|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
18 May 2009
You'll recall Tony Brookes' recent piece about the Prestonville Nomads. I've had another message from him saying 'the thought crossed my mind that rather than leaving my Whitcombe road bike hanging on the garage wall would it be of any interest to your members, at a reasonable price! I can send pics and specification if anyone is interested' If you are interested please contact Tony direct email@example.com. It occurs to me that Bob may know people who might be interested but not on any of our mailing lists. If so, Bob, please pass the message on.
Toll Bridge Ride
Several more of us have now signed up for the 5 July ride – mostly for the 16/20 mile version. If you still need a form emails are firstname.lastname@example.org and Elizabeth.email@example.com. And/or phone 01273 885994 or 01273 462233. We need to sign up by early next month – otherwise it costs more.
2009 rides for the rest of the the year will be on Sundays 14 (Roger), 28 June ( Leon), 12, 26 (Leon) July, 9, 23 August, 6, 20 September*, 4 (Roger), 18 October, 1, 15, 29 November, 13 December.
As always I'd welcome offers to organise/lead on any of the dates above. But the one marked * are ones I definitely can't do. Make sure to let me know at least 3 weeks before – and to let me have full details at least 2 weeks before the date of the ride.
The final week of the Festival. If you're visiting Open Houses at the weekend don't forget Fred at 48 Ditchling Rise, Brighton, BN1 4QN. 01273 682017, www.48dr.co.uk. He's at the award winning Dragonfly House.
and Tessa at 38 Lorna Road, Hove BN3 3EN
Tessa Wolfe Murray - ceramic vessels, wall panels & jewellery
Lots to report this time, so I'll leave it at that. Origins of Clarion CC in 1890s at the end as usual.
The Next Ride
Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
Sunday 31 May 2009
Leaving Berwick we head for Arlington and then down to the main A27 – which we'll cross very carefully – and through Wilmington. Past the Long Man we follow the road down through Wilmington and Litlington – with the White Horse coming into view on the other side of the river to the Eastbourne road near Exceat Bridge. We can then enter the Seven Sisters Country Park and take the track down to the Haven for picnic. Returning the same way to the road we can then take a marked cycle track through a bit of Friston Forest to West Dean and then the road out back to Litlington. We'll cross the Cuckmere near Alfriston and after a mile or two of fairly busy road we can use the newish cycle path back to (almost) Berwick Station
Meet: Meet at Berwick Station at 10.43
My mobile: 0789 985 1172
Points of Interest - Chalk Hill Figures
1. Wilmington Long Man
According to the Sussex Archaeological Society's website:
2. Litlington White Horse
According to Wikimapia:
Friston Forest is not that old. What was then open downland was bought in the 1880s by the Eastbourne Water Company to use the water held in the chalk as the town's water supply. In the 1920s the company leased about 2000 acres to the Forestry Commission to create a forest which would help protect the water supply Most of the Forest was established between 1945 and 1960.
Cuckmere Estuary and Haven From a Daily Telegraph article last November – now on the web.
The Last Ride - Suzanne's Report
Sunday 17 May 2009
[More photos at Flickr]
8.30 am Pitter-patter raindrops, pitter-patter raindrops (Trad.)
10.30 am Joyce's wet through! (anon.)
11.30 am Hail, Hail, the gang's all here (D. A. Esrom 1915)
12.30 am 'Watch out you don't get mashed' (I. Bullock 2009)
1.30pm Picnic time for teddy bears (Jimmy Kennedy 1932)
2.30 pm Everything stops for tea (Goodhart, Hoffman and Sigler 1935)
3.30 pm Show me the way to go home (folk song popularised by 'Irving King' in 1925)
4.30pm I'm dying for a piece of cake (J. Edmund-Smith 2009)
PS. If you're not taking part yourself, Joyce is more than willing to accept your sponsorship for the Tollbridge Ride on 5 July She's at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brighton & Hove Cycle Forum Meeting – 12 May 2009
I am afraid I missed half of this meeting – Roger got his meetings mixed up and told me it was starting at 5pm instead of 4, but it turned out that applied to the March meeting, not the May one!
Hence I was unable to make much of the presentation that was going on when I arrived, except to say that it involved on-line maps of cycle routes – something that might be useful to us in planning rides, although of course only if it extends behond Brighton & Hove, into true 'Clarion territory'! The website www.journeyon.co.uk was mentioned, although a quick glance at that did not immediately reveal anything cycling-related.
As on previous occasions when I have attended these meetings, I was somewhat bemused at the level of detail discussed, including the question of whether you can turn right from X street into Y street, and if not, why not … it amazes me that a body that meets for only two hours every two months has time for such details! To be sure, all such items were dealt with fairly quickly, and there was a hint that in future these types of matters will tend to be shunted into the Council's Cycling Issues Database (mentioned in a previous report) and not discussed by the meetings at all. That seems sensible to me, since I feel the Forum should talk only in generalities, or discuss only the most major schemes.
One item that did, I think, merit discussion, because it has implications for all sorts of places, was the question of cycling on the Undercliff route between the marina and Saltdean. Apparently it is illegal to cycle there! (Nobody told us when we had our 'Summertime Special' ride last year!) but because the fine is only £5 and it costs £500 to prosecute someone, it is not enforced. The matter was raised because a cyclist had reported having rocks thrown at them by pedestrians on the undercliff. Everyone felt that this route was an ideal 'shared space' where there is room for both cyclists and pedestrians; the trouble is that the fine exists, not because the Council or anyone else has ever deemed it dangerous to cycle there, but rather, as Mark Strong put it, for 'historical' reasons – basically, when it was built several decades ago, there weren't many cyclists about, so it was made a 'no cycling' route! Worse still – it is felt that if an attempt were made to raise this with the Council with a view to abolishing the fine, it might go the other way and end up having a £500 fine imposed instead, to match that applicable on the Hove promenade. What an absurd situation!
I say this applies to other places, not because of fines, but because it seems to me that people need to learn to use shared spaces. The day after the meeting, a minor 'altercation' occurred in Beaconsfield Road, near where I live, when a pedestrian 'tutted' at a cyclist coming towards her on the pavement. The cyclist had obligingly slowed right down – as I do when I use this route, a busy one-way road which is part of the main route into Brighton – and there was no danger; but such situations can easily get out of control. Mark Strong has been involved in 'shared space'" initiatives elsewhere in the country, and they work, as long as both cyclists and pedestrians behave responsibly.
I also learnt about 'Operation Crackdown' which has a website linked from the Bricycles site. This is aimed mainly at reporting abuse and assault, but apparently if cars are seen parking in cycle lanes, they can be reported to the Crackdown team.
There was mention of a 'stakeholder workshop' being held by Cycling England, on Wednesday 20th May from 5-7.30 at Hove Town Hall. Not sure who is supposed to go, but Roger or I could probably find out more about this from the on-line forum if required.
National Bike Week will be from 14-20 June, and will feature a bicycle ballet in Jubilee Square, and gigs in bike shops, amongst other things. Details are apparently available at www.journeyon.co.uk.
The Cycle Forum is drawing up a constitution; this wasn't discussed, but it was confirmed that Roger's comments on the draft document had been received. I have now also made some comments of my own and sent them in.
The next Forum meeting will be on 14 July (not June as previously proposed) and will include an AGM at which the constitution will be discussed, and (hopefully) adopted.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
34. The first ride of the Manchester CCC and the coming first Easter Meet
Swiftsure's account in The Clarion 16 March 1895 of the first ride of the new Manchester club he had taken the lead in getting off the ground reminds me a lot of our first run back in 2004 when Joyce, Sheila and I rode up and down the Cuckoo Trail trying to persuade ourselves that it wasn't really raining that hard. True, we were spared the mud – but on the other hand we didn't have a kindly friend to offer us tea and shelter! And we have had our fair share of 'slithering through the mud' since. Ugh! Indeed.
Next time. Clarion cycling continues to spread as the first Meet approaches