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Carole’s July Blog 2

Dear All,

Our chairperson, Norman Johns had a letter published in the News and Mail of 15 July,2021  which goes as follows:

Dire conditions for cyclists and pedestrians

Dear Editor, A Woking Borough Council officer who we met could not appreciate why I and Steve Millard from the Woking Cycle Users’ Group were very concerned about the state of pavements and roads in the town centre. The risk to children, adults and cyclists in Woking is extreme.

The temporary pedestrian lights at the bottom of High Street are still giving just four seconds for people to cross the road and the contraflow cycle route on the High Street has been blocked by unjustified and unnecessary bollards for some time.

The short time allowed to cross the road before traffic gets the green light has been pointed out to the authorities many times.

The cycle lane markings under Victoria Arch are no longer visible and bollards are obstructing this route on both sides of the road. The condition of the A320 Guildford Road, especially at the to take point where traffic enters the access to the railway sidings, is dire.

The road surface is so bad that I need to take a line in the middle of the road putting me at risk.

It seems that Surrey country Council also accepts these extreme conditions, stating the pedestrian crossing is a temporary arrangement—even though it has been in place for many years.

No wonder the UK has the worse road death records for children—especially the disabled – pedestrians and cyclists than any other country in the world. What a disgraceful situation.

Norman would like me to draw this article to your attention and ask all members  to write to WBC and SCC putting their individual comments  forward and lamenting the situation. He hopes the power of the masses will prevail.

Meanwhile we received the notification on the Muddy Lane court of appeal decision which was held 8 July 2021. For those who would like to read the decision in full you can follow this link:

https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2021/1098.html   For those of us who want to just know the results, the appeal was not upheld so for now it remains a bridleway for our use, but the objectors may opt to take their case further.

We also received an email from Highways England to say: In May the Secretary of State for Transport asked for more time to make a final decision on whether we can continue with our proposals to improve the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange. In his statement, the Secretary of State shared a new deadline of 12 November 2021. 

Our Virtual Pub night will be next Tues. 27 July starting at 7PM. Please ask me for the link.

Our next easy Sunday ride will be 15 August  leaving the leisure centre at 2PM. Don’t forget to bring a spare innertube for your bike should you have a puncture.  I fear the last ride was not well attended but the 30 degree heat may have had something to do with it!!

Keep hydrated if you are cycling in this heat and stay safe.

Happy Cycling,

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s July Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

I can’t decide if this is summer or not!! Talk about changeable weather. We were fortunate to have decent weather on our last ride to see the giraffes of Send. Our next easy Sunday ride will be 18 July leaving the leisure centre at 2PM. Norman will be leading the ride. Don’t forget to bring a spare inner tube for your bike should you have a puncture.

For those who want more of an adventure, Barbara and George are cycling to the coast on the Downslink starting on Sat. morning 17 July. If you would like to join them get in contact with Barbara direct: barbieross2@gmail.com or mobile 07742 80 90 31.  They are going to wild camp on Saturday night and cycle back on Sunday but as an alternative, you can come back by train on Saturday.

We had to postpone by an hour Pub night last week due to the footie but this month we will already be champions or mourning our defeat! Virtual pub night will be 27 July at 7:00.  Please contact me for the link.

Happy Cycling.

Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s June Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

A little good news on the Easy Sunday ride front. Cycling U K, who we have our insurance with,  says we can have rides with up to 15 people so if you would like to go on a ride you only need to show up at Woking Park for a two o’clock departure. Needless to say, if you have symptoms of Covid 19 or someone in your household is infected, please do not come on a ride. Our next ride will be Sunday 20 June when we will be heading out Send way to check on the giraffes . The ride will be about 15 miles of easy cycling. Bring a drink so we can stop for a rest, in groups of six of course,  or we might find a pub with enough tables outside to accommodate groups of 6.

Should also mention that our all day ride will be a little different this year. Barbara and George who will lead it are into wild camping sooooooo they will leave Saturday morning cycling to the coast via the Downs link and then spend the night on the coast and come back the following day. Those who would like to forget the overnight stay can get the trains back to Woking on Saturday.   They would like to do it on the weekend of 10 July but if the weather is not good they will move the date to the  17 July.

I hope everyone went out for a  ride on Sunday 30 May and logged their ride for the World’s biggest bike ride all part of Bike Week.

Virtual pub night will be 29 June at 7:00 – please contact me for the link.

Happy Cycling.
Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s May Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

It is almost the end of the month so a little reminder that virtual pub night is next Tues,25 May,  starting at 7. Please contact me for the link if you would like to join us.

The Biggest bike ride is Sunday 30 May so you are encouraged to get on your bike that day . Be sure to log your ride! Here is the link to pledge your miles: https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek/worlds-biggest-bike-ride.

Happy cycling
Regards
Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s April Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

Now that the weather has improved and spring actually seems to be here, I hope everyone has been able to get out on their bikes.

Cycling UK wants us all to  participate in the  World’s Biggest Bike Ride. It will be part of Bike Week which is from 30 May to 5 June and they ask you to commit to riding your bike on 30 May 2021.  To read all about it and get involved follow the link: https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek/virtual-events There are a lot of  events and if you go for a ride on 30 May and log the ride you will be doing your part to show how many people ride their bikes.  Any distance will count.

I attended a web meeting today regarding the former Wisley airfield cycle consultation. They are promoting cycling and sustainable transport in a big way. The meeting this time was mostly about the provision for cycling within the settlement and routes to nearby stations and towns. One of the routes was to Byfleet/New Haw station and I had to report the sad news that our battle doesn’t seem to be over yet in regard to Muddy Lane. We had an email from Daniel last week saying that Mr Salaman and Mr Garland have been given leave to Appeal a small legal matter in the High Court’s decision which was issued back on 10 July 2020. The hearing date is 7/8th July. My response  was “Oh Nooooooo.”  Anyway I will let you know  the outcome in due course.

Back to the web meeting. G-Bug were very interested in getting some improvements made on Old Lane so there would be a safe and quick commute to Effingham Junction for residence of the settlement. The project seems to prefer access to the train to London and Guildford via West Horsley and Stoke d’Abernon stations since much of the routes are already in place. To get improvements on Old Lane would take major expenditure. They spoke of quiet lanes which are being sign posted in the UK and they would be lovely for us if ever they got in place and people adhered to the idea. We discussed secure parking at stations which  we all know is of major concern.

If you would like to see information from Highways England regareding the A3/ M25 junction 10 , you can see it on https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKHIGHWAY/bulletins/2cbd8d6.

Virtual pub night will be this Tuesday 27 April at 7PM.  If you would like to join us, please contact me for the link.

Stay safe and Happy Cycling.

Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s March Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

Is it too early to wish you a “Happy Easter”? Or maybe I should be wishing you a “Happy get out with more people” with the road map moving along a little come Monday.

We had an enquiry a few weeks ago asking us if there was any place to park  bikes in town that was particularly safe. Norman had a word with the council security officer and he said the best place would be one that was covered by CCTV  and the only one in town was the covered bike racks on Victoria Way by the council building, on the town side near the crossing near Bedser bridge. So I will pass that on for information only.

I heard that Woking Cycle Club has approached  the council to make improvements and changes at the BMX track on Goldsworth Park and matching funds have been secured. It will be a good place for children to learn to ride a bike.

Now that the lockdown is easing a bit it is permissible to get together with 5 other people to go for a bike ride.

There are lots of virtual challenges about to get you out and about. I saw one for Cancer Research
https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/charity-challenges/cycle300?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwunBmL3Q7wIV0O3tCh3OOgFgEAAYASAAEgLKl_D_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Virtual Pub night will be this coming Tuesday 30 March at 7PM. If you would like to join us, please contact me for the link.

Enjoy the lovely weather and happy cycling.
Stay safe,
Regards,
Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s February Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

I hope the weather is going to keep up this trend to be warmer. The visit from the Beast from the East can be over for the year as far as I am concerned!

As the lockdown continues, there is not a lot to report. Some restrictions MAY be lifted by the time of my next email. Meanwhile there is nothing stopping you from cycling with the family or one friend.

Norman continues to battle for the safer route between Chobham and Woking but with little response from SCC.

I did read in the local paper that a British Olympic cycling enthusiast, Almee Fuller, was encouraging people to participate in the British Heart foundation (BHF) 30 day virtual cycling challenge called My Cycle. The coronavirus hit charities hard last year. Join her and start pedalling to up the miles and get sponsored to help raise vital funds for life-saving research into heart and circulatory diseases. For more information visit www.bhf.org.uk/mycycle

Cycling UK has announced that Bike week this year will be 30 May to 5 June with lots of virtual events.  Here is the web site to see what interests you: https://www.cyclinguk.org/bikeweek

George and I had a zoom meeting  in early December with a gentleman from Taylor Wimpey to ask our views on the proposals from the development of the former Wisely Airfield site. Our main concern was the access of cycle routes to nearby stations, secure parking for cycles at stations and cycle provision within the development. We have now received an email from the lady involved with the Community Liaison Group which reads as follows:

We are gathering community feedback for the next stage of our work on the proposed development of the Former Wisley Airfield. We have been speaking with members of the CLG, local interest groups, businesses, schools and faith groups via Zoom to help us understand how much different groups know about the proposals and identify main priorities and concerns from across the community. 

We want to make sure that as many people as possible feel informed about the proposal before it is submitted, and know their feedback and views have been listened to and counted. We will not be responding to any of the points raised in these interviews, but we will be recording the feedback given and using this to shape our future engagement, consultation and the eventual application.
We would very much appreciate your time if you are available and willing to take part – the call should take no more than 20-30 minutes.

Kind regards

Katy
Community Liaison Team 

07713940724 |07578622578 
www.wisleyairfield.com

If you would like to let them know your views, go to the web site to see the full proposal and feedback form.

Virtual pub night this month will be this coming Tuesday, 23 Feb. from 7 to 8 PM.  If you would like to join us, please contact me for the link.

Happy cycling and stay safe.

Regards

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s January Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

The trouble with this lockdown is that one day seems to run into another so I almost forgot to remind everyone that pub night is next Tuesday at 7 PM. Follow the link and join us [Please contact Carole for the Zoom link].

I fear there was an article in the Woking News and Mail this week reporting that the safer cycling and walking  route Chobham to Woking signs were removed after complaints that they include footpaths. I fear councillors Mike Goodman from Chobham and Colin Kemp from Woking thought they were not suitable and dangerous to the public. Norman wrote a vigorous defence of the route. I urge you to help Norman by writing to the councillors as he suggests.

The Secretary of State has extended the deadline for the decision on the Development Consent Order for improvements to the M25 junction 10/A3 Wisley interchange to 12 May 2021. If you would like to “read all about it” follow the link 

https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDIsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTAxMTMuMzMyMTkwMzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2hpZ2h3YXlzZW5nbGFuZC5jby51ay9vdXItd29yay9zb3V0aC1lYXN0L20yNS1qdW5jdGlvbi0xMC8ifQ.RQGlJcVXW7dZTXDpJusdQ57ytNXiNeGcA-wRtxHpyRk/s/668913954/br/93035298774-l

On another matter, we had a request from someone who was going to be moving to Woking and requested suggestions of safe places (I presume in the town centre) to keep her bike overnight. Does anyone have any suggestions?

I look forward to seeing anyone who can make it to virtual Pub night.

Happy cycling and stay safe.

Regards,
Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s November Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

I hope you are all well and able to get out a little and have some rides . You can go out as long as you want on your own or with family members or one other person. I forgot in my last email to remind everyone that as the nights close in,  it is important to “light  up.” Be seen and be safe. It is easy to go out in the morning and forget that by 4PM you will need to have lights to be seen on your way home.

Road safety week is this week 16-22 November. Their main message is that there is no need to speed. If you would like to read their statement and aims, follow the link  Road Safety Week .

Cycling UK had a little article on the use of tow paths which is very appropriate for those in this area since we have so many of them. Here is the link: canal towpaths 

I fear we will not be having our usual Christmas dinner this year but perhaps someone can come up with a virtual Christmas celebration! Come to the Pub Zoom meeting and let us know your thoughts.  Pub night  this month will be next Tuesday24 November.  [Please contact Carole for the Zoom link].

Happy cycling and stay safe.

Regards

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s October Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

This is the usual time that I announce the end of our easy Sunday rides and start to think about our Christmas dinner. How a year changes everything! We are all in tier one or two so it is still possible to go for a ride outside with a few friends. Maximum six.

I would also like to bring to your attention the Government’s consultation  on the revision of the Highway Code. You have until 27 October to let your views be known. .

You can submit your  response either online here or by emailing HighwayCodeReview2020@dft.gov.uk.

To see what Chris Boardman thinks follow this link: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/campaigning/article/20201019-Chris-Boardman-urges-public-to-actively-support–fundamental-reset–of-Highway-Code-0?utm_campaign=1577105_Membership%20inside%20track%2019%2F10%2F20&utm_medium=email&utm_source=British%20Cycling%20V2&dm_i=480K,XSWH,1OCIM2,47BVE,1

Pub night continues on the last Tues of the month. This month it is 27 October at 7PM  [Please contact Carole for the Zoom link].

And the meeting login (not needed if you use the link above)
Meeting ID: 871 5480 8439
Password: WCUG

Happy  cycling and stay safe,

Regards

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s September Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

I fear there is not much to report this month. The Rule of Six still applies to all our rides.  I came across King Alfred’s Way on the Cycling UK’s web site which I thought might be interesting to the long distance off road riders. It isn’t too far from here. https://www.cyclinguk.org/king-alfreds-way

I had a ride down Muddy Lane last week and was delighted to see that part of the gates have been removed so it is easy to navigate from both sides even with a heavy bike. The sign on the Wisley end was skew-whiff  but there is no obstruction and the sign is fine on the Sanway end.

If you would like to join us on our virtual Pub night next Tuesday 29 September at 7PM via  Zoom…. [Please contact Carole for the Zoom link].

Happy cycling and stay safe,

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s August Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

Our life may not be back to normal but at least we can get out on our bikes in  groups of six. I see Breeze and Woking cycle clubs have restarted rides  in groups of six. I must admit although I don’t like rain, I don’t miss the heat wave

There are many virtual challenges if you want to participate. I know Love to ride has a September challenge where prizes can be won and there is the one for Cancer Research I mentioned last month.

I sent this email to Dan Williams last month:

I went down Muddy Lane for the first time in ages on Sunday and realised it was almost impossible for me to navigate the kissing gates with my heavy e-bike. I was wondering if sometime in the future they will be replacing them with some other bike-friendly device? I realise it is important to keep cars and motorbikes away but thought there must be some other device that would make it easier for bicycles.

For your information, here was his response:

I have asked our maintenance people to take a good look at this route and to figure out what actions we can take which do not allow anti-social behaviour to start here again. Strictly speaking none of the barriers should be here, but their removal I am sure would provoke an outcry and allow vehicles to start using it again. Along with all the problems that  entailed. We have certain powers to install structures under the highways act for safety reasons and I suspect that is what James Browne used when the kissing gates were put in. Unfortunately , despite various options available there is no sure way of allowing equestrian and bicycle use whilst preventing motorcycle use- in my experience a determined biker will find a way. There are various kind of ‘horse stile’ and ‘pinched gap’ which I imagine we will consider, but we will also have to consider any re-existing private rights and ensure that we do not interfere with those.

I am not sure when this will happen but I will give the officers another nudge As you will understand our lockdown workloads have increased significantly due to the much greater number of people out in the Countryside and walking generally so there may be a bit of  delay. Our senior maintenance officer recently told me that all reports coming in to us via our webpage, emails and contact centre have increased by 400-500% during this period!

Kind regards,
Daniel Williams

At least they are on the case! Those more agile than I can use it  to their heart’s delight.

Keith Cresswell has been keeping an eye on Woking’s plans for infrastructure to improve walking and cycling links in the area and he has noted that the CERES trail is the only Woking item subject of SCC’s second tranche bid for Emergency Active Travel funding. He sent a link to the plans which you might find interesting reading. https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/cycling-and-walking/plans. It is true that the plans don’t include much in the way of improvements in the West Byfleet, Pyrford and  Byfleet area. If you live in the area you may wish to contact your local councillor.

I fear my reminder to people who came to our Zoom meeting last month was incorrect so hopefully I will get it right this time. The link in the WCUG matters was correct.  It is next Tuesday 25 August starting at 7PM [Please contact Carole for the Zoom link].

One of our members sister is selling an ebike if anyone is interested. Email me and I will pass it on to the member.

Happy cycling and maybe see you at the Virtual pub night.

Regards

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s July Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

Exciting news, at long last the decision was handed down by the  court regarding the appeal against  Muddy Lane becoming a bridleway. I am happy to report that WE WON! It is now an official bridleway on the definitive map of Surrey. So we can cycle down it. If you want to read the whole submission follow the link: : https://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/2020/1814.html

For those of you who like a challenge.  Cancer Research is running an event you might like to participate in. It is pledge to ride 200 or 300 miles during September in aid of Cancer Research  UK. Follow the link to see what you need to do.   https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/get-involved/find-an-event/charity-challenges/cycle300

Our virtual  pub night will be next Tues 28 July at 7pm.  [Contact Carole for the Zoom link]

Happy cycling an keep safe.

Regards

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s June Covid-19 Blog

Dear All,

Well we didn’t have an AGM this year but I have received reports from most so I will copy them in another post soon. After our chair’s fundraiser to Portsmouth, I have had to give him a little time to recuperate and write his report. Although we have no idea when we will be able to start our Sunday rides again we will still be working to promote cycling in Woking and the area. We will also still be able to have our virtual Pub nights on the last Tuesday of the month via Zoom. That is next Tuesday, 30 June (please see Carole’s email, or contact her directly, for the link). Here is hoping our long distance ex chair in Knaresburgh will be able to join us again before they are allowed to spend the night on their narrowboat and set off for their summer travels.

In regards to the dues the only way we will be able to collect them is if you either send a cheque made out to Woking Cycle Users Group or cash to me at: 25 Waldens Park Road, Woking, GU21 4RN. I will send you your new card and pass on the money to our treasurer. The dues remain the same £5/yr. or  £20/5 years . Membership is for the whole family and offers free Sunday social rides (when we can do them again)  and discount on an affiliated membership to Cycling UK (formerly CTC). To activate the CTC membership we will need to send you the code. The cost is £26/year and entitles you to third party insurance. Since I send this out to everyone, if you are not sure if your dues are due, just send me a quick email and I will let you know.

I hope we will be able to get together again soon but in the meantime: STAY SAFE

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s May Covid19 Blog

I hope you are all keeping safe and enjoying the freedom to be out more than an hour on your bikes and even going with your “own one person”  as long as you keep the physical distance between you.

 I am sure you have all  also heard about the government’s announcement on extra money for cycling to encourage walking and cycling . We now need your help. Do you know of  any plans you would like to see implemented in Woking  to encourage more cycling ? I’m sure you’ve seen on TV the pop-up routes in London and other cities. What roads in Woking could we put forward to do similar? Do you know of any routes that would be quick wins for more cycle space? Please email me right away if you have any suggestions.We will pass them on to Cllr. Ann Marie Barker who is  asking for suggestions.

 Bike week will run from the 6-14 of June this year and we are all encouraged to participate. Of course it is happening “virtually “ so if you want to see how you can get involved follow the link to their website. Bike Week website

Muddy Lane report: We had a reply to our email to Daniel Williams at the end of April regarding this matter. He said “ I have been checking the decisions page several times a day since the day of the hearing- there is no decision yet. The Government Lawyers continue to inform me that they are mystified by this and despite requests for explanations have still heard nothing from the court.” : George and Barbara walked down Muddy Lane over the weekend and said the path is now much wider and easily accessible for cyclists.  He thought  Surrey County Council was responsible for that.  George  met two groups of cyclists along the lane.  One group said they were still occasionally harassed when they go down there. Saga continues.

Norman couldn’t cycle to Portugal as he had wished this year so instead he has decided to do a fund raiser ride to Portsmouth Harbour and back in one day!  He will be setting up a just giving page in the near future and I will let you know all the details in a later email.

We will have to give the AGM a pass this year but I will try to get out a statement of finances and membership report in the near future.

Meanwhile, we will be having another Zoom Pub night next Tues. 26 May starting at 7 pm. I will send you the link at the end of the week. Hope you can make it.

Let me know your ideas for quick wins for more cycling space.

Regards

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s April Covid19 Blog

Dear All,

I hope everyone is able to get out following the social distancing rules and spend an occasional hour of their exercise on their bikes. It is surprising how empty the roads are,  Just be careful you don’t add to the NHS’s woes by having an accident. I was most annoyed to read in one of the papers in the letters to the editor that someone who was using their exercise time to litter pick went on to say “as well as lager tins and fag packets, I now find antiseptic wipes and blue surgical gloves—-and loads of plastic energy drink bottles. Why can’t cyclists take them home.”!!! Cyclists?! Why they thought cyclists littered with fag packets, surgical gloves, etc is beyond me.

Since there were no organized rides this month, a few of us joined in with the Elmbridge cycling club’s 9th annual slightly interesting Easter egg hunt set by the quiz master, George James .We started with a Zoom meeting when we were given the questions. Our previous chairman Ian Wright and Helen, even joined us from their home in Knaresborough. George set 25 questions, most of the  answers were available on street view. A few were from the GCHQ puzzle book…like who thought we would ever figure those out! Yet some did. Anyway It was a lot of fun. WCUG always supply the prizes so I must tell our  treasurer we owe them one virtual Easter egg!

And I lied last time when I said that Pub nights were called off.  Since we can’t cycle together, we decided we can still have Pub nights…VIRTUALLY!  George has set it up on Zoom. Hopefully you will only have to use this link to join us. We will start at the usual time of 7:00 and watch George and Barbara finish their dinner. You will all have to bring your own drinks! All who can manage it, are welcome. Please contact me (mecafrost@ntlworld.com) for details of how to join in.

See you at the pub!

Stay safe.

Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s March Blog

Dear All,

                Just wanted to remind everyone that our easy Sunday rides start again this month. Norman will be leading the ride which will depart from near the children’s park in Woking Park at 2PM on 15 March. The ride will be about 15-18 miles long at a comfortable pace with a stop for tea somewhere. We usually get back about 4:30. Should you need to contact Norman on the day, his mobile number is 07761221340.   Please be sure to bring a spare inner tube for your bike should you unfortunately get a puncture (and lights – Editor).

Norman has been busy working  on trying to get the ban on cycling in the town centre changed. He posed a question at the local committee meeting on 4 March. There were some positive.. .and negative … comments from the councillors but Norman thought progress has been made. Will Forster proposed that a cycling task group be set up and Norman requested that someone from the WCUG be on the task force. It was noted that the cycle network within the town centre should be reviewed before the Victoria Arch works are finalised.

Pub night will be 31 March at the Sovereigns Pub on Guildford Road at 7PM

Happy cycling.

Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s February Blog

Dear All,

Another wet and windy weekend. I think we will all be ready for spring when it gets here.

When we were at the pub last time, there was a request from those who usually go that we return to meeting at 7PM. Since our chairman, Norman always has to rush off for something at 8, we put it to the vote and were all in agreement that we will start at 7. Since the refurbishment of The Sovereigns meant the loss of our favourite couch there was also a suggestion we move to another pub. This was dismissed since The Sovereigns location, reasonable Christmas dinner and availability of parking, were hard to beat. So we are staying put.

For those who put their name in the ballot for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 and did not get a  place, you may wish to apply for a charity place. Many charities have places.  Woking Cycle Club mentioned that our local hospice, Woking and Sam Beare Hospice, have 85 places.  If you are interested you should go to www.wsbhospices.co.uk . You will be asked to pay a registration fee of £25 and pledge to raise a minimum of £300 towards the charity.

Norman attended the  access group meeting last month to see if he could get them to rescind the ban on town cycling between 10 and 4. He asked for specific cases of accident complaints between the disabled and cyclists and did not get any true evidence that there had been problems. He then  proposed a motion that “we should encourage people to leave cars at home and use cycles and public transport. Stop making school children break the law to cycle home from school and practice shared space.” When it was put to the vote, three voted to continue the ban and the rest abstained. Not being deterred, Norman intends to ask the Local Committee to rescind the 2011 decision at the next meeting. He has also been very vocal to the police regarding thefts of cycles in town.

I asked Daniel Williams, our contact with Surrey County Council, if he had heard the decision regarding the appeal on Muddy Lane.  I regret the decision has still not been made.

Our  easy Sunday rides start again next month. They are held on the third Sunday of the month. Our first ride will be lead by Norman on 15 March leaving Woking Park at 2PM. We leave at that time so please arrive earlier. We meet by the entrance to the children’s playground right near the little food hut. Rides are around 15 miles at a leisurely pace. They are free to members and £1 per family for non-members. If you need to contact Norman on the day, his mobile number is 07761221340. We ask that everyone have an inner tube for their bike, should the worst happen.

Pub night will be 25 Feb. starting at 7PM at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.

Happy cycling.

Carole Frost
WCUG Membership Secretary

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Carole’s January Blog

Dear All,

                Happy Hew Year and I hope everyone had a lovely holiday season.

I received an email from our chairman, Norman, and he wanted me to pass on this important survey which he hopes we will all respond to. The closing date is 16 Feb. 2020

Should the event continue in Surrey from 2021?

We want to hear what you think about the annual Prudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event continuing to pass through Surrey from 2021.Prudential RideLondon is an annual two-day festival of cycling which takes place in London and Surrey. Routes pass through Surrey on the Sunday of the event. A professionals race called The Classic and three amateur cycling events the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100mile, 46mile and 19mile routes. These all take place on closed roads.

The amount raised for charity by riders in the first 6 years of the event is £66 million making it Europe’s most successful cycling fundraising event with more than £4.3 million in grants being awarded to 70 projects in Surrey.

Views are now being sought on the event to inform a Surrey County Council Cabinet decision on whether the event continues in Surrey from 2021 until 2025.

To find out more and to share your views please visit our Survey on Prudential RideLondon-Surrey before 16 February 2020. Alternatively you can call 03456 009 009 for a printed copy of the questionnaire or text 07860 053 465.”

And if you know any local charities that could benefit from the money raised please let them know.

            Pub night starts again this month. We will be meeting at 7:30 at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road on 28 January.

            Happy cycling.

Carole Frost

Membership secretary

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Carole’s November Blog

Dear All,

Just a reminder that our rides are finished for the year but our pub nights continue… for a little while. Actually our last Pub night of the year will be November 26 at The Sovereigns on Guildford Road starting at 7:30. We don’t have one in December but we start again in January. Our rides start in March.

We had an email from Daniel Williams at the beginning of November regarding Muddy Lane. Mr Salaman and Mr. Garland have lodged an appeal. They produced a very long statement. Almost every aspect of the case has been challenged and a few new things thrown in for good measure. Daniel understood a hearing will be held on 3 December 2019. He is not sure whether this is a pre-trial discussion or more. If anyone wants to see the full submission just let me know and I will email it to you. It is a very long read.

Road Safety week is from 18 to 24 November and here is a little quiz someone sent me to encourage you to be aware of the highway:
Road Safety Week: How well do you know the Highway Code?
https://www.thebikestoragecompany.co.uk/road-safety-quiz/

It is a little early to wish Seasons greetings to all but there won’t be a WCUG matters in December so I will anyway . Don’t forget to light up at this time of year.

Happy cycling
Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s October Blog

Dear All,

We want to thank Karen for setting a fun quiz last month. She had questions we were to answer from a ride she led on. A good time was had by all! Especially me since I won!!!

And then the sad news was that our all day ride had to be cancelled due to the inclement weather. Our leader Barbara, asked that we have the all day ride next year in July….guess she thinks the weather should be better then! Anyway after all her preparation, I am sorry it had to be cancelled.

Sunday 20 October will be our last Sunday ride till next March. Norman will be leading the ride to see the acers in Windsor Great Park. We will be leaving from near the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2:00 sharp. The ride will be a few miles longer than our usual 15 miles but not too many. If you need to contact Norman on the day, his mobile number is 07761221310. Don’t forget to bring a spare inner tube for your bike should it be needed.

On to other news.I received an email that was a bit of a surprise to me. I quote “ There is a project to build a new pedestrian and cycle bridge by Chobham Road. The bridge will connect the two separated sides of the canal towpath at the Chobham Road junction.

Hopefully this is a good news story, as the project aims to improve accessibility for all users of the canal towpath. I have attached an artist’s impression of the bridge and a plan showing the proposed towpath closure and diversion routes.

In summary, the existing towpath ramp by Kingswood Court will be upgraded and a new pedestrian and cycle bridge will span the canal alongside Chobham Road. A new ramp / towpath on the south side, behind the Lightbox, will pass under the road bridge linking up existing towpaths on either side of the road. Creating an uninterrupted towpath will remove the need for pedestrians and cyclists to cross the busy road junction.

The bridge design is aimed to follow the characteristics of the surrounding area, featuring gabion walls (stone filled baskets), a non-slip surface, steel handrails with built-in bat friendly lighting and associated landscaping.

Planning permission was granted on 24 September and works are expected to begin next month, commencing with a fish rescue and dewatering of the canal between the bridges at Lockfield Drive/Victoria Way and Monument Road. Re-watering the canal is scheduled by the end of March 2020. Basingstoke Canal Authority are part of the project team.

During construction works, a short section of the towpath between The Living Planet Centre and Brook House Common will be closed (map attached). There may also be short periods of highway disruption to allow materials and equipment in and out of the site. Weather permitting, it is expected the new footbridge will be open to the public by summer 2020.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding this project.

Best Regards,Mark Tabner |

Project Manager (Place)”

I am still trying to find out if this email is for real!

Meanwhile, Daniel Williams sent an email a few weeks regarding Muddy Lane. To quote” I have returned from a meeting to discover from the Secretary of State that Mr Salaman and Mr Garland have appealed (dated 19th September) against the Inspector’s decision for Muddy Lane. I know nothing more than this. I will pursue them to see how we find out what their case is and what the likely timescales are. For now I consider the Order confirmed and a Bridleway in place, we should treat it as such for the time being. I shall continue to make plans for signposting, and any clearance and enforcement works required. Please pass on this information to anyone who might be interested.” At least we have the right to use it now.

Our usual pub night will be 29 October at the Sovereigns pub on Guildford road starting at 7:30.

Hope to see you there.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s September Blog

Dear All,

Lights aren’t just for night.  At the last Pub night, Barbara reminded us of that. She was talking about going down areas where trees form a tunnel and if you are cycling through them in the day, cars can’t see you. So it is a good idea to actually have lights on at all time of the day.           

Some of you may wish to sign up for the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 next year. You can enter the ballot now.  For more information go to https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/100/entries/ballot/ 

We have two interesting rides on the agenda. Next Sunday 15 September, is our normal social ride with a twist. Karen Smith will be leading it. We are to cycle a route that she will lead and everyone will need to pay attention where we go and what we may pass by! The quiz will be given out at coffee/tea break. All the questions are in order of the route we have cycled. It’s not too hard only a bit of fun. We will meet near the children’s playground in Woking Park and leave at 2:00. So show up and have some exercise and some fun. Karen’s mobile number should you need to contact her on the day is 07745 208838.

Then on 29 September we will be having our all-day ride. It will be led by Barbara Rossouw and Chris Jeggo. The plan is to cycle to Dorking, probably stopping for coffee along the way. Then it will be across to the rolling hills south of Dorking and stopping for lunch before arriving in Reigate where we will catch a train back to Guildford and then a ride back from Guildford to Woking…or a train ride if the trains are running. If you would like to come, please let Barbara know so she can update you on developments and she won’t leave anyone behind at the start. Her email address is:barbieross2@gmail.com The meeting place will the usual one near the children’s playground in Woking Park but the departure time will be 8:45. Barbara’s mobile is 07742 809031. For both these rides. Please remember to bring a spare inner tube for your bike should  it be required.

Pub night will be 24 September at 7:30 at The Sovereigns on Guildford Road, Woking.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost

Membership secretary

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Carole’s August Blog

First big congratulations to anyone who did the Prudential London-Surrey 100 last weekend. Well done.

While in the congratulating mood I should say congratulations to us ! We received a notice that the order to confirm that Muddy Lane is to be upgraded to a bridleway, was confirmed by the inspector on 22 July 2019. Daniel wrote “ The Order is confirmed now and to all intents and purposes effective as stated in para 3 of the  Order. There is however the six week High Court period during which an appeal may be made to the High Court. I certainly wouldn’t bet against this possibility, so there is still the remote chance that the Order could be revoked. We will see!! I’ll keep you informed when I decide to advertise the confirmation. Hopefully very soon.” So slightly bated breath till 2 September. If anyone would like to see the  paperwork, let me know and I will send it to you as an attachment. George and Barbara have been down the Lane and say there is work to be done to make it passable. We will have to make our September ride an inaugural one if all goes well!!!

Meanwhile Norman has been working on the route from Chobham to Woking. I am attaching a draft letter (please see Carole’s original e-mail) from Florence Best who is Executive Assistant to the CEO of Bioreginal and is very involved with the plans of this route.

Some other good news,  Surrey County Council has now got a new cycling coordinator (Jeff Wilson).

I have also attached a copy of a letter written by Norman in regards to the manifesto commitment to improve facilities for cyclists in Woking. At the end of this email.

Our social ride this month will be on 18 August and led by Barbara Rossouw.  We are meeting near the entrance to the children’s playground in Woking Park for departure at 2 PM. The ride will be about 15 -18 miles long taking about 2.5-3 hrs including a stop for tea. Should you need to get in contact with Barbara on the day, her mobile number is 07742 809031. Please be sure to bring a spare inner tube for your bike should you get a flat tyre.

Save the date! Our all day ride this year—route still to be decided— will be on 29 September. More about this in my September blog.

Lastly, Pub night is 27 August at 7:30 at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

Norman’s letter re manifesto pledge:

Hi Ann-Marie,

At the Cycle Group AGM I asked members for their concerns about the present cycling arrangements; this did not get me many comments.Have now produced a report which lists many of the ways that cyclists are being failed by WBC and SCC.

Over the last 8 or so years many restrictions have been placed on cyclists in the Town centre,the main one being the unwarranted cycling restriction in the  town centre banning cycling from 10am to 4pm daily.This is despite a petition which supported access to the town centre.

Presently there are no through routes for cyclist from the West.[1]The High St route has had a barrier placed on the cycle route by the new bus stops near to Victoria Arch.

[2]The Commercial Way “National Cycle route” which was  a continuation of the Goldsworth Road route has had all signs removed and is totally messed up by the redevelopments.

The CCTV cover of the cycle parking hoops is minimal, resulting in very serious theft of cycles. See the attached pdf. The surveillance of all cycle securing sites needs to be urgently reviewed and upgraded.

With the exception of a few newly installed hoops near the main entrance to Wolsey Place, a majority of the securing hoops are so close together that it is difficult to use the stands .

Towns generally have weather protection provided over the parking bays. Woking have one sheltered one only which is near to the members’ entrance to the Civic Offices.

In order to overcome the shortcomings of the cycle route from the Chobham Road to the Rail Station a contraflow has been designed to enable cyclists to access the Rail Station using Chertsey Road. This has been  outstanding since 2000 when the Woking Cycle Town works were introduced.  Plans were discussed with SCC engineers over a year ago, however there has been no indication of progress.

Throughout Woking, the on-road and off-road cycle routes have all been neglected. The contrasting colours,white lines and cycle symbols painted to indicate routes, have all been virtually obliterated by vehicle and pedestrian movements.This effects all routes to the borough boundaries

On Station Road near to Mimbridge the “Surrey Cycle Route” is signed down Horsell Common Road.At the point where cyclists coming from Chobham need to wait and cross the road there is no off-road hard standing point where cyclists can wait in safety out of the traffic stream.

The SCC no longer employ a Cycling Officer to cover Woking.

Do say if anything needs to be elaborated.

Cheers

Norman

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Carole’s July Blog

Dear All,               

July finds us enjoying warm weather and good rides. Our long afternoon ride to the Medicine garden went very well. The rain in the morning gave way to wonderful sunshine in the afternoon.  Our next ride will be this Sunday 21 July at 2PM from near the children’s playground in Woking Park. Karen Smith will be leading the ride so should you need to contact her on the day, her mobile number is 07745 208838. Don’t forget to bring a spare inner tube for your bike.

I emailed Dan Williams to see how our Muddy Lane application was going but he still hadn’t heard anything.

We have received notification regarding Highway England’s M25 junction 10/ A3 Wisley interchange update. It is very long and if you would like to take a look at the planning application you can see them in local libraries. I will attach a link to the information: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/m25-junction-10-to-a3-wisley-interchange/

I would also like to remind you that Prudential’s  Ride London weekend is August 3 and 4. There are a lot of events going on both days and you can read all about them at https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/

Pub night will be 30 July at 7:30 at the Sovereigns. Hope to see you there or on a ride.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s June Blog

Dear All,               

Our chairman, Norman Johns, is recovering from his new shoulder operation and is keeping himself busy working on our behalf while he is off his bike for a few weeks. At the AGM he mentioned that one of the Woking Lib Dem manifesto statements was to improve the cycle infrastructure in Woking . Norman asked if we would  prepare a wish list. One person suggested that a safe refuge be made for people turning into Horsell common road on the road back from Chobham near Mimbridge.  If you can think of anything, would you please send your suggestions to me and I will pass them on to Norman.               

To all our riders who like a  little more cycling on one of our rides, our long afternoon ride will be Sunday July 7. We will be going to the Medicine Garden in Cobham and the ride will be about 22 miles long. We will be leaving as usual  at 2 from near the children’s playground in Woking Park and will be back a little later than usual. If you should need to contact me on the day, my mobile is 07746394639.               

Norman thought it would be a good idea to pass on to you two videos from Cycle England’s latest  communication regarding safe cycling and road positioning: https://www.cyclinguk.org/road-positionhttps://www.cyclinguk.org/article/video-guide-five-top-tips-safer-journey.

I would also like to remind you that Prudential’s Ride London weekend is August 3 and 4. There are a lot of events on both days and you can read all about them at https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/

Our next regular easy Sunday ride will be 21 July led by Karen Smith. If you should need to contact her on the day, her mobile number is 07745 208838. Please be sure to bring a  spare inner tube to fit your bike should you be unfortunate to get a puncture.

Pub night is this Tuesday 25 June at The Sovereigns on Guildford Road from 7:30. If you should arrive by car and park in their car park, be sure to register your number plate at the machine at the bar.

May the summer sun continue and make for happy cycling.

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s May Blog 2

Dear All,

Another last minute reminder that Pub night is tomorrow night 28 May, 7:30 at the Sovereigns.

We had our AGM last week and the minutes will soon be available to read on our web site under “useful information”. Norman wanted to appeal once again for those who have suggestions to specific projects to improve the journeys of cyclists in the Woking area, that they should send their suggestions to me. He will then present them to Woking council. Our year runs from end of May to end of May  so this is an extra  “Dues are due” email. Still £5/year or £20/5 years. Membership is for the whole family and offers free Sunday social rides and discount on an affiliated membership to CTC. To activate the CTC membership we will need to send you the code. Details of how to make payment are here.

Bike week in 2019 will be 8-16 June. There are events planned all over the country. Our ride on Sunday 16 June will be part of the event.  To see other events you can go to their website www.bikeweek.org.uk/.

A few of us have joined the London open garden weekend bike ride in the past. London cycle leaders take groups from one garden to another. There is one led ride on Saturday 8 June and two on Sunday, 9 June. If you want to find out more about it, go to their website  http://www.opensquares.org/2019/activities/cyclerides.php

Our next easy social bike ride will be 16 June starting from near the children’s playground in Woking Park, leaving at 2PM. No charge for non-members this time because it is part of Bike Week. Please bring a spare inner tube for your bike should you be unfortunate enough to have a puncture.  If you need to contact me on the day, the number is 07746 394639.

Pub night in June will be on the 25th.Don’t forget to register your  car at the bar should you drive and park in their car park.

George James is organizing the Lions Martian Race (running) on Horsell Common 30 June and would welcome any volunteers who could help with marshalling, handing out water or whatever. Let George know if you can spare some time by contacting him at georgej@georgejames.com.

We have decided to move our long afternoon bike ride to Sunday 7 July. This ride will start at the same time but we will be back a bit later and we will be going a bit further. More like 20-22 miles than our normal 15-18 miles. I will give more information on this ride in my next email but put the date in your calendar.

Happy cycling.

Carole Frost

Membership secretary

P.S. still no news on results on public enquiry regarding Muddy Lane

 

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Carole’s May Blog

Dear All.

I would like to remind everyone that our AGM will be Monday 20 May 2019 at 7:30 at Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road, Old Woking. This is right near to Woking College off  Rydens Way  We hope you can make it. I have attached a note (see below*) from our chairman, Norman Johns regarding a “wish list” and hope you will take a minute to scour your brain and let us know if you have any suggestions. You can respond to me by e-mail should you not be able to make the meeting but we would much rather you came to the meeting! And I will bring lots of membership cards should you want to pay your dues!

We have also had an email regarding the proposals for the provisions of better cycle facilities around the M25/A3 junction. I will forward it to you in a separate e-mail . We have asked to be included in any meetings regarding this matter and if you have any views, let us know or reply directly to them.

Lastly, we will be heading out to Send to see the giraffes and beyond on our ride on Sunday 19 May leaving Woking Park at 2:00.

Hope to see you at the AGM

Regards

Carole Frost

*  As one of the Woking Lib Dem manifesto statements was to ” Improve the Cycle Infrastructure in Woking” or words with the same intentions, please can you ask members [before the AGM] if they would send to you a wish-list to be considered at the AGM.

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Carole’s April Blog

Dear All,

This is very late to remind you that Pub night is this Tues. 30 April at 7:30 at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.  I was waiting to be sure I could  include the information about our AGM. Our AGM will be Monday 20 May 2019 at 7:30 at Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road, Old Woking. This is right near to Woking College off  Rydens Way. Come and tell us what is on your mind, if anyone would like to join the committee, you would be more than welcome.

The Easter good weather made for a good turnout for the Elmbridge Easter Egg Hunt. There were 2 teams from the WCUG and you will not be surprised to hear we got the wooden spoons! We all know a lot more about Byfleet than we did before though and it was good fun.

Not too far from home, it has just come to my attention that Fleet is having their second annual Fleet Flyer Charity cycle ride on Sunday 12 May. There are three routes of different lengths: 20, 55 and 90 miles. If you are interested read all about it at http://www.fleetcycling.org.uk/fleet_flyer

I would also like to bring to your attention another event that one of our members, Annette Covey, is an ambassador for. It is not cycling related but you can always cycle over to the Leisure Centre to participate! They are inviting anyone who is living with or beyond cancer, families, friend and healthcare professional to join them once a month to walk, jog, run or cheer on people  at the park run in Woking Park. The event takes place on the last Saturday of the month starting from the Band Stand in Woking Park at 8:40. To read more about it follow the link to www.5kyourway.org

Bike week in 2019 will be 8-16 June. The aim is to  encourage everyone to experience the thrills of ‘everyday’ cycling – whether that’s cycling to work, school, to the shops or just for leisure – to show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. There are events planned all over the country. Our ride on Sunday 16 June will be shown on the event calendar. To see other events you can go to their website. http://www.bikeweek.org.uk/. I am not sure if  the Guildford group are doing their  “ Around the Hogs back” ride this year but I will let you know. It is always a fun ride.

Our year runs from end of May to end of May (don’t ask me why) so this is my usual “Dues are due” email. Still £5/year or £20/5 years. Membership is for the whole family and offers free Sunday social rides and discount on an affiliated membership to CTC. To activate the CTC membership we will need to send you the code. Details of how to make payment are on the website, or pay when you come on a ride or join us at the pub.

Our ride this month will be on Sunday 19 May starting at the Leisure centre near the children’s playgroup leaving at 2PM. I will be leading it and if you need to contact me on the day, the number is 07746 394639. Please bring a spare inner tube for your bike in case you are unfortunate to have a flat tyre.

Last but not least, we are still waiting to hear the results of the Public Enquiry regarding Muddy Lane.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s March Blog

Dear All,

Hope no one got blown off their bike in all the windy days we have had!

Our easy social rides got started with Norman leading our ride in March. Since Easter will be on the third Sunday of the month, our next  ride will be on 14 April leaving from near the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2 P.M. Please bring a spare inner tube for your bike since it is easier to change tubes rather than repair one.

The saga of Muddy Lane has finally come to a close. Or I should say, the public inquiry has come to a close. The site visit was on Weds. 20 March followed by final summations that afternoon.  We now await the adjudicator’s decision. We are not 100% sure we will win but at least we tried. I will let you know the final outcome.

Easter Sunday, 21 April,  will be George James’ Elmbridge cycle club’s “ Somewhat interesting Easter Egg Hunt.” George will explain the full details on the day, but briefly you’ll be riding in twos or threes and will need to navigate to various interesting places around the area where there will be some kind of “easter egg” to find. There is no fixed route, but expect to cycle around 15 to 20 miles or so depending on how many short-cuts you know or can find. The start will be at the usual place, outside the Hand and Spear pub near Weybridge Station at 11am.The final destination will be announced then where the prizes will be given out and usually we stay on for a late lunch.

Pub night is this coming Tuesday 26 March at the Sovereigns pub on Guildford Road. Don’t forget to register your number plate at the bar if you come by car to avoid a hefty charge.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost

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Carole’s February Blog

Dear All,

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. 

Happy cycling

Carole

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Carole’s January Blog

Dear All,

I hope you are enjoying the new year though I must admit it has been a bit cold for me to hit the road. Never mind, I am sure many of you don’t let a little cold weather keep you in doors.

 I want to thank Sandra Lee and Chris Jeggo for organizing our Christmas dinner which was very enjoyable. We had about 20 members attend. There was one problem though  that  I must relate to you,  a few of us received parking charges for parking in the car park behind the Sovereigns. Please be warned that they now have a new policy in place where you have to go and register your number plate at the bar when you arrive.  We all were relieved that the charges were cancelled when we explained that we had been in the pub but had not seen the sign regarding the new policy when we arrived in the dark.

I received an email from Arsheen Qasim from the charity Genetic Disorders. She said “ I am emailing from the national registered charity Genetic Disorders UK. We have some charity places for the Prudential Ride London 2019 taking place in Surrey and London on Sunday 4th August 2019. I was wondering if you could please share this info with your cycling group members who may be interested in cycling a challenging but fun 100 mile event for charity. More info is on our website: http://www.geneticdisordersuk.org/getinvolved/cycle#prudentialridelondon Any help would be appreciated.” So if you missed out in the ballot and still want to take part, let them know. The full information regarding events on the Prudential Ride London  weekend can be found at  https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/

 Meanwhile back here in Surrey the saga of Muddy Lane continues. The Inquiry will recommence at 10am on 6 February 2019 and continue until the 7 February 2019 if required. The venue will be as before : The Council Chamber, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL.   We are hoping a definitive answer will be forthcoming…..in our favour of course. All are welcomed to attend. Running information about this claim is always available on Surrey County Council website at:

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/land-planning-and-development/countryside/footpaths-byways-and-bridleways/map-modification-applications/alleged-public-bridleways-along-footpaths-566-and-3-wisley-and-129-byfleet

Norman has still been busy trying to get the route from Chobham to Woking improved. He had a meeting with Florence (whose last name I fear I do not have) regarding her Company’s Interest in the Cycle Route Initiative Chobham – Woking. He will give a report at our next usual pub night on 29 January.

Keith Cresswell has also been busy in the Byfleet/West Byfleet/Pyrford area. He asked WBC and SCC Councillor Amanda Boote her views on the 20mph issue. As a keen cyclist she responded “ I personally feel that the SCC 20mph speed limit strategy is a positive thing. Wherever possible I would be keen to see cycling lanes introduced and more safety consideration given to this key area. As a member of the Woking Borough Council Planning Committee, I always try to champion cycling when we receive planning applications – be it in terms of ensuring that all new developments have space for bicycle storage and also as regards ensuring that our roads have the proper and safe provision for our cyclists. For example, when Octagon proposed the Broadoaks development for the Parvis Road recently, I lobbied hard to ask for Surrey County Council to create a dedicated cycling lane along this very busy road as part of the developer contribution to improving infrastructure in The Byfleets. “ I am not sure how successful she was but it is good to know someone is on our side.

Once again we could use more people to lead our rides this year, so if anyone can see their way to helping us out, please let me know. It would be appreciated. The rides are held monthly on the third Sunday of the month from March to October leaving Woking Park at 2PM. Routes can be provided. 

The first pub evening of the year will be Tuesday 29 January at the Sovereigns on Guildford road, Woking. Please don’t forget to register your number plate if you come by car and park at the back!

Happy cycling

Carole Frost

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Carole’s November Blog 2

Dear All,

I thought I should pass on to you what  we have  heard regarding use of the Basingstoke canal tow path. At the last meeting of the  Basingstoke Canal Joint Management Committee one of the items was to consider the adoption of a cycling policy statement and a Towpath Users code of conduct. Speed by cyclists seems to be the main problem. They have adopted a Cycle Policy Statement and Code for Towpath users that I would like to share with you; it’s on the Basingstoke Canal page of the website. If you would like to read the whole discussion please see item 9 on the following link: https://mycouncil.surreycc.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?MId=6231&x=1

Personally I always want to remind them that the only reason we have such a good surface on the towpath is because money from Cycle England was given to Sustrans to improve the surface of the  towpath and to suggest we use the roads instead is especially annoying. BUT we have to live with our neighbours so adopting the “Share the space, drop the pace” and “two tings” is a good thing. I wish the pedestrians would also remember not to walk across the whole path so no one can pass but if we are all considerate of others, this will also happen.

Public awareness campaigns to encourage cooperative shared use of towpaths seems the best way forward. So please pass this on to other cyclists you know and encourage them to Share the Space, cut the Pace.

Norman is working away on setting up regular meetings regarding cycling with WBC and SCC.

Remember to Light the Night to be seen when you are cycling.

Our last pub night of the year is Tuesday 27 November at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.

Happy and safe cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s November Blog

Dear All,

                Now that our rides are finished for the year there are a few campaign issues I would like to bring to your attention.

First from Annette:

“Hi Everyone,

As cyclists I think this proposed one way system is of interest to us and our community. If this one way system goes ahead and a provision is not made for cyclists it could force us on to the busy A322 on a very busy stretch, through dangerous bends where there is currently no cycle path. I know quite a few of us use Ford Road/ Lucas Green Road when cycling over towards West End, Bisley, Lightwater, Bagshot, even if only occasionally.

The Surrey County Council Consultation runs until the end of November. If we could share this amongst our cycling community that would be great.

https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/lucas-green-road-and-ford-road-woking-consultation/

So long as safe provision is made for cyclists I personally would not be opposed to a one way system. My concern is cyclists safety being over looked.

Annette

And then from our chairperson, Norman:

“I would like to arrange a regular meeting with Geoff McMannus at WBC I rather like the opportunity to meet 3 or 6 monthly… please see what folks think. Who would like to join me at the meetings? Also I would like to contact the WBC officer who has the job of encouraging shoppers into the town centre. We could encourage cycle use- ” saving car miles, parking fees  and time” if we had WBC detail the easy cycle routes in, especially from the Pyrford, Sheerwater, Woodham  points. Thoughts please.

Cheers

Norman

Congratulations to all members who led or did back up for the rides. “

A few years ago we had a forum meeting about 3 times a year where we discussed cycling issues with members of SCC. They came to an end when the role of dedicated cycle officer was cut. Norman recently has been meeting with the WBC to champion our case for consideration of cyclists in and around the town centre. He would welcome some company at these meetings. If you would like to help and join Norman, please reply to this e-mail and I will pass on your information to Norman.

We heard from Daniel Williams about his response to the objections that caused the enquiry on Muddy Lane to be adjourned in May. We  have read it and think it is very  positive for us. But we have thought that before so we shall see.

Our last pub night of the year will be 27 November. We don’t have a pub night in December.

A reminder to be sure to have  lights and reflectors on your bikes so you can be seen in the dark.

Happy cycling,

Carole

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Carole’s October Blog 2

Our last Easy Social Sunday ride will be Sunday 21 October. We will be checking out the Acers in Windsor Great Park. The leader of the ride will be Sandra Lee. She will be leaving the usual place near the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2PM. The acers should be lovely this year.

 Our pub night will be 30 October at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.  Steve or Norman may be there to once again show what is being  planned for cyclists in Woking in the future.

 The public consultation regarding the planned redevelopment of Guildford Rd. south of Victoria Arch comes to a close soon. 24 October.  We urge you to look at the proposal and let them know your views.  Follow the link to the consultation,  https://www.woking.gov.uk/guildfordrdconsultation

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s October Blog

A reminder that our long afternoon ride will be this Sunday, 7 October. We will be leaving from our usual place, near the entrance to the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2:00. The ride will be following the tow path to Weybridge where we will pick  up the new off road bicycle route to Walton bridge, where we will have tea. The ride will be a little longer than usual, around 20 miles, and we will be back a little later than usual. Karen will be leading the ride and if you need to contact her, the number is 07745208838.

Norman and I went to the exhibition regarding the planned redevelopment of Guildford Rd. south of Victoria Arch. They are proposing to remove the gyratory and make  it two ways. A public consultation is on line until 24 October and we urge you to look at the proposal and let them know your views. Personally I object to the fact that you cannot turn left into Heathside Rd. therefore making it very difficult to get to Woking Community Hospital  by car. Follow the link to the consultation,  https://www.woking.gov.uk/guildfordrdconsultation and give your opinion.

 Norman and Steve had a meeting with SCC and WBC engineers about plans for town cycling in the future. There are many plans afoot. Steve brought the plans of the proposals to the last pub night to show us. He said the people they talked to actually were very interested in putting in quality cycling facilities and so constructive criticisms would be welcomed. I will see if Norman and/or Steve are able to come to the next pub night, 30 Oct., and bring the plans if anyone wants to come and see them.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost
Membership secretary

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Carole’s September Blog

Dear All,

Our easy social ride will be this Sunday 16 Sept. starting at 2PM from  near the children’s playground in Woking Park. We will be going across Whitmore common and having tea at Rokers before heading back to the Park via the Hoe Valley path. If you need to contact me, my mobile number is 07746 394639.

Our long afternoon ride will be on 7 October led by Karen Smith. She will be leaving the usual place at 2PM but will be back a bit later than usual. The route will be along the towpaths to Weybridge and then along the new cycle route from Weybridge to Walton Bridge. Tea will be at the bridge and then back along the Thames path. It will be about 20 miles long and  promises to be a really flat route! If you need to contact Karen, her mobile number is 07745 208838.

Norman is meeting with someone from  Woking borough council next week to try and sort out some cycling problems which we are all having with all the construction going on in the town centre. He hopes it will be productive.

One good bit of news has been the initiative to widen the existing footpath to create a shared footpath and cycle path along the A30 between Camberley and Bagshot. To read all about it, click on the link under ‘Latest news’ on the Welcome page of the website.

Pub night will be Tuesday, 25 September at the Sovereigns on Guildford Road.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost
WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s August Blog

Our Treasure Hunt which was set by Ralph Brown was a fun  ride. Karen and Andrew Smith were the winners. Thanks go to  Ralph for all his hard work. He might even be persuaded to do another one next year!

Out next ride will be 16 September starting from the Leisure centre near the ice cream hut near the children’s playground at 2 PM. Since I  will be leading it…..it will be as hill free as possible!!! If you need to contact me on the day the number is 07746394639

I will give you a little extra warning to remind you that our long afternoon ride will be on 7 October. We leave from the leisure centre at the same time but we will be back a bit later. Barbara will be leading us to Walton Bridge via the new bike route from Weybridge.

 Pub night will be next Tuesday evening, 28 August at 7:30 at the Sovereigns Pub.

Last but not least, we have been notified that the Muddy Lane Inquiry recommencement date has been set for 6-7 Feb 2019! When I emailed Dan Williams saying how disappointed I was that it was so far in the future he replied:

“Yes I was expecting a date before the end of this year at the latest. I think the Planning Inspectorate are under a lot of strain at the moment- every transaction seems to be taking 2-3 times longer than it did a few years ago. I suspect like many public bodies they have been cut to the bone. It gives plenty of time to prepare and time to forget where we were if we are not careful.” So the saga continues.

Happy cycling.

Carole Frost

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Carole’s July Blog

Dear All,

Save the day. We are having a treasure hunt as our ride in August. That is 19 August, 2018. We will be starting from our usual place…near the entrance to the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2PM. Riders will follow clues and see how many answers they can find in two hours. Then it is a return to the Leisure centre to find a winner. We hope it will be a fun afternoon and suitable for all the family.

Other news and dates for your diary. The Prudential Ride London Free cycle  will be Saturday 28 July. Follow the link to the Web site to sign up. https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/. This is a fun day for the whole family riding on traffic free streets around central London.  Either go up to London by train or if you would like to add a little extra cycling, join the group who leave from Kingston on a led ride. You can find the information about where they are meeting when you register to participate and follow the link under the “led Rides”. The rides are very well organized and only 14 miles to where they leave you in London. When I have gone on these rides we have taken the train to Surbiton and then cycled to the meeting place in Kingston, usually by the market, and ended up on the Mall by Buckingham Palace. Other  events on the day are: Ride London Classique Pro women’s race starting at 17:00,  the Brompton World championship final at 19:15 and the 2018 Prudential RideLondon Handcycle Grand Prix which will start at 19:50 .

The Brompton race is always interesting because no lycra is permitted and fancy dress is encouraged. The race starts  on the Mall with a Le Mans-style dash, with entrants frantically unfolding their Bromptons before taking on the 16km circuit.

There are all sorts of things going on that day in the Festival Zones between 9 and 4.Here is a link to the map or the route and where the festival zones are. https://d1ffaecguugkl4.cloudfront.net/ridelondon/live/uploads/cms_page_media/73/FreeCycle%20Map_2018.pdf.

The big day for the dedicated cyclists of course is on Sunday 29 July. There are more choices this year to participate. There is the 100, 46 and 19 miles routes. All of the ballot places have been filled but you might still be able to get a place with one of the charities. Then the big race with professional cyclists is the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. If you want to watch them whiz by there are a lot of places to watch along the route near us since it comes through Weybridge, Byfleet, West Byfleet, Pyrford ,Ripley ,West Horsley and East Clandon before heading for Box Hill. If anyone has a place and are riding we wish you good luck. https://d1ffaecguugkl4.cloudfront.net/ridelondon/live/uploads/cms_page_media/105/2018-Prudential-RideLondon-Classic-Route-Map.pdf

Norman has been busy campaigning on our behalf when not cycling around Bulgaria with Steve. He noticed  a prohibition notice for cyclist at the High Street end of Chapel Street. Since Commercial Way from Goldsworth Road up to the High Street end of Chapel Street are designated National Cycle routes he asked for this to be removed. This has been done. Things are definitely a challenge for cyclists in Woking  at the moment but when this all is finished he is hoping we will have better routes . He and Steve have set up a meeting to discuss cycle plans in September with a member of the council.

We are still waiting for a new date for the resumption of the Muddy Lane Inquiry.

Ride to work day is 15 August and you can sign up at  https://www.cycletoworkday.org/

Pub night will be 31 July

Hope to see many of you on our treasure hunt.

Happy cycling and don’t forget to keep hydrated on rides in this weather.

Carole Frost

Membership secretary.

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Carole’s June Blog II

Dear All,

I forgot to send a reminder that Pub night was last night but I did want to remind those who are interested in a nice long all day ride, that ours will be this Sunday 1 July. It will be to Shoreham via the Downs Link around 40 miles and led by Barbara Rossouw with back up from Chris Jeggo and Karen Smith. They will be leaving Woking Park meeting where we usually meet by the children’s playground at 8:15. If the weather stays hot, be sure to take lots of water and a swim suit if you want to take a dip before catching the train home. If you intend to go will you please give Barbara a call on her mobile 07742809031 or email her on Barbieross2@gmail.com, so she won’t leave without you. And don’t forget to take a spare inner tube, or two.

Our AGM was held on 18 June and the minutes can be read on our website under the Useful Information heading.

Cycle to work day is back. This year it will be Weds. 15 August. www.cycletoworkday.org copy the link, pledge miles and maybe win a prize!

We have also had an appeal to “Ride to the Moon-save a Dad ” to tackle prostate cancer. Read all about it and get involved!: http://cycletothemoon.tackleprostate.org/ I have attached the poster should you want to organize an event at work or pass on the message to other cyclists. You can even contribute miles by spinning in the gym.

We have also been contacted regarding an event taking place in September, starting in Tadworth which is a bit of a distance but if you fancy doing something for the Children’s Trust on 9 September, go to the following Web site. https://www.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/surrey-cycle-challenge

Meanwhile we are still waiting to see the date when the Muddy Lane public enquiry will resume..

Another note for your diary. Les Bowerman informs me that the Veteran-Cycle Club Ripley Section’s Jumble sale will be 15 September in the Ripley Village Hall.

Our next easy social ride will be 15 July starting near the children’s playground in Woking Park leaving at 2PM. Norman will be leading the ride so should you need to contact him on the day, his mobile number is: 07761221310. Don’t forget to bring a spare inner tube for your bike.

Pub night will be 31 July.

Take care when cycling in this heat and drink a sufficient amount of water.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s June Blog

Dear All,

Summer is here, the sky is blue. May it continue!

This is Bike Week and I hope you pledged miles and are just waiting to see if you won a bike. Our Bike Week ride will be this Sunday, 17 June starting as usual from near the children’s playground and Woking Park, leaving at 2PM. Since it is part of Bike Week, it is free. It will be led by Julia and Val and will mostly be on the canal tow paths so road bikes really won’t be suitable. Tea will be at the Anchor. Julia’s mobile number is 07989552436  should you need to contact her on the day..

The Muddy Lane Inquiry was adjourned due to a late submission by the main objector. A new date was made which was to be 26 June, but unfortunately that date has also had to be cancelled since Daniel Williams , our chief witness, has a conflict of dates. So no Inquiry on 26 June. I will send an email when the new date has been decided.

 Our AGM will be Monday 18 June 2018 at 7:30 at Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road, Old Woking. This is right next to Woking College off Rydens Way. Come and hear a report on our various campaigns including Muddy Lane. Come and tell us what is on your mind. If anyone would like to join the committee, that could be arranged.

I received the following from Barbara who will be leading the all day ride on 1 July:

WCUG all day ride 1st July, Down’s link to Shorham starting from Woking Leisure Centre meeting at 8.15.Have a good breakfast before setting out.  Stopping for elevenes along the Downs Link then lunch in Shoreham.  We will take the train back.  Tickets can be bought in Shoreham £29.10 (group tickets would lower the cost) see Trainline for train times. Hybrids or mountain bikes are the best fit for the Downs Link.  Estimated gentle pace of 9 miles per hour.  No one will be left behind.. Karen, Andrew and Chris are joining us as the support team. Bring water and nibbles for the road and a swimsuit for a swim in the sea. “

I suggest you let Barbara know if you will be going on the ride so no one will be left behind—at the start!  Her email is Barbieross2@gmail.com, and if you need to contact her on the day, her mobile is 07742809031.

Pub night will be 26 June at the Sovereigns.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost

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Carole’s May Blog

Dear All,

            Only one more week to go to see if we actually mange to get Muddy Lane opened to cyclists. The public inquiry will be held at Woking council chambers on May 22-23 starting at 10:00. Everyone is welcome to attend and support our request to have the Map modification order confirmed.  You don’t have to be there the whole time. We did have an email from a cyclist to say they had used the lane starting from Byfleet recently without being challenged and that the gate at Mr. Garlands end was actually down. We live in hope.

            Soon it will be Bike Week ( 9-17 June) which encourages everyone to experience the thrills of ‘everyday’ cycling – whether that’s cycling to work, school, to the shops or just for leisure – to show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. There are events planned all over the country. Our ride on Sunday 17 June will be shown on the event calendar. To see other events you can go to their website. www.bikeweek.org.uk And then you might like to win a bike!!!  Win a Bike a day with Love to Ride! Love to Ride are giving away a bike a day, everyday, during Bike Week. All you need to do to enter the prize draw is register at lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week (9-17 June) and log your ride!

            We  had a message from Paul Smith who is a freelance writer who helped  create a guide called ‘How to Prevent your Bike from being Stolen’. It offers very useful tips and advice on keeping one’s bicycle safe from theft both at home and in parks and other public spaces. We have added a link to this excellent guide on our website.

            I regret I missed a letter when I was trying to pass on to you the link about using a ferry for touring with a bike. Here is the correct link: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/guide-taking-bike-ferry ,

            We had another interesting call for support : https://www.soreen.com/soreencycleproject/about/

            Our year runs from end of May to end of May (don’t ask me why) so this is my usual “Dues are due” email. Still £5/year or £20/5 years. Membership is for the whole family and offers free Sunday social rides and discount on an affiliated membership to CTC. To activate the CTC membership we will need to send you the code. Details of how to make payment is on the website.

Our AGM will be Monday 18 June 2018 at 7:30 at Old Woking Community Centre, Sundridge Road, Old Woking. This is right next to Woking College off Rydens Way. Come and tell us what is on your mind, if anyone would like to join the committee, you would be more than welcomed. We will have a report about the Muddy Lane inquiry.

Our next ride will be this Sunday 20 May led by Karen Smith. Should you need to contact her on the day, the telephone number is 07745208838. We meet near the children’s playground In Woking Park for departure at 2 PM.

Lastly, our next Pub night will be 29 May at the Sovereigns Pub on Guildford road at 7:30.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s April Blog

Dear All,

A lot of consultation has been going on in regard to the M25 Junction 10/A3  and two members went to a workshop regarding this. I copy their reports here Workshop-reports since I think they will be of interest to all.

In regard to our usual matters, we had to cancel our first ride of the season (first time that I can remember) due to snow! So our first ride of the year now will be 15 April leaving from near the children’s playground in Woking Park at 2PM. The contact number should you need to contact the ride leader will be Norman Johns  07761 221310. May the sun shine and may it be a nice day.

I don’t know how many have seen the plusBike started by National Rail. Many of us like to take our bikes by train to the start of an adventure and PlusBike is a one-stop shop for information about your combined cycle and rail journey. To find out how to use it, go to www.nationalrail.co.uk/PlusBike

I sent out an email (see below – Editor) a few days ago reporting on the successful campaign to get an off road route along the A245 from Cobham to Byfleet.

Also a reminder that the public enquiry regarding Muddy Lane will be 22 May 2018 at the  Council Chamber, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6YL starting at 10 a.m.

Lastly, pub night will be 24 April at the Sovereigns pub starting at 7:30.

Happy cycling,

Carole Frost

Membership secretary

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Off Road Route Along the A245 Cobham to Byfleet

ROXA11FDear All,

Good news from Norman regarding the off road route along the A245 from Cobham to Byfleet. I have enclosed an article Norman has written regarding this long campaign which seems to have come to fruition, and a picture.

Well done.

Carole Frost

I am delighted to see the work is being carried out along the A245 to provide drop curbs at the points where drives lead off this very narrow and busy road. This follows a petition presented to the Elmbridge Local Transport Committee in 2017. The Surrey County Council Engineer agreed that the road is too dangerous for other than very experienced cyclist to use. Additionally  the many HGVs using this road are not able to pass a cyclist due to the narrow carriageway.

When the whole 2 miles have had the full footway cleared of encroaching material, there will be a safe  2 mile route from the Seven Hills junction to the  Byfleet roundabout. Surrey Police confirm that cyclists are out of the traffic dangers when on this off-road route.

Our thanks go to all the vehicle driver and cyclist supporters of the petition, the Elmbridge Local Transport committee members and the Surrey Advertiser.

Norman Johns, Chair of the Woking Cycle Users Group, said that this will encourage new and young cyclists to consider cycling between Cobham and Byfleet. If only more  Local Transport committee groups were willing to back petitions for off-road cycle routes between villages, the use of cars would be reduced and much healthy exercise encouraged.

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Carole’s March Blog

Dear All,

Some of us went to the public consultation regarding the A3/junction10 last weekend and Keith Cresswell wrote the following report which I think will be of interest to all.

“Whatever the merits or otherwise of the j10 scheme, it is commendable that there is a continuous non-motorised users path from Ockham junction to Painshill, which might please our friends from GBUG somewhat (although a dedicated cycle path as would have been the case in Germany, Holland and Denmark would be preferable).

However, the planners have given no thought to cyclists safety at the Ockham junction (particularly for users from Ockham Road North or Portsmouth Road to the new Wisley Lane) and as currently drafted will result in a cycle death at some stage from cyclists going across the end of the off ramp from the A3. This could be addressed by extending the non-motorised users path slightly to join with Ockham Road North and then continuing to the Portsmouth Road allowing cyclists to go the “wrong” way round the roundabout for 15 and 30 degrees respectively rather than 345 and 330 degrees as proposed as well as crossing on and off ramps to A3.

I believe it is important our members and GBUG’s comment to Highways England accordingly either through the Consultation Questionnaire

(https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/m25-junction-10-a3-wisley-interchange-2018/consultation/intro/ ) or to info@highwaysengland.co.uk by 26 March.

Keith Cresswell”

I also talked to someone who said they might have to move the non-motorized route from one side (airfield side) to the other (Wisley side) of the A3 because there was objection to taking land from Bolder Mere Lake. I suggested they keep the route on the airfield side and put a pontoon over the water with the route going over it. Any better suggestion, please let them know.

Anyway, please be sure and respond and urge them to try to make the Ockham junction safer for cyclists.

Regards

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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Carole’s February Blog

Dear All,

              Just to let you know that our easy /social rides are starting again. The dates for this year are once again on the third Sunday of the month leaving the Woking Leisure centre at 2:00PM. The dates for this year are 18 March,  15 April,  20 May,  17 June,  15 July,  19 August,  16 September and 21 October.  As well as these regular rides there will be a longer afternoon ride 7 Oct. and an all day ride on Sunday 1 July. The cost is free for members of Woking Cycle Users’ Group and £1 per family for non-members. Most routes will be on tracks and minor roads.  The rides will be about 14-18 miles long and will take approximately 2 – 2 ½ hours.  Sometimes we stop for tea, but I can’t guarantee this. We meet  In the car park at Woking Leisure Centre near the childrens’ playground at 1.50pm, ready to leave at 2. . Sorry, no unaccompanied children under 15, but accompanied children are welcome provided they are strong enough to cycle at a slow adult pace.  They will need a proper bike with gears and at least 20” wheels.  Bikes should be in good working order and please bring a spare inner tube. The first ride will be on 18 March and will be led by Robin Hamilton. His mobile number is 07812 831494 if you need to contact him on the day. If you would like to know more about the rides, please text me on 07746 394639 or email mecafrost@ntlworld.com

            I would also like to remind you that Highway England  has a consultation regarding the M25 Junction 10 – A3 Wisley Interchange. This is an important consultation for us because we wanted to make sure they provided safe cycle access to Wisley Lane from Ripley. The plan seems to be to make a two way  road from Ockham roundabout and running along the A3 on the airfield side and then cross over the A3 on a new bridge to replace the present footbridge. It seems to me this will be dangerous to cyclists because cyclists will have to cross the roundabout and contend with cars getting on and off the A3. See what you think and let Highway England know. They have an online survey or you can go to a public consultation. Dates and places can be viewed by following this link: go to the scheme page.

            Our pub nights have started again so come along to the Sovereigns Pub on Guildford Road, Woking GU22 7QQ starting at 7:30 on Tuesday 27 Feb. to talk about bikey things.

            Happy cycling.

Carole Frost

Membership secretary

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Norman’s report of G-Bug Meeting, 30 February

Dear All,

Norman went to the G-Bug open meeting last week and I thought you might be interested in his summation of the event. They also briefly touched on pot holes and we were reminded that we all should report the ones we see. The link is www.fillthathole.org.uk

Regards,

Carole

WCUG membership secretary

Guildford G – Bug group had widely advertised this event  which attracted about 50 interested cyclists. The guest Speaker was Sargent Phill Dix from Surrey Police

Before Sgt Dix arrived the Surrey Police Crime Commissioner made a short appearance. He mentioned the joint initiative between Sussex  & Surrey POLICE to roll out the CTC designed Cyclist mat project details ,This has been adopted and is being used to demonstrate to vehicle drivers the need to give cyclist a clear 1.5 m space when the vehicle is over –taking cyclist[s] . After offering  good cheer to the assembled group the PCC left for an engagement out county.

Sgt Dix arrived ,having been held up by the heavy traffic in Guildford. After an introduction he spoke and later took questions on – The high number of cyclist deaths and injuries in Surrey. The CTC Map project.  Use of video cameras by cyclists ,and the need to get recorded details of apparent dangerous driving  to the the Police in 24 hours of the incident  and collecting of witnesses to incidents. There are on line forms available from “ Surreypolice.com “ this is also the place to report incidents of antisocial driving.

The police are staging enforcement incidents with an officer dressed in civilian clothing, cycling in locations where incidents of vehicle drivers / cyclist accidents and near misses have been reported.. The officer on the cycle will be provided  with a helmet video cameras and a microphone for direct communications to a backup police team. Offenders are usually invited to a training session including the use of the “cycle mat”. Any offenders who have committed serious traffic infringements will however be served with a  notice on the spot. Apparently the police make  extensive use of a twitter account to spread  details of offences to over 1,000 followers. There are the usual officer shortage restraints on the forces ,plenty of enthusiasm but only about 20 on road  operations under taken to date.

I asked Sgt Dix if the police could assist with the challenge of getting the Councillor members of local authority Transport committees interested in supporting Petitions to provide off road cycle /pedestrian routes where the road situations are too dangerous for other than” experienced cyclist”. Not having the department details to hand, Sgt Dix was given my contact details and promises to forward the details . A large number of routine questions were asked by the audience, a majority will be normal practice for WCUG members. Helmet use and visibility issues being 2 important issues.

A well organised event.

Norman

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Carole’s January Blog

Dear All,

Seems a bit late to be wishing everyone a Happy New Year but this is our first communication of the year. So Happy New Year! I hope you are all ready for a fun cycling year.

Norman has been busy on our behalf trying to get a safe route for walking and cycling between Chobham and Woking. He went to two public meetings to put the case forward. One was to the Surrey Heath local committee which I fear wasn’t too successful although since the meeting he has made some progress with interested parties.  He then attended the Woking Local meeting and they voted almost unanimously (only one dissent)  to support the idea BUT it was the usual addendum….. “When Transport funding is available”.

He has also had a site meeting in regard to the cycling problems in Woking town centre/Victoria Arch area during the town rebuilding. Here is what was decided: “ The bollards separating the High St bus stop area  [near to Victoria Arch] from the walkway will be moved onto the road in order to reintroduce the wider pedestrian route This will cover the newly painted cycle route markings which cannot be extended down to the junction yet. An additional large road sign has  been located on the Police Station side of the Victoria Arch so as to tell the drivers  that they are entering a zone where they cannot pass cyclists (like the sign as one enters the narrow road section leading from the town side of the Victoria Arch).

On the opposite side of that road section, the cycle way signage and lines are all but obliterated and covered in surface mud. This, and further bollards on this side, will be given attention. Here I am not sure if SCC will act or WBC act on their behalf.

Regarding Muddy Lane, we have received confirmation that the public inquiry regarding Surrey County Council requesting a map modification order to change Muddy Lane to a bridleway will be held on 22 May 2018 at the Council Chamber, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6YL starting at 10 a.m. If you would like to attend and especially if you wish to give evidence, you should let me know so I can tell Daniel Williams, who is the SCC officer in charge.

Highways England have decided on the preferred option in regard to the M25 junction 10/A3 improvement scheme. To read the proposal please follow this link http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/m25-junction-10-to-a3-wisley-interchange/  then the consultation link and finally the preferred route announcement leaflet. They will be having the public consultation sometime in early 2018.

We need more people to lead our rides this year  so if anyone can see their way to helping out with this, would they please let me know. We are going to have a roster and can provide routes for those who are interested. The rides are held monthly from March to October on the third Sunday of the month, leaving Woking Park at 2 pm.

Pub night starts again next Tuesday 30 Jan. at the Sovereigns pub on Guildford Road from 7:30. We had a very nice Christmas dinner and the Sovereigns did a fine job of serving us. Thank you to Sandra for getting it all organized.

It is a pity  our Pub night happens to be  on the same night as the invitation from G-Bug to attend their open meeting. It starts at 6pm at Guildford Council Offices, Millmead. Sgt Phil Dix of Surrey Police Road Policing Unit will present on how the unit is endeavouring to protect cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Here  is hoping the weather improves soon.

Happy cycling

Carole Frost

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Carole’s November Blog

Dear All.

I see Cycling UK has us down as a campaigning group. This email will seem to agree with that!

First. I would like to thank everyone who signed our petition regarding a safe cycle and pedestrian friendly route from Chobham to Woking. This petition has met the relevant criteria to be considered by the Local Committee (Surrey Heath). The meeting on 30 November will be held at St Michael’s Church, 286 London Road (A30), Camberley, GU15 3JP and will begin with informal question time 6-6.30pm. The meeting officially starts at 6.30pm. The meeting should be finished by 8.30pm and there is no obligation to stay for the full meeting. The Committee will consider the petition at the meeting. Since we had over 100 signatures, Norman will be able to speak. You are more than welcome to attend and listen to the debate if you would like . The second meeting will be at Woking Council Offices on 6 December, same time frame.

Second. We have heard regarding The Surrey County Council Upgrading of Footpaths No. 129 Byfleet, 3 Wisley (Part) and 566 Wisley to Bridleway Status Definitive Map Modification Order (That is Muddy Lane to most of us) . The motion was passed in the local committee but since there were objections, it had to be sent to the Secretary of State for confirmation, now the Order is to be determined by an Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State. This leads us to a public inquiry. We have been offered 22 May for 2 days for the inquiry. Once the date has been made definite Daniel Williams and Catherine Valiant, Surrey County Council Countryside Access Officers will decide who they will be calling as witnesses. Daniel says he is hoping that he can get a good cohort of witnesses along. His normal practice is to call users as witnesses where possible. Once we have the date, if you would like to be a witness perhaps you can email me so George and I can pass your name on to Daniel.

Third. I have a request from Keith Cresswell who is also very active in the Byfleet, West Byfleet and Pyrford Residence Ass. “Could you bring to members’ attention the following:

http://the-residents.org/2017/10/20-mph-is-it-for-us/#more-68

Any comments would be welcome specially from residents in the east of the borough.”

This is in regard to your view on the implementation of a 20MPH speed limit.

Next. Norman had a fruitful discussion with those who came to the last pub night regarding Tube maps. They have a plan! He was happy for the input from Nigel Burke from the G-bug group.

Last. Norman received an email as part of the consultation on the proposals to improve walking, cycling and horse riding infrastructure around the A3 / M25. The proposals seem to relate to plans to create a sustainable new community at Wisley Airfield and did not seem to be the same as the one the Highway commission had last December. Having looked at it, our main concern was that there was still no way to cycle from Ripley to Wisley Lane safely.

I hope that is all the campaigning issues for the moment. Our social rides are finished for the year and won’t start again till next March but we have one more pub night for this year. It will be next Tues 28 November at the Sovereigns . We will not have pub night in December so the next one will be at the end of January. Christmas dinner is 7 December for those who have signed up starting at 7 PM at The Sovereigns, Guildford Road, Woking.

I will let you know what transpires in regard to the Norman’s safe route from Chobham To Woking.

Happy cycling and please be sure to light up your bike at this time of year so you can be seen. With the low sun it is even a good idea to keep your lights on during the day.

Regard,

Carole Frost

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Carole’s October Blog

Dear All,

Just a quickie to remind everyone that our last Social ride of the year will be this Sunday 15 October, to check out how the Acer wood at Windsor Great Park is looking. Hopefully in full colour. Sandra will be leading and 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. The Elmbridge cycle group continue with rides of 25-30 miles on the second Sunday of the month. More information about these and other rides an be found on our website.

Also it is not too late to sign the petition started by Norman to provide a safe route from Chobham  to Woking. Here is the link http://petitions.surreycc.gov.uk/SafeRouteChobham/ You have until 9 November.

Lastly, pub night this month is 31 October at 7:30 at the Sovereigns, Woking.

Happy cycling.

Carole Frost

WCUG membership secretary

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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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