Labour MPs and Green Councillors turn out for our Space for Cycling ride

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Stephen Morgan MP rides a BTN Bike Share bike on the ride.

Our Space for Cycling ride at the Labour Conference was a great success!

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In front, holding flags from left to right: Stephen Morgan MP, Andy McDonald MP, Fabian Hamilton MP, Tom Guha of Cycling UK and Becky Reynolds of Bricycles

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough, made a pledge to increase funding to £10 per person per year for cycling and walking if a Labour government were elected.

Many thanks to Andy for coming and also to Stephen Morgan MP for Portsmouth South and Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East (below).

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Fabian Hamilton MP with a BTN Bike Share bike.

We were also very glad to welcome two Brighton and Hove City Councillors who arrived on bikes, both from the Green Party: Councillor Alex Phillips and Councillor Dick Page.  

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Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner also stopped by for a chat!

Many thanks to Tom Guha from Cycling UK for arranging the speakers. Cycling UK’s press release here.

 

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Tree Planting BikeRide – this weekend!

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This weekend, why not join a tree planting bike ride from Brighton to Langley Vale Wood in Epsom to help The Woodland Trust plant 7,000 native trees, including beech, rowan, hawthorn and oak?

Organised by TimeToCycle,  Brighton BikeTrain and the Woodland Trust, with food provided by the Brighton Real Junk Food Project, it s one of three rides descending on Langley Vale – the other two from London.

Leaving on Friday 20th Jan – 9.30 at the Level, you’ll finish the ride at Headley Village Hall where you’ll stay the night (Don’t forget your sleeping bag & mat). You’ll be served a delicious dinner prepared by The Real Junk Food Project.

Saturday morning will start with a breakfast prepared by The Real Junk Food Project before everyone heads out to Langley Vale Wood. There you will meet the The Woodland Trust team who’ll supply tools and saplings from 10am-3pm.

This event will plant 7,000 trees. Eventually, the Woodland Trust aims to plant 200,000 trees at Langley Vale Wood, and in February there will be a second tree planting bike ride so if you can’t make this one then do come along in February.

What will it cost?

The tree planting bike rides are not-for-profit. All the organisers donate their time for free.

  • £7.50 – Evening meal & breakfast
  • £3.00 – Accommodation
  • £4.50 – Insurance & miscellaneous expenses
  • £1 – PayPal, Credit or Debit card fee

For more info and to sign up, visit the TimeToCycle website HERE

 

 

Mayor to join the bonfire biketrain

Mayor to ride the Bonfire Bike Train to Lewes

Two mass cycle-rides from The Level in central Brighton

Saturday 5th November, 3pm & 5pm

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 “Remember, remember…. getting to Lewes Bonfire can be tricky by rail, bus or car and not half as much fun as the totally massive and amazing Bonfire Bike Train” say the organisers of the annual ride from Brighton to Lewes.

This Saturday 5th November, two ‘bike train’ mass cycle rides will roll off from the Level in central Brighton, via the University of Sussex at Falmer.

The first ride will be joined by the city’s cycling mayor, Cllr Pete West, on the mayoral tandem. A total of up to 200 people are expected on each of the bike trains which will snake up the Lewes Road with lights and music blazing.  More will board at the University of Sussex (Falmer House).

From Falmer the ride will use the inside lane of the A27 dual carriageway. Organisers say this is a safer option than the very dark and narrow cycle path alongside it.

Organiser Duncan Blinkhorn said: “This will our seventh Bonfire Bike Train to Lewes. It is always hugely popular, bringing light, music and laughter to the Lewes Road and demonstrating that group cycle rides can provide a safe and efficient means for getting from A to B, even on such a busy road. We are delighted that our cycling Mayor Pete West will joining us and we look forward to escorting him on his mayoral tandem, flying the flag for a low carbon Brighton and Hove ”

He added: “The narrow shared cycle and foot path from Falmer to Lewes is not really fit for purpose for such a big ride and desperately needs major improvement if more people are to use it during the darker months of the year . The main road has a much better quality surface and more space making it safer. We will have warning lights, reflective signs, flags and a support vehicle at the rear to ensure we are seen by approaching traffic and there will be plenty of space for vehicles to overtake us, so we won’t be holding anyone up.”

Riders will pedal along to classic firey tunes like ‘This Wheels on Fire’ and Arthur Brown’s ‘Fire’ blasting out from a fleet of cycle mounted sound systems.

In response to concerns expressed by Lewes residents involved with processions about bikes being brought into crowded areas, Mr Blinkhorn said: “We will brief all our riders, advising them to park their bikes away from central Lewes to ensure that we do not get in the way of any processions or add to the pressures on crowded streets.”

 

The bike train is free to join.  Participants are asked to:

·      ensure they bring a road-worthy bike with lights

·      register on the Facebook event page or when they arrive at the start point.

·      assemble from 2.30pm and 4.30pm to get ready for the respective departures.

Return rides will depart from outside Lewes Prison, at 11pm, midnight and 1am.

The Art of Cycling

14th – 16th July ONCA Gallery, Brighton

A Series of Events and Discussions in collaboration with Brighton Bike Film Festival.

Thursday 14th July, 7pm: BFF Brighton’s opening night with a talk from the brilliant Boneshaker magazine‘s regular writer, Jet McDonald. Following Jet’s talk the BBQ will be on, the bar open and music playing – come down and say hello! Jet’s talk has been organised by Ride With A View, and sponsored by Boneshaker magazine. Free admission/£3 suggested donation.

Friday 15th July, 7pm: alongside local craftsmen Reilly Cycleworks, with some of their bespoke bike frames, join us here at ONCA as we explore the Art of Cycling in an exhibition, workshop and discussion. See technical blueprints, ask advice, learn skills and celebrate making. Doors open at 6pm. Free admission / £3 suggested donation.

Saturday 16th July, 11-6pm: (As well as the installation from Reilly) Kids and adults alike, get your creative (cycling) caps on in our colouring competition supported by Velodrome publishing, RichMitchDropsCycling and Ridewithaview to win a ‘Grand Tour’ Colouring book. There are two to be won, one for children and one for adults.

Cycling In Brighton – Bike Week 2010 Video

Brighton and Hove have released a Bike Week 2010 video on YouTube. The film launches Bike Week, a week of free events organised by
the city council from 19-27 June 2010 to celebrate cycling. The week
incudes free breakfasts if you cycle to work, a pop up photography
studio ‘changing gear’ where you can have your photo taken with your
bike (in fancy dress if you wish!), Bike film at the Duke of York’s
cinema, live music and lots more. Visit http://www.journeyon.co.uk


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Will Bike Week ever amount to anything useful in Brighton and Hove?

Team Green Britain Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling
and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life. Demonstrating
the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims
to get people to give cycling a go, join in events, rethink their
everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to
get around.

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