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the Barnet Group of the London Cycling Campaign

Number 364

April 2017

Rides &
Sunday 2nd April TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go
Nothing planned in advance: turn up early if you want a coffee and to talk about where to go.
Group should (!) be ready to leave at 10am.
Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12
Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.

Monday 3rd April Evening Ride

Enjoy the start of the lighter nights – the first of this year’s evening rides through some lovely Hertfordshire countryside on a warm spring evening (bring a jumper!) with a stop for a meal at The White Hart at South Mimms. Please bring lights and reflective gear to get you home.
Meet: 7:00 pm Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12
7.30pm outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand.
Ride leader: Malcolm Nightingale (020 8449 3253).
Sunday 16th April: Easter Day Ride - Museum of London Docklands
An urban ride to the Museum of London Docklands, Canary Wharf. We will start the ride from King’s Cross/St Pancras – take a train into town from your local station or ride in (there is a meeting point in Golders Green). From Kings Cross we will use cycle route CS3 to ride out to Canary Wharf. There will be plenty of time at the museum (free entry) and you can have lunch either at the museum’s own café or the Ledger Building (Wetherspoons pub) next door. Return on the “scenic route” following the Thames.    
For further information see:
Meet: 11am on Pancras Road between King’s Cross and St Pancras International stations on the opposite side of the road from the German Gymnasium.

Train to London St Pancras International  arriving 10:35
Mill Hill Broadway: 10:16; Hendon: 10:20; Cricklewood: 10:23;
St Pancras: 10:35
Train to King’s Cross arriving 10:50
Hadley Wood: 10:20; New Barnet: 10:23; Oakleigh Park: 10:25; New Southgate: 10:28;
Alexandra Palace: 10:31; King's Cross: 10:50
Please check the National Rail Enquiries website close to the day of the ride in case of delays, timetable changes or engineering work:

To ride into London:
meet Charles under the Northern Line bridge over the Finchley Road NW11 (just south of the junction with Rotherwick Road) at 10:00 am.
Ride leader: Charles Harvey 020 8455 5174 (in advance) or 07961 194 771 (on the day).
NB1: There are a limited number of cycle stands near the Docklands Museum so we will have to lock bikes to each other so please bring cables / chains / locks long enough to reach another bike.
NB2: If 16th April is sunny please bring sunglasses and / or a peaked cap as we will be riding into the sun much of the time.

Thursday 27th April: Monthly Meeting  – AGM – First Aid for Cyclists

A full programme this evening: we will start with our AGM promptly at 8pm. After the break two of our members with first aid training (Brian Atkinson and Charles Harvey) will run through how to deal with the most common injuries and accidents when cycling.  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.




There are no new members this month but we welcome back Phil Fletcher.

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


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Cycle Weekend 2017

As you will have seen in previous newsletters, we are planning a 3-day weekend in Milton Keynes this year. Come for one, two or three days – book your own accommodation. Rides will start at the main railway station in Milton Keynes.

On Friday we will meet after lunch and follow a ‘Heritage Ride’ that will use quite a lot of paths away from roads. On Saturday there will be two options for a ride – one longer than the other – exploring the quiet and pretty lanes in the area. The third ride on Sunday will probably visit the Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum.

We will need to know numbers to book lunch stops etc so please let me know if you are planning on coming. Preferably by email, so we can send out details by email nearer the time. If you will be carrying a mobile phone on the weekend that number would also be useful in case of any hiccups.

Send names and contact details to Alison Ewington (01707 376282).


Co-ordinator: Andrea Garman

I took over as Coordinator in April 2016 and it has been a busy and active year for Barnet Cyclists. Our vision continues to be for a happier, healthier and cleaner Barnet in which everyone, whatever their age or ability, can cycle safely and enjoyably for all their journeys.
Over the last year, our regular, monthly meetings, have been well attended by familiar and new faces. Alongside the business element of these meetings, we have considered cycling etiquette, electric bikes, a Cycle Tube Map for Barnet, how to buy the right size bike and cycle helmet, and we have heard from members who have cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, France end-to-end, and the west coast of USA.
We have continued to run a successful rides programme and our organised monthly rides, TUAGs (Turn Up and GOs), and summer evening rides have been well attended. Rides are discussed in more detail in the Ride Coordinator’s report.
The Barnet Cyclists’ campaign sub-committee has been revitalised and there has been a lot of activity over the last year on the campaigning side. This has been helped by support from LCC HQ and our developing links with other North London LCC Groups.
We have input views on the developing cycling strategy for Barnet, and met with a key Council Official to discuss cycling infrastructure in Barnet. We are also in regular contact with Barnet’s Cycling Officer.
We have responded to a range of Barnet Council consultations including on shared use pathways at Riverside Walk and Brookside Walk, proposals for cycle lanes on Colindale Avenue, planned improvements to the Dollis Valley off-road cycle route, the proposed Finchley Town Centre Strategy and on a draft ‘Fit and Active Framework for Barnet’.
At the end of last year, we met with Argent, the developers for Brent Cross South, to discuss how the new development can be designed in such a way as to reduce motor vehicle traffic generated within the area and passing through it, and to enable people to walk and cycle in and through the area. We have also attended various consultation events about the new development and the proposed new Thameslink Station.
We have been in touch with the Council about the proposed new Quietway from Hornsey to North Finchley. This is being funded by TFL and managed by the cycling charity Sustrans on TfL’s behalf, and we have been invited to ride the route with Sustrans and Barnet’s Cycling Officer, later in the year.
We are in the process of developing a cycle tube map for Barnet to show where a desired network of infrastructure would be best placed to encourage more people to cycle to work, local shops and schools in Barnet. This will help to facilitate discussions with local decision-makers and influence Barnet’s Cycling Strategy for the future.
There is certainly lots more we could be doing on the campaigning side so if you are interested and/or have particular skills or knowledge to help with this activity, please do get in touch.
Treasurer: Peter Ridehalgh
Back in July LCC(HQ) approached local groups in the light of financial problems they were experiencing following a one third drop in their traditional sources of external funding. In the light of the fact that some local groups hold quite large reserves, LCC made what they acknowledged to be an unusual request, and asked all groups to consider whether they could transfer any funds they hold that were above what they need to function. In parallel, LCC have been working to improve their membership offer to turn this around. In our case we started the year with about £1230, LCC(HQ) initially asked us to consider giving them £650. We were reluctant to do this as it would have left us a bit short, and we are mindful of the fact that our financial position reflects monies you have contributed to the group in addition to the grant we receive annually from the LCC. We therefore suggested that instead of us transferring £650 to them, on this occasion we would forgo the annual grant of about £270 which they were due to give us, and some additional monies we could have claimed from
them. LCC were happy with this proposal and it is a successful outcome. So we have ended the year, and start the next, with about £870, which is enough for us to function and to cover unforeseen eventualities, provided you all contribute as generously again this year!

Rides Co-ordinators: Alison Ewington & Ian Ollier

Once again we have had an amazing range of rides – and we are indebted to everyone who has organised, led, back-stopped and helped in many ways. This is not an exhaustive list, but particular thanks go to: Charles for organising a whole weekend of rides around Peterborough. Ray for starting a new initiative of short, sharp Saturday rides for the ‘Strava’ group. We’ve been to Crystal Palace and Richmond (thanks Malcolm), down the river Lea (Alison A.), gliding through Gorhambury (Kathryn), had Open House in London (Andrea) and a visit to the Olympic Velodrome with Ray and Helen. TUAGs remain popular and thanks to all who have led these more ad-hoc rides. Ian has run a well-supported programme of evening rides in the spring and summer – big thanks to all the ride leaders.

Membership Secretary: Jo McKenzie

Welcome to all newcomers who have joined since the last AGM. That is about 32 of you, helping to keep our membership numbers up, between 260 and nearly 300 through the year. To those of you who we haven’t yet met – I hope there will be an opportunity soon to come to one of our events.
Our newsletter circulation is about 40, and email reminders about coming events go out to 215.
Evening meetings are well attended as always – with topics including campaigning, bike DIY, measuring a bike to fit correctly, wish-list cycle routes, ride etiquette, a quiz and a regular favourite - illustrated tales of cycling holidays.

Newsletter Editor: Keith Turner

There are 10 issues of the newsletter each year as I'm allowed to have Xmas and a Summer break (we have two natural breaks, anyway). Anything cycle-related goes in, space permitting. The format of 2 sheets of folded A4 gives 8 pages; to add any more means 4 pages to fill - that's why it seems a bit crammed sometimes. Other times there is very little to put in and it all goes 12 point to fill the space. It varies month by month, sometimes people are busy submitting articles and pics, other times I'm scratching my head at 00:30 am.
The newsletter is put together with an old version of Serif Page Plus which allows me far greater flexibility than Word or Publisher and enough editing tools for text and pictures to do the job (and far, far cheaper). It's set out as a folded A4 publication in page order and converted to pdf (one click) which is mailed to John McKenzie to take to the printers.
BUT it is nothing without your input. Rather than not having any notes for a ride, I'd love to have loads of small bits of people's experiences as they are always different from each other. I prefer trying to squeeze the last bit in than increasing font size to fill space.

Sunday 5th March

The forecast for Sunday 5th March was dire – rain all day. Perhaps it was that that put off many of the Barnet Cyclists. Whatever it was, there were three of us in McDonalds at 10.00 am – myself, Peter Baker and Ian. Ian had only turned up because he felt he ought to as potentially the only committee member to be there and Peter had just come to say ‘hi’ to everyone.
However, all three of us decided to set off despite the forecast. Peter and Ian said they’d like to look at John’s Cycles, and Ian drove his car there and Peter and I met Ian plus bike there. John exchanged my new saddle/rack bag for a better one while Peter and Ian looked round the shop. Peter nearly bought a bike and brakes but thought better of it.
The three of us then cycled to Shenley, amazingly, in the sun!! via the horse bridge and Ridge, taking in Mimms Lane, where we saw a fantastic display of snowdrops – see pictures. Peter pointed out a walkway that had just re-opened after being closed for more than 40 years. Peter also pointed out the spot where the Earl of Warwick was killed in the battle of Barnet in the Wars of the Roses!!
We had a long leisurely brunch/lunch in Shenley (punctuated only by the loud shouts of parents trying to quieten their children) and then returned to Fold Farm in Galley Lane where we had ice-cream and hot chocolate and another long chat.
(I was impressed by the bike workmanship conversation between the two of them – Ian having re-assembled all the spokes in a wheel and Peter with ideas for most tasks).
Eventually we returned to our respective homes after what we all agreed was a lovely day out. The rain started to fall just as I opened my front door.
Alison Assiter       

Sunday 19th March

A good crowd turned out for the ride to the Olympic Velodrome. We used the off-road Parkland Walk, both coming and going, which cuts out a good bit of main road and delivers you directly into Finsbury Park. Helen led the wiggly bit through the back streets, via Stamford Hill, to the Lea Valley where we could pick up the paths through the marshes. Riding up towards the giant Pringle that is the Velodrome is quite impressive. When there are no races, the building is open for all to view the track and use the café. You can then pay to use one of their fixed-wheel bikes on the banked track (scary) or for £5 you can ride round the outside track on your own bike. Several people took up this second option. An excellent destination for one of our rides – very well researched and led by Ray and Helen. Many thanks for putting the time into organising it.

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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