RIDE REMINDER: Sunday 18th August St Albans Abbey

The  plan this month is to amble north to St Albans to visit the Abbey and see its new Welcome Centre https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-48621049. This will be a relaxed pace ride – but not necessarily a short ride (about 30 miles all in). After leaving The Spires we will ride the 10 miles to St Albans without a coffee stop. This will allow for an early lunch at one of the many eating places in the centre of St Albans. The group will then go on to visit the new Abbey centre.  Riding back, there will be a stop for afternoon tea along the way.

Meet: 10.00am Tally Ho, North Finchley N12 or 10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand

Ride Leader: Ian Ollier 0208 440 5943

NB No indoor meeting in August. The next meeting is Thursday 26thSeptember.

 For all rides:

Please remember to bring a spare inner tubein case you have a puncture and some basic tools that fit your bike.

Any questions about rides please contact Alison Ewington 01707 376282 alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

Evening ride cancelled -Friday 9th Aug. A bit more info……

Hello

to clarify, the decision to cancel the ride is due to the weather forecast for Friday evening – high winds and rain. The committee feel it could be unsafe and we do not want to encourage members to take unnecessary risks.

If we can reschedule it this season we will post details on this website.

Safe cycling!

 

Sunday 18th August SUNDAY RIDE: St Albans Abbey

The  plan this month is to amble north to St Albans to visit the Abbey and see its new Welcome Centre https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-48621049. This will be a relaxed pace ride – but not necessarily a short ride. There will be stops for teas and coffees as well as lunch. More details will be posted from the website nearer the time.

Meet: 10.00am Tally Ho, North Finchley N12 or 10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand

Ride Leader: Ian Ollier 0208 440 5943

For all rides:

Please remember to bring a spare inner tubein case you have a puncture and some basic tools that fit your bike.  You MUST bring light on evening rides.

Any questions about rides please contact Alison Ewington 01707 376282 alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

Friday 9th August (NB the second Friday of the month) EVENING RIDE: The Salt’n’Vinegar Ride!

A gentle ride on a summer’s evening with something to eat at the end of the ride back at Tally Ho. Come on the ride starting at 7pm or join the group for fish and chips at D&Q Fish & Chips, 688 High Road, North Finchley N12 at 8.15-8.30pm (opposite the Tally Ho pub on the east side of the High Road).

LIGHTS ARE A MUST FOR THIS RIDE TO GET HOME.
Meet: 7.00pm Tally Ho, North Finchley N12

Ride Leader: Ian Ollier 0208 440 5943

For all rides:

Please remember to bring a spare inner tubein case you have a puncture and some basic tools that fit your bike.  You MUST bring light on evening rides.

Any questions about rides please contact Alison Ewington alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

 

RIDE REMINDER Sunday 4th August TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go

First Sunday of the month ride – route not planned in advance. Meet, discuss where you would like to go and off you go!

Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12

Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.

For all rides:

Please remember to bring a spare inner tubein case you have a puncture and some basic tools that fit your bike.  You MUST bring light on evening rides.

Any questions about rides please contact Alison Ewington alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

Reminder: FreeCycle Events This Weekend 3-4th August

Don’t forget the FreeCycle events this weekend (see Rides Blog of 28 June for more details).

Our marshals Peter, Graham and John are stepping up to muster and coax a group of cyclists to and from central London to participate in the Saturday 3 Aug event. Remember you can join them as participants or find your own way into London and there is no need to register if you don’t want to and it is all FREE!!

The start point for the organised ride in is from Tally Ho Pub, North Finchley N12 0BP at 10am with the led start back to North Finchley from London at 3pm

You can download a map of the FreeCycle area in London at the following: https://www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/route/

Also Barnet Cyclists want to wish all the best to the Barnet team participating in the Surrey 100 on Sunday 4th August.  GOOD LUCK – Helen, Penny and Ray!!

RIDE REMINDER Sunday 21st July: Columbia Road flower market

Something a bit different this month – a ride into town to visit Columbia Road which is transformed every Sunday into an amazing flower market. It will be one of Alison Assiter’s renowned convoluted routes taking us through intriguing bits of north and east London. We will ride to the river Lea and then to Victoria Park and the Columbia Road flower market. We will find a way back along part of the Regents Canal. It will be a windy ride through parks and side roads and therefore not for those who want to step on it for exercise. Very approx. length of 20-25 miles from Tally Ho to the end of ride in London. Ride will end at Highbury & Islington where you can either ride the short distance to Kings Cross or Finsbury Park stations to get trains back to Barnet or the ride leader will lead those who want to cycle back, north towards Finchley.

Meet: 10.00am at Tally Ho, North Finchley N12.

Ride Leader: Alison Assiter

Any questions about rides please contact Alison Ewington alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

London Boroughs’ Healthy Streets Scorecard

The first ever (and first of what’s planned to be an annual event) London Boroughs’ Healthy Streets Scorecard launched today. You can see the LCC blog with the media release and download of the full report and spreadsheet here: https://lcc.org.uk/articles/healthy-boroughs. It has also been covered in the Evening Standard.

What is the Scorecard?

The Scorecard aims to track boroughs on nine metrics relating to the Healthy Streets methodology and the Mayor’s Transport Strategy aims. These nine are broken into four “outputs” – the long-term results of making streets healthier – such as serious collision rates, mode share and car ownership, and four inputs, one of which is a combination of two metrics. These are things every borough can and should be doing to improve streets and will mean all boroughs can affect their scoring and standing on the Scorecard within a year, without huge amounts of funding – such as modal filters installed, km of cycle track, 20mph and CPZ coverage of the borough’s roads.

All of the scores have been designed to not only be sourced from public sources of information (TfL mostly, but also DfT etc.) but also should be replicable on an annual basis. All the metrics have also been normalised – so, for instance, boroughs with more walking and cycling shouldn’t automatically do badly on collisions for vulnerable road users.

What the scorecard means for Barnet

Overall, Barnet comes 28th out of 33 boroughs, above Hillingdon, Bromley, Bexley, Redbridge and Havering.  The areas where investments have the most potential for improving Barnet’s overall score are 20 mph zones and provision of protected cycle tracks, followed by Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and CPZs.

The eight Healthy Streets indicators used for the 33 London Boroughs are:

Indicator Measure Barnet’s position – out of 33 Boroughs
1. Modeshare: Sustainable Modes (PT+W+C) Trip-based mode share for active, efficient and sustainable modes (Walk, Cycle & Public Transport), by borough of residence, LTDS 3 year average, 2015/16-2017/18. 23rd
2A. Active Travel-Walking % of adults who walk 5+ times a week 25th
2B. Active Travel-Cycling % of adults who cycle 5+ times a week 32nd
3. Casualties (Tot % P&C) Average Annual Pedestrian and Cyclist Serious and Fatal Casualties (2015 to 2017)/1,000 daily walking and cycling stages (Stages per day, 3 year average 2014/15-2016/17) 4th
4. Cars per Household Number of cars per household (2018) 25th
5. Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (Modal filters) Number of modal filters (Source: TfL CID. Data collected 2017-summer 2018)/km of road length (DfT – 2017) 26th
6. 20mph Proportion of borough managed roads (by length) with a 20mph limit (TfL) 32nd
7. CPZ Coverage Length of roads covered by Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) (Source: Appy Parking) 21st
8. Provision of Protected Cycle Track Total length (kms) of protected cycle track (covers – Segregated (on- and off -carriageway), Stepped Lane/Track and Partially/light segregated (on- and off-carriageway)per km of road length (DfT – 2017) 32nd

The scorecard is certainly not comprehensive or perfect – but it’s a really good start we think, and the aim is to improve it, so please let us know your feedback.

MEETING REMINDER: Thursday 18th July NB EARLIER THAN USUAL THIS MONTH Monthly Meeting: The Return of the Quiz!

To start with we will run through all our cycling business and the various officers’ reports. Then after the tea break Ian will run his stupendous Quiz – with stupendous prizes!! ……well as stupendous as the treasurer will allow). A bit of fun to end this session of monthly meetings before our summer break.  The next meeting is Thursday 26thSeptember.  All welcome.

Meet: 8pm Carey Hall, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley N12