Penny will be leading a ride from North Harrow to Brent Cross, cycling along mainly quiet streets via the lovely West Harp Open Space. We will stop briefly at Brent Cross for a quick drink and cake before returning the same way.
Start: 10am at the Bike Shop, 511 Pinner Road, North Harrow, HA2 6EH
For more details and to sign up, visit our letsride website:
Harrow Cyclists rally and bike ride at the Civic Centre
We gathered outside the main entrance to the Civic Centre to show support for a Liveable Neighbourhood in Harrow.
A Liveable Neighbourhood should be pleasant and walkable, and include a cycle network with safe, convenient routes separated from motor vehicles. Our proposal would transform central Harrow to make it a healthy, people-friendly place to live, work and visit.
Our London Assembly member, Navin Shah, and five councillors and councillor candidates attended:
Sue Anderson – Greenhill ward (Labour)
Madeline Atkins – Greenhill ward (Green)
Chris Noyce – Rayners Lane ward (Liberal Democrats)
Pietro Rescia – Rayners Lane ward (Liberal Democrats)
Linda Robinson – Stanmore Park ward (Green)
The following councillors and candidates did not attend but provided messages of general support for cycling:
Sumit Chadda – support removal of through traffic from residential areas but not segregated cycle lanes along main roads or a controlled parking policy
Emma Wallace – Greenhill ward (Green) – fully support
Georgia Weston – Headstone North ward (Independent) – fully support
Jeremy Leach, chair of London Living Streets, spoke of the welcome aim for a more sustainable transport mix in the Mayoral Transport Strategy, but that this needs to be implemented – which means that boroughs such as Harrow need to develop high quality Liveable Neighbourhood proposals.
The rally was followed by a bike ride around central Harrow led by Veronica, which included some small pieces of cycle infrastructure but showed how much work was needed to make Harrow cycle friendly.
This month Tony Levene is leading us into central London to enjoy the traffic-free cycle paths of Hyde Park. The ride will start at 10am outside Tesco, Hindes Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU. We’ll take a quiet route and there are plenty of stopping places, but bring water and snacks. You can do both ways (12 miles each way) or take the train for the return journey. Before the day please pump up your tyres, ensure that your brakes work and the wheels spin freely. Bring your Oyster card just in case, and a bike lock.
Lovely Harrow Cyclists’ ride out on Sunday to the Rusty Bike Cafe in Uxbridge. The weather was so good we had our coffee outside! We discovered some of the unknown corners of NW London which you would never find if you weren’t on a bike. Great company with Tony, Kevin, Neal, Mick, Jackie, Corinne and Veronica. Thanks to Steph from The Bike Shop for the first photo. Not many thanks to Ealing for the most appalling piece of cycling ‘infrastructure’ – barriers on a cycle track, very difficult to negotiate and placed about every 50 metres along the track. Small wonder that people avoid it (as we did!). Tony is planning the next ride, so watch out for details.
We shall be taking the 0943 train from North Harrow arriving in Chesham at 1014. This ride will get your heart pumping in more ways than one, covering some of the most beautiful Chiltern countryside as we descend the Chess Valley from Chesham to Croxley along quiet lanes. There are some hills (it is the Chilterns, after all) but you can push your bike up them if necessary and we always wait for the slowest rider. The views are stunning. There are a few short, busier stretches of road. Leaving Chesham we pass through Ley Hill, Latimer and Chenies before re-crossing the Chess and climbing to Sarratt. We’ll have a drink in The Boot before descending to Croxley via Rousebarn Lane. The ride ends at Croxley Metropolitan Line station, from which you can take the train back to Harrow. Don’t forget to pump up your tyres, check your brakes are working and wheels turning, and bring an Oyster card, water, a snack for energy, money for a drink in the pub, and a bike lock. If you can change your tyre – bring a spare inner tube! A hybrid is the best kind of bike for this ride as there are both road stretches up hills, and sections on tracks which could be muddy after rain.
Harrow Cyclists provided feeder rides to and from the RideLondon FreeCycle in Central London. The FreeCycle is an event for all abilities, where people will be able to cycle around an 8-mile circuit in Central London along roads closed to motor traffic.
We had about 40 people on the outward ride, which was led by Tony, and 15 people on the return ride led by Veronica.