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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 362

Feb 2017

Barnet Cycling Matters

Bike Racks

Several banks of new bike racks have appeared in East Finchley and I suspect in other areas of Barnet. These are welcome, but, in the absence of a wider strategy to make streets in Barnet safer for pedestrians and cyclists, are unlikely to bring about a significant shift to more active forms of transport, such as, cycling.

Finchley Central Town Centre
LCC HQ and Barnet Cyclists have both responded to Barnet Council’s recent consultation on plans for improving Finchley Central. The strategy includes proposed improvements for pedestrians and cyclists at key junctions at Hendon Lane/Regents Park Road, Regents Park Road/Nether Street and along the bridge on Ballards Lane. There is also mention of options of putting in segregated cycle lanes and improvements to public transport, in particular, improved access to the underground station. The consultation is now closed.

Andrea Garman             
Coordinator, Barnet LCC

Rides & Meetings

Sunday 5th February TUAG: Turn-Up-And-Go
Once again – route not planned in advance. Meet, predict the weather (good luck with that!) discuss and off you go.
Meet: McDonalds near Tally Ho, North Finchley N12
Time: from 9.30am for coffee and planning – leave at 10am.

Sunday 19th February: The Not Quite Spring Ride . . . .
But we can hope it will be more snowdrops than snow.
A ride round the lanes to see if we can spot any signs of the coming spring.
Dress warmly and bring lights to get home in late afternoon.
Meet: 10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, N12 or 10.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet –
Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand.
Ride leader: Alison Ewington   01707 376282

Thursday 23rd February: Monthly Meeting
After our business and coffee break we will investigate/discuss/ consider a topic with some relevance to cycling.....whatever we do, it’s always worth coming along to meet other cyclists and find out what is going on locally. 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.

As it might still be a bit dark at the end of rides please come with lights.

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 new members: 
Sheelah Adamson, Jenna Bissell, Tim Clerck, Shabaz Dar, Chun Jing, Kanta Patel,
Matthew Reeves and John Rutter, and welcome back to Mike Belcher.

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


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Cycle Weekend 2017

A date for your new diary – an elite team of Barnet Cyclists are planning a cycle weekend for the group. For 2017 it will be based in Milton Keynes and will take place during the weekend of 19-21 May.

The plan is to meet at around lunchtime on the Friday in central Milton Keynes for a not very long, post-lunch ride. We will have a long ride on Saturday (possibly two options, but hopefully all meeting up for lunch), and another longish half day ride on Sunday. You can come for any, or all, of the days.

As in recent years, you are responsible for finding and booking your own accommodation. Milton Keynes has plenty of hotels and B&Bs at all prices and there is a Youth Hostel in Bradwell, not far from the centre of town. More details soon.


12 rode over to Walthamstow to meet local LCC leader Paul Gasson on Sunday 15th January. Despite being a rather damp day, we were impressed by the high quality bits of cycle infrastructure that Walthamstow has had put in as part of the ‘Mini Holland’ funding scheme. Many roads that were, until recently, high speed rat-runs have been reclaimed for cyclists and pedestrians, creating a more civilised urban environment. Thanks to Andrea for leading and organising.

12 cyclists bravely turned up at Tally Ho Corner on a very wet and chilly Sunday in January wearing the full range of wet weather gear from shorts, non-waterproof jackets, plastic bags over feet, right through to fully waterproof cycling jackets, overtrousers and overshoes.

To stay warm we set off at a brisk pace, arriving in Walthamstow in record time, where we were met by two members of Waltham Forest LCC - Paul Gasson and Bridget (a previous member of Barnet Cyclists who now lives in Walthamstow). Paul and Bridget then led us on a fascinating ride round the transformations that have been happening in the Waltham Forest area to improve their streets for pedestrians and make them safer for cyclists.

This is a Tiger crossing - runs side by side with the zebra crossing

Our first stop was a residential street which had been quietened to encourage children to walk and cycle to school. As we were admiring the new planting in front of the school – also part of the traffic calming improvements - several cyclists went by including one young man holding a large, open, black umbrella as he cycled along to keep him dry!

Decent weather-proof cycle parking at Lea Bridge railway station

We saw paving slabs that absorb pollution from the air, secure covered cycle parking at Lea Bridge Station, and were inspired by various designs of segregated cycle tracks, Tiger and Toucan crossings, and phased traffic lights to allow cyclists time to cycle a narrow stretch of road ahead of the main traffic.

We finished the Cycling Safari at Walthamstow’s jewel in the crown – a quiet, pedestrianised street that had previously been a noisy and unsafe rat run. Using the very convenient cycle racks along this street we headed off to a welcome lunch stop.

After a leisurely lunch in an Italian Restaurant and fuelled with pizza and pasta, we headed out into the cold and wet and cycled back to Barnet via Wood Green.

During the transport strikes the TV news had a lot of helicopter footage of gridlocked traffic. Some of the footage was time-lapse to speed thing up a bit and what was really noticeable was the large amount of small yellow blobs whizzing about.

When I used to commute in to town by bike I loved days like these.


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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