The sun is shining and the grass is green and our easy social rides shall be starting next month The date is 17 March and Norman Johns will be leading it. Our rides are held every month usually on the third Sunday of the month. This won’t be happening though in April since the 3rd Sunday is Easter Sunday and George James will probably be having his Easter Egg Hunt that day. So ours will be on 14 April. We meet in Woking Park near the children’s playground. It is best to get there about 1:50 for a 2:00 departure. The rides are 14-18 miles long and take 2-2.5 hours with usually a tea stop along the way. The rides are free to members but £1 per family for non-members. Please be sure to bring an inner tube for your bike should you have a flat
Since campaigning is one of the mantras of our club, Norman would like me to pass on the following from CTC and ask that you ask Jonathan Lord and the SCC transport rep to push for funding.
“ It’s time to tell Government: Show us the money for cycling!
The Government has asked councils throughout England to come up with Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs), to help make cycling and walking the natural choice for shorter journeys and to make our streets and towns safer, healthier and better places to travel through, visit, work and shop. Places where we’d all rather be.
However, while many councils are now developing these plans, the Government haven’t put forward any specific funding to help cash-strapped authorities make these plans a reality.
Without this financial support, there’s every chance your council will spend valuable time and money developing detailed cycling and walking plans which will just sit on a shelf gathering dust.
Given that the Government has already admitted that it’s failing to meet its objective to double cycling by 2025, we need your MP and council leader to demand that Government show us the money for cycling.
Over a hundred MPs have already written to demand this vital funding, but you can help us ramp up the pressure by emailing your MP and council leader.
Just two minutes of your time to take action could help transform where you live, shop, walk and work.”
Norman has also been trying to achieve some progress on the Chobham-Woking cycle route but it looks like money is not available.
In regard to the Muddy Lane Inquiry, it was not finished when it was restarted 6-7 Feb. so it will be reconvened on Tues. 19 March at the Council Chamber, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6YL at 10.00am. All are welcomed to come and support our cause .
Mariam Melcher (footpath officer for West Byfleet, Byfleet and Pyrford) would like some help in trying to get a crossing on Sopwith drive to make it easier for children, cyclists, etc. to cross to the Brooklands Park. You can sign her petition on the following link
https://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SafePath2Play/ The petition closes on 27 Feb. so time is of the essence.
We hear there are still charity places available on the London-Surrey 100 if you wish to participate. There is a link to the people who contacted us to their web site. http://www.geneticdisordersuk.org/getinvolved/cycle#prudentialridelondon
Pub night is 26 Feb. at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road and don’t forget to register your number plate at the bar if you park in their car park behind the pub.