|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
Dear fellow members and friends
28 July 2010
While Ian is off to France to watch Contador win the Tour it falls to me to put the finishing touches to this fortnight's circular and launch it into the ether.
We have had a plea for help from fellow cyclist Tim Earl who writes:
I was assaulted on the seafront cycle path just west of the Palace pier on Sat afternoon (10th) about 4pm. Another cyclist was there, and I was pushed into him. I would like to try and locate him, can you help please?
He was tall slimmish, blonde with a wispy beard, and had a small girl on a tagalong bike.
What do you fancy for a summer social this year, and when do you fancy it? Here are some suggestions - please let me know your thoughts (email@example.com).
Proposed date: either Sunday 29th or Monday 30th August (bank holiday); let me know if either of these dates are not possible for you and if you have a preference.
What to do: here are two ideas - others welcome. We could have a picnic at Devil's Dyke, getting there by bike from the Palace Pier (Roger has volunteered to lead), or by bus or car or any other means you care to use. OR we could have a picnic somewhere on the beach, with the possibility of a swim. Votes for either or both will be counted.
Final details in the next circular.
The ones marked with a * are ones I already know I can't make – and there may be one or two more. It is not possible to check train availability more than 12 weeks in advance, so later rides will be provisional for this reason.
Offers to organise/lead rides are, as ever, more than welcome!
Last time we had Mark's account and I've now received a splendid email attachment from Angelika. It's largely photos and unfortunately I haven't been able to copy it - apart from the relatively few words - into this newsletter - though I've tried a few times.. So I'm asking Fred to add it at the end of the webpage version of this newsletter
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s is back in its usual place at the end.
Best wishes from us all to Leon who writes:
Hi Ian, an update of the situation regarding the tendon to my thumb. The problem does not get any better. Yesterday [Wednesday 14 July] I had a Hydrocortezone injection into the swelling because the thing has worsened dramatically. This injection was very painful in an already sore area, I have also been put onto a waiting list for surgery to sort it out if all else fails. It's likely that I will be out of action for a while. I think this little problem is due to riding fast over a very stony section of the Downs Link between Bramber and Henfield at the end of May this year. I normally expect to get a sore bum when doing this but a damaged thumb was not even thought of. A note to Clarion riders; if you intend to go rough riding, get a bike with sprung forks.
Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
Sunday 8 August
We missed out on our 'traditional' ride around Chichester Harbour (featuring a short trip on Jeff's favourite ferry at Itchenor ). I've emphasised that it's going to be a picnic ride so as to minimise the chances of anyone turning up without their sandwiches! We did have a few picnics last summer - after Joyce and others had suggested that it would be a good idea - but I don't think we've had one this year (although I've had to miss so many rides that I'm not entirely sure about this).
Of course it's not possible to predict the weather - especially not so far in advance - and while riding in the rain can be tolerable - eating your lunch with water trickling down your neck is not so nice. But in such an unfortunate eventuality we can - as we have done before - make for a pub such as The Bell Inn at Birdham instead (and eat our sandwiches, or whatever, for lunch on Monday!) We can of course decide where to stop for the picnic on the day - but I have in mind Sidlesham Quay by Pagham Harbour (just on from the Crab and Lobster gastro-pub.
We'll take the usual route - along by the canal, then a partial doubling back to take us across the lakes (Ivy, Copse, East Trout) through North Mundham and along mostly quiet roads and well-surfaced tracks, emerging briefly onto the busy Selsey road then soon off it on the much nicer road down to Pagham Harbour. Then we make our way on more quiet roads to West Itchenor and take the little ferry across the Chichester Channel and on to Bosham - where there will be time towards the end of the ride for the usual cuppa (and cakes for the addicts).
Catch the 10.12 from Brighton station or meet at Chichester station at 11.13. There are a variety of trains for returning - e g 16.22, 16.48 ( or with a change at Hove) 17.14.
It is also possible to change to/or catch a quicker train from Hove which arrives in Chichester at 10.57. By all means use this if more convenient. But we'll wait for the 11.13 before starting in any case. Half an hour before seems to be the right time for groupsave possibilities
Ian's mobile number is 07770743287 (and he will switch it on when he gets to Chichester station!)
Sunday 25 July 2010
Roger, Suzanne, Corrine, Joyce and myself, Sandra, met at a heaving Brighton Station. We caught the 10.53 train to Hassocks, where Angela, with her newly acquired bike, met us. She was very excited about using it on this ride.
[If anyone took any photos, would they please add them to the Flickr group]
A consultant's report about cycling on the Undercliff Path suggests that it could be legalised provided suitable safeguards could be designed for the area around the café near the St Dunstan's steps.
Ian had asked me to raise concerns about the hazard caused by cars crossing the contra-flow cycle lane in Kings Esplanade. Tracy Davidson, the Council's cycling officer, has looked at the junction with Sussex Road; she said that there are give way signs on the cycle path, which is normal practice where a contra-flow crosses a junction, precisely because of this risk. She is trying to get a give way sign on the surface of Sussex Road as well.
There was a lot of discussion about cycle access to and around the new stadium at Falmer. The Forum is hoping to see plans showing the layout of cycle routes in the area. There will be 120 cycle stands at the stadium.
Plans for a system of one-way streets on the north side of Elm Grove seem to have stalled because of negative responses to the consultation. The Forum wanted to get exemption for cyclists should a one-way system be introduced.
There has been pressure for a while for an off road cycle route from Woodingdean to Falmer (for Albion supporters perhaps), but no action, even though there apparently is money for it in the Local Transport Plan budget.
The Council has £20,000 for minor schemes to improve cycle access from the city to the South Downs – things like improved signage, changes to cycle unfriendly gates, minor re-surfacing etc. If you are aware of any locations where a little bit of money could be useful, let me know.
John Clinton asked me to raise the issue of parking in cycle lanes. In some cases (e.g. Dyke Rd) parking is legal; in others (e.g. Lewes Road) it is illegal but not enforced. There was a feeling that cycle lanes plagued with regular parking are less than useless: they create the impression that cycling has been made safer when in fact it has not. There was even talk of suggesting removal of some lanes of this kind. The Forum wants to produce guidance for appraising if proposed cycle lanes would be rendered useless by parking.
This meeting was the Forum's AGM. Tony Green has stepped down after a year in the chair. No one rushed to take his place so there will be a rotating chair (I shall try to avoid it on the ground of suffering from dizziness). The meeting ended on a rather downbeat note because of recent poor attendance and the lack of positive outcomes from the Forum's activities.
The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and cycling in the 1890s
64. The Philosophy of the Bicycle
Still with the Clarion, 11 May 1895, this - unsigned - piece seems to be by Edward Fay (aka The Bounder). It's quite long and some of the esoteric humour is likely to be lost on us (spelling words normally beginning with C with a K is the sort of thing that tends to lose its impact after 12 years), so I've just picked out some bits that give the flavour of the thing – and left the rest out. Here's how it starts:
A very long description then follows of a ride through central London with Whiffly featuring an amazing sequence of misadventures. Next time I will give some extracts from it which give, I think, a really good idea of what riding a bike in London must have been like at that time
Next time "The Philosophy of the Bicycle" concluded