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T h e   B a r n e t   C y c l i s t

the Barnet Group of the London Cycling Campaign

Number 366

June 2017

Barnet Cycling Matters
Hornsey to North Finchley Quietway Cycle Route
Jon Crosby and Peter Baker, recently rode the Barnet section of the Hornsey to North Finchley Quietway with the Barnet Council Cycling Officer and Sustrans representatives, who are supporting TfL and the London Boroughs to deliver the Quietways programme. Quietways aims to provide quieter, low-traffic, cycle routes for those new to cycling, families and children cycling to school.
Travelling in an easterly direction, the route starts on the corner of Friern Park and A1000 North Finchley. Following a network of quiet roads it crosses Friern Barnet Lane and Friern Barnet Road, before heading through ‘Secret Park’ behind Friern Bridge Retail Park. It then crosses the North Circular via the road bridge, heading via Forest Walk to Alexandra Park and on to Hornsey and Haringey.

Barnet Cyclists have provided detailed comments to Sustrans and Barnet Council on a number of issues that need to be sorted out, in particular, where the route crosses busy roads. We have also called for the Quietway to be linked to the Dollis Valley cycle route, though budget constraints mean this is unlikely to happen.  This is part of an ongoing consultation with local residents and wider and it might be a while before this Quietway is in place.

Barnet Council Consultation on Air Quality in Barnet
Barnet has just launched a consultation on their Air Quality Action Plan 2017-2022 which can be found on their consultation hub. Mention is made of incentivising walking, cycling and cleaner transport. We will be submitting a response from Barnet Cyclists. You can also read and input views as a Barnet resident via the Barnet Council consultation hub.

Golders Green
The council consultation on the draft Golders Green Station Planning Brief has just closed. This is about future development of Golders Green Bus Station and Underground Station, together with the adjoining depot, sidings and immediately surrounding public highways. It is early days and plans are fairly vague. Barnet Cyclists have submitted views to log the issues of improved cycle parking and access to the station for cyclists.

New entrance to the northbound platform at Hadley Wood Train Station
The new entrance to the northbound platform of Hadley Wood train station is now open. Sustrans National Cycle Route 12 starts right by the platform. It would be good to know from those living in the area or using the station, how the new entrance works for cyclists.

Andrea Garman, Coordinator Barnet LCC     

Rides &
Sunday 4th June TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go
The usual ‘make-it-up-as-we-go-along’ ride.
Come a bit earlier than 10am for a coffee - ready to leave at 10ish.
Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12
Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.

Wednesday 7th June: EVENING RIDE: Treasure Hunt
You will be let loose in small groups to find the answers to various clues hidden round Chipping Barnet and Hadley Wood. The quiz sheets will be given out at The Spires.
We will then proceed to a nearby pub for a meal. Stupendous prizes for the quiz winners – and the judge is, of course, open to bribery.
Meet: 7pm Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley
OR 7.20pm outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet - Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand
Ride Leader: Alison Ewington 01707 376282

Sunday 11th June: SUNDAY RIDE: NGS Ayot Gardens
This is an extra ride – and is aimed at people that like wandering around gardens in a pretty village on a Sunday in late Spring. Two gardens are open in Ayot St Lawrence for the NGS ( Teas will be served in the Palladian church in the village. £6 admission. Pub lunch before going to the gardens.
Meet at McDonalds, outside Welwyn Garden City railway station at 11am.

Come early if you would like coffee.
Ride Leader: Alison Ewington 01707 376282

Wednesday 14th June BIKE WEEK SPECIAL!
Myddelton House, Bulls Cross, Enfield
Celebrate Bike Week with a mid-week special. Route will be via New Southgate, through Arnos Park to Enfield Town. Coffee stop at Grovelands on the way. Choice of pubs for lunch. Then on to Myddelton House for a guided walk (optional). Tea in courtyard cafe (also gallery and small museum). Return via Trent Park.
Meet: 10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12
Ride Leader: Peter Baker

Sunday 18th June: Sunday Ride: London Wetland Centre, Barnes
A special destination – the excellent Wetland Centresee website for details.
There is an entrance charge (Group rate for more than 13 people = £10 adults, £7 concessions).
Cycle down to King’s Cross or take the train – come early if you want to have a coffee – we leave promptly at 10.30am.
Meet: 10.30am on Pancras Road between King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations
on the opposite side of the road from the German Gymnasium.

Suggested trains:
To London St Pancras International arriving 10:05 -
Mill Hill Broadway: 9.46; Hendon: 9:50; Cricklewood: 9.53

To King’s Cross arriving 10:20 (NB Change at Finsbury Park) -
Hadley Wood: 9:50; New Barnet: 9:53; Oakleigh Park: 9:55; New Southgate: 9:58; Alexandra Palace: 10:01

Ride Leader: Alison Assiter 07757 219481

Sunday 25th June: East Finchley Festival
See details elsewhere in this newsletter

Thursday 29th June: Monthly Meeting: Auction
The meeting will start with a bit of business and finding out what is happening in cycling in Barnet.
Then we will have an auction of cycle stuff – and other things.
Do bring along items to donate – and some money to buy things back.
Not necessarily cycle related. (Do take away anything not sold). All welcome.
Meet: 8pm Carey Hall, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley N12

For all rides: Please bring a spare inner tube for a quick change in case you get a puncture.

Any questions about rides please contact
Alison Ewington 01707 376282

Please follow the links below to see suggested short rides in Barnet suitable for families with children.

Dollis Brook route (
Pymmes Brook route (
Copthall circuit (
Please note: Participants on Barnet Cyclist rides must be over 16 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Insurance is your responsibility. Barnet Cyclists cannot accept liability for you or your possessions. It is your responsibility to follow advice and the Highway Code at all times. Your participation is the acceptance of these terms.




Welcome to two new members this month:
Dan Pinner and Nigel Tuppen.

We look forward to meeting you.
If you haven’t already been to one of our events we hope there will be an opportunity soon.

 Please contact me with any queries.

Jo McKenzie (Membership Secretary) 020 8449 4813


It is that time of year when we ask for a contribution to help with the running of the group.
You will receive a smart new membership card in return! -
click here to download renewal details (pdf)


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 The B.C. Auction

No, not flogging off the history of the planet (all bar the past mere two thousand years). But we are after your money.

The Barnet Cyclists Occasional Auction is back to help raise more funds for us to be able to continue with things like newsletters, leaflets and hall hire. Our LCC grant does not cover hall rent for the year so we need to raise more from elsewhere.

The auction is a bit like a 'guided bring and buy' - you donate (preferably) cycle- related items such as accessories, clothing, books, maps, toys, videos, whatever and try not to buy it all back. Please check that cupboard where presents from relatives and well-meaning people are stored - the 'amusing' or 'humorous' cycling-related things - recycle them for this Xmas.

Got any tyres that don't fit your current bike? inner tubes? lights you've replaced? whole bikes? bike tools? bits for a bike you had years ago? Books about cycling or cyclists? Anything else you think might sell is also welcome (no sell? - please take back as neither we nor the church have storage).

"I don't know but it looks good for a quid" didn't stop me buying something once; never found a use for it so returned it to the next auction. It got snapped up as it was a lever for helping put in really skinny tyres. In the meantime it was a 'conversation piece' "what the hell is that?".

BUT - if it isn't sold, you get to take it home again; please don't lumber us with dealing with your unwanted stuff. If nothing esle, Freecycle it.

"I was going to take it to a charity shop" - we are a charity, don't forget.
So, please bring stuff you don't need (preferably cycle-related), buy stuff you might need, take home stuff you bought, take home stuff that didn't sell, Barnet Cyclists get a bit more to put in the kitty to pay for things like leaflets and newsletters and stuff and decent biscuits.

Get involved,  Get stuck in,  Get busy
Sunday 25th June 2017, East Finchley Festival
Volunteers are needed to help at our Dr Bike and Information Stall at the East Finchley Festival, Cherry Tree Woods, Summerlee Avenue, N2, between 1 and 5pm. It is a great way to spend an afternoon – good food, tea, superb beer tent, two live music stages etc.

Barnet Council are providing a Dr Bike mechanic so even if you are not able to help on the stall, please do bring your bicycles along for a free health check. Please do also tell your family, friends and neighbours to bring their bikes along to for a free health check.

If you can help on the day, please would you let Andrea Garman know:

Saturday 15th July, Cycle Riding Skills Workshop
A cycle trainer from TFL will be running a free workshop for Barnet Cyclists on individual, group and ride leading skills. If you attend the workshop, you can also register with the cycle trainer for a
one-to-one cycle training session. The one-to-one sessions will be delivered at a date/time/location suited to the individual.

Location: Livingstone Room, Trinity Church Centre, Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12 7NN.
Time: Saturday 15 July, 10.30hrs-12.30hrs
The workshop is free but places are limited due to the size of the room. If you would like to attend please contact Andrea Garman 07941641392 to reserve a place.

Saturday 29 July 2017
The next Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle will take place on Saturday 29 July 2017. It offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling on traffic-free roads in central London.

The eight-mile circuit passes iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and again goes south of the river with a loop over Waterloo Bridge, offering stunning views of London.

As usual, there will be a feeder ride from Tally Ho Corner to central London to join the eight-mile traffic-free route. Volunteers to help marshall the Barnet feeder ride will be needed, as in previous years, so you might wish to put this date in your diary. If you want to simply join this event as a punter, it’s free to register and you can sign up now.

Gourmet night.

On a chilly early May evening ten Barnet cyclists headed off looping around Hadley Wood, all the way down Trotters Bottom to the Green Dragon pub on St Albans road.

Unfortunately Annabelle had to leave early so nine sat down to discover it was 2 for 1 steak night. Vegetarians close your eyes now. We all went for the steak!

One problem, 2 for 1 with 9 people, someone might have to miss out. What to do? After a lot of head scratching the friendly waitress suggested we order an extra steak and chips and share between us. Genius!

Ten succulent tender steaks arrived all cooked to order.
After all clearing our plates (except for doggy bag Malcolm) we headed out into the chill of the night, along Galley lane back to Barnet.

Thanks to all who turned out and the Green Dragon.
Ray Thorn.    

Maybe helmet cams and the like are not just a rich person’s plaything . . .

Got cycling bits in your garage that are not needed but you do not want to bin them?

Then our Rummage Box
could be for you. Just pop them into the box at each meeting.
If you want any money for them make sure your name and price are marked.

Any item not taken away must be removed from the box at the end of the meeting.
Go on, bring something to the next meeting - it could make someone's day.
This really is re-cycling! Ian Ollier

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