable response so here is hoping it will be sorted before another summer passes.

We had a very interesting conversation with Martin Taplin from Guildford G-Bug at the last pub night.  Martin showed us a map he had devised to present to Highways England as part of the consultation on the M25 junction 10/A3. He suggested a mainly off road route from Ockham roundabout to north of the M25 and on to Cobham roundabout. Others from Guildford G-Bug are pushing for proper segregated cycle lanes along the A3. I hope you all made your views known in regard to the consultation. Of course this is only the first consultation. The next step will be an announcement of the preferred route plus a full public consultation on the preferred route. Both of these will be in late 2017.

Norman attended the Space for Cycling Roadshow that was held the end of January and found that the 2 sessions he attended really worth while. He was able to network with reps from six other Surrey Boroughs during the “creating a tube map”session. He is very interested in doing this and is working on the tube map with George James, Keith Cresswell, and Nigel Burke (Guildford) . If anyone else would like to get involved please let us know.

Our easy social rides will be starting next month. The first ride will be on 19 March leaving from the Woking Leisure centre at 2PM. Rides are free for all members and £1 for non-members. Rides will be about 15 miles with hopefully a stop for tea along the route. May I please ask participants to be sure and bring a spare inner tube for your bike.

Pub night is next week 28 February at the Sovereigns Pub, Guildford Road at 7:30. Hope to see you there.

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Carole’s January Blog

Dear All,

I hope you are enjoying the cold weather! I thought I should write a few thoughts for January.

I wonder how many people know about the Surrey CC Travel Smart Web site. www.travelsmartsurrey.info.  It has a lot of useful information and even a   journey planner for getting around the county either by public transport, walking or cycling. It has  launched an on-line map that shows current and envisioned cycle facilities for the county:  Cycle Infrastructure map  It shows all existing cycle facilities and suggested routes where they think a new cycle path or lane might be feasible. Interesting reading

Cycling UK  is promoting Space for cycling with an all day workshop  in London on 28 Jan. If you would like to attend you need to sign up since places are limited. To find out more, go to http://www.cyclinguk.org/event/space-cycling-workshop-london

Our rides for this year will be 19 March,  9  April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 August, 17 September and 15 October. Most of them are on the 3rd Sunday of the month except for April when we will have our ride on the second Sunday of the month so we can be free to join George James’ Elmbridge Easter hunt on Easter.

Steve Mallard one of our members is leading a cycle ride in Bulgaria this summer under the CTC cycling holidays banner from 24 June to 8 July. This year he will be going to the Central Balkans mountains and visiting the capital of the 2nd Bulgarian Empire and a Thracian Tomb World Heritage Site. I was in Veliko Tarnovo many years ago… by car, I have to admit…and found the architecture and scenery stunning.  You can find out more about it and see if there are any places left by following the link.  http://www.cyclingholidays.org/tours/solo.php?Tour=1730.

There is still time to have your say regarding the consultation by Highways England in regard to the M25 junction 10/A3 improvement scheme. Our main concern is the provision on cycle lanes both along the A3 and the entrance to Wisely. There is a form you can fill out. To see the consultation documents and give your feed back, go to http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m25-junction-10-to-a3-wisley-interchange/  Some of us are going to discuss the issue along with those from Guildford at the next pub night. Perhaps you would like to join us.

Norman has had some success in his campaign to get a family friendly walking and cycle route from Chobham to Woking. There will be an article in the local paper which he is hoping will get some support.

Pub nights start again this month, 31 January at 7:30 at the Sovereigns Pub on Guildford Road, Woking. Hope to see you there.

Happy cycling and watch out for the icy patches,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s November Blog

Just a  reminder that our last pub night of the year is next Tuesday 29 November  at 7:30 at the Sovereigns. We do not have a Pub night in December and the next one will then be Jan. 31, 2017.

For those who have signed up for it, our Christmas dinner is on 7 December at the Sovereigns at 7:00, please remember payment is in cash.

Lastly, George James reports that Norman’s petition to make the pavement along the A245 between Byfleet and Cobham  into a shared space, has received some good news. They are going to clear the path. Our hope is that if they find, after the path is cleared, that it is wide enough, they might at least sign it for shared use.

It is getting cold out there but hopefully there won’t be too much snow this winter and we can all keep on cycling…….with a few extra layers to keep us warm.

Seasons greetings to all.

Carole Frost
WCUG membership Secretary

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Carole’s October Blog

I hope everyone has been enjoying the wonderful autumn weather. We had fabulous weather for our all day ride around Hampshire villages led by Robin. Cool to start with but then the sun came out. It was amazing how quiet the lanes were in the area. We saw many cycling groups and very few cars. And those we did see were actually very respectful.

Our last easy ride for the year will be this Sunday, 16 October, leaving at 2 from our usual meeting place, near the children’s playground in Woking Park. After this one, our next ride won’t be till the third week in March of next year.

Those who would like to carry on riding in the winter have many choices. For the ladies only there is the Breeze rides on Thus. mornings about twice a month. For everyone who would like to do 15 mile rides, the Woking CC Saturday Social rides are most Saturdays at 9:30 leaving from the green outside the Cricketers in Horsell. You can get information regarding their rides by searching for them on Facebook. Their club for more experienced riders is under Woking CC on Facebook.The Elmbridge cycle group continue with rides of 25-30 miles on the second Sunday of the month. More information about other rides an be found on our website.

I said in my last WCUG matters that Action Bikes had closed down and they were moving back to their home base in Addlestone. They are called Surrey Cycles, 75 Station Road, Addlestone and they will still honour our membership card for the 10% discount.

Norman continues trying to make some progress on reinstating the cycle/pedestrian route from Chobham to Woking. No good news yet.

Most importantly, time is running out to get your order in for our Christmas dinner on Weds. 7 December at the Sovereigns. Please look at the menu:
http://www.emberinns.co.uk/content/dam/ember/pdf/christmas/festive-fayre-menu-pb3.pdf
Make your choices and e-mail them to Sandra sandra_sgs_57@hotmail.com by 23 October.

Pub night will be Tues. 25 October.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s September Blog

Still time to pledge to cycle to work this Weds., Sept. 14, and be in line to win prizes! Follow the link under ‘Latest news’ on the Welcome page of the website. Only one day left to sign up!

As you might have seen in the local paper, the Woking Bikathon will no longer be put on by the Rotary. They have raised a large amount of money for different charities over the past five years but the number of entrants have been in decline.

Also it looks like we are loosing two cycle shops in Woking. Action Bike is closing their Woking branch although they will still be in Addlestone. Also I am a little late in seeing that Switchback in Woking closed last April. They are now affiliated with Giant in Guildford (the bike shop in Knaphill has also closed – Editor).

On to more upbeat matters. Our all day ride is coming up on 2 October. This year we will be starting from Winchfield station and doing a circular route around Hampshire. There will be a few hills but lovely quiet country roads and views. We will be stopping in Odiham for coffee, The Four Horseshoes Pub in Long Sutton for lunch and tea in Hartley Witney before catching the train back to Woking. The circular route is about 25 miles but those who would like a longer ride, can join the “break away” group led by Norman, from Crookham Village back to Woking. This is about 17 miles. If you want to join us please send me an e-mail and let me know and I will send further details. mecafrost@ntlworld.com  Those wishing to go my train, we intend to get the 9:46 from Woking. Those going directly to Winchfield should aim to be there by 10:10.  We would like to know numbers so we can tell the pub how many we will be. If you would like to see the ride, you can see the route here.

Our easy afternoon ride will be this Sunday, 18 September, leaving the leisure centre near the children’s playground at 2PM. We will be heading to Whitfield common with tea at Rokers.  A very gentle ride of about 15 miles. May we put in a request that if you join us a on a ride would you please bring a spare inner tube. It is much easier for us to replace an inner tube than repair one. Thank you.

There is a some news on the Muddy Lane campaign but I will do another e-mail about that since I would like to send it to all those who have supported the project.

Pub night is Tues. 27 September.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s August Blog

Norman

We have to say Congratulations to all who took part in the Ride London-Surrey. Especially our great grandfather leader who sent me this report:

Was caught in Pyrford where we waited for 90 minutes, after then there were regular hold ups on account of the mass of cyclists, narrow roads and more accidents. In all I reckon that we waited 2.5 hours. Did the 100 miles however and have the gong.

With everyone’s help, he managed to collect over £500 for Well Child. Well done Norman.

Norman also had a letter published in the Surrey Advertiser of 29 July:

The Importance of cycling helmets.

Cyclists who will not wear a helmet need to reconsider the decision.

Last Tuesday night I arrived at the scene of a road accident at the junction of the East Hill and Old Woking road, where a cyclist was lying in the road. Being a First Aider, I went to the assistance of the cyclist who had apparently been thrown into the windscreen of a car.

The injured person had a light on his cycle but NO helmet, the visible damage to this face and head were dreadful.

Friends of mine say ‘Oh a helmet messes up my hair style’ – this cyclist could now have a disfigured face for life. Please will all parents of young cyclists and adult cyclists get a helmet and while you are in the shop, a high visibility over-jacket for wearing after dark.

See and be seen is my motto.

At Pub night last month, Julian Keeley joined us. He is one of the founders of Woking Cycle Club. Some of the riders who join us on our easy social rides might be interested in joining his group on Sat.  mornings.  They meet near Cafe Primo in Horsell at 9:30 for a not so strenuous ride. You can find out their activities by joining them on Facebook “Woking CC Saturday Social”

Keith Cresswell has also been busy trying to find out who we can approach to maintain the footpath/cycle lane beside the A3 from New Lane to the footbridge to Wisley.  He sent the following  e-mail to our MP, Jonathan Lord:

Highways England appear to be a bit of a black hole and there is no obvious route to request maintenance of footpaths and cycle paths alongside trunk roads. I was out this morning and can confirm that the footpath/cycle track alongside the A3 at Wisley between Old Lane and the RHS footbridge is still poorly maintained, especially the first 50 metres, which are in a very poor state. We would be grateful if you could help ensure the need for maintenance reaches the correct department.

It would be nice if we could get some action.

Meanwhile, Norman has been approaching councillors for Chobham to see if the cycle route from Chobham to Woking could be reinstated.

I hope that is all the information I needed to pass on this month! If not, I am sure there will be a PS.

Our Easy Social ride will be this Sunday 21 August, meeting near the children’s playground in Woking Park for departure at 2PM.

Pub night is August 30th, 7:30 at The Sovereigns.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s July Blog

We have news on our campaign fronts. 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 but as is often the case, the bare minimum that could be considered would be a 2m wide off-carriageway route. This would be very expensive and there is no available budget for this kind of thing.  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. We hope this will come to pass. 

In regard to Muddy Lane, as I said last month, 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 committee 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.  If you want to see the meeting on webcast follow this link:
http://surreycc.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/228133.

Keith Cresswell, a new member interested in campaign issues has been sending out feelers to other cycle groups who might be interested in helping each other out over campaign issues. Keith will be a welcome addition to our group.

The Prudential weekend of cycling will soon be upon us. Don’t forget to sign up to take part in the Prudential FreeCycle in London on 30 July. It is free.
https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/.

I have joined the Kingston group a few times on their ride up to London which is a lot of fun. You can read all about it on http://lcc.org.uk/events/ride-to-london-freecycle?esid=8071. You can be lazy and take the train to Surbiton and then it is only a short cycle to their meeting place in Kingston Market. They start at 9:30. If you do go up, be sure to have a laugh and stay for the Brompton World Championship which starts at 19:15. It is a Le Mans start on the Mall and no lycra allowed so there are some interesting outfits. Then on Sunday you can go and cheer Norman on who is riding for WellChild (still time to help him reach his goal) and/or go to somewhere nearby to watch the professionals whiz past you.

Our easy ride will be this Sunday 17 July starting from near the Woking Park children’s play ground at 2PM. The ride will be about 15 miles long. Pub night will be 26 July. And for those who like a challenge, Chris Jeggo will be leading one of his long rides on 7 August. See our website for more information on events and campaign issues.

Happy cycling,
Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s June Blog

Our AGM was held on 16 May and the full report on the meeting is published on our Web page under Useful Information. Norman’s petition to convert the A245 from Byfleet and Cobham into a shared pedestrian/cyclist path has attracted 194 signatures as of today. He will be going before the local committee at the end of June. The petition stops on 12 June so you still have a few days to sign it if you haven’t already so.

A new member, Keith Cresswell, has started work on a new campaign close to the heart of a lot of our members regarding making a pedestrian/cycling lane along the A3 between Mill Lane and Wisley Lane. You can read about that also in the report on the AGM.

Good news on the Muddy Lane issue. We received an e-mail from Catherine Valiant saying her report was going to the Planning and Regulatory Committee on 8 June with the recommendation that a Map Modification Order be made to change the status of the footpath to a bridleway. You can read her full report by following this link  Planning & Regulatory Committee; her report is item 8.  It makes interesting reading. We have no doubt there will be an objection and it will have to go to a public inquiry but at least we are moving along.

Bike week is June 11 to 19. Our ride on 19 June will be part of this event. To find out other events around the country and see how you can win prizes by taking part in the ride to work challenge programme  go to www.bikeweek.org.uk.

George James will be leading a ride to London on 12 June to celebrate the Queen’s 90 birthday. The theme will be prince and princesses. Sign up for his e-mails at www.elmbridgecycle.org.

Our long afternoon ride will be 3 July, leaving at the same time from Woking Park but a longer ride and a later return.

Pub night will be 28 June.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s May Blog

I know this is a little last minute but Norman and I are both going to be away most of June  so we are going to have the  AGM on Monday 16 May at 7:30 at Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road, Old Woking. This is right next to Woking College off Rydens Way.  Enter by the main entrance as the hall we are booked into is on the upper floor above that entrance. Come and tell us what is on your mind. If anyone would like to join the committee, you would be more than welcomed.

I would like to wish everyone who has signed up for the Woking Bikeathon this Sunday, 8 May ,10:00, a good ride. It looks like the weather gods will be smiling on all who participate. (I hope I haven’t but the commentator’s curse on it!). You can still sign up on the day if you so wish and don’t forget about the Kid’s Bikathon. The Kid’s Bikathon starts at 11 and is for the younger ones and takes place entirely within Woking Park. www.wokingbikeathon.co.uk

            Dues are Due. It is that time of year when I have to remind everyone that Dues are Due. Membership remains at the bargain price of £5 for one year and £20 for 5 years. The membership runs from May 31st to May 31st. Membership is for the whole family and offers discount at some cycle shops, free Sunday rides, and an opportunity to have an Affiliated membership to CyclingUK (formerly CTC.) If you wish to get the CyclingUK  affiliated membership you must let us know so we can give you the code that you will need. Payment remains old fashioned—either by cheque made out to Woking Cycle User Group or cash. Payment may be sent to me at 25 Waldens Park Road, Woking, Surrey GU214RN.

CTC has now been rebranded as CyclingUK.  The Website is www.cyclinguk.org. As a  member of WCUG, you will be able to have an affiliated CyclingUK membership. This costs £24 a year and gives you third party insurance, access to a wide range of retail discounts and their weekly e-newsletter ‘Cycle Clips’  full of all the very latest cycling news. Go to  www.cyclinguk.org/membership/affiliate-membership-for-cycling-clubs-and-groups-of-all-types-and-sizes   The third party insurance will guard against claims for accidental damage caused by you while cycling. (Terms and conditions apply).Please note that this membership is for third party insurance only, if you are a full member you have access to more coverage and especially legal advice.

There is still time to  sponsor Norman in the Prudential Ride London and sign his  petition for a safer Byfleet-Cobham cycle route – see http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/A245CycleRoute/ .

We have also been approached to see if it will be possible to have a cycle lane added to the side of the A3 from Ripley to the turn off to Wisley. Since that is in the Highways England hands rather than Surrey, we are finding it a bit more onerous. We’ll see. It sure would be nice.

Muddy Lane still remains up in the air. We were assured that after the elections, more time will be devoted to this project. Here is hoping.

Our easy social ride is 15 May leaving the Woking Park at 2:00. We have put routes of our rides on our Website which might be of interest for those who want to go on rides…..or those who have been on our rides and wondered where we had been!

Pub night will be 31 May.

I hope as many of you as possible will be able to attend our AGM on 16 May.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s March Blog

We have our campaigning hats on again. Norman has been training for the Surrey 100 (you can still sponsor him!) and realized what a boon it would be if you could cycle down the A245 without having to take your life in your hands between Byfleet and Cobham.  Soooo we have started a petition asking the council to make the footpath that runs down the side of the road into a shared cycle/pedestrian path. It wouldn’t solve the whole problem but means you can stay off that main busy “A”  road for most of the way. It also keeps you off the main road if you are going from Weybridge or Byfleet past Silvermere and on to the other  side of the M25 towards Ockham. If we get enough signatures on the e-petition, Norman can go to the Local committee meeting and plead the case. You can read about the proposal and sign the petition by going to:  http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/A245CycleRoute/     If you belong to another cycling organization or know anybody who lives in Surrey and would like to see cyclists off the busy A245 ( I bet even motorists would like that!) , will you please pass on the message about signing the petition.

For those foolhardy souls who didn’t believe the weather forecast, a fun Easter Egg Hunt ride was had by all those that participated. Thank you George for putting in the effort to test our observational skills……trying to spot numbers etc. through the hail was the challenge!

Our second ride of the year will be 17 April. We shall be going out to check the health of the giraffes in Send. We gather near the children’s playground in Woking Park to be on our way by 2. You might want to come and practice for the Woking Bikeathon which will be on 8 May.

Chris Jeggo will be leading another of his long rides on 1 May as part of our attempt to provide rides for our more experienced cyclists. The meeting place is 9:15 at the band stand in Woking Park. Hopefully more people will want to join him now that the weather is getting better. You can see the link to his Web site on our Website.

Norman is still searching for sponsorship for his Prudential Ride London challenge which is in aid of Well Child so please follow the link below if you would like to help.
http://www.justgiving.com/owner-email/pleasesponsor/Norman-Johns2

We have listed some sites where you can find out about other rides, either charitiy rides or sportives on our Charity Rides page.

Next pub night, 26 April at 7:30 at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road, Woking.

Happy cycling,

Carole

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Carole’s February Blog

I hope the weather will improve soon and we can all be back on our bikes without having to wear ski clothing!

I was hoping to announce progress on the Muddy Lane saga but I fear our case officer was out of the office when I e-mailed her so that will have to wait till next time.

I thought I should warn you that the towpath will be closed between Boundary Road Recreation Ground and Monument Bridge to allow the work to the Rive Ditch culvert to be undertaken safely. The suggested alternative route is via Boundary Road and Monument Road. The rest of towpath through the area of the drain down in Woking will remain open as usual. This will be happening during Feb/March

Our Easy Social rides will be starting in March. The first one will be 20 March starting at the Leisure Centre at 2PM. These rides are about 14-18 miles long.

Our ride for more experienced cyclists lead by Chris Jeggo will be on  6 March starting from the bandstand in Woking Park at 9:15. This ride will be about 45-50 miles. See our Website for more information.

The Ride Social organized by Sky Rides will be on 20 Feb. and 5 March leaving  Sheerwater  Recreation Ground at 1:30. These rides are about 15 miles long.

Breeze rides for ladies only are on 3 March and 17 March starting at 9:30 from the bridge by the Bridge Barn.  These rices are about 15 miles. You can sign up by following the link on our Web site.

George James from the Elmbridge cycle group is having another one of his “fairly interesting Easter Egg hunt ride” on Easter Sunday 27 March. The  start will be from the Hand and Spear Pub by Weybridge Station at 10:00. It is a lot of fun and last year the winners were one of our own, the Smith family. The ride involves following clues around the area and collecting numbers. It finished around 1 with prizes for the winners and then you can stay on to have something to eat at the Hand and Spear if you wish. No need to sign up, just arrive on time.

Norman Johns, our chairperson  has secured a place in the Surrey 100! He will be riding for Well Child and we will put his just giving page up in case anyone would like to help him reach his sponsorship goal.

On a completely different subject, we have decided that pub night will go back to starting at 7:30 instead of 7:00. If anyone has had objections please let me know. The next pub night will be next week 23 Feb. at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

WCUG Membership Secretary

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Carole’s December Blog

I missed the last ride of the season but I hear the Acers in Windsor Great Park did their bit by being very colourful and everyone enjoyed the ride led by Sandra.  They forgot to take a picture!

Annette Covey attended the Inaugural Surrey Cycle  forum which was part of the Surrey Physical Activity conference. The web site for the Active Surrey is http://www.activesurrey.com/health.  Annette said Dr. William Bird gave a very inspirational talk. Other speakers talked about the This Girl Can campaign and encouraging children to walk to school. The cycle forum was mainly  a workshop regarding the cycle strategy to adopt for the next several years.

Norman wrote to J Kingsbury, head of Woking council,  to encourage him to read Sustrans’s Biggest ever cycle survey. In the biggest survey ever conducted on attitudes to cycling in the UK, three quarters (75%) of people want national governments to invest more in making cycling safer.  Nearly eight in ten (79%) people say they want improved safety for people riding bikes.  Three quarters (75%) support more investment in cycling, with £26/person a year the average amount people want governments to be investing.  If you would like to see the survey go to  http://www.sustrans.org.uk/bike-life/overall-survey.

Lastly, I wrote to Catherine Valiant, Countryside Access Officer, Surrey County Council, the case officer handling the Muddy Lane case and received the following: “I am still investigating the case, along with a number of other cases and at the moment it is at the top of my pile – I am currently pulling together the evidence in a report which will be taken to committee for a decision. I appreciate that the investigation is taking some considerable time and that this must be frustrating for you. Whilst it may appear to be a straightforward case, there are still lots of things to consider as I want to make sure that the recommendation we reach can be robustly defended.  I am intending to reach a recommendation by the end of this year with a view to it going to Committee in the New Year.”

After our Christmas Do, things will be a little quiet till pub night at the end of January and our social rides will start again in March.  But do go to our Other Cycle Rides page to see what else is on offer during the winter months.  Chris Jeggo said he might be able to offer a ride for more experienced riders in February.  Keep an eye on our website and I will let you know.

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Carole’s October Blog II

Now that we have had our last easy cycle ride for the year, our final event will be the Christmas dinner. I hope all that would like to go, received Sandra’s email regarding the menu. The time is 7PM on Thus. 3 December 2015, at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road. Any questions, email Sandra at sandra_sqs_57@hotmail.com.

Norman was pleased to see a new (at least to him) mobile cafe  open at the top of Staples Lane on the right in the woodland car park, just  before the Coomb Lane turn. It is open at weekends for hot drinks, nice snacks and an assortment of cycle repair items. Please spread the word.

We were interested to hear there is going to be an Inaugural Surrey Cycle Forum on 13 November, 2015 at Kempton Park. Annette Covey will be going to represent us and tell us what is being planned. We have not had access to a forum since the ones in Woking stopped a few years ago. This should be a good way to get our thoughts across to the “powers that be.”

I heard another interesting thing this past month. One of our new members bought a bike from Evans but soon realized it really wasn’t going to suit her needs and lo and behold, Evans let her replace the bike under their “Right Bike Guarantee.” I had never heard of this but thought it was  worth spreading the information.  Maybe all shops do this and I am just not well informed.

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Carole’s October Blog


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Once again we were blessed with fabulous weather for our all day ride last Sunday and a good time was had by all. It was very crowded at Covent Garden but that was no surprise and it was fun seeing all the Shaun the Sheeps.

It is time to put another date in your diary. I know it seems a long way away but we want to get our booking in for the Christmas Do. This year it will be on Thursday, 3 December at 7PM at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road. We need to know numbers by 20 October so will you please respond to Sandra sandra_sgs_57@hotmail.com

The menu can be found on this link so be sure to let Sandra know your choice when you email her. http://www.emberinns.co.uk/content/dam/ember/pdf/LN15/pub/the-sovereigns-woking-festivefayremenu.pdf We hope you can make it.

Our last easy social ride will be to see the Acer Wood in Windsor Great Park. Here is hoping the cool nights will paint the leaves! The date is 18 October and Sandra will be leading it. We will start from near the children’s play ground in Woking Park at 2:00.

Pub night will be 27 October at the Sovereigns.

I wanted also to remind paid up members of the following which we received from CTC headquarters when we paid our annual membership :“ Members of your group can now join CTC too for just £16 a year by going to www.ctc.org.uk/affiliate-join .And putting in the code. This will guard against claims for accidental damage caused by them while cycling. (Terms and conditions apply). They will also receive:
– Access to a wide range of retail discounts.
– Our entertaining weekly e-newsletter ‘CycleClips’, full of all the very latest cycling news. They can also enjoy their own regular copy of ‘Cycle’ and free legal claims advice by upgrading to full CTC membership for individuals and families.”

For members who would like to avail themselves of the offer, please e-mail me to get the code. I send this e-mail to members and non-members alike so hence the reason I am not able to publish the code here.

Once again, the real “to do” is to notify Sandra that you can make the Christmas Do and what you would like to eat.

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Carole’s September blog

Now that rainy August is behind us, I wonder if Indian Summer is on the way. Actually August wasn’t too bad till the end of the month.

Congratulations to all those who took part in challenges this summer. We were fortunate the weather was great for the Prudential Ride Surrey weekend but  I don’t think the Breeze ride in Windsor was very good.

Norman took on the challenge of getting the Nuffield in Woking to put in cycle stands for their visitors. He also reminded Woking of a few pot holes that need repairing. I hope everyone knows about   www.fillthathole.org.uk where you can report pot holes and hopefully they will be filled.

Our easy social ride will be on 20 September starting at 2 PM at Woking Leisure centre near the children’s playground.

Our all day ride to see the great Shaun the Sheep roundup will be 27 September. We will be meeting on the car park side of Woking station ready to leave at 9am. We will be cycling to London via the Thames Path, Richmond Park, Barnes Common, Putney, Brompton Cemetery, Hyde Park, Green Park and on to Covent Garden where the round up will be in progress. We will be stopping for coffee and lunch along the way and coming back by train from Waterloo Station. The whole journey from Woking is about 35 miles.  We will have an alternative meting point by the coffee van at Walton Bridge. If you are going to meet us there, you should be there about 9:45. Would those who would like to join us please send me an e-mail so we will not leave without you and also tell me where you will be joining us…..Woking or Walton Bridge.

Pub night is 29 September at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road, Woking.

Happy cycling

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Picnic ride to Waverley Abbey – 8 August 2015

Waverley AbbeyWCUG cyclists enjoy a picnic lunch in splendid weather at the ruins of Waverley Abbey, near Farnham, on an all-day ride led by Carole.

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Annette wins ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award

Photo02001Congratulations to WCUG member Annette Covey. The CTC, the national cycling charity, has presented her with their 2015 South-east England ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award, for her sterling work with the Surrey Wheels for All campaign, which encourages less-abled people to participate in cycling.  Read more about Wheels for All on our Special Needs page.

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